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The Line, Koreatown, Los Angeles

The Line photo by Adrian Gaut

There's more than one way to discover Los Angeles.


Photo courtesy of Emerson Theatre.        

Where to Stay // Moment Hotel
This new boutique retreat occupies a formerly outdated 1950s motel on Sunset. Rooms feature vibrant pops of color, and the sprawling roof deck is a buzzy spot for a nightcap. 

Morning // Felix in Hollywood Tour
Join historian Philip Mershon on a walking tour that forgoes Hollywood’s superficial attractions for a more historical look. 

Dinner // Trois Mec
This 26-seat restaurant from chefs Ludo Lefebvre, Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo is a culinary show, with a nightly five-course menu full of creative delights. Patrons need to buy nonrefundable tickets to dinner in advance.

After Dark // Emerson Theatre
Revelers at this new spot are treated to gold-toned interiors kitted out with red banquettes, marquee lights and velvet curtains. Not to mention the burlesque dancers.


Sausage photo courtesy of Night + Market.        

Breakfast // Sqirl
Grab a seat on the patio of this tiny café and dig into something delicious, such as savory open-faced brioche toast sandwiches topped with kale, a fried egg and tomatillo purée.

Where to Stay // El Tres Inn
This tiny retreat channels the indie-loving energy of these nabes, from the mod-meets-Mexican design to the suites’ residential styling (they start at 600 square feet and come with kitchenettes). 

Afternoon // Shopping on Sunset
The eastern end of Sunset is fast turning into an LA fashion favorite, with boutiques from some of the city’s hippest labels, vintage shops and indie record stores. We love Clare Vivier for her minimalist-chic handbags.

Dinner // Night + Market
This new spot offers chef Kris Yenbamroong’s gourmet take on Thai street food—think rich whole pork hock that’s been cooked in dark soy, five spices and garlic. 


Salt sauna photo courtesy of Wi Spa.        

Where to Stay // The Line
The rooms are lovely, but at this new hotel, it’s about staying up all night, from chef Roy Choi’s frenetic restaurant to the club that pulses well into the wee hours.

Morning // Wi Spa
Check your modesty at the door at this Korean-style spa, where sybarites move between various hot and cold baths, a traditional oak bulgama sauna and detoxifying heated clay, jade and salt rooms. 

Lunch // Park’s Barbecue
This hectic spot is the best place for authentic Korean-style barbecue. Servers bring out excellent cuts of raw meat that are cooked on the charcoal grills at the center of every table.

After Dark // Beer Belly
This raucous gastropub pours a rotating selection of craft beers, and the eats are also pretty great, from crispy duck fat fries to buttermilk fried chicken. 


Installation view of Selections from the Permanent Collection at MOCA Grand Avenue, March 2, 2013-ongoing. Photo by Brian Forrest, © The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.        

Where to Stay // Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles
The Ace, which just opened in the historic Spanish Gothic-style United Artists building and theater, channels the glamour of the studio once owned by Charlie Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford. 

Breakfast // Jacks N Joe
USC students pack into this popular spot for fluffy jacks and strong joe. Try the loaded hash browns from the “secret menu.” 

Afternoon // The Museum of Contemporary Art
Tap into Downtown's creative energy at MOCA, which has been providing a platform for postwar works and chronicling the art movement in Southern California and beyond for the past 60 years. 

Dinner // Orsa & Winston
This Japanese- and Italian-inspired spot features a prix-fixe menu with dishes such as Japanese rice with uni, geoduck clam chowder, pecorino cream and tangerine lace. 


Santa Monica Farmers Market photo by Adrien Finkel/Santa Monica Convention & Visitors Bureau.        

Where to Stay // Palihouse Santa Monica
This 1927 Mediterranean revival building retains many original details, while the 29 apartment-style rooms boast bespoke wallpaper and vintage-inspired décor. 

Morning // Santa Monica Farmers Market
Spend Wednesday and Saturday mornings foraging for delicious eats at this biweekly open-air market. It’s a favorite of many of the city’s best chefs. 

Dinner // Taberna ArrÒs y Vi
This Spanish restaurant invites sharing Iberian-style, with a menu of tapas and creative sangria—not to mention amazing paella. 

After Dark // The Bungalow
Wind down te night at this historic Baja-style 1947 bungalow, where the whitewashed interiors and wooden rafters feel both breezy and intimate.

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