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Best Used Bookstores HIT : 539

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 […]
DATE: 3/29/2016 12:00:00 AM
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Best Candy Stores HIT : 759

We’re all adults now, but when we walk into a great candy store the years melt away. The wonderfully displayed old-timey novelties, homemade creations, and exotic imports fill us with a sense of excitement. Here are the stores we’re sweetest on. Holy LandUnless you’ve spent time on a kibbutz, you’ve probably never seen most of […]
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Best Luggage HIT : 631

If you’re feeling a touch of wanderlust, here are some shops with bags to pack.
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Best Happy Hours HIT : 737

Decked out with piñatas and Corona blowup toys, Fiesta Cantina is where cute, casual guys go to feel like they’re in Cancún (if Cancún weren’t so trashy). Shirtless bartenders with perfectly chiseled everything pour two drinks for the price of one every day from 4 to 8 p.m. and from 10:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. […]
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Best Afternoon Tea HIT : 700

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 New Bakeries HIT : 623

Floury goodies are on the rise again thanks to the latest dedicated crew of boutique oven artisans
DATE: 3/29/2016 12:00:00 AM
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Best Bowling Alleys HIT : 723

The clubby bar at Pasadena’s 300 The sound of wood crashing, the smell of beer, the sight of ugly footwear. What’s not to love? Tots and octogenarians alike can send the pins flying, and you don’t have to bring your own ball to pretend you’re a pro. Even as Xbox and Netflix try to colonize […]
DATE: 3/29/2016 12:00:00 AM
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Best Athletic Shoe Shops HIT : 650

Photograph courtesy Flickr/Jamie Rothwell In sports where the participants live and die by their feet—we’re talking skateboarders, runners, basketballers, and tennis players here—finding the right shoe should assume an almost Odyssean urgency. Plagued by plantar fasciitis? Looking for more support as you race to the net? Or just dying to share your days of glory […]
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Best Breakfasts HIT : 640

Photography courtesy flickr/stevendepolo Set designers from Sony up the street seem to have had a hand in the old-timey decor at the S&W Country Diner. The menu updates yesteryear’s favorites: vegetarian eggs Benedict or eggs with sliced house-roasted turkey, buckwheat or regular pancakes embedded with crushed Oreos, and the meatiest lean corned beef hash in […]
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Best Frozen Treats HIT : 631

Photograph by Carin Krasner We’re all for air-conditioning, but sometimes you need to cool off from the inside out. We visited dozens of shops offering soft serve, frozen yogurt, gelato, Italian ice, Popsicles, snow cones, and ice cream to determine where to blow your diet.  Vive la Différence Patricia Samson, a Francophile who studied ice […]
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Best Art Supplies HIT : 746

  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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