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When it comes to what to see in West Hollywood, the list is truly endless. Weho, as the locals call it, is full of places to stop, stare and snap. You’ll stop for beverages, stare at people as they walk by you and wonder if that was really a celeb or just an average joe and snap your camera as you turn every corner. My very best advice is just to get lost, truly. Find Melrose Place and wander from there. And yes, Melrose Place is as magical as you’ve imagined. It’s another world in itself. But, for those who need a little more direction in life, here are my absolute favourites when it comes West Hollywood spots not to be missed:
First up, we’ll start with the murals. These are perhaps the most instagrammable spots in the mix. Of course the area is probably most famous for Paul Smith’s pink wall. Although be warned, this is a place where you may have to wait for a spot to photograph yourself. Oh, and there’s now a security guard on hand to make sure no one is coming at the wall with a professional camera. It’s phone cameras only in this neck of the woods. But you’ll still get a good shot. Proof below. However, right across the street you’ll find a wall without any rules. Bring the big Nikons and Canons and go to town for the perfect Hello!
I’m sure at this point everyone has seen a cup of tea or coffee from Alfred’s. In this neck of the woods there are now two spots for Alfred’s. It all comes down to whether you want beans or leaves (read that as coffee beans or tea leaves). Both spots are once again instagram heavens, so they’ll most likely be a bit of a line. But, if you’re into your caffeine fixes, you’ll appreciate the end result. This is one my favourite coffee houses in Los Angeles. They make a mean cup of joe. However, there’s also a cafe just around the corner where you can have a cup of coffee with Ryan Gosling. Well, they put Ryan Gosling’s face in chocolate atop your morning cuppa. Same thing right? That can be found at Carrera Cafe on Melrose Ave. Sadly, I didn’t have time to go in for The Notebook reunion, but I hear it’s a great place to hang.
While we’re on the topic of places to hang, if you’re into interiors but also love a roof with a view, make sure and hit up the rooftop of Restoration Hardware in West Hollywood. As if walking through the store wasn’t interiors goals enough, they’ve created the most dreamy roof terrace with a view and a seat or two for you to rest your West Hollywood tourist toes.
Of course along the way you’ll see plenty of beautiful wall murals that will have you stopping in your tracks, and maybe even a cactus wall or two. This is a neighbourhood of unexpected colourful joy and every shop seems to be in some sort of competition with itself to be as bright and beautiful as possible. It is incredibly refreshing and like walking through a Hollywood movie set. It all feels too beautiful to be real. Can you tell I have a bit of a location crush? Trust me, you will too.
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