FFG's official guide to visiting Los Angeles: Flying, eating, sleeping, drinking and shopping

posted on: Friday, 28 February 2014

It's been 27 days of Los Angeles here on Fashion Foie Gras, and today we're recapping all we've talked about over the month of February. For those who may have missed a few posts, or for others just looking to have a complete guide to Los Angeles all in one place, this post is for you. This is a comprehensive look at where to eat, sleep, drink and shop while in Los Angeles. So for those of you scratching your heads and saying, "what should I do when I'm in LA?," there's no reason to scratch any longer. It's all here in black and white, with links to all reviews that also feature information on how to book and where you're headed. So without further ado, here is a complete listing of what to do while in LA, all with the FFG seal of approval.

How to get to Los Angeles from London

Where to stay when you arrive in Los Angeles

  • If you want to live like a rock star, check into the Andaz Hotel on Sunset
  • So hipster it hurts? There is only one place to stay in Downtown LA - The Ace Hotel
  • For a real thrill, check into the Beverly Hilton. This is celeb heaven. Just think Golden Globes. Yup, it's held here. 
  • Headed to Bel-Air? You need to know of one hotel and one hotel only - the Hotel Bel-Air
  • Looking for a good night's sleep, actually the best night's sleep ever? Check into the Sofitel LA where the beds are like sleeping on heavenly clouds. Swoon!
  • If you are headed to LA Live for a basketball game, red carpet event or a world premiere, check into JW Marriott LA Live. Great accommodations and more celebs than you can shake a stick at. 
  • The W Hotel Hollywood will knock your socks off with great customer service, rock star quality rooms and a Sunday Jazz night to remember. 
  • I'll just say this. You can't go to Beverly Hills and not stay at the Beverly Hills Hotel

Where to eat in Los Angeles 
  • Looking to live it up in West Hollywood and want the best Brussels Sprouts of your life? Try Cleo at The Redbury on Hollywood and Vine
  • Think cotton candy is just for county fairs? Think again. Cotton Candy's cool again and served as the most delicious after at Culina in the Four Seasons Los Angeles
  • Any local will tell you that In-n-Out burger is a rite of passage. Melt in your mouth goodness here any time of day or night. Careful, they should come with an addiction warning. 
  • Fan of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills? You'll want to pop into Villa Blanca just off Rodeo. The food is fantastic and you'll get a little rush seeing cast members pop in and out. 
  • Make time to drive up the Pacific Coast Highway and stop into Neptune's Net for great seafood in Malibu
  • There's a hidden secret in Los Angeles and it's a hole in the wall sushi place called Hide. Great name seeing as it is quite literally hidden in what looks like a strip mall. Go, as you won't regret it. 
  • Old school LA can be found at Rae's Diner. You will feel like you've stepped back in time 50 years. This is my favourite place for breakfast in LA. 
  • If you're craving a thick, juicy burger in the heart of Santa Monica, make your way down to Pono Burger. The decor will surprise you. 
  • On the hunt for Bottomless Bellinis? Grab them at Joe's for brunch on Abbot Kinney
  • For the ultimate treat, try to score the Chef's table at Scarpetta. Words cannot describe this experience...

Where to shop and what to do in Los Angeles

We hope you've enjoyed our tour of LA! We'll be back and will more to report later in the year. Watch this space...


  1. This is great. What would be interesting to know is what parts were complimentary with a brand and which parts you paid for yourself....you dont seem to have disclosed any of that which is disappointing.

    1. Lisa - if you click on the individual posts, I do say which ones were kind enough to support my stay. In all honesty, I paid for myself in 75% of the places mentioned in this write up.

  2. Thanks for clarifying. I just dont always find it particularly obvious....The Beverly Hills Hotel & Dormy Hotel as examples, which I am guessing were complimentary. As a regular reader who enjoys seeing new places to explore, I would urge you to declare this more transparently.

    1. Thank you, Lisa, for your feedback. Admittedly, sometimes I do forget to write it in black and white and will take your advice and begin to do so. I usually do write in the text somewhere that I was a guest or invited on a press trip, etc etc. But will definitely take this on board going forward.

  3. I'm going to LA on my honeymoon, I can't wait to try some of these places. Staying in the Beverley Hills Hotel too!!!!
    Lots of love
    SilverSpoon London