eat

NYC may be better known to foodies, but LA is sure to satisfy the most discerning of palates. Head to Cube on La Brea or Bottega Louie downtown for delicious Italian, and STK or Providence for the best New American. And for your mandatory sushi excursion, choose Izakaya by Katsu-ya (casual) or Matsuhisa (upscale), finishing with a buttery cupcake at Magnolia.

 

spa

A pleasure of travel is the implicit permission to indulge a bit, and we can think of no better decadence than the Custom Facial at Kinara Spa or the Blissage75 at the W Hollywood's Bliss Spa. Post-treatment you'll feel so renewed that the ordeal of flying is just about forgotten.

listen

LA's rock history may be as dense as it is tragic, but it's never been more exciting to catch a wave of something new. Check out the Glitch Mob, Lucent Dossier, the Ross Sea Party, and Spindrift, all of whom promise not just music, but an all-consuming lifestyle.

stay

For maximum poolside real estate, grab a room at one of LA's best newcomers. Quietly luxurious, the London West Hollywood provides the perfect balance of hip and laid-back, while the W Hollywood sets the stage for your full-on takedown. Either way, you're assured ample pool time and swell room-service.

drink

Nightlife comes and goes, but the art of cocktailing is timeless. Add a stunning backdrop, and you have a night to remember (or forget). Right now: Sayers Club for a champagne cocktail, the Biltmore for a perfect martini, and Supperclub for a drink, dance, and quick romance.

shop

No trip is complete without a few choice souvenirs which you'll easily find at the Beverly Center's Henri Bendel and Downtown's famed Skingraft apparel. Our picks? Bendel's eternally chic Debutante Asymmetric Clutch and the adjustable holster from the leather experts at Skingraft.