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Los Angeles leaps back with loads of openings this fall

USA’s City of Angels is all set to woo visitors with a host of new offerings, be it stays, eateries, museums or attractions! Here’s a round up of some of the most exciting…
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Los Angeles has safely and fully reopened and visitors are starting to make a comeback. In keeping with this phase of renewal, there’s a slew of new attractions, hotels, restaurants and more that are opening around the city. Here are a few to get you started on your plans…

Live it up in LA

The Los Angeles-area hotel development is hotter than ever with a ‘post-pandemic, boutique hotel boom’ well underway.

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A lot of hotels opening in LA right now! Image: Shutterstock/chones.

Venice V Hotel: Venice Beach’s only beachfront hotel, from Proper Hospitality, opened with 30 rooms and six suites on June 18. The hotel, redeveloped from a 106-year-old building, features a rooftop bungalow and is five blocks from the famed Abbot Kinney Boulevard.

Thompson Hollywood: The Thompson Hotels debuted a new-build, luxury lifestyle hotel on Wilcox Avenue between Hollywood and Sunset Boulevards on August 9. The new 11-storey hotel features 190 mid-century-inspired guestrooms, including 16 suites, a sophisticated feature dining concept from acclaimed LA-based chef Lincoln Carson and Bar Lis, a destination rooftop lounge and pool with unparalleled city views.

Godfrey Hotel Hollywood: The 220-room luxury lifestyle hotel opened in the heart of Hollywood on August 27. Its food & beverage outlets include SoCal-centric restaurant and bar ALK (About Last Knife!), a courtyard event space with seven adjacent hospitality suites and the 12,000 square foot I|O rooftop, boasting a 70-foot projection mapping video wall, two bars, swimming pool, fire pits and water feature.

Fairmont Century Plaza: AccorHotels’ Fairmont badge took over the landmark Century Plaza hotel in Century City with the property completing its $2.5 billion redevelopment yesterday (September 27). The Fairmont Century Plaza will have 400 rooms and 63 luxury residences; a 14,000-square-foot spa; 24,000 square feet of private event space; and four food and beverage options.

Downtown LA Proper: Proper Hotels is opening a second Southern California hotel at the downtown Los Angeles site of the former Case Hotel in early October. The 13-storey property, which was built in 1924, will have 148 rooms as well as a rooftop pool and two restaurants overseen by James Beard Award-winning local chef Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne (Lucques, a.o.c., Tavern).

CitizenM: Amsterdam-based hotel specialist CitizenM will make its West Coast debut with its Los Angeles property. The Downtown site, located at Fourth and Spring Street, will have 315 rooms. Surrounded by iconic landmarks of early 20th-century moviemaking, Little Tokyo, Disney Concert Hall and fashion districts, CitizenM’s Los Angeles Downtown property brings an affordable luxury experience just down the road from Hollywood. Guests will be surrounded by artwork by internationally renowned artists, both in-room and in shared spaces, such as wallpaper by Friedrich Kunath in the living room, and five pieces from the KRC Collection including a video art installation by The One Minutes.

The Shay: A boutique hotel that is part of the 500,000-square-foot Ivy Station mixed-use project in Culver City, it is slated to open on October 6. The 148-room hotel, which will be operated by Hyatt as part of its Destination Hotels group, will feature a 5,000-square-foot rooftop space with a pool, restaurant, and lounge. The hotel will also include the restaurant etta, helmed by Chicago chef Danny Grant.

Eat up the scene

City chefs continued to innovate and create throughout the pandemic, launching exciting concepts that visitors can now experience during their next trip.

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Girl and the Goat in the city’s Arts District has new dishes inspired by local flavours.

Citizen Public Market, Culver City: LA’s newest food hall opened in November 2020 with an airy rooftop patio space and many new restaurants, including the recent debut of Louella’s Cali Soul from Alta Adams’ chef Keith Corbin and Pizette, the casual pizza-sandwich joint from chef Nancy Silverton (Mozza).

The VTree Silverlake: The popular pandemic pop-up VTree has made things permanent with a brand-new location for its plant-based soul food since May 2021.

Juicy Pizza: Hip Hop royalty lives on – through pizza! The daughter of Jam Master Jay, Tyra Myricks, and the daughter of the late Christopher Wallace (aka The Notorious B.I.G), Tyanna Wallace, opened Juicy Pizza in June 2021 to give LA some of the New York City-style pizza they felt was missing.

Girl and the Goat: Top Chef alum Chef Stephanie Izard travelled west for sunny skies and fresh California produce. The Arts District location of the new space that opened in July 2021 shares the global influence and bold flavours of its Chicago flagship, but the culinary team is also crafting new dishes inspired by local flavours.

Imari: A new restaurant concept from acclaimed restauranteur Philip Camino and under the culinary direction of world-renowned Chefs David Schlosser (Shibumi) and Derek Wilcox (formerly Shoji), the Brentwood restaurant presents Washoku, a celebration of Japanese culture through traditional dishes in harmony with the seasons and local ingredients, which opened in August.

Mes Amis: Chef Lincoln Carson, formerly of beloved Bon Temps, returns with a new project called Mes Amis. Located in the forthcoming Thompson Hollywood, the restaurant aims to put a California reinterpretation on French classics.

Get culture shots

LA boasts more museums, galleries and performing arts venues than any other US city.

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Sounds good to us. Image: Courtesy: The Grammy Museum.

California African American Museum (CAAM): California African American Museum in Exposition Park reopened with five exhibitions on view including: April Bey’s ‘Atlantica, The Gilda Region’, ‘Rights and Rituals: The Making of African American Debutante Culture’; and Sanford Biggers’ ‘Codeswitch’.

California Science Centre: New exhibitions include ‘Covid-19: All in This Together’ and ‘Life! Beginnings.’

LACMA: LACMA has reopened with ‘Yoshitomo Nara’, a retrospective of the popular Japanese artist that had been scheduled to open last year, that is on view until July 5, 2022. Upcoming exhibitions opening on November 7 include ‘The Obama Portraits Tour’ and ‘Black American Portraits’.

The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA: A survey of video installations and sculptures by Swiss media artist Pipilotti Rist is at the Little Tokyo location in Downtown LA until June 6, 2022.

Natural History Museum: Check out ‘Rise Up LA: A Century of Votes for Women’, which opened last year, but was only on view digitally. The museum is also introducing audiences to ‘Spiky, Hairy, Shiny: Insects of LA,’ an exhibition of insect macrographs from their Biodiversity Science: City and Nature.

Hammer Museum: Currently on view at The Hammer is ‘Hammer Contemporary Collection: Brian Jungen’, an installation of consumer goods and materials that addresses the legacy of colonialism and violence in Hollywood westerns.

GRAMMY Museum: The Grammy Museum reopened with three new exhibitions. ‘Dave Matthews Band: Inside and Out’ will be on view this fall. ‘Y Para Siempre’, spotlighting five-time Latin Grammy winner Marco Antonio Solís, is slated to run until next spring. Rounding out the trio of new exhibitions is ‘Motown: The Sound of Young America’. More information is available at their site.

The Broad: The Broad features new, single-artist presentations including Jean-Michel Basquiat with all 13 works by the artist in The Broad’s collection, three on view for the first time; a mini-survey of Roy Lichtenstein with nearly half the 22 works on view for the first time at the museum; 10 artworks by Kara Walker including video, works on paper, and two new acquisitions; and a mini-survey of Andy Warhol that features 26 works including a major new acquisition. The special exhibition Invisible Sun in the first floor galleries – developed amid the COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing movement for racial justice and equity – features works in The Broad collection that resonate with our unprecedented period of rupture and collective desire for healing and recovery.

There for the ride

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Friends Boutique & Cafe in the Warner Bros Studio Tour: The one where you can shop for exclusive Friends-themed souvenirs and dine in recreated sets! Image: Courtesy: wbstudiotour.com.

Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood: Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood (WBSTH) opened for guests again on June 26, revealing new experiences that will get fans closer to the entertainment they love. Upon arrival, guests will be greeted at the new Welcome Centre, their gateway to Hollywood, with all-new ways to go behind the lens of movie-making magic including the ‘Storytelling Showcase’, and a new interactive grand finale, ‘Action and Magic Made Here’. The incredible new Studio Store provides fans access to exclusive merchandise from their favourite film and TV titles. Tickets are available online for $69 for adults (ages 11 and up) and $59 for children ages five to 10.

SoFi Stadium Tours: The home of the Los Angeles Chargers and Los Angeles Rams launched SoFi Stadium Tours – an immersive, behind-the-scenes experience that takes guests on a journey through the creation of SoFi Stadium, the largest stadium in the NFL and one of the most technologically advanced buildings in the world. The tour also puts attendees in the heart of the action, showcasing what it feels like to be a player on game day. Run through a player tunnel onto the field, check out Rams and Chargers locker rooms and even test their football skills on the field! Inspired by the NFL Scouting Combine, some of the on-field tour challenges include running the 40-yard dash, attempting a field goal kick and testing passing prowess. Once you complete an on-field challenge, you can compare statistics with those of professional football players.

Academy Museum of Motion Pictures: The Academy Museum is the world’s premier institution dedicated to the art and science of movies. The dynamic film centre that’s set to open in two days offers unparalleled experiences and insights into movies and moviemaking across six floors, including a 288-seat Ted Mann Theatre; the Shirley Temple Education Studio; a spherical, 1,000-seat David Geffen Theatre; and the rooftop Dolby Family Terrace with sweeping views of the Hollywood Hills.

Los Angeles Haunted Hayride: This now-iconic LA event returns to Griffith Park for its 13th season. The hayride centres around a story about a witch who has summoned creatures that have hidden among Halloween decorations in the town’s foothills. Tickets start at $29.99.  

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