1540 Amherst Avenue #201
Los Angeles, CA
Bed 3 Bath 2.75 Price $1,148,000View Listing
When you hear West Los Angeles, most people think it encompasses the entire Westside. But, West Los Angeles is actually its own little suburb right next to Culver City and Century City. The hip and cool neighborhood has a lot to offer too.
Not only is it a great place to call home, but there’s also a lot to see and do. Here are some of our favorites.
Apple Pan has truly stood the test of time. For decades now (it opened in 1947), the neighborhood diner has been a go-to for locals and visitors alike and with good reason. The retro vibe is complemented by the mouthwatering burgers and freshly baked homemade pie. Although the original owners sold the diner to music mogul Irving Azoff earlier this year, they plan on keeping it the same so we can all enjoy it for many more years to come.
Situated right next door in the Rancho Park neighborhood, Westside Pavillion was a go-to mall for LA shoppers when it first debuted in 1985. It’s even made numerous big-screen appearances. You might recognize it from “Christmas with the Kranks” and “Clueless,” as well as from Tom Petty’s “Free Fallin” music video. Due to its lack of popularity, a big portion of the shopping center will soon be converted into Google offices.
The arrival of the Expo/Bundy Station was a game-changer for the West LA neighborhood. The station, adorned with colorful murals by artist Nzuji De Magalhães, made it even easier for people to easily commute here from other corners of the city including Downtown Santa Monica and Culver City without dealing with traffic.
If you’re a working woman looking for a space to work and network with other powerful women, check out The Riveter. The chic and cool co-working space in West LA has a modern, open design making it an ideal environment for creatives. Book a desk here and enjoy exclusive member perks like access to events and office hours with experts in different fields.
Tucked away on Westwood Boulevard, this casual Japanese restaurant is one of those places that only locals know about. The space’s clean, minimal decor allows the food to take center stage. Expect lots of small plates here that celebrate healthy root vegetables like ginger, carrots, and lotus root and blend in savory Japanese flavors and traditional ingredients.
If you want to get your sweat on in West LA, Depot Fitness is a great place to go. CrossFit is the name of the game here and it’s open to all fitness levels. The 4,700-square-foot facility features a 44-foot pull-up ring, showers, and monthly memberships. Your first class is on the house and did we mention there’s also free parking? That’s reason enough to check it out.
West Los Angeles Regional Library
The West Los Angeles Regional Library on Santa Monica Boulevard is a quiet respite from all the hustle and bustle of the city. It’s a family-friendly place to hang out and features a great lineup of events such as choir lessons, kids storytime, English classes, zine workshops, and more.
Tatsu Ramen’s motto is “ramen with a soul” and that’s exactly how it tastes. The secret to the ramen’s deliciousness is the umami broth which is made from scratch in-house daily and takes 14 hours to cook. In true LA fashion, there are meat lover, vegan, and gluten-free options for every type of eater and you can further customize your ramen bowl to your liking using a handy iPad ordering system.
West Los Angeles Civic Center
Completed in 1965, the West Los Angeles Civic Center is a five-building complex that includes City Hall, the regional branch library, a court building, a community center, and an amphitheater. The buildings feature a mid-century modern design replete with concrete, flat roofs, and glass entryways. The amphitheater’s design is by far the most eye-catching thanks to its curved roof.
Veterans Affairs West Los Angeles Healthcare Center
Open since 1888, the Veterans Affairs West Los Angeles Healthcare Center is a 400-acre campus designed to support homeless and low-income veterans. The campus is home to the West Los Angeles Veterans Affairs Historic District, the Streetcar Depot, and the Wadsworth Chapel which are all listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Plan Check Kitchen + Bar
Plan Check Kitchen + Bar is a great spot for hanging out with friends and family over a good burger and some drinks. Order the raved-about smokey fried chicken sandwich or the classic burger featuring the restaurant’s signature ketchup leather that doesn’t make your buns soggy. Whether you pop in for lunch, happy hour, dinner, or bottomless brunch on Saturdays and Sundays, it’s bound to be a good (and delicious!) time.
Brought to us by acclaimed chef Ricardo Zarate, Pikoh is one of West LA’s newest culinary hotspots. Not only is the space beautiful awash in earthy tones and lush greenery, but the food is just as good as you’d expect from the top chef. The menu encompasses international flavors and has a little something for everyone. Look forward to kimchi fried rice, chorizo hash, peach and granola bowls, and chicken and waffles.
One of West LA’s main selling points is location, location, location. The commuter-friendly neighborhood has easy access to the 10 and 405 freeways. So if you commute to Century City or Culver City for work every day, West LA is a great place to call home.
Driving by Village Studios on Butler Avenue you’d never know that this is where so many hit songs have been recorded. Music icons of all genres have made music here including The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Lady Gaga, Mariah Carey, and John Legend. Soundtracks to movies such as “Toy Story” and “Cars” have also been created here.
California Chicken Cafe
If you need something quick, healthy, and good to eat, California Chicken Cafe has your back. Nourishing Angelenos since 1995, this laid-back eatery offers—you guessed it—lots of chicken options including Chinese chicken salads and Caesar wraps alongside broccoli soup and mashed potatoes and gravy sides.
Food is another must-try in West LA. The charming cafe serves an assortment of healthy things including soups, sandwiches, and salads. It also has a market component where you can grab a pre-made dish to take home along with some wine and cheese.
Atticus Creamery & Pies
Craving a sweet treat? Head to Atticus Creamery on West Pico Boulevard. The ice cream and pies are made fresh every day using organic ingredients. Ice cream flavor options include classics like pistachio and chocolate as well as fun ones like matcha green tea and lemon lavender. The pie options are just as exciting—think triple berry and Oreo. Vegan and gluten-free pies are also available.
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