Spring Break Travel Guide: Visiting Los Angeles


Our handy guide reveals the best mom-recommended places to visit on your trip to Los Angeles.

We’ve highlighted some of the greatest recommendations from our Little Pink Book before. Now, we’re putting together travel guides for families who are off to visit our moms’ cities—and today, we’re focusing on Los Angeles. Read on below to find the most-recommended activities, places to stay, and things to eat in the City of Angels.


There are so many great hotels in Los Angeles, and it’s tempting (but not very practical) to visit them all. Go the classic L.A. route and stay at the Beverly Hills Hotel (recommended by a whopping 10 of our moms!) or the Chateau Marmont, a favorite of actresses Busy Philipps and Challen Cates. On the other hand, Kimora Lee Simmons and Rachel Zoe love the Sunset Tower Hotel.


Looking for a casual breakfast before your big vacation day out? L.A. restaurateur Caroline Styne adores Sam’s Bagels. For an energy boost, our moms love Lamill, which makes amazing caffeinated confections. Grabbing lunch with the kids? You won’t do better than Joan’s On Third, and for dinner—with or without the little ones—you can’t miss with Styne’s own restaurant, Tavern.


Celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe adores boutiques Satine for the interesting labels it carries, and Planet Blue for its California chic clothes and swimsuits. For bread and wine, Caroline Styne swears by La Brea Bakery and Domaine LA.


Television writer Deborah Shoeneman, publicist Cindy Capobianco, and publisher Laura Gerson all adore independent movie theater Arclight Cinema. And tons and tons of our moms are obsessed with LACMA, a mecca of contemporary art, and design buffs won’t want to miss Hollyhock House, which was Frank Lloyd Wright’s first project in Los Angeles.


The Beverly Hills Farmers’ Market is a great family activity in the center of things. Busy Philipps and Challen Cates love the miniature trains at Griffith Park & Southern Railroad, and if you’re looking to have a picnic, you can’t miss with Pan Pacific Park.