LA’s Best Insta Locations and What to do in West Hollywood
LA’s Best Insta Locations and What to do in West Hollywood
Where? West Hollywood, Los Angeles, California
Exactly? We stayed at the super cool new hotel Palihouse West Hollywood
When? For the third and final stop in our mini US road trip with Visit California we were invited to LA’s trendy party neighbourhood of West Hollywood aka Weho. There’s just so much to see and do here that I decided to give you a little run down of what to do in 48 hours in West Hollywood, to really get a feel for this cool up and coming area.
Here’s my Style traveller guide to LA’s Best Insta Locations and What to do in West Hollywood…
Where we stayed? Palihouse is West Hollywood’s latest and greatest hotel. With rustic, eclectic, trendy interiors, an open air courtyard restaurant, roof top bar and fully furnished loft-apartment style bedrooms, complete with chesterfield sofas, kitchenettes and fantastic rain showers, this hotel oozes hipster chic. The downstairs bar and restaurant has become a hip hangout for West Hollywood’s creative crowd.
The lounge and bar area at Palihouse is full of eclectic furniture, tastefully curated to create a homely hipster feel.
The reception area is open plan, with the courtyard restaurant, lobby bars and lounges all interlinked.
A healthy breakfast at Mardi Restaurant on the ground floor.
Me posing on the chesterfield in my room at Palihouse. The large loft style rooms are beautfully decorated and kitted out as a fully furnished loft apartments, complete with kitchenette, washing machine and large bedroom, living room spaces.
Other favourite Style Traveller places to stay in Weho include Petit Ermitage, The London and The Mondrian pictured below.
Start with zen
Everyone in LA is obsessed with fitness, so to really get into to lifestyle start your day with a workout like the locals do and head to Tantris Yoga, the prettiest hot yoga school in West Hollywood. Enjoy a mindful class of downward dogs and head stands, shower with Aveda products in the changing rooms, then head downstairs to have a browse around the boho shop, filled with cool yoga gear and holistic treats.
Oh and as a bonus bit of exercise why not take a morning hike on Runyon Canyon, it’s the trek that all the celebs do! Be armed with water and wear proper sportswear, it’s a great workout.
Me in one of the gorgeous yoga studios at Tantris.
Brunching is a thing in LA! Head to Sunset Boulevard for a whole street of lovely brunch restaurant options. The trendiest spot right now is the Eveleigh and another favourite of mine is The Butcher, The Baker, The Cappucino Maker Pictured above and below. They do a fantastic unicorn coffee perfect for Instagram (pictured below)!! Another great Weho brunch spot is the new Cafe Gratitude, which is part of the Tantris Yoga group.
The unicorn coffee at BBCM cafe above and below The Eveleigh by night.
Pictured above the gorgeous interiors at The Butcher, The Baker, The Cappucino Maker.
If you want to hit the shops then rather than Rodeo Drive head to the trendy new shopping area Melrose Avenue. It’s much cooler than it’s old school counterpart, which is filled with Louis Vuitton and Prada. Melrose aims at a slightly different, younger, more hipster crowd and has boutiques like Chloe, Isabel Marant and The Row.
Walk a bit further up the strip away from the main drag of shops and you’ll come across two famous Insta land marks. Firstly the famous Paul Smith Store (the one with the pink walls) and keep walking for another 5-10 minutes (away from the boutique shops and the area starts to look a little more edgy) and you’ll come across the angel wings mural, which is one of LA’s most instagrammed spots. (Which was the opening shot of this blog).
Dinner and drinks
LA is filled with the most amazing and usually healthy dining options. Here are some of my favourite spots for dinner.
The trendiest restaurant in West Hollywood at the moment is Gracias Madre. This vegan wonder restaurant is booked up every night so make sure to reserve a table well in advance. The dress code and stylish and the atmosphere chilled party vibes. It’s the best vegan Mexican in town. And don’t be put off by the vegan title, the food here is sensational, they have meat substitutes which even the most staunch meat eaters will love. (pictured above and below).
If you’re going for dinner and fancy a few drinks by the pool afterwards then head to the Sky Bar at the uber luxe Mondrian Hotel. The breathtaking views over West Hollywood from the fairy lit restaurant and outdoor club are incredible. After dinner head to the poolside, order a cocktail and dance till dawn. (pictured below)
For the party animals amongst you head for post-dinner drinks and high octane partying at celeb friendly, 1 Oak. Expect to rub shoulders with Leo Dicaprio and Bradley Cooper (both of whom frequent this establishment.)
Or try the iconic bar at the infamous Chateau Marmont, which is famed for rock legends throwing TV sets out of windows, celebs hosting weeklong parties in the suites and outrageously hedonistic behaviour. So outrageous in fact there are books written about it.
Pictured below, the main room at 1 Oak.
I booked a car from Rentalcars.com for 8 days for only £322 with GPS included.
That’s all from West Hollywood and my incredible mini California road trip. Huge thanks to the gorgeous Palihouse Hotel for a lovely stay and also Visit Weho and Visit LA for such an amazing trip.
For more of Bonnie’s American adventures, click here.
Over and out USA. Next stop Monaco. Bon voyage xx
If there is one thing that I am good at, its getting my jaws around a delicious brunch so I am glad to hear that despite West Hollywood’s love of healthy food, I also love that they do such gastronomic delights like unicorn coffee which by the way I totally need in my life. Oh and I do like yoga as well, it is very beneficial for the mind and soul.
Sending this to my bff in LA –– I’m seriously so jealous I can’t be there to do these right now! They all look tooooo cute and grammable. xx
Oh please do x
What a trendy post you have ! I miss LA Sunshine and food. Probably the only few place in America I don’t have to see big size unhealthy food all the time. Hello, green smoothies and quinoa.
Thanks for the post. I’m gonna use your guide the next time we hit LA.
Oh yes please do x
So much to love about West Hollywood! Especially the good food and the culture. I’d love to visit the places that you visited!
Oh my there really are some stunning Instagrammable places to visit in Hollywood. I am in awe of that latte art it doesn’t look real and I love the wall art with the wing too. Great post I really enjoyed reading it.
Really beautiful photos! I am traveling to LA in June, so this post is really helpful and I can’t wait to try and visit some of your recommendations :)
Oh please do use this x
Wow! Those are lovely pictures! And what really nice and cool background you have. Really perfect for instagram.
thank you x
I am dying over that unicorn coffee! Looks like you got to experience tons of gorgeous and fun foods and sights while you were in Hollywood :)
Yasssssss! These are all super insta-worthy spots! You’re killing it in every pic. That pool has my name all over it though. I miss LA. Time to book another trip soon.
This is the third time I had to comment I keep getting sent to another post. I like the wings behind you. The Palihouse sounds superb with its roof top bar and the cool look inside the downstairs lounge. The interior The Butcher, The Baker, The Cappucino Maker looks very modern and almost fun. All of it looks fun including the Sky bar and the beautiful Psalm trees. I miss them.
well thanks for you persistence it’s much appreciated!
What an awesome place! I will have to add this to my bucket list as must visit places. What amazing pictures these are even the yoga one is awesome, great job!
I live in Las Vegas so I visit L.A often and I’m ALWAYS looking for new instagrammable locations and I literally just wrote all of these down lol your pictures are beautiful!
oh amazing enjoy x
It’s so nice to go there! I haven’t explored this side of Hollywood before and it’s so nice that you’re putting up a guide on where to go and what to do there! I just love it!
Wow indeed some beautiful insta worthy locales you have rounded up here! That coffee looks so fine ..lord! Thanks for rounding this up.
you are most welcome x
The pink phone!!!! wow! can I have one like that in my home??? Amazing places, but I liked most the first two graffiti!
Woah! There’s so much to do! Can’t wait to be there. You got some amazing pics there. Thanks for sharing!
Thanks for taking the time to come by x
I love seeing all these fabulous locations!Definetly adding these places to my must see list on my next trip out to Cali !
How amazing this property looks like, indeed perfect for instagram. The furniture at the lounge and bar area was amazing. The delicacies too seemed tempting enough.
Oh my goodness! I have lived in SoCal a long time and have never seen half of these places! I’m definitely checking out that cafe! Wow! What a great list! I’m going to bookmark this!
I’m so pleased you’ve found some new ones x
Wow, this looks like an amazing place to go! My favorite photos were the first one with the wings and the coffee! Pink and blue in the drink were beautiful! i am definitely going to have to plan a trip here.
Me too! the coffee is pretty right x
So beautiful pictures! Oh and I would love to have that unicorn coffee! Thanks for the post and I can’t wait to see your next pictures from Monaco!
Thanks so much x
I live about 30 mins away from West Hollywood and it’s always really fun to into the city and check out the bustle. I’ve actually been meaning to check out The Eveleigh cause it looks gorgeous!
omg this looks gorgeous you looked amazing!
I love the pink walls… I can’t wait until I go to LA.
and that drink looks gorgeous I love the pretty design.. xx
I would love to dine and then just hang out by that poolside at Mondrian Hotel! I love evening poolside scenes. So idyllic! It has been a long time since I went to LA, back when there was not Instagram yet haha
By the way, lovely healthy breakfast at Mardi. :) What is it composed of?
Such a nice place and I am sure I will see more once I visit that place, thanks for sharing this.
loving that colorful cappuccino and the yoga studio . I think every corner of Hollywood is instagramable
It is has been ages since I have visited West Hollywood. Thank you for this amazing list of highlights of this fabulous area!
The last time I was in LA it was only for a day and a half so I didn’t get to experience much. I might have to go back soon just to take a photo with that gorgeous pink wall!
Hollywood and California is a great place to visit. I’ve done a few road trips along the coast, but have not yet gone to Hollywood proper. Maybe one day…. You should check out Napa Valley wine country. You will love it!
do it xx
I haven’t been to L.A. is a few years but your pictures make me want to go back and explore all the places I didn’t get to see! Beautiful photos!
please do xx
Wow, this looks incredible! Funny story, I was actually in LA a couple weeks ago for a friend’s bachelorette trip! It was my first time going to LA to actually see LA. All the other times I’ve been to LA was for Disneyland. Definitely an eyeopener to what LA has to offer :)
You must visit again x
I have been to Hollywood but did not have enough time to explore everywhere in Hollywood. I love many great places you shown above, where you can take IG photos, such as the pink phone booth, the wall with big wings and many other nice restaurants to dine at.
Hey! This post was pretty cool. The photos were breathtaking as the hotel you stayed in was gorgeous! The food looked amazing! The shot by the pool and the Hollywood sign were my favorite pics.
Thank you x
Absolutely GORGEOUS photos! I think I would make the 4-hour flight to Hollywood just for the unicorn coffee! lol Seriously though, I am adding Hollywood to my summer vacay list just so I can visit these locations and take awesome IG photos!
agree the coffee is great! x
I live in WeHo. And I am not going to lie. When I see people take pics at these places, I just laugh to myself… Because everyone winds up having the EXACT SAME PICTURE ON IG.
That coffee is so gorgeous! How do they do that? And I really want to take a picture with the angel wings soon!
This is so lovely! How I wish I was as talented and could pull off such a look.
I am from San Diego and visit LA all the time. I will definitely be checking out all of these spots next time I go up!
Please do x
This is wonderful! We are heading out to LA in a few months and love all the insight!
I’m so pleased you enjoyed it x
This seems like a dream trip! The pictures are so beautiful and it seems like you had so much fun! I loved reading about all the awesome things you got to do there!
Wow, all of these locations look really gorgeous. Now I can’t wait to visit LA in the future. It really is a Mekka for all Instagrammers!
I hope you do visit x
The Weho brunch spot looks like a place I’d love to go to. Also all of your pictures made the Hollywood hotel so inviting.
you should try it it’s great
There’s a lot to see and do in west Hollywood. Thank you for sharing your experiences and also your photographs.
Love love love this! I’m planning to go to California soon and love all the different spots you showed! Definitely saving this for when I get ready to book everything. Love your style and photos too!
Gosh LA looks so cool. My husband and I are dying to go there. I made a few notes about some of the places on your list that we will have to stop and check out. Especially the Mondrian! Thank you for sharing!
You should check out the Mondrian for sure x
These are such beautiful locations! Thank you so much for pointing these out, I will definitely be checking them out!
You do visit some pretty cool places, young lady. The restaurants look top notch. Not sure I’ll be hanging out in L.A. anytime soon but I’ll take note of some of the highlights you posted.
I am in dire need of this unicorn coffee, it looks insane. Love that they have so many great healthy dining options, would like to see more of the in the uk
This is wonderful. We’re going to Hollywood in a few months and this just made me really excited. These locations are really beautiful. So excited to make some awesome shots.
Oh I’m so pleased it was useful!
All these places look fabulous and definitely Insta-worthy photo locations! But you got me on the design on that coffee– wow!!!
haha thank you x
Haven’t been to Hollywood yet, but, wow. These places in West Hollywood are really amazing! And yes I agree with you, these places are truly Instagrammable!
Everything looks so beautiful and bright! That yoga room is beautiful, and has such a peaceful and calming ambiance. And I cannot believe the detail in the unicorn coffee! That must’ve taken forever to make.
I think it probably does!
All the pictures are amazing especially the first one with the wings. I am also intrigued by Unicorn Coffee and would love to try it :)
you must try it
For someone who’s never been in L.A and would visit it one day these travel review is certainly a great recommendation to keep. Lovely photos, fancy places and great post!
Your pictures are all on point! I can’t wait to visit West Hollywood myself. Almost everything is Instagram worthy!
First of all as usual you always manage to look beautiful. 2ndly the brunch looks great. Now next you always write it very beautifully it feels like we are on the trip with you. But seriously there is so much to love about West Hollywood!
all those places look fantastic! loving that pink wall and that beautiful coffee!