One of the best parts about Shay is having demanding work that allows us to see the world, from meeting with clients in France and Korea to searching for inspiration in countries like the United Arab Emirates and Italy, but no matter where in the world we find ourselves, nothing feels better than coming home to Los Angeles. It’s the birthplace of our company and the city where all the jewelry-making magic really happens.
Friends always ask us for tips while putting together their own global itineraries, and while we’re always happy to share our personal travel recommendations (some of which we’ll be publishing right here, so stay tuned for more on that), there’s nowhere we know as well as LA. From dinner at Giorgio Baldi to excursions through Malibu’s Escondido Falls, we can truly say that there’s just no place like home — and we’ve got the ultimate list restaurants, cafes, and cultural meccas to prove it.
Whatever brings you to the West Coast, read on for a selection of our favorite hot spots — some synonymous with LA life, others more under-the-radar — that set this city apart.
Best Espresso in LA
Definitely stop by the very authentically Italian Gusto (because what’s better than a post-pasta caffeine fix?) or explore LA’s artisanal coffee scene at any Intelligentsia location (we love Silver Lake the most). @intelligentsiacoffee https://www.instagram.com/p/Bv_7kwanV7T/
If you need to get in a workout
We love the intensity of the cardio-meets-pilates-meets-weight training classes at Carrie’s Pilates. But if you’re more of the fast-paced, energy-fueled type, look no further than West Hollywood for a one-on-one boxing session at CruBox that’ll definitely keep you on your toes.
Best spot for a work meeting
You can’t beat Soho House West Hollywood for a dapper rendez-vous location, but there are plenty of alternatives if you’re not a member. Consider the popular Blue Bottle location on Beverly Blvd, or the always-cool French inspired restaurant called Zinqué on Melrose Ave.
If you’ve got a date
Don’t expect anything short of dazzling when it comes to date spot recs from a pair of jewelry fiends. For the perfect backdrop to your romantic evening, consider a cozy French bistro like Café Stella. And of course, there’s always the option of going totally old Hollywood glam at Chateau Marmont.
For the sushi savante
For all our fellow raw fish fans out there, treat yourself to the gastronomic genius of renowned chef Nobu Matsushisa at his Namesake Restaurant in Beverly Hills. For something a little more low key, head over to the traditional and nondescript Sushi Park for the kind of melt-in-your-mouth sashimi that you’ll be thinking about for days.
Or if you prefer Italian
Giorgio Baldi, hands down. Buon Appetito!
For a little bit of culture
The Broad is a contemporary art museum in LA with dynamic collections and exhibits worth dedicating an afternoon to viewing. We also like visiting The Getty Villa to explore an ancient world of art and architecture for an experience as authentic as it is unforgettable. The villa itself is the recreation of an actual ancient Roman country house (that’s definitely not something you see everyday).
If you love the outdoors!
Make a luxurious escape to the Rosewood Miramar Beach Resort in Montecito and enjoy having the Pacific shoreline right at your doorstep. Or, for something a little more rugged, embark on the ultimate LA outdoor activity with a hike at the Escondido Falls in the Santa Monica Mountains, through Franklin Canyon Park in Beverly Hills, or along the Los Liones trail in the Topanga State Park. We also love taking our pup on our hikes. ;)
For out-of-towners looking for a great stay!
Just because we live here doesn’t mean we don’t know our way around the professional hospitality circuit. Set your inner gypsy free at Le Petit Ermitage for something totally out of the ordinary, or go for the contemporary and cool choice with the 1 Hotel in West Hollywood, conveniently located at the base of the Hollywood Hills. For the design-centric traveler, we suggest staying at the La Peer Hotel for a stylishly welcoming stay.
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