West Hollywood's Most Insta Worthy Spots
West Hollywood, a super trendy and vibrant city in LA County, is probably one of the most Instagram worthy places I've ever been to. Known as a celebrity hub with an urban, easy- going but eccentric vibe, the city really caters to creatives, making it a popular hotspot for bloggers and influencers around the world. Recently, Jeff and I spent a weekend in WeHo to enjoy a mini gateway and I thought it would be fun to chronicle all of the social media worthy moments/spaces captured in our two day stay.
This striped black and white wall can be found outside of the restaurant, Employee's Only, located on Santa Monica Blvd. Their food was actually super delicious! We recommend the halibut, octopus and olive oil cake for dessert =)
1. The Butcher, The Baker and the Cappuccino Maker
On Saturday morning, we woke up early and went to go get brunch at this cute little establishment located right on Sunset Blvd. Known especially for their famous “colorburst lattes” pictured below, I knew the moment we arrived that I had to order one. While the drink itself was beautiful, I’m sad to report there was no particular or special flavor to differentiate it from any other regular latte. But, Jeff did order their Mexican mocha, which ended up being the best coffee drink we had on our whole stay- I highly recommend it!
I feel like, it’s not uncommon to eat at an aesthetically pleasing, but relatively mediocre restaurant. This was not the case at The Butcher, The Baker, The Cappuccino Maker! For breakfast, Jeff ordered the prosciutto croissant sandwich and I got the avocado eggs benny. Both were delicious! In fact we were so satisfied with our dishes that we would gladly return to try other menu items.
2. Melrose Ave.
Melrose Avenue is one of LA's most famous streets, with a huge selection of renowned and trendy boutiques, dining and entertainment (both high-end and affordable). We spent quite a few hours just wandering around the area and it was one of the highlights of the trip for me. We ran into so many different murals and cool storefronts and I got a ton of awesome pictures. I would recommend picking a starting point, like Paul Smith's Pink Wall (more on that below- several of the places I've listed on this post are located in the Melrose District. ) and just making your way up and down the street. The paintings I'm showing are all relatively close to one another.
Fairfax Ave., another really cool area with all kinds of famous streetwear brands (like Supreme, The Hundreds, Diamond, Pink Dolphin, and Flight Club) intersects with Melrose and is worth exploring, as well. Tyler the Creator was actually present on Fairfax, hosting a pop up shop, while we were in the area.
This famous "Made in LA" wall can be found at 8025 Melrose Ave Los Angeles
3. Carrera Coffee
Carrera coffee is a popular cafe located right on Melrose Ave. What really sets this shop apart is their ripple maker, a machine that prints any image on the foam layer of a coffee or tea beverage. You can download the coffee ripple app and upload one of your own pictures, or be basic (like me) and use one of their preset images. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like this before in terms of “latte art”- this technology basically makes for the quintessential IG coffee post.
The cafe is not only known for its foamy beverages, but it is also home to a famous wall with a rotating collection of murals that changes monthly. This really makes it worth your while to visit often and check out the various different art pieces. The “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” mural below was the painting for July.
4. The Pink Wall At Paul Smith
Located at 8221 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood, this iconic pink wall (really, it's a pink building) is one of the most popular backdrops for both bloggers and influencers in the LA area. The British designer opened the location in 2005, and in the last 14 years, the wall has become a type of landmark, attracting more than 55,000 visitors a year.
5. Rooftop Restaurants/ Lounges and Pool Areas
It’s not a proper WeHo visit without a stop at one of their trendy rooftop restaurants, lounges or pools. The city makes for a stunning backdrop for selfies 🤳 , plus the warm so cal weather makes the venue all the more enjoyable. Below are some of my favorite rooftop destinations worth mentioning:
The Ivory on Sunset - a stunning rooftop restaurant atop of the Mondrian hotel, offers delicious food, with an equally tasteful presentation. The hotel’s pool area is located right next to it, as well. You can find the Ivory at 8440 Sunset Blvd.
French toast from The Ivory
Harriet’s - located on the sunset strip at the Jeremy hotel, this is another gorgeous evening/ night time-option. The address is 8490 Sunset Blvd.
The Montrose Hotel, located at 900 Hammond Street, is where Jeff and I stayed at on our last WeHo visit. We really enjoyed the rooftop pool area as it was a highlight of our stay.
Lastly, there's Andaz, another great rooftop pool ( the tallest in the city) and it is located at 8401 Sunset Blvd.
6. Alfred Coffee and Tea Room
Alfred Tea Room, and it’s stylish big sister, Alfred Coffee, have become staples in the Los Angeles cafe scene. Both can be visited in the Melrose district ( Alfred Coffee- 8428 Melrose Pl. and Alfred Tea Room- 705 N Alfred Street) and are often frequented (and instagrammed) by both Hollywood celebs and fashion bloggers. Not only is their interior visually appealing, they also have collaborations with LA labels to design their coffee sleeves. And with Portland -based Stumptown coffee as their beans of choice, Alfred is sure to continue its insta-reign as one of CA’s top cafes to visit.
So this is not my photo, but I absolutely loved this sleeve! Ha, I thought I'd share =) Photo taken from here
My drink from Alfred Tea Room- As instagrammable as it is, the reviews for this tea room are not great. But I actually really enjoyed my rose milk tea and boba drink.
Alfred Tea Room Signage
7. Pop-up Shops and Exhibitions
Don’t quote me on this, but aside from NYC, I really believe LA is the next best pop up shop and exhibition location for start up, underground, e-commerce and even seasoned brands. We saw quite a few pop up shops happening while in the city, so it’s a great idea to do a simple google search and see if any noteworthy ones are going on while you’re in town.
While this wasn’t in West Hollywood (we took a short Uber drive to Beverly Hills to walk around Rodeo drive), we stumbled upon this super bougie but perfect photo-op pop-up exhibition commemorating Louis Vuitton’s history and exploring its collaborations over the last 160 years.
I love the color scheme! Esp. since neon is super in right now !
Photo taken from here
Photo taken from here
While we didn’t actually go into the exhibition ( the line was way too long ) I didn’t let that stop me from taking advantage of the gorgeous backdrop hah.
So whether you're in the area for work or pleasure, it never hurts to update and add some great content to your social media platform(s).
WeHo definitely has you covered!