Travel black book: Laid-back in LA

Travel black book: Laid-back in LA

Rachel Lim's Travel Black Book

Who: Rachel Lim, 27, co-founder and creative director of local fashion label Love, Bonito

Favourite city: Los Angeles

Why: It's a very laid-back place and the people are so cool. It's a city, but not fast-paced like Singapore. People generally take the time to talk, eat and enjoy one another's company. You can see that in cafes, people don't rush through their meals and conversations.

Best place to stay

The Sofitel Los Angeles in Beverly Hills (8555 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, tel: +1-310-278-5444) is great because of its location. It's close to West Third Street, where there are a lot of cafes and good food, as well as the Beverly Centre (8500 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, tel: +1-310-854-0070), which is great for shopping. You can get anything you want there, with a lot of brands common in American malls, such as women's clothing stores New York & Company and White House Black Market, and Bath and Bodyworks.

Rooms start from US$249 (S$312) a night.

Best place to eat

West 3rd Street has many great places to eat, but if you go to Los Angeles, you must try Gordon Ramsay at the London (1020 North San Vicente Boulevard, West Hollywood, tel: +1-310-358-7788, open daily from 6 to 10pm). It's located in the glamorous London West Hollywood hotel. It's very hard to get a reservation. I had to make one 11/2 months in advance. The restaurant serves fine-dining fusion cuisine. I had a main of cod fish, and starters that included sushi and foie gras. All of it was delicious. I think I paid between US$300 and US$400 for my meal.

Favourite breakfast spot

I love a little bakery cafe called Toast (8221 West 3rd Street, Los Angeles, tel: +1-323-655-5018, open daily from 7.30am to 6pm). Its brunch portions are huge and I'm a person who usually wants to fill my stomach well at the start of the day, so I don't have to eat again till much later.

It has a huge variety of breakfast options, with waffles, pancakes, French toast and a selection of at least 15 egg dishes, such as breakfast burritos and Eggs Benedict. It also has many different types of bread. Breakfast here costs about US$12 for one person.

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