Perfect Day in West Hollywood

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Here’s how to spend a perfect day, taking in the best of West Hollywood, California.

Start your day with breakfast at Caffe Primo, a European-style coffee house favored by celebrities. If you’re in an adventurous mood, try their Crab, Swiss and Tomato Frittata.

Fully caffeinated, head over to the Pacific Design Center, a striking building affectionately referred to as “The Blue Whale. The PDC houses 120 art & design showrooms and is also the site of The Museum of Contemporary Art, the only museum in Los Angeles devoted exclusively to contemporary art.

Take a pre-lunch stroll down Melrose Avenue, browsing an eclectic mix of shops, from Necromance’s oddities to the treasures in Off the Wall Antiques.

Afternoon in West Hollywood

Score lunch at the Farmer’s Market, a collection of more than a hundred stalls and eateries, many of them al fresco. The Farmer’s Market has been in operation since 1934. I have my favorite spot (The Gumbo Pot), but chances are yours will differ, since the selection is vast. The only downside to the Farmer’s Market is its parking – the lot is huge but not as huge as the market’s popularity.

For more culture, drop into the Craft & Folk Art Museum. Folk art can sometimes be narrowly defined; this isn’t the case at CAFAM. Exhibits range from Polynesian body tattoos, to a photojournalist’s observations of the complexity of contemporary Iranian society.

I’m a big fan of bookstores. My perfect day in West Hollywood would include a stop into one of three bookstores: Book Soup for general reading, Samuel French for film and drama related books, and Mystery Pier for whodunits.

New book in hand, I’d head over to Urth Cafe for an afternoon coffee; my choice would be their Manhattan Mudd. I’d snag one of the seats outdoors, and keep one eye open for celebrities sitting at one of the nearby tables.

Dinner and Nightclubs

For classic Hollywood, make tracks for Dan Tana’s. For elegant Pan-Mediterranean cuisine, make reservations at Lucques. For Japanese cuisine – especially grilled specialties – choose Katana.

WeHo is an especially LGBTQ-friendly neighborhood. It hums after the sun goes down, so if you still have energy to burn, there are plenty of nightclubs to explore, including Rage, Factory, and DBA.

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