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Best Piano Bars HIT : 429

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 Used Bookstores HIT : 360

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 Kids’ Clothing Stores HIT : 381

Suits are to the left, shoes are to the right, and the racks in the middle are organized by size at For Kids Only. The store offers European and American overstock and samples of everything from school clothes to formal wear at 25 to 60 percent below retail. We like to call it “Loehmann’s for […]
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Best Nouveau Coffee HIT : 362

These days a cup of joe can’t merely be good to the last drop—it has to be superb from the first bean
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Best Small Museums HIT : 363

Photograph courtesy Larry Lytle; Sign From Virginia Court Hotel, Meridian, Mississippi, 1948, On Loan To Mona From The Pritzker Collection We’re all for massive cultural repositories, but, let’s face it, the scale can be daunting. Each of these smaller collections has a distinct focus that it brings to life creatively and thoughtfully. The result for […]
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Best Baby Boutiques HIT : 347

Just about every kids’ shop in town has a section for infants. But often it’s a few onesies and SPIT HAPPENS bibs among a sea of big boy and big girl clothing. When you’re looking for a gift, whether it’s for your own child or to present at a shower or birthday party, it’s worth […]
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Best Museum Gift Shops HIT : 361

A rare museum shop that doesn’t take itself too seriously, the Japanese American National Museum Store is filled with playful items like Shiso Fine aprons, sushi-shaped candles, and wind-up dueling sumo wrestlers. But you’ll also find elegant Noguchi-designed silverware and ceramics, handmade tea bowls by celebrated ceramists daikon sprout seed packets, and a broad selection of books. 369 […]
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Best Afternoon Tea HIT : 411

Photograph courtesy Flickr/*saxon* On the surface, Los Angeles wouldn’t seem the most hospitable location for upholding English customs—our weather is too pleasant, our teeth are too impeccable. But import we do—from Charlie Chaplin to Bentleys, polo grounds to soccer pubs. Even the Playboy Mansion is mock Tudor. It may have been Queen Victoria’s lady-in-waiting who […]
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Best Neighborhood Parks HIT : 373

L.A.’s got less green space per capita than any major city in the nation. That puts a lot of pressure on Griffith Park—one of the country’s largest urban playgrounds. So what about an uncrowded neighborhood park—the kind where kids can romp, adults can unwind with a book (or a nap), and families can enjoy a […]
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