Collected by Yue Weng Mak, AFAR Staff
8905 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90069, USA
Jason Eisner, the mad-scientist like mixologist behind this masterpiece, is constantly creating drinks as intriguing as this one. This homemade almond milk Horchata with mezcal snow cone is just one of the seasonal drinks he's whipped up for his...
West Hollywood, CA, USA
The vibrant and progressive West Hollywood “WeHo” neighborhood is a party packed with restaurants, nightclubs, shops, hotels, galleries and music venues. Find your niche amongst the variety of character-driven destinations including the iconic...
177 Caruso Ave, Glendale, CA 91210, USA
There are four U.S. locations of the famous Taiwan Din Tai Fung dumpling house—three of them in the Los Angeles area and one in Seattle. They're most famous for their soup dumplings, or xiao long bao. At the third location, in the Glendale...
1313 Disneyland Dr, Anaheim, CA 92802, USA
A trip to Disneyland at Christmas Time is a holiday tradition in my family. You'll sure be feeling jolly and ready for the holiday after strolling through the Happiest Place on Earth. This amusement park does it right. They add the perfect touch...
3313 Hyland Ave, Costa Mesa, CA 92626, USA
Portola Coffee Lab takes making a cup of coffee to a new level. But you don't have to take my word for it—it was recently voted the best coffee in Orange County by the OC Weekly. If you're interested in the artistry involved in roasting and...
6410 E Chapman Ave, Orange, CA 92869, USA
This restaurant is truly a gem in the fine dining scene of Orange County. Nestled atop Orange Hills, this restaurant offers breathtaking panoramic views of glamorous Orange County. To see it in all its illuminated glory, you'll have to visit...
25 39th Pl, Long Beach, CA 90803, USA
The Belmont Brewing Co., with outside seating with ocean views in 3 directions, is a must for weekend brunch. Food is good, and locally brewed beer is fantastic and perfectly price. This picture is at the inside bar. My camera phone didn't pick up...
700 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90017, USA
Silver Lake, Los Angeles, CA, USA
In Los Angeles, the cliché is that people drive one block to get a soda. But there are lots of staircases hidden in the hills of L.A. In Silver Lake, I like a two-and-a-half mile loop of stairs known as the Music Box. Parts remind me of...
720 N Virgil Ave #4, Los Angeles, CA 90029, USA
Since opening as a preserves shop in 2011 (and adding breakfast and lunch service in 2012), Sqirl has become an East Hollywood staple. The tiny space—only 800 square feet—invites crowds of hip Angelenos looking for a bright space for...
Abbot Kinney Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90291, USA
Abbot Kinney Boulevard is possibly the trendiest street in Los Angeles, where boho-chic beachgoers glide along the sidewalk like it's a runway, with besties and beaux at their sides. Open up your wallet at boutiques like Scotch & Soda, with...
Venice Canals, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Before L.A. became a concrete network of high-speed freeways, gondoliers used to glide through a series of manmade canals that were built in 1905 to recreate Venice, Italy in Southern California. The remaining two miles of waterways are a peaceful...
3827 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026, USA
I love and collect sneakers, and the guys who own Undefeated create and sell limited-edition collaborations with such brands as Puma, New Balance, and Vans. They also carry all the retro Air Jordans as soon as they are released. 3827 W. Sunset...
2800 E Observatory Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90027, USA
Sitting near Mount Hollywood in Griffith Park, the Griffith Observatory has a vantage point that allows visitors great views of the HOLLYWOOD sign during the day, and even more fantastic views of the stars at night. The space has plenty...
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