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    A First-Timer's Guide To West Hollywood, California

    Comedy, rock 'n' roll, and food — truly glorious food.

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    West Hollywood is home to amazing bars, kitschy shops, annoyingly great restaurants, music venues, and drag brunch joints — all of which we've outlined below.

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    If you're planning a quick trip to WeHo (or have booked a hotel in the area and want to stay there to avoid some LA traffic), allow me to take your hand and be your internet tour guide.

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    Escape the noise by way of 1 Hotel West Hollywood, a luxurious property that has all the makings of a tranquil oasis; we're talking in-room greenery, tons of natural light, a fun rooftop bar, and 10/10 room service that will have you hitting book faster than you can say "ricotta pancakes."

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    This hotel is designed with an outdoor pool, floor-to-ceiling windows that give you panoramic views of Downtown LA and Santa Monica, and an in-room wellness minibar.

    Address: 8490 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

    Rooms starting at: $342+

    If you're traveling solo and on a tight budget, the Hampton Inn & Suites Los Angeles Hollywood should be on your radar. Located slightly outside of West Hollywood (only about a 10-minute drive), this property offers fab amenities that rival the more expensive WeHo hotels.

    ATTN, rock 'n' roll snobs: Sunset Marquis has your name written all over it. The entire property is littered with music memorabilia and has hosted guests like Aerosmith and the Red Hot Chili Peppers!

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    This property is also home to NightBird Recording Studios and the iconic Bar 1200 — needless to say, music industry legends have frequented both.

    In addition to two pools and a spa, you'll also find the Morrison Hotel Gallery which displays famous photographs that encompass some of the greatest moments in music history.

    Address: 1200 Alta Loma Rd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

    Rooms starting at: $337+

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    Take a guided bike tour to spot hidden gems throughout Beverly Hills, Hollywood, and West Hollywood that you otherwise wouldn't have noticed. Want to see where Lucille Ball lived? Here's your chance.

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    One of the stops is the above Greystone Park & Mansion, the filming location for a *ton* of iconic films — think X-Men, The Social Network, and The Big Lebowski.

    You can even opt for renting an electric bike that gives you an extra push when riding uphill, so you're not entirely out of breath by the time the tour is over.

    Book a tour here.

    Get ready to cackle at The Comedy Store, a venue in which a ton of legendary stand-up comedians have performed — we're talking everyone from Robin Williams and Dave Chapelle to Sarah Silverman and Whoopi Goldberg.

    Get ready to peruse the aisles and aisles of literature at Book Soup. In addition to used copies, they also sell signed books and host a ton of author events — and yes, that includes celebrity author events.

    The Byrds! No Doubt! The Doors! This is just a sampling of the legendary bands that have played at Whisky A Go Go. Purchase tickets — some as low as $18 — and see a concert at this iconic Rock and Roll Hall of Fame landmark.

    Sunset Strip really ~sets~ the bar high when it comes to activities. This long stretch has so many shops, restaurants, and drink spots that you’ll feel the need to extend your trip ticket just to experience every single one.

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    If you're craving history *and* Asian fusion, Formosa Café is a must. The pot stickers and kung pao chicken are delicious, but knowing that this eatery was frequented by iconic old Hollywood figures like Marilyn Monroe and James Dean? That's what will make the hearts of movie buffs skip a beat.

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    This restaurant has been open since1939 and was actually located across the street from the then-Samuel Goldwyn studio, hence the many movie stars.

    Address: 7156 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046

    Brunch = great. Drag brunch = even greater. Make time for breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner and a show at Hamburger Mary's and indulge in classic diner fare: burgers and shakes with several mimosas on the side.

    What can rival a delicious slice of pizza? Not much. Get yours at Pizzana, where you can indulge in truffle pizza, braised short rib pizza, burrata...honestly just go stalk the Instagram for yourself. You'll want everything.

    Feast on vegan and plant-based Mexican food at Gracias Madre. Some menu highlights include black bean burgers, mushroom fajitas, and plantain chorizo quesadillas.

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    Address: 8905 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90069

    Get one, two, or ten scoops of handmade ice cream at Salt & Straw! Along with their staple flavors (think chocolate gooey brownie and honey lavender), they introduce new limited-edition flavors every month *and* offer tasting flights so you can sample every single one.

    Order a boozy root beer float or Long Island iced tea at Harlowe Bar. Between the intimate booths, the vintage portraits, and the bar smack dab in the middle of the space, this spot is both cozy *and* swanky. A true dream!

    *me on Instagram after spending exactly one second in West Hollywood*


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