With the Pacific Design Center serving as a beautifully mod backdrop, the West Hollywood Design District (which is composed of a stretch of Beverly, Melrose, and Robertson Boulevard) is brimming with—you guessed it!—brilliant design. The area, which contains a laundry list of stunning retail shops, eateries, galleries, and health and beauty locales, is a perfect destination for a day of much needed aesthetic inspo. Though we couldn't possibly cover it all (you can visit the district's site here for a comprehensive list), we're taking a closer look at a few spots to dine healthfully, sweat in style, and shop luxe, artistic goods this Saturday.
When one of our favorite eateries, Cafe Gratitude, announced it was opening a plant-based, Mexican sister-restaurant, to say we were psyched would be a total understatement. When more recently Gracias Madre (8905 Melrose Avenue) added brunch to their list of vegan offerings we practically turned into that heart-eyed emoji. Their french toast is made sans-gluten and boasts coconut cashew cream, a fresh fruit salad comes sprinkled with chili, lime, and salt, and chimichangas are loaded up with potato and tempeh chorizo in a smoked tomato sauce. And can we talk about their cocktails? We're lazer-focused on The Dude Abides, which combines housemade horchata, vanilla-cinnamon agave, and smokey mezcal and looks like shaved ice. And since we're focusing on expert designs, the large, airy space feels elegantly latin-inspired, with a modern take on classic Mexican restaurant interiors.
Based on the intensity of a 30-minute climbing class at Rise Nation (613 N La Cienega Boulevard) you might want to delay brunch until after this inevitable sweat sesh—or wait at least an hour and a half to digest—since this celeb-approved workout is guaranteed to burn beaucoup calories. Plus we have to admit that the studio doesn't skimp on design elements, either. Trainer Jason Walsh (who runs nearby private training studio Rise Movement) mixes yoga and floor training with a low-impact, upright climbing machine which means less stress on your body, and maximum results in a minimal amount of time. Your mezcal-spiked slushie will be well-deserved after.
As her last name would indicate, Alexandra Von Furstenberg's storefront (9001 Melrose Avenue) gives new meaning to the term "eye candy." Not only is the furniture and accessories designer the daughter-in-law of iconic womenswear goddess Diane Von Furstenberg, but she spent time as DVF's creative director. Known best for her technicolor acrylic house wares (coasters, napkin rings, vases), Alexandra's WeHo shop is filled with objets d'art to inject your living or working space with vibrancy and total cool points.
Okay, so technically Greg Chait's bungalow-turned-boutique The Elder Statesman (607 Huntley Drive) is best known for its cool cashmere sweaters, and with the current heat wave it might seem pretty ridiculous to be browsing knits, but once you step inside this minimal, Arizona landscape-inspired space we bet you'll suddenly find yourself in dire need of one of the brand's pullovers (we're dying for these tie dye ones) or super-soft blankets. After all, it's bound to get chilly sooner or later, right?