Hotspots in Los Angeles, CA

Kinetic Theory Circus School

Join the circus without ever leaving home! This theater is doing much more than putting on shows. If you’re looking for alternative strength training methods, you’ve come to the right place. Kinetic Theory offers classes in circus arts and stretch and conditioning, as well as physical theater. Learn aerials, trapeze, contortion tricks, hand balancing and more with skill-based circus classes and theater training. Aspiring performers and energetic kids will find a place in these progressive classes. This place is perfect for the class clown to become a real clown.

Portos Bakery

Are you savory or sweet? Although the lunch is equally delicious, you'll be rushing to get to dessert. This little bakery offers a long list of gourmet pastries, cakes and sweets. Try the potato balls and fruit tart cakes.

Los Angeles Union Station

A well-known Los Angeles landmark, Union Station sees its fair share of daily commuters, but it’s the unique and vintage vibe that draws brides-to-be to this iconic venue. Showcasing 50-foot ceilings and art deco design, the main terminal’s spacious layout is perfect for large weddings. Here, remnants of the station’s history adds to the ambiance of this unique wedding venue, complete with the distinguishing tower and rooms where you and your bridal party can get you ready to get hitched. Or, you can opt to exchange vows outside the main terminal on the South Patio where a circular space is lined with flowers. And, the Fred Harvey Restaurant, located adjacent to the patio, also offers upscale dining as well as an alternative reception site within the Union Station venue.

Ultrazone Laser Tag

Where else can you strap a target onto your kids and shoot them with lasers? At Ultrazone Laser Tag in Sherman Oaks, gamers young and old can stick together as a team or join opposing sides in a game of cat and mouse. Games run in 15-minute blocks, and in between battles your kiddos can enjoy a small selection of arcade games. The clean facilities also host birthday parties. Even laser tag newbies can have the confidence of knowing you'll be schooled in the rules right before the game, so pick a team and get ready for some adrenaline-pumping fun!

The Sniveling Sibling

For unique, vintage furniture and home accents at an affordable price, head to The Sniveling Sibling. Nestled in this family-friendly, artsy suburb of Los Angeles known as Eagle Rock, this intimate space is filled with hand-picked finds which can breathe new life into your abode with old pieces chalk full of personality. From functional pieces such as spice racks to decorative pieces such as record player tables, each piece is unique so snatch it up whenever you find what you love or it may not be there when you return to the store. And, there’s a huge parking lot behind the store so you can spend less time hunting for a spot and more time hunting for the perfect addition to your domicile.

Shade

Shade is more than just a place to rest your head, it’s a sensory experience.  Part beach retreat, part party zone, this sexy sanctuary has just the right mix for an unforgettable getaway.  The collection of rooms features chromatherapy lighting allowing guests to control the mood with the flick of a switch.  Other en suite amenities include Sanijet spas, a Pillow Library, and Lavazza espresso machines for those who wish to assume the role of barista.  At night locals and visitors tend to mingle inside Zinc, the hotel’s restaurant and lounge where a long list of small plates are paired with some rather tasty subzero martinis.  By dawn’s early light, guests are queuing up for the complimentary breakfast buffet before staking claim to a poolside lounger.  Manhattan Beach’s charming village, located just beyond Shade’s front door, also beckons with its fleet of boutiques and sidewalk cafes.

Tagine

Tagine is a blend of local hub meets upscale exclusivity. The interior makes for the upscale ambiance, with framed photographs of Morocco gracing the walls. The tables might be a little bit closer together than expected, but it's part of the cosy ambiance. The name Tagine is named for slow-cooked stew of Morocco, and is the brainchild of partners Chef Abdessamad "Ben" Benameur and actor Ryan Gosling. The Moroccan dishes are also reflective of French and Spanish influences. Go during dinner for a quieter crowd and dim but realizing glow that metal lanterns create.

Brookside Equestrian Center

Whether you are a horse lover at heart or are just looking for a unique outdoor venue that lets you seal the matrimonial deal amongst live horses, the Brookside Equestrian Center offers a vintage wedding setting less than 30 minutes outside of Los Angeles. The scene will be set as soon as guests arrive, parking on the lawn area and being escorted by horse carriage to your ceremony area. Amidst the horses peeking out of the barns and sprawling green lawns, your ceremony, cocktail hour and reception can take place at the gazebo, in front of the barnyard, or under the covered outdoor seating. Once you’ve said your “I do’s,” the venue sets up lawn games to spark a little friendly competition and keep the entertainment factor going. This historic landmark is embellished with antique décor, leaving little need to spring for decorations. However, note that live bands are not allowed at this venue, and the cut off time for your big bash is 10 p.m.

Rosie's Dog Beach

After more than 30 years of leashes, your four-legged friend can run free along the 3-acre Long Beach Dog Zone named Rosie's Dog Beach after Justin Rudd's famous Rosie the English Bulldog who inspired the leash-free laws. Calm waters makes this a prime spot for pooch to take a dip, while free, convenient parking makes it easy for you and Fido to get to. Be sure to bring a bowl and fresh water for your doggie to sip, because he's sure to work up a thirst with all the exercise and socializing he'll get. This Belmont Shore coastal location is the only off-leash beach in Los Angeles County.

The Ebell Club of Los Angeles

The Ebell Club of Los Angeles, an official LA Historic Landmark, is the perfect setting for your ballroom wedding no matter how big or small. Whether you exchange vows in front of the fountain or mark the beginning of forever under the tall, arched doorway of the Art Salon, you are guaranteed to look stunning in your bridal whites. This venue is rich with history and unique architecture, from the details in the dining room and lounge to the pieces hanging in the art salon; it’s evident that this former women’s club was made for women. While the attentive staff sees to your every bridal whim, your guests can sip libations in the courtyard garden or peer down into the festivities from the mezzanine – also a prime spot for photographers. But, the real show stopper is the broad, shallow steps of the staircase which make for a grand bridal entrance, even in your heels.