6 Under-the-Radar Hollywood Hot Spots

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The iconic Hollywood sign

We know: Resisting Tinseltown’s glitzy icons is futile. But once you’ve checked the must–sees off your list, what next? Try adding these six stops to the tourist circuit.

Cat & Fiddle

This British pub is located in a 1929 building that once housed part of the Casablanca set. Opened by British Invasion rocker Kim Gardner and still run by his family, the bar features authentic pub grub and live music on its sprawling patio. 6530 Sunset Blvd., bangers and mash $10.75.

Hennessey + Ingalls

You don’t need to be the next Frank Gehry to enjoy this specialty architecture and arts bookstore, an offshoot of the Santa Monica flagship. With guides to local Art Deco landmarks, coffee table books on L.A.’s famed mansions, and Moleskine film journals to record your very own reviews, it’s a smart souvenir alternative to the kitsch shops lining Hollywood Blvd. 1520 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Moleskine Passions Film Journal $20.

Umami Burger

In-N-Out Burger may finally have some competition in the hearts of Angelenos. Umami is named for what the Japanese call the fifth taste—the indescribable savory flavor that doesn’t quite qualify as sweet, sour, bitter, or salty. Umami’s signature burger comes topped with shiitakes and a parmesan crisp; others include white soy aioli, slow–roasted tomatoes, or truffle ricotta. Browse the racks at open–air shopping venue Space 15 Twenty while you wait—and you will. 1520 N. Cahuenga Blvd., burgers from $10.

Hollywood Farmers’ Market

It’s fitting that this weekend produce fair is a block from Vine. In addition to nearly 90 farm stands, the market includes artisanal bakers, clothing stalls, and food vendors like Grill Masters, where the rotisserie chicken is a citywide hit. Ivar and Selma Aves., whole chicken $11.


The folks at Grub, including Top Chef contender Betty Fraser, met waiting tables at California Pizza Kitchen. Now they’ve invented their own Golden State comfort food, such as blueberry almond granola pancakes with raspberry butter. Bonus: Instead of bread on the table, you’ll find bowls of Froot Loops. 911 Seward St., pancakes $9.

Hollywood Forever Cemetery

The cemetery, built in 1899, isn’t as famous as Forest Lawn, but it still has its fair share of legends, such as Cecil B. DeMille and Rudolph Valentino. The grounds are often turned into a lively party spot with open–air BYOB screenings of modern classics, like E.T. and Annie Hall, and pre-show sets by noted DJs. 6000 Santa Monica Blvd., screenings $10.


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