Business

United States of America,
Los Angeles

Introduction

There's a kernel of truth to the reputation of Los Angeles as a one-industry town fuelled by plastic surgery, smarmy agents and intellectual vacuity. But look past that and you'll see an increasingly sophisticated centre of art, design, cuisine and commerce loaded with opportunities for the traveller passing through, whether or not you're in "the business".

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Essentials

  1. Traffic is a fact of life. Try and plan your days to avoid rush hour on the freeways.
  2. Angelenos are serious foodies. Ask nearly anyone for a fervent opinion about the city's best sashimi, gelato or tacos.
  3. Contrary to popular belief, it is not sunny and warm all year round. Temperatures drop in the winter so pack accordingly.
  4. It's a sprawling city so make sure your car rental comes with GPS.
  5. Valet parking is ubiquitous and many garages offer car washes while you're in meetings.

Two-hour tour

  • Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles — Enjoy iconic American works from Roy Lichtenstein, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Gerry Winogrand.

    250 South Grand Avenue

    +1 213 626 6222

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  • The J Paul Getty Museum — Worth a visit if only to stare at the iconic building itself.

    1200 Getty Center Drive

    +1 310 440 7330

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Hotels

  • Independent and easy

    Palihouse Santa Monica

    1001 3rd Street

    +1 310 394 1279

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  • Dependable chain

    Andaz West Hollywood

    8401 Sunset Boulevard

    +1 323 656 1234

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  • Premium

    Hotel Bel-Air

    701 Stone Canyon Road

    +1 310 472 1211

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Dining

  • Fast breakfast

    101 Coffee Shop

    6145 Franklin Avenue

    +1 323 467 1175

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  • Business breakfast

    Barney Greengrass

    9570 Wilshire Boulevard

    +1 310 777 5877

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  • Mid-morning coffee

    Intelligentsia Coffee

    3922 West Sunset Boulevard

    +1 323 663 6173

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  • Working lunch with colleagues

    Sugarfish

    212 North Canon Drive

    +1 310 276 6900

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  • Lunch on your own

    Laurel Hardware

    7984 Santa Monica Boulevard

    +1 323 656 6070

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  • Afternoon tea/drink

    Nineteen12

    Beverly Hills Hotel, 9641 Sunset Boulevard

    +1 310 273 1912

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  • Dinner with colleagues

    Bestia

    2121 7th Place

    +1 213 514 5724

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  • Drink after dinner

    The Pikey Café & Bar

    7617 West Sunset Boulevard

    +1 323 850 5400

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  • Late bite

    Red Medicine

    8400 Wilshire Boulevard

    +1 323 651 5500

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  • On the tiles

    My House

    7080 Hollywood Boulevard

    + 1 323 525 2453

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  • Need-to-impress clients lunch

    A.O.C.

    8700 West 3rd Street

    +1 310 859 9859

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Reading

  • Bookshop

    Book Soup

    8818 Sunset Boulevard

    +1 310 659 3110

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Thank yous

  • Flowers

    Botany Flowers

    225 26th Street #41 (in the Brentwood Country Mart)

    +1 310 394 0358

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Shopping

  • Something you can't get anywhere else

    Lost & Found

    6320 Yucca Street

    +1 323 856 5872

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  • Lost luggage - where to buy shirts

    Steven Alan

    123 South La Brea Avenue

    +1 323 938 1542

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  • Something for the kids

    Toys from Acorn Store

    1220 5th Street

    +1 310 451 5845

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  • Something for yourself

    James Perse

    3939 Cross Creek Road Suite, E-100 (at the Malibu Lumber Yard)

    +1 310 469 6030

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  • Something for someone you love

    Furniture from Espasso

    8687 Melrose Avenue (at the Pacific Design Center) #B205

    +1 310 657 0020

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Transport

Limousine/car

Fitness

  • Good gym

    Lift West Hollywood

    624 North La Cienaga Boulevard

    +1 310 657 4140

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  • Alternative diversion

    Hiking — Try hiking or trail running in Runyon Canyon or Paseo Miramar.

  • Good running route

    Running route — Jog right along the seafront on Ocean Front Walk from Santa Monica to Venice Beach.

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