Hood Highlight: Culver City
Move over Venice, high-end retailers, startups and one- of-a-kind gastronomical experiments—see Jordan Kahn’s newly opened Vespertine— are setting up shop on the Westside’s rising Culver City region. Here, five cornerstones attracting L.A.’s creative class to purchase their first pad.
PLATFORM “We love this city and wanted to do our small part to contribute to its evolution,” says Joseph Miller of Runyon Group on the inspiration behind PLATFORM (platformla.com). The collection of merchants includes Linda Farrow, Aesop, The Cannibal, TenOverTen nail salon, and Reformation’s new HQ.
HI-LO LIQUOR MARKET Talmadge Lowe and Chris Harris’ spirits-focused market (hiloliquor.com) is not your pop’s liquor shop. Expect small-batch whiskeys, craft beers and other local spirits, along with curated cocktail gift boxes such as a Moscow Mule kit—stocked with ginger beer, vodka, fresh limes and a copper mug—in a beautifully designed space.
LODGE BREAD CO. Sourdough cinnamon rolls and margherita pizzas reign supreme at Alexander Phaneuf and Or Amsalam’s Lodge Bread Co. (lodgebread.com). The James Beard semi finalists— who cut their teeth at Morimoto Napa and Spago respectively—have expanded their space, as well as their seasonal, daily-changing menu.
DESTROYER LA Jordan Kahn’s carefully crafted dishes disrupt lunch expectations. e high-end counter service spot (destroyer.la)—envision chicken con t with Yukon Gold potato, aged cheese, yuzu and hazelnut— is open weekdays for breakfast and lunch. On the opposite side of the street—and spectrum—is Kahn’s latest restaurant, Vespertine, which o ers a 20-plus course tasting menu.
HARLOW CULVER CITY Attracting a showbiz crowd, this luxe apartment complex (liveharlow.com) is less than a 15-minute walk to Sony Pictures, ArcLight Cinemas and Cerveteca Culver City. Though, with restaurants like Le Pain Quotidien on the first floor and amenities like a 125-person event space and sixth-floor terrace with a fire pit, you may not need to leave.