It’s commonly understood that the best way to explore a new place is to go straight to the locals. Each week in the Urbanist, we take that wisdom one step further by seeking out not just locals but local experts — those who are especially well versed in their cities’ newest and most noteworthy scenes — to give us insider recommendations. This week, we asked fashion designer Zoe Latta, co-founder of Eckhaus Latta, for her picks in California’s largest city.
“I relocated to Los Angeles in my late 20s, and it felt so foreign to me even though I grew up in Northern California. Every time I found myself having a quintessential L.A. experience, like taking your dog to Lake Hollywood Park, where you can see the Hollywood sign, or sneaking into the pool at Chateau Marmont, I realized there were so many more to be had. I don’t think people understand the scale of Los Angeles. It’s massive, and in that massiveness you can have anything. You can have a cosmopolitan experience and basically any cuisine you desire. You have access to beautiful beaches, amazing museums, hiking trails, restaurants, performances, and events, but there’s no way you’ll do what you want to do here in a day or two. The beach is not part of everyday life here unless you’re situated on the west side (or near it). I get most excited here when I am localized in a neighborhood. Pick an area and really devour it.”
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“For a public-access beach that’s still kind of secret, there’s Escondido Beach (27148 Pacific Coast Highway) in Malibu. You park on the Pacific Coast Highway, where there’s this little sign that says ‘Coastal Access.’ To get to the beach, you go down this really wild staircase (past Meadows Court) that is between two houses. There won’t be tons of people on the beach. You can’t do fires there, and technically you’re not allowed to have dogs off leash. A lot of my friends don’t wear bathing-suit tops there, and that’s fine. There’s bougainvillea growing on the beach, and there’s not as much sand. It feels like a long cove, a little more intimate.”