When I first posted What should Pasty Minnesotans do in LA? Paige Appel (aka The Ambassador of Fun) busted me for being east-side-centric.
I still wouldn't want to live on the west side. But this series does make me want to cross La Brea a little more often.
Here's Paige on Westwood/West LA + Brentwood:
In my opinion, the west side doesn't go east of the 405, but I have to cover the neighborhoods slighted in the previous posts. I'm breaking it down by location and categories for easy reference in case those Minnesotans can only hit up a few neighborhoods. All of these recs have been tried and loved by me and mine.
Shabu Shabu, Ramen, and Sushi on Sawtelle.
See + buy the most beautiful bonsai trees at the nurseries on Sawtelle
Fall asleep on a leather couch eating chocolate with sea salt at Landmark's Westside Pavillion
Paul Thek Untitled (Meat Piece with Flies) at The Hammer
Sweet Rose Creamery for small batch, homemade ice cream. Get the Basil, Salted Caramel or Black Sesame Soy.
Pressed Juicery for fresh concoctions straight from the cold press. Fave is pear ginger pineapple mint.
Turpan for curated eclectica.
Trading Post for a post office straight out of Mayberry complete with unique sundries.
Drive up Kenter Canyon to Crestwood Hills Park and on the way marvel at the cluster of Case Study post and beams.
Walk, shop, eat. See above.