A Health-Conscious Guide to Los Angeles
It may be a bit of cliché - the yoga loving, green juice worshiping, shaman following culture of Los Angeles. But, Angelenos seem to have mastered the idea of conscious living better than most. And when something is so ingrained into the fabric of a city, it can become more than a cliché. With the help of true artists and entrepreneurs, it can become an elevated state of living within a like-minded community.
Our health-conscious guide to Los Angeles features just a small selection of these wellness innovators, who are improving LA life one downward dog at a time.
The Detox Market | 8380 Beverly Boulevard, West Hollywood
What started as a pop-up on Abbot Kinney to educate Angelenos on the dangers of toxic chemicals in beauty products, has now grown into a full-fledged leader in the green beauty movement. The Detox Market (which is conveniently located next to a juice club) is a curated mecca of safe products from make-up to skincare to haircare. A robust e-commerce selection features all natural brands like RMS Beauty, The Honest Company and Odacite. Sleep soundly at night knowing the staff personally vets and tests each product.
The General Store | 1801 Lincoln Boulevard, West Hollywood
Slightly under-the-radar, The General Store is a carefully selected mix of apparel, decor and apothecary items crafted by natural artisans. From organic products like Earth Tu Face to California sage and Wildcrafted Tea from Juniper Ridge, the beautifully well-imagined selection and lofty space will stay with you long after you’ve departed.
A.O.C| 8700 W. 3rd Street, West Hollywood
A.O.C (which was named the best restaurant in the city by Los Angeles magazine) has been largely credited with bringing the market-driven small plates phenomenon to LA. Partners Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne have an impressive track record (Lucques, Tavern, The Hungry Cat) but it’s their shareable offerings of veggies, grains, meats and fish that have become a West Hollywood institution. Not to mention it has one of the best outdoor patios in the city - an enchanting leafy, bricked in space adorned with a fireplace and blanketed by trees and vines.
Crossroads | 8284 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood
Not what you think of when you picture a vegan restaurant, Crossroads defines itself not by what’s missing but by what it is. What it is is the first plant-based restaurant with a major bar scene and an upscale touch usually reserved for fine dining. It has a luxe bistro feel, a place where you won’t miss dairy or meat but will relish unique menu offerings like Chickpea Cake and Artichoke Oysters.
Sunset Ranch | 3400 N. Beachwood Drive, Hollywood
Get one of the best views of Hollywood while channeling your inner cowboy. Located in Griffith Park, Sunset Ranch leads one or two hour long horseback trail rides – including a stop for photo ops at the iconic Hollywood sign.
Runyon Canyon | 2000 N. Fuller Avenue, West Hollywood
Re-opening this fall after being closed for four months for water line repairs, this famed 130-acre park offers one of the best hiking workouts (not to mention the views) you can find. There are a few different trails to choose from and as one of the most popular spots in the city – you’ll definitely have company to keep you motivated.
The Springs | 608 Mateo Street, Los Angeles
A veritable wellness hub in downtown Los Angeles, The Springs made a lot of noise when they opened in 2014. You could spend a whole day here partaking in everything from yoga classes and chi renewal, then retreat to the café and juice bar for an all-day menu of seasonal produce and market-driven cuisine. Make sure you’re around at 4pm for the “Golden Hour”, a time to unwind from the day's work, engage in meaningful conversation with friends and strangers alike, and enjoy organic and biodynamic wines and snacks.
The Now | 7611 Beverly Boulevard, West Hollywood
A little piece of Tulum in the middle of Los Angeles, The Now is a massage boutique that offers luxury massage services at affordable prices. You certainly can’t beat $35 for 25 minutes of relaxation or the fact that they stay open until 10pm. The menu is as simple and refreshing as the décor - choose from three different lengths (25, 50 or 80 minutes) and three add-on options (aromatherapy, beauty sleep or power cleansing).
We can’t wait to become part of this community at The James West Hollywood – Sunset, now accepting bookings for March 2017.