You only have one day, so get an early start and let a delicious breakfast fuel you. Try Mel’s Drive-In for classic diner food right on The Sunset Strip. Or down on Santa Monica Boulevard try the healthy and creative Hugo’s or Kitchen 24, a spunky new take on a traditional diner.
Since you’re in West Hollywood you should take some time to be pampered like a star. There are plenty of amazing spas to choose from – try The Gendarmerie, an intimate spa with an inviting atmosphere; Voda Spa, a full-service day spa that blends modern luxury and old world spa traditions; Kinara Spa, a celebrity favorite for their Red Carpet Facials, or Argyle Salon and Spa, a glamorous spa tucked away in the Sunset Tower Hotel.
Lunch options are endless, but to best take advantage of West Hollywood’s sunny weather and first-rate people watching try dining al fresco. Sunset Plaza offers several great cafés all with vast outdoor seating including Le Petit Four, Le Clafoutis, Chin Chin Grill, Café Med and more. While there, you should also check out the designer boutiques that line the plaza such as Armani Exchange, Hugo Boss and Nicole Miller among many others.
In the afternoon take a stroll through The Avenues, West Hollywood’s art, fashion and design district. There you can shop at local boutiques such as Kitson and J. Gerard Design Studio & Peace Gallery, both great spots for finding gifts to bring back home. Take a coffee break between purchases at celebrity hot-spot and famed Entourage filming location, Urth Caffé on Melrose Avenue.
Another great spot for unique gifts is Book Soup on The Sunset Strip, famous for its vast selection and nightly book-signings. Many celebrity authors schedule signings at Book Soup so check out the calendar to see who will be in while you’re here, or pick out a title from their selection of signed books from past guests.
Start the evening at Lola’s, birthplace of the Apple Martini. Lola’s offers happy hour everyday with 50% off all drinks from 5:30-7pm during the week (and starting at 4pm on weekends).
For dinner try a West Hollywood classic like Dan Tanas. This cozy, romantic restaurant opened in 1964 and is popular among Hollywood’s elite. For a still upscale but more relaxed and fun atmosphere, try Mercato di Vetro, popular for its tapas-style Italian food and hip crowd or Tortilla Republic, which offers Mexican food with an island twist.
End the day by seeing a show on The Sunset Strip in one of the live music venues the city is known for such as The Roxy, Whisky a Go Go, Viper Room, House of Blues Sunset Strip, Key Club, or the Troubadour club down on Santa Monica Boulevard.