In Los Angeles, the effervescence is permanent. From buzzing restaurants to the openings of trendy new hotels and social clubs, there’s always something going on in the City of Angels. Proof by six.
Heimat, gym and social club
In Hollywood, the German fitness group RGS, head of the John Reed clubs and new owner of the famous Gold’s Gym – the one where Arnold Schwarzenegger practiced – has just inaugurated a new concept of ultra-select “social gym club”. Behind the golden door, Heimat invites himself into the five floors of a former garage and place of clandestine parties. Inside, exercise rooms arranged like art galleries, stuffed with sculptures and shiny columns, with parquet floors in marquetry patterns, where jeweled dumbbells, state-of-the-art machines and gold-embossed weight benches make the effort surprisingly easier. In addition to the classes dedicated to Kinesis, ideal for golf players, others devoted to Pilates, a spa and a manicure salon, Heimat has its swimming pool in the sun, a series of deckchairs where to put laptops and sun creams, a large lounge of co-working and even a library.
To do : Open to non-members, the restaurant Mother Tongue, dresses Heimat in a trendy Palm Springs decor. A softly extravagant yellow and pink palette wanted by the archi-gifted Martin Brudnizki who gives Chef Michael Mina’s refreshing cuisine a retro and joyful character.
Heimat, 960 N La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038, USA. Such. +1 213 319 7850. Open daily.
The 6th Street Bridge, emblematic bridge of the cinema
In Los Angeles, the opening of the 6th Street Bridge, a one-kilometre-long bridge linking the Boyle Heights neighborhood to the Arts District, was the event of early July. Six years after the destruction of the ancient monument, and whose appearances in films grease, Terminator 3 Where Drive have made it a sacred temple for film buffs, the architectural work signed by the Michael Maltzan agency, also nicknamed “Ribbon of Light”, unveiled its multiple “ribbon” arches to visitors. If car traffic has settled there, two wide tracks reserved for cyclists and walkers allow you to come and photograph the work, the construction of which cost 588 million dollars.
See also: Inaugurated in March, the Taylor Yard Bridge introduces him to its all-orange “multi-box” architecture. The project signed by the Los Angeles-based agency, SPF:architects, links the Frogtown district to Cypress Park. On the menu: a 120-meter-long crossing reserved for cyclists and pedestrians, and plunging views of a portion of the LA River used by kayakers.
Conrad Hotel, Frank Gehry’s jewel
Conrad, the luxury brand of the Hilton group, has found a dream location in Los Angeles by settling in the brand new “Lego” building designed by Frank Gehry, just opposite the sculptural Walt Disney Concert Hall, the same one imagined by the architect 20 years ago. Meet on the tenth floor of the building, the vibrant heart of the hotel where two restaurants with terraces, a rooftop and a 20-meter swimming pool (heated all year round), provide a luxurious decor, never exuberant. The interiors imagined by Tara Bernerd mix signed design pieces, vibrant prints and natural materials. A selection of well-chosen artworks, including fluorescent yellow woven sculptures by artist Mimi Jang, energize the overall mood. The hotel has 305 rooms including 3 presidential suites with dazzling terraces, perfect perches for a Downtown sunset. Double room from €650 per night.
To do : the spa, an ideal cocoon for recovering from jet lag, offers a stay in a “recovery cabin” with pressotherapy boots and a meditative experience to boot. The menu of treatments ranges from the traditional Thai massage to the couture facial treatment, a miracle solution for getting a makeover before a show on Broadway.
Conrad Los Angeles, 100 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012, USA. Such. +1 213 349 8585.
Meteora, the new restaurant by chef Jordan Kahn
Honored by the Angelenos With his gastro-fantasy restaurant-tour “Vespertine”, his stronghold in the Culver City district, chef Jordan Kahn returns to shake up our kitchen landmarks with “Meteora”. And it starts at the entrance, transformed into a giant stork’s nest, continues in the stellar waiting room with its bewitching atmosphere before discovering the restaurant, an enchanted and subdued cave overgrown with vegetation, where lamps float in the air. catches dreams and Mexican decorations. Against a background of electronic music and quasi-liturgical passages from the incense bearers, the chef’s cuisine is discovered in mystery plates, compositions where games of spices, fermentations, juices and infusions sublimate fish, lobster and meat. A ritual without a knife that awakens our primary instincts and whets our appetite for new combinations of flavors.
To order: the “Goldeneye Snapper”, a piece of sea bream grilled on the skin and wrapped in a banana leaf, pungently scented dried cocoa flowers, and icy ficoids, a crunchy vegetable covered in ice crystals, picked from the shores from Malibu by the chef, to be “dipped” in a hazelnut and mushroom sauce.
Meteora, 6703 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038, USA. Such. : +1 323 402 4311. Open every day.
Bar Clara at the Hotel Per La, rooftop at the top
The ephemeral Nomad Hotel (open from 2018 to 2020), former Bank of Italy, in the Downtown LA district has just found a replacement with the arrival of the Sage Hospitality Group, based in Denver, and a new name: Per La. If the official opening of the premises is scheduled for September, the new tenant has just opened the reservation of some of the rooms (241 in total), all kept in the decorations signed Jacques Garcia four years earlier. Freshly inaugurated, the Bar Clara located on the rooftop, offers frescoes like Matisse on the façade, those imagined by the local artist, Jessaline Brooks, opens its outdoor lounges and an Italian-style swimming pool, with the figurehead, the mask of Orcus, a reference to the Garden of Monsters in Bomarzo, Italy. Swimming is open to the public from 5 p.m.
To order: one of the five “rainbow” spritzes for an ultra-refreshing note, to accompany Mediterranean dishes to share: star octopus, roasted cauliflower and mezze.
Bar Clara, Hotel Per La, 649 S Olive St, Los Angeles, CA 90014, USA. Such. : +1 781 264 2538.