Every year we always fill ourselves with a fresh outlook and positive resolutions to make the upcoming year a more fulfilling and compelling one. 2018 is looking to be no different, and lucky for us there are a lot of fun places to explore in LA where you can stay true to your New Year’s Resolutions.
Text Less, Read More
Then head to one of these awesome bookstores:
Book Soup is the largest general interest bookstore in Hollywood. Conveniently located in the middle of the famous Sunset Strip, it’s known for floor-to-ceiling bookshelves packed full of titles from popular to the unique. Founded in 1975, this store is a Hollywood hotspot, hosting a variety of readings and events. They have a magazine and newsstand out front, where it is not uncommon to spot a celebrity or two browsing the shelves.
One of two locations left within the world (the other being London), The Samuel French Bookshop in Hollywood is a store dedicated to film and theatre related books, journals, and magazines. It is one of the longest-running bookstores of its kind. For most aspiring actors and directors in Hollywood, The Samuel French Bookshop is often their second home as this is the oldest film and theatre bookstore in Los Angeles. It’s been in business for over 65 years, and is undeniably a Hollywood institution.
The Last Bookstore is one of the most iconic bookstores in LA, known for its book archways and stunning interior. It is also California’s largest used and new book and record store. Relatively new on the book scene, The Last Bookstore all began in 2005 in a downtown Los Angeles loft. The ironic name was chosen to reflect the dying nature of bookstores—but luckily enough, the store has done increasingly well over the years. In addition to over 250,000 new and used books filling up two floors, they also sell thousands of vinyl records and comic books. Be sure to visit with a camera as this will surely be one of the most visually interesting bookstores you’ll ever discover.
Do so by checking out one of these healthy spots.
With locations across LA—there’s one in Santa Monica, West Hollywood and Pasadena—Real Food Daily is a vegan’s delight offering full plates of whole grains, legumes and vegetables alongside housemade, signature sauces. Dishes span the gamut from Italian (Lasagna Nepoletana) to Mexican (Mexico City tacos) to Chinese (Kung Pao stir fry), all while delivering intricate flavors that appeal to both vegans and non-vegans alike. Brunch is also available for weekend diners, where you can nurse that hangover with a breakfast burrito packed with scrambled tofu, roasted potatoes, black beans, tempeh bacon and more.
Health junkies: this is your one-stop shop for your daily dose of organic fruits and veggies. The Santa Monica location (with another outpost on W 3rd St) offers everything for the salad lover, with the potential to convert a couple of you meat-only skeptics. Create your own bowl of greens or choose from the signature staples, such as the watermelon feta or hummus tahina bowl.
Simply put, Crossroads is a high-end vegan restaurant for carnivores. Plant-based chef to the stars Tal Ronnen has reinvented meat-free meals with flavorful and imaginative dishes that are reasonably priced and served in a cozy, white-tablecloth Melrose Avenue dining room. Grab a comfy round booth and start with one of the signature small plates: Artichoke oysters layer five artichoke leaves with pureed artichoke, a fried oyster mushroom, kelp caviar and a drizzle of yellow Bearnaise, crumbly rounds of “crab cakes” (packed with diced hearts of palm, apples and beets), and the famous Impossible Burger.
Work Out More
It’s easy to stay fit by taking a class at one of these great spots:
Orangetheory Fitness offers a heart-pumping group fitness class (a la Barry’s Bootcamp) that uses circuit training, (switching from rowing machines to weights to the treadmill), and is never boring because they’re always changing things up. What makes this group class different from the rest is the focus on the heart. Tracking your heart rate will make sure you’re working out efficiently and giving it your all—to help you reach personal target heart rate goals and burn fat for hours after your class finishes.
Rise Nation is perfect if you’re short on time but want to break a serious sweat. The 30-minute sessions utilize a climber machine to give you a total body workout. The dark atmosphere, color-changing lights and loud music make you feel like you’re in a nightclub! It takes a few minutes for your body to adjust to the movement of the machine, but once you get the hang of it the class is actually really fun.
Bustling Angelenos can unwind with Unplug’s series of 30-45 minute guided meditation courses offered on the daily. Held in a minimalistic, clean, and modern space off of Melrose Avenue, these relaxation gurus will teach you how to clear your mind through spiritual healing.
No matter how you start your New Year, you’ll always find things to do and see in LA throughout the year. For more information on these and other hot picks in the area, consult with our concierge at The London West Hollywood. Happy 2018 to all!