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How to Spend a Week in West Hollywood

Eat, drink, shop, and explore L.A.’s most vibrant neighborhood


Longing for a holiday in 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 this captivating and creative city. These are just a few of the endless options in West Hollywood.

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Monday: Day 1

Walking around town is a great way to get a feel for the city’s vibe. Start your vacation with these highlights:

Rainbow Crosswalks

At the intersection of Santa Monica and San Vicente boulevards, the rainbow crosswalks remind everyone that West Hollywood is a sanctuary city for LGBTQ people. West Hollywood welcomes everyone. (Though, admittedly, there’s not a lot for kids.)

Get a Cup of Coffee 

A number of great coffee houses are nearby. Here are some of our favorites:

The Assembly Cafe: a friendly communal shop with Counter Culture coffee, donuts from Donut Snob, a curated retail selection via Poketo, and more. (634 N Robertson Blvd)

Verve Coffee Roasters: Single-origin coffees, specialty lattes, and breakfast items in a hip, industrial space. (8925 Melrose Ave)

Starbucks: A trusted chain perfect for people-watching. (8951 Santa Monica Blvd)

Helen Albert Certified Farmers’ Market

On Mondays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., hang with locals and enjoy fresh produce, flowers, and fish in the north parking lot of Plummer Park (1200 N. Vista Street). Grab some berries and avocados as portable snacks. If you don’t find lunch at the market, pick up a picnic box (complete with biodegradable utensils) at Food Lab, located at 7253 Santa Monica Boulevard.

Outdoor Mural Tour

West Hollywood’s inherent creative energy shines through a wide array of public, outdoor art and sculptures. We put together a .9 mile/1.4 km stroll through the Design District that features seven innovative urban murals worth a look. View the Outdoor Mural Tour here.

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Pinky Happy Hour

You should have some time to freshen up in your room before heading back out for a lively happy hour and early dinner at a neighborhood bar. From 5-7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 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.).

The Comedy Store

Book your seat online for The Main Room or Original Room to see comedians you know from TV and Netflix. Past guests include Joe Rogan, Nikki Glaser, Ali Wong, and many more. Want your shot at comedy fame? Sign up for the Monday night open mic.  Fifteen newcomers, selected through a lottery,get 3 minutes each on stage. Sign up at 6 p.m. on the patio; the show starts at 7 p.m. (8433 Sunset Blvd.)

Tuesday: Day 2

Sleep in, and start the day at your own pace.

Dialog Café

Brunch here with foodies, rockers, and starlets! Locally sourced and made with love, the food and drinks here are as pleasant as the ambiance. (8766 Holloway Drive)

Sunset Plaza

Dress yourself in Armani or Nicole Miller. You’ll find high end jewelry and watches, men’s and women’s fashion, eyewear, and tailoring within this walkable retail and restaurant destination. The larger than life billboards are a bonus. (8623 Sunset Blvd)

Tocaya Organica

Stop for a late lunch and taste how this modern organic café takes bold Mexican flavors to a new level. Buen provecho! (8720 Sunset Blvd.)

Rockwalk

While Hollywood has the Walk of Fame, West Hollywood has the RockWalk, located outside of Guitar Center (7425 Sunset Blvd.). Since 1985, numerous musicians have laid their hands or scrawled their signatures in the cement. Inductees include Queen, Run DMC, Carole King, Les Paul, Stevie Wonder, and Eddie Van Halen. 

Music!

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.

Late Night

The Sunset Strip is alive into the wee hours. The Rainbow Bar and Grill (9015 Sunset Blvd) offers food, drink, and dancing until 2 a.m. 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.

Wednesday: Day 3

Rise and shine for a design dream day!

Fuel Up

Healthy eating—regardless of allergies or special diets—is especially easy in California. Most cafés offer vegan, vegetarian, and/or gluten-free fare, and many places are happy to adjust any plate for you. One third of U.S. vegetables and two-thirds of the nation’s fruits and nuts are grown in the state. Be sure to taste the local avocados, grapes, tomatoes, lettuces, almonds, and walnuts.

Urth Caffé features organic heirloom coffee and teas. (8565 Melrose Avenue)

Hugo’s Restaurant offers a vegetarian-friendly menu. (8401 Santa Monica Blvd)

Gracias Madre serves vegan Mexican cuisine. (8905 Melrose Avenue) 

West Hollywood Design District

For more than 50 years, trends in art, beauty, fashion, and décor have blossomed here. Home to art galleries, antique shops, fashion boutiques, and interior design stores, the Design District is located south of Santa Monica Boulevard, bordered on the west by Doheny Drive, on the south by Beverly Boulevard, and on the east by La Cienega Boulevard. More than 40 restaurants throughout will keep you fed and watered as you browse favorites including the fashion-forward Rag & Bone, (8533 Melrose Avenue) and 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. Inside, you’ll find nearly 100 showrooms of gorgeous indoor and outdoor furniture and décor along with public art exhibits. Some of the showrooms are only open by appointment, so call ahead if you want to be sure you’ll get in.

Zinqué

Stop for a bite and glass of wine on the sunny patio at this intimate spot across from the Pacific Design Center. (8684 Melrose Ave)

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 open to the public during store hours and definitely worth a visit. ( 8564 Melrose Ave)

Madison & Park

Grab an afternoon pick-me-up at coffee shop Madison & Park. Their signature rose latte comes sprinkled with dried flower petals. Get it to go, so you can enjoy it back at the hotel while you relax before dinner. 

Fine Dining in West Hollywood

This city is a food mecca with lots of culinary stars! If these menus don’t suit you, use the Find Food search tool to expand your options.

Night + Market: Award-winning northern Thai street food. Regulars love the fried chicken sandwich. (9043 Sunset Blvd) 

Lucques: Seasonal California-Mediterranean menu at Lucques. Local chef Suzanne Goin has won numerous accolades, including the 2016 James Beard Award for Outstanding Chef. (8474 Melrose Ave)

Norah: Modern American cuisine and balanced, seasonal cocktails in a gorgeous space. If you’re into carbs, we suggest the buttery cornbread served in a cast iron skillet because it’s divine. (8279 Santa Monica Blvd.)

Connie & Ted’s: Exceptional and fresh East Coast-inspired seafood and shellfish. (8171 Santa Monica Blvd.) 

Thursday: Day 4

Time to spa! Greet the morning on the balcony with coffee, tea, or fresh juice. Soak up the sun and remember to unplug! You’re on holiday, so leave the computer in the 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 (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.)

Get a Straight-Edge Shave

West Hollywood barbers deliver the best. Try Like A Gentleman Barber Shop (8919 Sunset Blvd) or Master’s Barbershop (7748 ½ Santa Monica Blvd Genesee Ave)

Relax & Refresh

Schedule a massage, wax, wrap, facial, hair, and/or nail appointment.  There are plenty of ways to nourish body and soul in West Hollywood.

The Gendarmerie Spa is especially for men. (9069 Nemo Street)

Voda Spa offers $99 weekday specials for men and women, Monday to Thursday. (7700 Santa Monica Blvd)

Meridian Day Spa offers mini facials for only $39. Plus reflexology and a variety of scrubs and massages. (808 Hilldale Ave)

For more options, visit Indulge > Spas.

Unplug & Meditate

Now it’s time to give your mind a rest. Book a meditation class at Unplug (8500 Melrose Ave.) There are many types of classes to choose from, including aromatherapy, sound healing, breathwork, and more. Check their schedule online or via the MindBody app to browse and book. Afterwards, you’ll be relaxed inside and out, so treat yourself to some in-room dining and an early bedtime. 

Friday: Day 5

Get set for a West Hollywood arts and culture walkabout!

Book Soup

This hip independent bookstore boasts celebrity authors and over 60,000 titles from floor to ceiling. Specialties include art, film, photography, music, and literary fiction—you can even purchase autographed works. Open Monday to Saturday 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

MAK Center for Art & Architecture

The Schindler House and gardens (835 North Kings Road) 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 Schindler 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 a.m. to 6 p.m. No reservation required for groups of fewer than eight. 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.

Taste on Melrose

From the Schindler House, head south on N. orth Kings Road, then right to 8454 Melrose (past DASH of Kardashian fame). Pop into this lovely farm-to-table eatery for a delicious bite. Prefer something else? Use the Find Food search tool.

Leica Gallery Los Angeles

This museum gallery is Leica’s first ever. It features exhibits from both new and established photographers, plus a library of collectible photography books.  Open Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. (8783 Beverly Blvd). 

“Rock Star to Your Left, Famous Actor to Your Right” 

End the day at the luxurious Sunset Marquis Hotel (1200 Alta Loma Road). Sip craft cocktails in elegance at Bar 1200; we suggest trying Tito’s Sugar & Spice.

Stick around and taste couture nutrition on Cavatina’s patio. Executive chef Chris Turano’s seasonal California menu is lovely and so is the verdant garden setting. Perfection!

Before you leave the hotel, view (and shop) music photography at the Morrison Hotel Gallery. Celebrity photographer Timothy White curates not only the exhibits in this fine art gallery, but the photos throughout the hotel as well. Perfect for a leisurely stroll. Open Thursday to Saturday 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Saturday: Day 6

Neighborhood Stroll

West Hollywood’s city center offers beautiful, tree-lined neighborhoods of free standing and multi-unit properties. Some of the most historic are south of Sunset Boulevard to Waring Avenue and between La Cienega and Fairfax boulevards. From Book Soup, head east on Sunset then right on North Orlando and wander.

Best known for its historic homes, the Norma Triangle is another gorgeous neighborhood between Sunset and Santa Monica boulevards and between Doheny Drive and San Vicente Boulevard. It’s also the home of Ticketmaster, one of the largest employers in West Hollywood.

Brunch at Hamburger Mary’s

Reservations are highly encouraged for Hamburger Mary’s popular drag brunch, with performances running from noon to 2 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday. Bottomless mimosas are an option, though you may want to stick to a hearty breakfast followed by a nap, because we’re going to suggest partying on Santa Monica Boulevard later. 

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 Boulevard Club Night

WeHo PickUp: Ditch the car! Available for weekend revelry, this free nightlife trolley services 31 stops along Santa Monica Boulevard on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Lots of clubs and restaurants offer specials (posted on their website) for PickUp passengers.

Rage Nightclub (8911 Santa Monica Blvd.): DJs, dancing, and drag shows! 

Flaming Saddles (8811 Santa Monica Blvd): Wild West fans can two-step into this country and western dance club. Cash bar only.

Mel’s Drive-In

Soak up all that alcohol! End your night with a snack at Mel’s Drive-In (8585 W Sunset Blvd). This iconic diner sports a 1950s feel with photos of famous customers through the decades. The food is decent, the service is friendly, and it’s open 24/7. Plus, you never know who you might spot in the next booth.

Sunday: Day 7

Brunch

The Butcher, The Baker, The Cappuccino Maker: An inviting, sunny destination in the Sunset Plaza! Opens Sunday at 8 a.m. (8653 Sunset Blvd.)

Catch LA: The rooftop celebrity hot spot also does eggs! The view, vibe, and vittles are artful and delicious, day and night. (8715 Melrose Ave.)

Eveleigh: A popular brunch spot, likely because its sunny patio is the one of the prettiest in town. Brunch is every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and plates range from light toasts to hearty plates like chicken schnitzel and steak and eggs. (8752 West Sunset Blvd.)

Pool Day!

Pack up, then enjoy the simple pleasures of light, warmth, and cocktails on a West Hollywood rooftop. This is quintessential California! Don’t rush home. Stretch the weekend through a colorful sunset.

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