Walkable WeHo: Sunset Plaza Shop Walk
Shop alongside your favorite celebs, fashionistas, swanky business travelers and locals on The Sunset Strip. If you’re visiting West Hollywood, this is definitely an experience you won’t want to miss.
The Sunset Strip is almost synonymous with rock ‘n’ roll. But this legendary street also has some of LA’s best shopping, dining, fitness and spa treatments. Take a stroll, grab a bite and treat yo’ self!
Set your phone to 8700 Sunset Boulevard. You’ll find loads of options! Sunset Plaza offers 18 fashion shops, 7 cafes, 9 beauty care destinations, 5 jewelry and eyewear specialists, and much more.
Chow Down at Sunset Plaza
People-watch (aka celeb-watch) to your heart’s content while biting into a diverse offering of scrumptious food and drink.
The Butcher, The Baker, The Cappuccino Maker
This sun-drenched, cheerful patio restaurant is a must-try, especially for a leisurely Sunday brunch (hibiscus mimosa, anyone?) Fresh and flavorful, the menu highlights seasonal, local ingredients. BBCM (the initials stand for butcher, baker, cappuccino maker) is open daily for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner. Happy hour is Monday through Friday from 4-7 p.m.
Can pizza be luscious? Oh yes! The pie here is beautifully simple and blissfully delicious. Obicà means “here it is!” and refers to something that’s happening right before your eyes, like freshly made mozzarella. During the early-bird special (from 10 a.m. to noon on weekends) you’ll get one free mimosa with your brunch entrée. Happy hour is every day from 3 to 7 p.m.
Dining at Sushiya means you have a front-row seat … for people watching and soaking up the atmosphere of The Strip, especially at night. Both lively and laid-back, the varied menu includes killer wings, salads, soups, sandwiches, tacos and beef tenderloin as well as sushi, sashimi, teriyaki and tempura.
This long-awaited addition to the Strip does not disappoint. Give in to temptation and indulge in a mighty (one-third of a pound) Angus beef burger, on a buttered and toasted bun from a custom recipe. Wahlburgers also serves salads, sandwiches, chili and more. Sauces and dressings are made in-house and local ingredients rule. The onion rings are thin and super crispy.
Craving Mexican that’s satisfying yet healthful? Head right over to Tocaya Organica. Choose from salads, tacos, bowls and burritos – grounded in traditional Mexican recipes and made with locally sourced organic fare. The meat and fish are fresh (never frozen) and free of hormones, steroids and antibiotics. On Tuesdays, tacos are 2 for 1 and there’s an all-day happy hour.
Shop the Strip
With no chance of getting hangry, it’s time for a little retail therapy. Something special is waiting for you!
Lorenzo is a fashionista’s nirvana. In this sleek space, you’ll find clothes from the likes of Vera Wang and Vivienne Westwood as well as Christian Dada (who has designed pieces for Lady Gaga), Claire Barrow, Fear Of God, Phoebe English, and Vika Gazinskaya, just to name a few. There are two stores on Sunset, one for women and one for men.
Life’s too short not to have plenty of luxury loungewear in your closet. Add to your collection at the Wildfox store on Sunset (adorable inside and out). You can pick up a comfy top that reads: Anti-social Sunday or Still Don’t Care. Or maybe buy some sunnies, jewelry, swimwear or fragrance. Viva la bedtime!
Zadig & Voltaire
Want to add a little French edge to your relaxed style? Zadig & Voltaire has you covered, literally. Founder Thierry Gillier is inspired by thinkers and artists, from the 18th century writer Voltaire to more recent iconoclasts, such as Patti Smith, Marianne Faithfull and Jane Birkin. Artistic Director Cécilia Bönström is a proponent of less is more. Jackets, tees, scarves, sweaters and sneakers abound.
What did we do before H&M came along? Just a couple blocks east of Sunset Plaza, this is the perfect store to pick up something funky for a fun night out or experiment with a different look without breaking the bank. The Swedish retail giant has collaborated on exclusive collections with top designers such as Karl Lagerfeld, Roberto Cavalli and Stella McCartney.
Kin Los Angeles
Ready for one more stop? Head across the street to Kin where you’ll find a curated collection of cool clothes and accessories from designers around the world. Among the stellar choices: Drifter, Soulland, Rag & Bone and Ksubi. There are stunning statement pieces to pull a look together, pretty party dresses, embellished jackets and casual-chic items for men.
Ok, you’ve done some shopping—now it’s time to pamper your body and beautify your skin.
Beauty addicts can get their fixes – for cosmetics and skin-care products as well as in-store spa treatments (facials, massage, waxing and makeup) at Bluemercury. Whether you want to hydrate your skin from head to toe, slather on a mask or find a gorgeous new lip gloss, you’ll have choices galore.
Ole Henriksen Face/Body of Denmark
From specialty massages, body cocktails and spa rituals to inch loss, light therapies and manly man services, there is no shortage of ways to pamper yourself at Ole Henriksen Spa, tucked away in Sunset Plaza’s lower level. There are also several product collections (creams, cleansers, gels, serums, scrubs, etc.) in case you’re ready to implement a new skin-care regime.
Eden By Eden Sassoon
Eden Sassoon has a matchless professional pedigree. Her world-famous father Vidal Sassoon broke new ground in the 1950s and ’60s by creating personalized, low-maintenance women’s haircuts, then built an empire. That innovative spirit lives on today. Stop in for hair, nail and make-up services, tailored to your individual style.
Star sightings are part of life in WeHo but you might be more likely to see A-listers pumping iron than partying till the wee hours. (Well, maybe that depends on the celeb.) Anyway, there are lots of places to squeeze in a workout. Aura Yoga offers a variety of flow-based yoga, light weight training and hot fusion, which helps detox your body.
Crank the heat and make it happen! Hot Pilates has different classes to suit your fitness goals (and your mood). Pilates Booty is “a high-energy hour dedicated to defining a beautiful backside.” Or try Sculpt, Soul, Barre or Yoga-Pilates fusion.
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