West Hollywood (more commonly referred to as WeHo) is for me the best neighbourhood to stay at in Los Angeles. With a large selection of some of the best restaurants in Los Angeles, this area is reasonably affordable to stay, eat, and play. Best of all – there are so many options to keep you busy!
The handful of times I have stayed in West Hollywood I have always checked in to an AirBnB apartment for a more authentic experience (that is also quite cost effective!) Short term rental prices are more realistic here and you won’t have to sacrifice location as this is easily one of the most central locations to find yourself in Los Angeles.
Cafes in West Hollywood
Alfred Coffee – Great coffee & a great alternative to falling under the Starbucks hypnosis (though if I’m being honest, I’m a sucker for a quick frappe to go)
Urth Caffé – Great coffee (try the Spanish Latte) and great food at a reasonable price. Also healthy + hearty food.
Joan’s on Third – Delicious, gourmet cafe kind of food in a fun and energetic setting. A great spot for breakfast/brunching.
Café Gratitude – More great coffee. Its always good to have options!
Lunch & Dinner Spots in West Hollywood
Gracias Madre – Some of the best Mexican I have had in my entire life that is entirely vegan (and delicious!)
Crossroads – For outstanding vegan tapas that will quite literally leave your mouth watering, check out Crossroads on Melrose.
Craig’s – One of the “in” celeb spots with delicious food in a sophisticated setting.
The Nice Guy – Popular celeb spot that comes to life in the evenings. Great cocktails and great food.
The Grove + Farmer’s Market – Outdoor shopping area (The Grove) and adjacent Farmer’s Market with delicious options for a light lunch or dinner. Still one of my favourite places in LA.
LACMA – For the artsy + design folk, you really can’t go past a visit to LACMA.
Hike Behind the Hollywood Sign – From West Hollywood you can hike your way into The Hills and make your way up to the Hollywood sign.
Griffith Observatory – Not just for the observatory but for one of the best views over LA!
Runyon Canyon Park – Another popular hike (especially on weekends) is to hike your way through Runyon Canyon Park. Arrive early to find a park, though, as this is one of the most popular hikes in LA.
With just under a two mile radius, it is entirely possible to take on this neighbourhood on foot (though in summer you should be prepared for roaring heat! My preference to get around the neighbourhood is to either walk or grab an Uber, as the “Uber X” service is incredibly efficient and cheap, usually costing $5-$6 per ride within WeHo.