Los Angeles is like a series of interconnecting towns and villages each with its own unique vibe. I love that you can walk down a street which looks run down and uninteresting and suddenly come across an amazing coffee shop or a cluster of eclectic boutiques and fab restaurants. We stayed in Venice and totally loved Abbot Kinney Boulevard. This stretch is a few blocks back from famous Venice Beach and is packed with great boutiques, coffee shops and restaurants. You will find well known names such as Toms, Rag & Bone and Vince alongside cool independent stores. Check out scandi store Huset (www.huset-shop.com), Heist (a great boutique with an excellent Isabel Marant collection) (www.shopheist.com) and the homeware store Ilan Dei Venice (www.ilandeivenice.com). If you are looking for an amazing brew then head to Intelligentista which is a veritable coffee works. Visit Gjelina (www.gjelina.com) for delicious pizza.