French Market Cafe is a great place to go for a casual breakfast with a French twist. Yummy eggs are served with crispy baguettes and jam. There's also a small store inside stocking some hard to find French grocery items and a small deli. Seats are all outside so it's a nice place to go on a summer day to relax and have breakfast.
PROS: Baguette with meals
CONS: Strange location
Good source for more obscure yarn, much from Europe (lots of Anny Blatt). This store skews older than Wildfiber and is smaller. However, the service is very friendly and they have lots of knitted garments showcased around the store. Rebecca magazine available here.
PROS: Friendly, interesting yarns
CONS: Small store, obscure brands of yarn
Beacon is one of those great restaurants that's sadly not as populated as it should be. The menu is small but yummy - try the awesome marinated black cod or the Kobe beef. Modern decor in the fancy new Helms complex with lots of easy parking.
PROS: Delicious and creative food
CONS: No other bars or nightlife options around yet for after
What makes the Troub so great? They always have the most up and coming bands, friendly staff, easy parking across the street and most of all great sound and a small stage where you can see the band! It's a very comfortable place where music lovers can congregate.
Tip - go east down Santa Monica (from beach) and park in the apt building parking lot across the street from the club (usually about $8).
PROS: Hip bands
Dr. Ferro is awesome! He is very friendly and low-key and willing to answer all of your questions. The staff is great and take care of any insurance issues. Prices are right. Lots of nice designer eyewear as well.
PROS: Good prices, great doctor
The Face Place specializes in one kind of facial - that's it. They don't have any other extras, no fancy waiting rooms or misc spa treatments, just an awesome facial with their own homemade Vitamin C liquid, extractions, and steam. If you want to glow, this is the place to go.
PROS: Amazing facial that works
CONS: No other services available
Planet Blue has tons of cool clothing, all arranged by color and around the $100 - $300 price points. They also carry jeans (of course) and jewelry. I recommend the store on Main Street more as it is much larger and carries more inventory. You can always find something fun here.
PROS: Lots of inventory, very hip and trendy LA style
Though located a little bit farther away from all of the shops and bars on Main, Blonde is worth hitting up for trendy LA type clothing. It's smallish but has lots of jeans and tops along with more expensive pieces.
PROS: Has all of the trendy LA designers, lots of jeans
CONS: Small, not huge selection
I love this place - it's a tiny little store right on Abbot Kinney where you can pick up a quick slice or order a whole pie. They have several different kinds of crusts (including garlic and onion) and lots of different recipes (try the Joe's). They also deliver. Great local place.
PROS: Yummy pizza
CONS: May have to wait a bit for your order
See Lorraine Ross if you want to get amazing color...I've followed her from Santa Monica to here. She is always accessible, warm, fun and most importantly does the best color and highlights. And it's not outrageous LA prices!
PROS: Awesome colorist
CONS: Far from westside