WeHo in a Week
Are you (or your clients) longing for a holiday? Especially a bright destination that lets you relax—even indulge—completely judgment-free. Here are seven days in West Hollywood you absolutely deserve (and will never regret).
Choose daily itineraries to suit your interests and length of stay in the creative city. These are only some of the endless options in WeHo.
You’ll find WeHo very easy to navigate with loads to see and do. Get these resources today!
WeHo Monday Itinerary (Day 1)
Walking around town is a great way to get the vibe. Start your vaca with these highlights:
At the intersection of Santa Monica and San Vincente Blvds., the rainbow crosswalks remind everyone that West Hollywood is a sanctuary city for gays, lesbians, transgender and bisexual people. WeHo welcomes everyone. (Though, admittedly, there’s not a lot for kids).
A number of great coffeehouses are nearby.
The Assembly Cafe, 634 N Robertson Blvd.
Verve Coffee Roasters, 8925 Melrose Ave.
Starbucks, 8951 Santa Monica Blvd. A great place to watch WeHoans.
Helen Albert Certified Farmers’ Market
On Mondays from 9 AM to 2 PM, hang with locals and enjoy fresh produce, flowers and fish in the north parking lot of Plummer Park, 1200 N. Vista Street. Pick up berries and avocados as portable snacks. If you don’t find lunch at the market, pick up a picnic box (complete with biodegradable eatware) at Food Lab, 7253 Santa Monica Blvd.
Outdoor Mural Tour
Known as the creative city, WeHo boasts a wide array of outdoor art and sculpture. The .9 mile/1.4 km stroll through the Design District features 7 innovative urban murals worth a look. View Outdoor Mural Tour
Pinky Happy Hour
From 5 to 7 PM, reality TV fans can share small plates, discounted cocktails and house wine in the sexy gardens of Lisa Vanderpump’s Italian eatery—PUMP Restaurant & Lounge, 8948 Santa Monica Blvd.
Dinner at Lucques
You’re sure to love the seasonal California-Mediterranean menu at Lucques (8474 Melrose Ave.) Local chef Suzanne Goin is a multiple award winner, most recently the 2016 James Beard Award for Outstanding Chef.
If that doesn’t hit the spot (or you can’t get a table), use the Find Food search tool for more dining options.
The Comedy Store
Book your seat online for The Main Room or Original Room to see comedians you know from TV and Netflix. Joe Rogan, Nikki Glaser, Brody Stevens, Ali Wong and many more. Want your shot at comedy fame? Sign up for Potluck (open mic) on Mondays. Fifteen newcomers get 3 minutes each to earn a spot on stage. Sign up at 6 PM; the show starts at 7 PM. (8433 Sunset Blvd.)
WeHo Tuesday Itinerary (Day 2)
Sleep in and take your time.
Brunch here with foodies, rockers and starlets! Locally sourced and made with love, the food and drink here is as pleasant as the ambiance. 8766 Holloway Dr.
Dress yourself in Armani or Nicole Miller. You’ll find high style jewelry and watches, men’s and women’s fashion, eyewear, and tailoring. The larger than life billboards are a bonus.
This modern organic café takes bold Mexican flavors to a new level. Buen provecho! 8720 Sunset Blvd.
Listen to the latest rock, alternative, metal and other genres at renowned stages along the Sunset Strip. Open your ears to newcomers and legends alike in intimate venues where the music rocks you to the core.
The Viper Room, 8852 Sunset Blvd.
Whiskey A Go Go, 8901 Sunset Blvd.
The Roxy Theatre, 9009 Sunset Blvd.
The Sunset Strip is alive into the wee hours. The Rainbow Bar and Grill, 9015 Sunset Blvd, serves food, drink and dancing until 2 AM. In 1972, when this rock hangout opened the word “rainbow” signified peace and freedom. John Lennon, Ringo Starr, Neil Diamond, Elvis Presley, and many others partied here.
WeHo Wednesday Itinerary (Day 3)
Rise and shine for a design dream day!
Healthy eating—regardless of allergies or special diets—is especially easy in California. Most cafes offer vegan, vegetarian or gluten-free and most are happy to adjust any plate for you. One third of US vegetables and 2/3 of the nation’s fruits and nuts are grown in the state. Be sure to taste the avocados, grapes, tomatoes, lettuces, almonds and walnuts.
Alchemy Health Food & Juice Lab, 638 N. Robertson (Raw, vegan, and gluten-free)
The Flowering Tree, 8253 Santa Monica Blvd. (Vegan and carnivore options)
Urth Café, 8565 Melrose (Features organic heirloom coffee and teas)
For 50+ years, trends in art, beauty, fashion, and décor blossom here. The place for art galleries, antique shops, fashion and interior design stores, the Design District is located south of Santa Monica Blvd, bordered on the west by Doheny Dr., on the south by Beverly Blvd. and on the east by La Cienega Blvd. More than 40 restaurants throughout will keep you fed and watered as you shop the fashion-forward Rag & Bone, (8533 Melrose), or custom furniture maker Phyllis Morris (655 N Robertson Blvd.) To map out which boutiques, studios, and eateries you’d like to see, visit West Hollywood Design District.
Pacific Design Center (8687 Melrose Ave.)
The big blue “whale” of a building anchors the West Hollywood Design District. You’ll find nearly 100 showrooms of gorgeous indoor and outdoor furniture and décor along with public art exhibits. Stop by Red Seven (ground floor facing N. Vincente Blvd.) for a light and healthy meal by world-renowned chef and restaurateur Wolfgang Puck. Dine-in or enjoy by the sunny courtyard fountain.
RH West Hollywood, The Gallery on Melrose Avenue
A few blocks east of the PCD, check out the fantastic rooftop park and conservatory above this 40,000 square foot facility. It’s worth a spin. 8564 Melrose Ave.
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Remember how I said the Restoration Hardware on Melrose had a rooftop? Well here it is! Definitely worth stopping by and hanging out for a bit. I even saw a few people just working on their laptops enjoying the space. There is valet parking at the store, but if you don't want to out yourself as not being their target market if you drive a crappy car like me, there are meters all around. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ There is an @urthcaffe right across the street, but a ton of other stuff within walking distance. You could pretty easily build an afternoon around Restoration Hardware and @pacificdesigncenter as your center piece and food/drinks options @agorestaurant @catch @realfooddaily @gmweho @craigsla
Grab an afternoon pick up and stroll back to the hotel to relax before dinner.
WeHo is a food mecca with lots of culinary stars! If these menus don’t suit, use the Find Food search tool to open your choices.
Boxwood Café at The London, features celebrity-chef Gordon Ramsey, 1020 N San Vicente Blvd.
Alma at The Standard, boasts James Beard rising star chef Ari Taymore, 8300 Sunset Blvd.
The Private Rooftop at Petit Ermitage, executive chef Joseph Antonishek offers clean California cooking with Italian, Japanese and Egyptian influences. 8822 Cynthia St.
WeHo Thursday Itinerary (Day 4)
Time to spa! Greet the morning on the balcony or at the rooftop with a delicious Tequila Sunrise, Bloody Mary or perhaps an Irish coffee. (Reminder: Unplug! You’re on holiday! Leave the computer in the hotel safe, and turn off the mobile once you arrive).
Stretch & Bend
No doubt your hotel offers a small fitness center. Most local gyms offer free sessions too. YogaWorks, on 1067 North Fairfax Ave., welcomes everyone at any age, weight or strength to try a class. Go for it! Crossfit fan? Try Brick Crossfit, 7811 Santa Monica Blvd.
Straight Edge Shave
Nothing like it and WeHo barbers deliver the best. Try Like A Gentleman Barber Shop, 8919 Sunset Blvd or Masters Barber, 7748 ½ Santa Monica Blvd (cross street Genesee).
Relax & Refresh
Schedule a massage, wax, wrap, facial, hair and/or nail appointment. There are plenty of ways to nourish body and soul in WeHo.
The Gendarmerie Spa, 9069 Nemo Street, especially for men.
Voda Spa, 7700 Santa Monica Blvd, Monday to Thursday, get $99 weekday specials for men and women.
Meridian Day Spa, 808 Hilldale Ave, Offers mini facials for only $39. Plus reflexology, and a variety of scrubs and massages.
WeHo Friday Itinerary (Day 5)
Get set for a WeHo arts and culture walkabout!
This hip shop boasts celebrity authors and 60,000+ titles. Specializing in art, film, photography, music and literary fiction—from floor to ceiling—you can even purchase autographed works. Open Monday to Saturday 9 AM to 10 PM and Sunday 9 AM to 7 PM.
MAK Center for Art & Architecture
The Schindler House and gardens, 835 North Kings Rd., was designed and built in 1922 by Austrian-American architect Rudolph Schindler. With indoor and outdoor environments completely integrated, no two spaces in the house are alike, creating what Schlinder called “a real California scheme.” Today the property is part of a global collection of applied arts, design, architecture and contemporary art in Europe and the U.S. (known as The MAK). Open Wednesday to Sunday, 11 AM to 6 PM. No reservation required for groups of less than 8. A $10 admission fee per person is requested. Tours of the Fitzpatrick-Leland House and Mackey Apartments and Garage Top (in Los Angeles) may be organized by appointment.
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Taste on Melrose
From the Schindler House, head south on N. Kings Road, then right to 8454 Melrose (past DASH of Kardashian fame). Pop into this lovely farm-to-table eatery for a delicious bite. Sneak a peek in the online gallery. Prefer something else? Use the Find Food search tool.
Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA PDC)
Just outside the Pacific Design Center (blue building with the giant stainless chair and lamp) you’ll find this petite tower-like structure (cross streets N. Vicente and Melrose Ave.) Take time to amble around the latest design and architecture exhibition.
Leica Gallery Los Angeles
This photographic museum gallery is the first ever for Leica. Go! It’s amazingly fresh! Open Monday through Saturday 10 AM to 6 PM, and Sunday 12 to 5 PM at 8783 Beverly Blvd. Your eyes will love you.
“Rock Star to Your Left, Famous Actor to Your Right”
In any order (1200 Alta Loma Road)…
Bar 1200: Sip craft cocktails in elegance. Try Tito’s Sugar & Spice.
Cavatina: Taste couture nutrition on the patio by executive chef Chris Turano. Perfection!
The Morrison Hotel Gallery: View (and shop) music photography in the lobby and throughout the hotel. Celebrity photographer Timothy White curates this fine art collection with current exhibitions featuring Oscar and Grammy winners, rockers like the Rolling Stones, Beatles, Doors, Dylan, and Fleetwood Mac. Open Thursday to Saturday 10 AM to 11 PM.
WeHo Saturday Itinerary (Day 6)
WeHo city center offers beautiful, tree-lined neighborhoods of free standing and multi-unit properties. Some of the most historic (and modern) are south of Sunset Blvd (to Waring Ave.) and between La Cienega and Fairfax Blvds. From Book Soup, head east on Sunset then right on N. Orlando and wander.
Best known for its historic homes, the Norma Triangle is another gorgeous neighborhood south of Sunset Blvd and north of Santa Monica Blvd between Doheny Drive and San Vicente Boulevard. It’s also the home of Ticketmaster, one of the largest employers in WeHo.
Best Gay Bar in the World
The Abbey Food & Bar, 692 N. Robertson Blvd., is a blast for everyone. Start with happy hour small plates and craft cocktails on the terrace. With four bars and dance floors, amp yourself for a long late night to come.
Santa Monica Blvd Club Night
WeHo PickUp: Ditch the car! Available for weekend revelry, this free PM trolley services 31 stops east and west bound along Santa Monica Boulevard on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Lots of clubs and restaurants offer specials (posted on their website) when you ditch the car and ride the PickUp.
Rage Nightclub: DJ, dancing and drag shows! 8911 Santa Monica Blvd.
Flaming Saddles: Wild West fans can two-step into this country and western dance club at 8811 Santa Monica Blvd. Cash bar only.
Soak up all that alcohol! End your late night with a snack at Mel’s Drive-In, 8585 W Sunset Blvd. This iconic diner sports a 1950s feels with photos of famous customers through the decades. The food is decent, the service is friendly and it’s open 24/7. Plus, never know who might be in the next booth.
WeHo Sunday Itinerary (Day 7)
Brunch & Booze
Hugo’s Restaurant: With a fully stocked bar and innovative menu, you and everyone at the table is sure to find a favorite here. 8401 Santa Monica Blvd. Opens Sunday at 8 AM.
The Butcher, The Baker, The Cappuccino Maker: An inviting, sunny destination in the Sunset Plaza! 8653 Sunset Blvd. Opens Sunday at 8 AM
Catch LA: The newest night spot to see celebs also does eggs! The view, vibe and vittles are artful and delicious day and night.
Pack up, then enjoy the simple pleasures of light, warmth (and cocktails) on a WeHo rooftop. This is quintessential California! Don’t rush back. Stretch the weekend through a colorful sunset.
Every culinary craving can be satisfied in WeHo. If you can squeeze these in, you’ll enjoy these mid-range favorites.
Night + Market, Award winning northern Thai street food. 9043 Sunset Blvd.
Connie & Ted’s, Exceptional fresh seafood and shellfish. 8171 Santa Monica Blvd.
Eveleigh, Delicious farm to table in an enchanting garden. 8752 Sunset Blvd.
Ready, Set, Let’s Play
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