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Garden of Earthly Delights

The Best Healthy Eats in L.A.
  • Cafe Gratitude

    Café Gratitude

  • Chateau Marmont

    Chateau Marmont

  • Crossroads Kitchen

    Crossroads Kitchen

  • The London West Hollywood

    The London West Hollywood

  • Compartes

    Compartes

  • The Beverly Hills Hotel

    The Beverly Hills Hotel

  • Alfred Coffee

    Alfred Coffee

CHEAT SHEET
WHERE

L.A. spans some 500 square miles on the Pacific Coast of Southern California.

WHY GO

Though it’s a mind-bogglingly varied place, ready to contradict every preconception, it’s not hard to encounter the high-gloss L.A. of our imagination — show business, impossibly beautiful people, legendary nightlife, bank-busting shopping, perfect weather and all.

HOW

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is the major air hub on North America’s West Coast, with direct domestic and international flights aplenty.

TABLET TIP

Once in town, you’ll need to get comfy in a car. L.A.’s public transportation system exists somewhere between unhelpful and altogether unknown. But really, poor public transit is beside the point, for what would the place be without its car culture?

Los Angeles, November, 2013

Los Angeles is a city in which it’s possible to eat healthy and eat well. Finding healthy options while traveling isn’t always easy, but while in L.A., whether you’re vegetarian, vegan or even paleo, there are options galore for every food philosophy imaginable. From Beverly Hills’ traditional, high-end landmarks to Venice Beach’s hippie-casual cafés, L.A. has one of the most accommodating food scenes anywhere.

Starting at the beach (as most L.A.-bound travelers do), you’ll find healthy restaurants aplenty from the South Bay all the way up to Malibu. Just up the street from Manhattan Beach’s Shade Hotel, the brand-new location of Pressed Juicery offers beach-goers fresh flavors like the local favorite Pineapple-Pear-Ginger-Mint. And in Malibu, their roving juice truck keeps surfers and celebs alike as cool as can be.

Combine celebrity culture, surf culture and a dose of Venice’s creative energy, and you end up with gems like Café Gratitude, tucked away on Venice’s up-and-coming Rose Avenue. Although Café Gratitude originally popped up in San Francisco, there are few restaurants that feel as quintessentially L.A. With its light and airy atmosphere, mostly raw menu and radiantly healthy regulars, it’s about as pure a dose of Southern California as you’ll find. Visit in the morning for raw cashew crêpes, homemade kombucha tea or a cup of their spiced “Immortal” elixir.

A few blocks away on Abbott Kinney Boulevard is Gjelina and their standing-room-only GTA (Gjelina Take Away). Gjelina, with its cozy wooden interior, serves up delicious fare for all and will especially delight vegetarians with giant offerings of freshly roasted veggies and hard-to-forget avocado toast. And with an eclectic blend of shops including Scotch & Soda, Le Labo and the TOMS Shoes flagship store, the neighborhood easily warrants some post-meal strolling and shopping.

Down Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood, folks are abuzz about the upscale, veggie-centric Crossroads Kitchen. Just a few blocks down Melrose Ave. from the Palihotel, Crossroads’ gorgeous dining room makes for the perfect lunch date. The real centerpiece here is the menu by chef Tal Ronnan, who has cooked for the likes of Oprah, Ellen — pretty much everyone with whom America is on a first-name basis. After lunch, pop around the corner for a double espresso at Alfred Coffee. Serving roasts by Stumptown, Alfred is quickly becoming one of Hollywood’s coolest coffee shops.

Not far apart from one another on Sunset Boulevard, the Beverly Hills Hotel and Chateau Marmont both make iconic settings for a healthy meal. The Polo Lounge at Beverly Hills Hotel may be famous for its bacon-studded McCarthy Salad, but in true L.A. form, the celebrated lounge also offers the West Hollywood Salad, with quinoa, farro and kale. At the Chateau, take advantage of some legendary people-watching on the covered patio and choose from dishes like chickpea panisse or chilled beets with hazelnuts.

No matter how calorie-conscious you keep your travels, there is always room for dessert — and in L.A., even desserts can be guilt-free. From gluten-free doughnuts at Fonuts in Mid-City to organic chocolates at Compartes in Brentwood, in this city, there are options aplenty for health-nuts and epicures alike.

Suzanne Hall of The Chalkboard Mag

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CHEAT SHEET
WHERE

L.A. spans some 500 square miles on the Pacific Coast of Southern California.

WHY GO

Though it’s a mind-bogglingly varied place, ready to contradict every preconception, it’s not hard to encounter the high-gloss L.A. of our imagination — show business, impossibly beautiful people, legendary nightlife, bank-busting shopping, perfect weather and all.

HOW

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is the major air hub on North America’s West Coast, with direct domestic and international flights aplenty.

TABLET TIP

Once in town, you’ll need to get comfy in a car. L.A.’s public transportation system exists somewhere between unhelpful and altogether unknown. But really, poor public transit is beside the point, for what would the place be without its car culture?

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