Whether you’re an out-of-state student or a lifetime LA resident, there are many places that have shaped local style and culture. This list may not have them all, but you should still be sure to check out them out.
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This DIY downtown concert venue has provided many LA residents with an all-ages space featuring $5 concerts since its opening in 1998. Even major cultural figures recognize its significance in the LA punk and music scene—Hedi Slimane photographed performers during the Smell’s recent benefit show. Score tickets to The Orwells on Nov. 21 while they’re available and see for yourself.
Address: 247 S Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
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Maxfield has defined LA style since 1969 with its West Coast interpretation of high-end and avant garde fashion. The store’s exterior is stark, sumptuous, sophisticated, and this same aesthetic is reflected in its selection of clothing—think Rick Owens, Haider Ackermann, and Dior. It’s not exactly the right place for someone on a college student’s budget, but you can bet we’ll be back in the next few years.
Address: 8825 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, CA 90069, with an additional location in Malibu.
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Intelligentsia is undoubtedly a pioneer of third-wave coffee, or specialty coffee—made with careful attention paid to direct-trade sourcing, small-scale roasting, and precise preparation. Since the opening of its LA roasting works and its three nearby shops, Intelligentsia has changed the way we think about and consume coffee in our city. Having been bought out by Peet’s Coffee hasn’t affected Intelligentsia’s quality, but we’ll see if that changes in the years to come. Its espresso-based drinks are still some of the best in the city. Next time you go, try the whole-milk cappuccino.
Address: 1331 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291 is the closest location to campus, but other locations include Silver Lake and Pasadena.
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As one of the few places with high-quality sushi at a fair price, Sugarfish has changed the way we eat and appreciate sushi in LA. Its fish is fresh, but the fluffy, warm, loosely-packed rice and crispy toasted nori truly shine in Sugarfish’s nigiri and hand rolls. Try the Trust Me ($32, tip included), which features tuna sashimi, various nigiri, and a blue crab hand roll finale. There are fewer options for cut rolls here than many of us are used to (which you can get only if you choose to order à la carte), but what you’ll discover is much, much better.
Address: 11640 San Vicente Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049, plus nine other locations in and around Los Angeles.
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You can’t miss Amoeba if you’re driving down Sunset. This building houses a massive collection of CDs and vinyl records and has served the needs of a very wide range of music lovers’ tastes since its opening in 2001. Aside from potential purchases, Amoeba also has live performances and signings—with Alicia Keys on Nov. 11, for example—as well as a place to sell your unwanted records.
Address: 6400 Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90028