Anthea's City Guides

Anthea’s City Guides

Anthea shares her insiders guide to her favorite destinations.  Get the skinny on where to go, where to eat and what to buy in her super detailed city guide series.



Los Angeles, the city of blue skies, palm trees and freeway driving may be the movie capital of the world but it’s also a fashion, food and style destination to be reckoned with. Here’s my favourite finds in this exhilarating and electric city.

Finding a good flat white used to be harder than finding a Chloe Susanna boot on sale, but fear no more with a game changing cup of coffee from these artisanal coffee houses.
These places are GOOD and worth finding:
Alfred Coffee – my local on this trip, I ordered my Gibraltar next to Will Ferrell. Great coffee + celebrity sighting = SCORE.  8428 Melrose Place, West Hollywood.
Intelligentsia Coffee – A must stop on Abbott Kinney Blvd, Venice. Also in Silverlake.
Caffe Luxxe – They know what they are doing at both outposts, 925 Montana Ave, Santa Monica and Brentwood Country Mart 225 26th Street.
PCPLA – Great coffee so no surprise the guys behind it are from Sydney 456 N Fairfax Ave.
Menotti’s Coffee Stop – Hipster central, 56 Windward Ave Venice.
Blue Bottle Coffee – 830 North Fairfax plus other outposts

The Farm Shop, Brentwood Country Mart. Gorgeous dining space in the produce store.
Squrl – Get there VERY early for breakfast, its tiny and the line goes around the corner. 720 N Virgil Ave.
Gracias Madre –Vegan and Mexican who knew they went together? But they sure do here, the food is so delicious and good for you so it’s a win win all round. 8905 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood
Joan’s on Third – a great day time eating destination. 8350 W 3rd St.
Fred’s at Barney’s New York – an oldie but a goodie for both the salad and the people watching on the terrace. 9570 Wilshire Ave Beverly Hills
The Ivy on Robertson –A classic where you are likely to see a famous face over your chopped salad. 113 N Robertson Blvd West Hollywood
Gjusta Bakery – The daytime offshoot of the famed Gjelina. 320 Sunset Ave, Venice.
EP&LP – Melbourne DJ Grant Smilie continues to slay them with his Asian fusion dining hall and roof top bar that boasts the greatest West Hollywood view. This place is FUN FUN. 603 N La Cienega Blvd West Hollywood.
AOC – Farm to table eating in a gorgeous walled courtyard. West 3rd St West Hollywood.
Gjelina – Inventive and delicious food focusing on seasonal produce. Worth the wait for a table. 1429 Abbott Kinney Venice
Barbette – SoCal seasonal produce meets traditional French cuisine at Barbette, delivering a fresh take on French Bistro dining that feels inventive and new. 7511 Santa Monica Blvd West Hollywood
The Tower Bar, Sunset Hotel – Old school Hollywood glamour, go for a drinks and dinner in the bar or lunch by the pool, guaranteed a Hollywood heavyweight is talking shop next to you. 8358 Sunset Blvd West Hollywood.
Café Stella – Yes another French inspired all day bistro, but when they are this good – it’s all good. With an interesting take on the French classics, find time to get here. 3932 Sunset Blvd Silverlake
Chateau Marmont – Legendary for a reason, it’s a scene and so much fun to watch. 8221 Sunset Blvd West Hollywood.
Jon & Vinny’s – The hardest pizza table to secure in town. With two outposts (the original at 412 N Fairfax Ave and newly opened 11938 San Vicente Blvd Brentwood) it’s authentic pizza and pasta served up with THE most awesome tunes – no surprise its packed to the rafters day and night, seven days a week. Book well in advance on

The Nice Guy, 401 N La Cienega West Hollywood
Bar Marmont, Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood
The Rose, 220 Rose Ave Venice
Sunset Tower Hotel Bar 8358 Sunset Blvd West Hollywood