Did you know…? The City of West Hollywood turns 40 this November! While LA reigns as the entertainment capital of the world, much of the action actually happens in the 1.9-square-mile city of West Hollywood. Sitting in the sweet spot between Hollywood and Beverly Hills, the city has served as both a playground and power centre throughout its history. 

The city might seem small but there’s lots to explore, so here’s the ultimate first timer’s guide to this young and vibrant city. Additional information about this exciting destination can be found in their 2024 Visitor’s Guide HERE.

Where to stay

West Hollywood is small but mighty. Within the boundaries of its 1.9-square-miles, the city houses 20 hotels, including properties like Sunset Tower Hotel and the Andaz West Hollywood which hold some of the wildest stories from the golden days of rock and roll. Those looking for a luxurious getaway can check out the likes of The West Hollywood EDITION or the Pendry West Hollywood amongst others, while those seeking a unique experience can enjoy boutique hotels such as Hotel ZiggyThe Charlie or Petit Ermitage.   

Where to shop

Keen shoppers will be glad to know that West Hollywood is one of LA’s premier shopping spots. From independent designers to big international brands, there’s something for everyone. Head over to the West Hollywood Design District to explore the Pacific Design Centre, home to over 70 showrooms representing over 2,000 leading manufacturers for all things interior design. The city also houses designer stores like the 21,000 square-foot Fred Segal store selling everything from books and baked goods to flowers, unique fashions and the latest health and fitness gear. Accessory lovers can head to Roseark, a favourite among the likes of Julia Roberts, Doja Cat and Rihanna.

Where to eat

From sports bars to alfresco dining as well as Michelin-rated restaurants, there is an abundance of choice for places to dine in West Hollywood. Vegan and vegetarian travellers can have a peace of mind with West Hollywood’s wide variety of cafes and restaurants offering vegan options such as Gracias Madre and Pura Vita. The city also houses several iconic spots like Dan Tana’s which has been serving up its legendary spaghetti and meatballs and chicken parmesan for 60 years and is an A-list celebrity favourite. Those looking for a post-dinner drink can check out West Hollywood’s spectacular rooftop bars like E.P. & L.P. which offer breathtaking views of the city skyline. 

Where to play

West Hollywood is the ultimate playground! Enjoy the summer heat by the poolside with eclectic pool parties on the summer weekends at Hotel Ziggy or join in a game of pickleball with a twist on the rooftop of the Kimpton La Peer. Every year, West Hollywood hosts the most epic Halloween Carnival which takes place along Santa Monica Boulevard. Drawing in crowds of over 500,000 people, it is one of the biggest street parties in the world. Rock ‘n roll lovers should be sure to check out iconic spots like the Whisky A Go-go and the Troubadour. Be sure to keep an eye out for events and activities on the Visit West Hollywood website to keep up-to-date on the latest happenings. 

Where to relax

Wellness is a big part of life in West Hollywood, so it’s no surprise that the city is home to several spas and gyms for those looking to take a break from the excitement. Those looking to work out can head to gyms like Barry’s Gym which has recently expanded its offerings with their RIDE x LIFT classes – a 50-minute programme including high intensity interval training on an indoor cycling bike with traditional strength training on the floor. For the spa lovers, the Bamford Spa located at the 1 Hotel West Hollywood offers an array of holistic treatment services and experiences including a red carpet sculpt facial which uses Gua Sha and Cryotherapy to target the deeper layers of the skin. 

For more information on West Hollywood, visit www.visitwesthollywood.com

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