Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Los Angeles

Lucky Strike Lanes
The Big Lebowski's baked blessed-out vision of a spare-seeker's paradise...
For those who like their clubs sophisticated, Lure boasts water features, sculptures and cabanas for you to get cosy in. 
Little Joy
Frequent travellers, upon arrival to a new city, often find themselves asking, 'Where are the locals?' In the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, the answer is Little Joy.
Jumbo’s Clown Room
Jumbo's perfected dive-diva appeal and offers something for everyone...
For the most insider-y of the insiders, this tiny club's cache is immense...
Hidden away behind a black curtain, you’ll have to do some detective work to find this one, but it’s a treat once you do...
Blind Barber
A concept begun in New York, Blind Barber opened in Culver City in 2012 to great acclaim (from those who managed to find the bar); a sweeping venue with red metal chairs and retro black-and-white tiled flooring, the ambiance is a little bit kitsch, a
Beacher’s Madhouse
Ideally suited for a night out with a few friends (as mentioned, entry is very exclusive so best bets are to pay for table reservations in advance), Beacher’s is one of those bucket list destinations: you can go to other dance clubs in LA, but
Historic landmark meets LA superclub in this converted Spanish Colonial Theatre. 
4 Play Gentleman’s Club
Baroque bordello meets Studio 54 for LA's most beautiful strip club...
Tito’s Tacos
Serious authentic Mexican street fare that commands a huge following...
The Trails Cafe
Away from the hustle and bustle of Downtown LA, The Trails Cafe - found in Griffith Park - offers vegetarian fare amid 4,000-acres of lush parkland.
The Oinkster
Fast food made with fresh quality ingredients and home-made condiments...
The Oaks Gourmet
The Oaks Gourmet is trying really hard to be everything you could possibly want in a restaurant and neighborhood grocery shop. Luckily for us, it is succeeding. 
Sycamore Kitchen
Featuring a coffee programme by primo roasters Stumptown and famous pastries like the salted caramel pecan babka, Sycamore also slings a range of breakfast and lunch specials.
Pop culture-themed diner with an awesome selection of comfort food...
Opened by the combined forces of Squirl’s pro jam-maker Jessica Koslow and coffee aficionados Kyle Glanville and Charles Babinski, this hybrid spot is at
Soul food - spicy, messy, fattening, straightforward and utterly comforting...
Santouka Ramen
This could very well be the best café in LA for casual, no-fuss Japanese fare, and locals know that the best time to pay this ever-popular stalwart a visit is during off-hours.
Reel Inn
Post-beach snacking when you don't want that glorious day to end...
Porto’s Bakery
Ridiculously crowded family-run Cuban bakery...
Plan Check
A spare and industrial restaurant inspired by architectural firms’ aesthetics, Plan Check blends Americana classics with Japanese elements that are a nod to its Little Osaka neighbourhood locale. 
Pink’s Hot Dogs
The undisputed 'hot dog to the stars' is a LA institution...
Philippe the Original
Landmark diner with unbelievable French-dipped sandwiches...
Millie’s Cafe
Comfort food for a rocking Silver Lake crowd...
Angelenos have long been the vanguard of the organic, sustainable, eco-conscious lifestyle movement, and since 2009, Melissa Rosen's Locali has been on the front line of the LA eco-food scene.
King Taco
A 24-hour tribute to the glory of the best tacos in LA...
Joan’s on Third
A family-run, upscale-casual eatery and marketplace with sun-drenched sidewalk seating and a destination cheese counter, Joan’s has an expansive menu with
In-N-Out Burger
Ask any Angeleno: In-N-Out is the best fast-food burger joint around, hands down. With a secret menu and utterly delicious burgers, fries and shakes, don't leave L.A. without coming here at least once.
If stranded on the cramped stretch of Santa Monica Blvd known as the Gateway to West Hollywood, oasis hunters will be relieved to tuck into the blink-and-you'll
Farmers Market
Each day, the market hosts over 100 vendors who capture what LA does best: Multi-ethnic eats. Artisanal goods. Top-notch shopping.
Bouchon Bakery
Traditional French cakes and pastries from uber-chef Thomas Keller...
Bagatelle LA
Bagatelle LA, which serves up a blend of French and New American cuisines (think grilled wild salmon and truffle gnocchi), turns into a DJ-helmed dance club by mid-afternoon on the weekends.
Auntie Em’s Kitchen
Country charm abounds at this sweet and hearty comfort food joint...
Apple Pan
Homey hamburger joint with three kinds of pie...
800 Degrees
When it comes to good-quality fast food Los Angeles is changing the game, and 800 Degrees is at the forefront of that culinary shift.
Villains Tavern
Retro-cool bar with a demonic edge...
Tower Bar
An elegant oasis of calm amid the roar of Sunset Strip...
Tom Bergin’s Tavern
A truly great Irish pub with added authentic LA 'Oirishness'...
The Sayers Club
The Sayers Club is a speakeasy LA can be proud to call its own: behind a nondescript door in the trendy Papaya King hotdog restaurant, the lounge and live music spot keeps entrants in check with a super-exclusive door policy.

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