smart splurges

5 tips for a unique gay Los Angeles getaway

A man wearing sunglasses stands on a Los Angeles Street.

“Hey, LA., I’m comin’ your way!” belts Rose in the iconic musical Gypsy. And why not? Los Angeles is the land of dreams. The sunshine, ocean access, and West Hollywood nightlife aren’t too shabby, either.

At some point, anyone with an inkling for life in the entertainment biz considers Los Angeles a place to plant roots – or at least rent an Airbnb for pilot season. But for travelers, the City of Angeles offers a lush playground. GayCities readers have longed loved LA, awarding many of its hotspots in our annual Best of GayCities, including Or Bar and Stache West Hollywood.

For those times when you’re craving a smart splurge, LA boasts plenty of spots for an elevated vacation, from design-centric hotels to award-winning restaurants. Keep our shortlist handy for your next gay-friendly getaway.

Kimpton La Peer Hotel

This stunning 105-room property on the cusp of the design district features tons of artsy details, including an adjacent gallery for those looking to take a piece of LA home.

Kimpton La Peer Hotel

Intimate enclave in Design District 627 La Peer Drive · West Hollywood, CA 90069
(213) 279-3532
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Geffen Playhouse

Sure, Los Angeles might be a TV and film hub but don’t discount its live theater scene, especially now that Tarell Alvin McCraney (Moonlight) has been named artistic director.

Geffen Playhouse

A cultural hub presenting queer-centric works. 10886 Le Conte Ave · Los Angeles, CA 90024
(310) 208-5454
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n/naka

The queer women behind n/naka may be serving the most coveted tasting menu in Los Angeles, serving a two-Michelin-star kaiseki menu that’s as visually stimulating as it is delicious.

n/naka

Exquisite Japanese dining 3455 Overland Ave · Los Angeles, CA 90034
(310) 836-6252
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Good Times Eyewear

There’s more than one way to throw shade. Discover Good Times Eyewear’s vintage finds, and you’ll be giving side eye in style.

Good Times Vintage & Eyewear

Great eyewear & accessories 1766 N Vermont Ave · Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 667-9773
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Delilah

Overhearing “I’ll have an oat milk matcha latte, no foam, please,” in the coffeehouse queue might give you nightmares if you’re the late-night Red Bull type, but there are plenty of Los Angeles bars sip from the cup of queer life. Before (or after) hitting a familiar stomping ground like The Abbey, take in the Art Deco scene at Delilah.

Delilah

A modern approach to the roaring 20s. 7969 Santa Monica Blvd · West Hollywood, CA 90046
(323) 745-0600
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