In the early 1920s, movie stars and studio moguls began building mansions in the former bean fields of Los Angeles, and it’s been synonymous with glamour ever since. It’s a company town, to be sure, but if you hit the right places you’d never know it.

People unfamiliar with the real LA tend to dismiss it as the land of Bentleys and Botox, but as Mark Twain put it, “all generalizations are false—including this one.” To really experience the city, you need to explore LA’s outer regions, each one heaving with collectible antiques, vibrant music scenes, ethnic cuisines, contemporary art, and true California style. LA might look like a monoculture, but it isn’t. From the gated boulevards of Beverly Hills to the resurgent streets of Echo Park, to the mayhem of West Hollywood, it holds something for everyone. It’s a magnet for optimists of every persuasion, hungry for all that life has to offer.

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Special Scent Bar has the intimacy of a wine bar without the formality, making it the perfect space to sample and enjoy rare fragrances. Sit for a while and discover your soulmate scent.
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Restaurants Hinoki & The Bird, the latest restaurant from Chef David Myers, has an Asian-inspired menu featuring small plates and creative cocktails. The space itself is accented with exposed wooden beams, gray slate and mid-century furniture.
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Design Originally a Ford dealership, this charming shop is a must-visit for furniture collectors.
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Nightlife The Houston brothers take LA’s sexiest bar underground. A dimly lit debaucherie, you better know the password if you want to get down.
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Hotels The Sunset Marquis has been a home away from home to many of Hollywood’s elite—mainly rock star legends—since 1963. Today, the hotel remains exquisitely private, with a recording studio that has pro- duced Grammy Award-winning records. 2013 marked the hotel’s 50th anniversary and, to celebrate, they launched the highly-anticipated restaurant Cavatina. Maintaining an atmosphere of exclusivity is the key to the Sunset Marquis appeal—a quintessential discreet oasis, close to the city’s raucous scene.
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Shops General Quarters is an all-inclusive store offering carefully selected pieces that cater to the urban outdoorsman’s lifestyle. Brands include Shades of Grey, Gant Rugger and Filson. Once you are fully stocked, head to the back and get a haircut in their full-service barbershop.