Looking for vacation inspo? Look no further than our ultimate guide to Hollywood from photographer and lifestyle blogger Jennifer Chong of See & Savour. See her top picks to eat, shop, and stay in the guest blog below. We promise you’ll have a jam packed weekend of exploring!
GRACIAS MADRE | 8905 Melrose Ave // Vegan Mexican – I know what you’re thinking VEGAN Mexican?! But even meat lovers agree Gracias Madre cooks up some delicious foods for all. Try their chips and guacamole and tacos for your entree. The chips remind me of Fritos but in a much healthier way. The decor is absolutely gorgeous as well – high vaulted ceilings, pretty tilework, colorful cushions and plants galore – the place feels like something out of a Mexican decor magazine.
TROIS FAMILIA | 3510 Sunset Blvd // Not interested in anything Vegan? Check out Trois Familia, a French/Mexican restaurant from chefs Jon Shook, Vinny Dotolo and Ludo Lefebvre. Open from 9am – 2pm and everything is delicious. Try their Crispy hash brown chilaquiles, sunny side up egg, cotija, salsa macho and the Double decker potato tacos, lime, crème fraiche, carrot pico, jack cheese so good.
REPUBLIQUE | 624 S La Brea Ave // French food in a stunning space. The decor is another jaw dropper – with beautiful tiled floors, high ceilings, and natural light flooding the main room. Brunch is a winner here though they are also open for lunch and dinner. Don’t miss out all all the beautiful pastries at the front counter.
ALFRED’S TEA ROOM | 705 N Alfred St // Unlike most people I don’t crave coffee however I’m a big fan of milk tea. This tea room so so beautifully designed, pink all over literally – serving up over 30 kinds of teas including boba milk teas. On a hot day enjoy their Matcha Boba Milk Tea or their Classic Boba Milk. If you like floral drinks try the Rose!
COMPARTES CHOCOLATE | 8428 Melrose Place // One of a kind chocolate bars – Compartes is an organic chocolate company that makes small batch hand-crafted chocolate out of Los Angeles. It’s been around since the 1950’s but Jonathan Grahm recently revamped the brand identity. The packaging and chocolate is one of a kind and can’t be forgotten.
SEE + DO
GRIFFITH OBSERVATORY | 2800 East Observatory Rd. // On the outer skirts of Hollywood but a can’t miss spot when visiting LA. The Griffith Observatory is a great place to see the city and Hollywood sign. You can also find many hiking trails and a great planetarium show.
LACMA | 5905 Wilshire Blvd // One of the best modern art museums in LA – the permanent exhibits and rotating exhibits are fantastic. Go early to beat the crowds.
THE APARTMENT | 8428 Melrose Place // The Apartment by The Line is a unique shopping experience. It’s on the 2nd floor of a Melrose Place neighborhood. The place is designed like a home where you can shop everything. It looks straight out of a magazine – I’d love for my home to look like this one day.
LOST AND FOUND | 6320 Yucca Street // A row of six shops form to create Lost and Found. They carry everything from Womens, mens, baby, to home decor. I especially love all their home and kitchen decor. They have curated a wonderful collection of exclusive and rare things.
We used the Stayful mobile app to book a room at the Grafton Hotel on Sunset the process was simple and easy! Couple clicks and your done. If you’re playing a trip to West Hollywood you might also consider the Chamberlain West Hotel or Pali House West Hollywood. The Grafton Hotel rooms were modern and nice – Hollywood themed appropriate for a hotel on Sunset Blvd! The rooms have a rainfall shower head and our room had a great view of downtown LA. Another nice feature of the hotel was their saltwater pool – it is the central area of the hotel and the rooms are circulated around the pool.
What are your favorite places to see in Hollywood? Let us know in the comments below for a chance to win $25 in Stayful travel credits!