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Visit Los Angeles

Destination Los Angeles

While Out and About in Los Angeles, check out these Dwell recommended points of interest. Scroll down to see Points of Architectural Interest, Eats, Shops, Quick Stops, and Museum/Galleries.

 

Points of Architectural Interest


CATHEDRAL OF OUR LADY OF THE ANGELS 

The design of Rafael Moneo’s radical 2002 cathedral nods to Spanish missions as well as the freeway below. 

olacathedral.org

555 West Temple St.
Los Angeles, California

 

EXPO LINE 

L.A.’s newest light-rail line will eventually extend its shimmering blue canopies all the way to the ocean. 

buildexpo.org

Washington, and National Blvds.
Los Angeles, California

 


GRIFFITH OBSERVATORY 

Hanging like a planet in the Hollywood Hills, this art deco building offers incredible views of L.A. and beyond. 

griffithobs.org

2800 East Observatory Rd
Los Angeles, California

 


SANTA MONICA CIVIC CENTER PARKING STRUCTURE 

This clever carpark by Moore Ruble Yudell is perhaps the only LEED-certified garage you’ve ever parked in. 

http://www.smgov.net/Departments/OSE/Categories/Green_Building/Civic_Center_Parking_Structure.aspx

4th St. and Olympic Dr.
Santa Monica, California

 

Quick Stop


ANGELS FLIGHT RAILWAY 

It’s 50 cents to ride this bright-orange 110-year-old funicular that ferries passengers to the top of Bunker Hill. 

angelsflight.com

351 South Hill St
Los Angeles, California

 


COOLHAUS 

Built-to-order ice cream sandwiches with flavors named for famous architects.

eatcoolhaus.com

 


INTELLIGENTSIA 

Exceptional coffee and sustainable design work together beautifully in this space by Mass Architecture and Design. 

intelligentsiacoffee.com

1331 Abbot Kinney Blvd
Venice, California

 


LAMILL COFFEE BOUTIQUE 

Third-wave coffee and organic snacks served in a Hollywood regency setting. 

lamillcoffee.com

1636 Silver Lake Blvd
Los Angeles, California

 


THE STANDARD 

Head to the roof of this scenery hotel for a postmodern take on the traditional beer garden. 

standardhotels.com

550 South Flower St
Los Angeles,California

 

Museum/Galleries


A+D MUSEUM 

Just across from LACMA, L.A.’s exceptional architecture and design museum hosts a series of progressive shows with a local angle.

aplusd.org

6032 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, California

 


LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART 

The art is fantastic—Chris Burden’s Metropolis II alone is worth the trip—but so is the architecture by Renzo Piano. 

lacma.org

5905 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, California

 

MATERIALS & APPLICATIONS 

Swing by the city’s most experimental front yard for installations by local designers and artists. 

emanate.org

1619 Silver Lake Blvd
Los Angeles, California

 


MUSEUM OF JURASSIC TECHNOLOGY 

Easily one of the oddest museums on earth, this only-in-L.A. spot is filled with antiquated machines and bizarre ephemera.

mjt.org

9341 Venice Blvd
Culver City, California

 


THE CENTER FOR LAND USE AND INTERPRETATION 

Exhibits, lectures, and a fantastic bookstore focused on issues around land use and development. 

clui.org

9931 Venice Blvd
Culver City, California

 


THE HAMMER MUSEUM 

A marriage of contemporary art and unique public programs housed in a former office building. 

hammer.ucla.edu

10899 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, California

 

Food


A-FRAME 

A retrofitted IHOP serves as a backdrop for Roy Choi’s tasty Hawaiian-inspired picnic food. 

aframela.com

12565 Washington Blvd.
Culver City, California

 


BOTTEGA LOUIE 

This local favorite is housed in a former department store where a voluminous menu of bistro classics matches the dramatic interiors.

bottegalouie.com

700 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, California

 


FATHER'S OFFICE 

Perhaps the city’s best burger and dozens of craft beers on tap. 

fathersoffice.com

3229 Helms Ave
Los Angeles, California

 


GJELINA 

Bustling neighborhood Italian served in gorgeous interiors. Too crowded? Head to the charming take-out window next door. 

gjelina.com

1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd.
Venice, California

 


LITTLE DOM'S 

A cozy combination of homey Italian and artisanal cocktails in a tiled dining room that feels like it’s been there forever. 

littledoms.com

2128 Hillhurst Ave
Los Angeles, California

 


LOTERIA GRILL 

Traditional Mexican favorites and dozens of inventive fillings for tacos served in a festive modern space. 

loteriagrill.com

6627 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, California

 

Shops


A+R 

A curated and incredibly witty survey of contemporary design products from around the globe. They’ve also got a booth on the show floor at Dwell on Design. 

aplusrstore.com

1121-1 Abbot Kinney Blvd
Venice,California

 


HELMS BAKERY DISTRICT 

A veritable mecca of modernism, the Helms Bakery District has a host of chic showrooms­—Vitra, H.D. Buttercup, Room and Board—as well as some of the best eats in the neighborhood. 

helmsbakerydistrict.com

8800 Venice Blvd
Los Angeles, California

 


HENNESSEY+ INGALLS 

This bookseller specializes in design and architecture and lives in the cultural mini-mall Space 15 Twenty. 

hennesseyingalls.com

1520 North Cahuenga Ave
Los Angeles, California

 


NEW HIGH (M)ART 

From Navajo blankets to necklaces made from jump ropes, this outfitter sells quirky yet design-savvy basics. 

newhighmart.com

1720 North Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, California

 


OK SILVERLAKE 

Colorful housewares, plastic chairs, and chunky pottery kit out this tiny Silver Lake boutique.

okstore.com

1716 Silver Lake Blvd
Los Angeles, California

 


TORTOISE 

A treasure trove of Japanese design from ceramics to chopsticks.

tortoisegeneralstore.com

1342 1⁄2 Abbot Kinney Blvd.
Venice, California

 

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