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Best Kids’ Workshops HIT : 525

Photograph by Gandee Vasan/Getty Images Entertaining children can be done the hard way (lots of freeway miles) or the easy way (firing up the laptop). Or you can take advantage of L.A.’s many cultural and scientific wonderlands that offer the ultimate distractions: workshops that will have youngsters slapping down paint, whipping up meals, or delving […]
DATE: 3/29/2016 12:00:00 AM
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Best Children’s Menus HIT : 568

Photograph by Lisa Romerein Even at L.A.’s more ambitious restaurants, the children’s offerings are often the culinary equivalent of a well-worn SpongeBob DVD—already enjoyed way too many times but popped in yet again to keep Courtney or Eli occupied while their parents sup on something more sophisticated. Searching for the city’s best kids’ menus (for […]
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Best Special Delivery HIT : 698

The city’s gift-delivery game has been given an artisanal overhaul, with a number of small businesses doling out delicious made-in-L.A. products posthaste
DATE: 3/29/2016 12:00:00 AM
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Best Hotel Gift Shops HIT : 674

The usual setup, geared to the forgetful guest, is a closet with a few sundries such as toothpaste and razors—along with a generic item or two that could travel home as a souvenir. But a handful of L.A. hotels have elevated their gift shops to store-size spaces offering apparel, jewelry, and accessories that exemplify the […]
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Best Art Supplies HIT : 706

  The students who flock to L.A.’s big art schools—Otis, Art Center College of Design, CalArts—or to vibrant community programs at Barnsdall Art Park and Self-Help Graphics & Art don’t have any trouble scoring the paints, pencils, paper, and other goods they need for their projects. A broad palette of stores caters to professional artists […]
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Best Used Bookstores HIT : 520

Photograph courtesy Flickr/Redzenradish Best of LA, November 2007 Reading while standing mid-aisle is a venerable bookstore tradition. You’ll see plenty of that at Brand Bookshop, but you’ll also find a few tables and chairs scattered about, which help to make this L.A.’s most welcoming used bookstore. (A jocular greeting from the owner—a blend of Don Knotts […]
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Best Eyeglasses HIT : 645

Don’t be shortsighted. This town’s brimming with spectacles if you know where to look
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Best Sunglasses Shops HIT : 576

By the time tourists were snapping up pairs of military-style Foster Grants on the Atlantic City Boardwalk in the late ’20s, sunglasses were on their way to becoming a necessity (at least, as we go broke financing a new pair, we’re convinced there’s no living without them). Still, L.A.’s got a better excuse than most […]
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Best Luggage HIT : 480

If you’re feeling a touch of wanderlust, here are some shops with bags to pack.
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Best Piano Bars HIT : 672

Photograph courtesy Flickr/tamaki The Buggy Whip Diners come to this old-school steak house for the f let mignon and the green goddess dressing, but for music aficionados the draw is Peter Wagner at the piano. Follow the strains of “Holly Holy” or “Luck Be a Lady” to find Wagner’s spot near the curved bar, where he performs Wednesday through Saturday […]
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Best Kids’ Shoes HIT : 871

The selection at For Kids Only is deep and discounted. The floor can be a scene, with grandmas lobbying for patent lace-ups while kids read the store copy of The Big Red Barn, but the staff knows the stock well and keeps matters moving fast. » 746 N. Fairfax Ave., 323-650-4885. Also at 18155 Ventura […]
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Best Seats in the House HIT : 603

Photograph courtesy hollywoodbowl.com Best of LA, July 2008   Taper Courtyard at the Skirball Showgoers may fill the courtyard floor during the free “Sunset Concert” series, but head up higher for the better spots. From the wisteria-draped balcony you can clearly see the stage, the performers, and the reflecting pool that catches the last rays […]
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