The Must-Visit L.A. Hotspots, According to an Australian Fashion Designer

Lauren Powell
by Lauren Powell

As Aussies, the City of Angels (A.K.A. Los Angeles) is one of our favourite vacation destinations, and to that end we can never have enough reputable recommendations, especially when they from our fellow local travel aficionados. While we could hike to the Hollywood sign again to witness one of the world’s most spectacular views and stroll the walk of fame (while taking a record number of snaps over and over), we also love discovering new places. Fashion designer, self-confessed L.A. fan and all-round cool-girl, Jessica Reid, the founder of Melbourne-based label Steele, has just returned from the ever-changing cinematic city and has shared with us her go-to guide—and we have our travel notebooks at the ready. Scroll on and add her must-see L.A. locations to your travel bucket list now.

Cassia

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The newly opened part-grand brassiere and part-modern Asian eating house is a renowned L.A. hotspot. Fusing French and Vietnamese cuisine, the seafood brasserie has a fabulous atmosphere and inventive food. Housed in an impressive art deco building next to Santa Monica Public Library, the seafood platter is a riffling interplay between both cuisines and is a must for either your first or last meal in Los Angeles.

Suite 700, Shangri-La Hotel

With a sleek art deco style, the Suite 700 rooftop bar and lounge is perched at the top of the Shangri-La in Santa Monica with stellar views of the Pacific Ocean, Santa Monica Pier, and beyond. With a well-curated cocktail list, the intimate location is the perfect place to retain a sense of glamour while having an afternoon drink.

Hotdog Stand in Venice

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Organic street hotdogs anyone? Only in L.A.

Shutters On The Beach

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With a prime position on Santa Monica Beach, the grey-slate hotel brings a Hamptons-esque getaway to the west coast. With fresh and clean interiors, interconnecting rooms, an outdoor heated pool, bike rentals and beach amenities, it’s the perfect place to settle in for your stay. Try the One Pico restaurant with wraparound ocean views and when not exploring the city, settle in with the beach concierge, spa, and private yoga upon request.

Sunset Towers

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Jessica Reid

The iconic art deco hotel located on Sunset Strip in vibrant West Hollywood dates back to 1931 and has a lively history to match. The experience has a captivating Hollywood charm with a modern touch, and the elegant space is known for its discerning visitors—you never know who you might spot during your stay.

Abbot Kinney Blvd

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Jessica Reid

This boho-chic enclave offers one-of-a-kind shops that feature unique fashion, homewares and inspiring eateries that give a new meaning to the idea of going local. The boulevard divides the free-spirited neighbourhood from the rest of the Los Angeles urban sprawl. A place for early adopters with a strong sense of community, the vintage inspired shops and small scale family businesses are a great place to seek inspiration for upcoming prints and style ideas.

Melrose Place

Known for its lavish boutiques and tree-lined streets, one of L.A.’s most famous streets showcases the world’s most famous brands and awe-inspiring retail spaces. Albeit a little grungier than the other shopping districts, Rachel Comey and Isabel Marant are highlights on the strip that is also home to some iconic movies and television shows.

Venice Beach Boardwalk

A colourful spectacle of beachside street performers and muscle men. Great for people watching and full of eccentric personalities. Things can get a little weird out on Venice Beach.

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For more insider recommendations, shop Lonely Planet's Los Angeles pocket travel guide. 

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