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Frieze LA is back and we've got the best to do in town with The LINE Hotels and 9 local creatives

By Samantha Shankman and Tansy Kaschak on 01.27.22

Frieze Los Angeles is back and it is a big, sweet deal. For a city that thrives through its creative industries, Los Angeles has a lot to gain with the influx that a major art fair brings in. It also has a lot to offer — art and beyond. To help navigate an ocean of possibilities and get the best out of a visit, whether short or I-live-here-now, we asked nine local creatives for their favorite hikes, bars, restaurants, cafes, galleries, dancing, treasure hunting, beaches and pampering.

And because hotels really are our best friends, we’ve got The LINE Hotel LA to call home. It’s a great base from which to explore not only Frieze but the sprawling city of angels itself. Tucked between Hollywood and downtown, it is in the heart of Koreatown where decades of Korean, Latino, and American cultures meet. It’s a storied building originally constructed in 1964 that pays homage to its mid-century heritage, and was once even the home to Hunter S. Thompson.

The LINE Hotel LA
<a href="https://www.ahotellife.com/hotels/the-line-la/">The LINE Hotel LA

What to Know About Frieze Los Angeles 2022

International art festival Frieze is returning to Los Angeles this February 17 – 20, 2022 and will bring together hundreds of the world’s leading galleries in celebration of the creative spirit of the city.

This year marks a special return after the 2021 edition was cancelled due to the pandemic: it is a true celebration of the in-person connections and adventures that we’ve missed so much. There is also a special debut of Frieze Sculpture Beverly Hills, which will feature major works by critically acclaimed artists in the iconic location of Beverly Gardens Park.

Frieze is the perfect excuse to visit Los Angeles and explore the city. Located at 9900 Wilshire Boulevard — adjacent to Beverly Hilton Hotel — it is a portal through which to discover the innovative, creative and thought-provoking hotels, culture, and creatives that have made LA home in the past two years.

The nuts and bolts:

Upendo Taylor, artist-in-residence at The LINE Hotel LA
Upendo Taylor, artist-in-residence at The LINE Hotel LA
K-town, the place to be
K-town, the place to be

Art at The LINE Hotel LA

In celebration of Frieze, The LINE Hotel LA is hosting artist-in-residence Upendo Taylor, a California native whose unique style — a combination of hand drawn skills, computer design, and paint — has led to collaborations with major fashion brands. His art will be on display in the lobby between February 1st and March 1st, and a limited edition blanket designed by Upendo and LINE will be sold at the hotel.


Dining at The LINE Hotel LA

Right between Hollywood and Downtown, The LINE Hotel LA is the perfect launchpad for a Frieze adventure, especially if you’re looking for local, thoughtful food right at your footsteps. Start the morning at Alfred — LA’s most beloved coffee and matcha purveyors — located in the LINE lobby and get a side of speedy Wi-Fi to plan the day ahead.

For a local meal filled with California’s bounty from land to sea, pop into Openaire where native Angeleno, surfer and two Michelin-starred chef Josiah Citrin serves a culinary vision in a lush greenhouse and outdoor terrace. Open for dinner and weekend brunch.

Go to the Lobby Bar for an unpretentious hang coupled with creative cocktails. Be sure to stop in on Friday night for The LINE’s new Warm Up series with Lex Famous and friends.

Looking to shake it all up? Break Room 86 takes guests back to the 80s every weekend with live performances, guest DJs, and karaoke suites. Or, the deco-disco dreamscape Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, created by the Houston Brothers as a homage to the glitz and glam of the disco era with a touch of the Gatsby-esque decadence of the roaring 20s.

Super starred food at Openaire's lush greenhouse and terrace
Super starred food at Openaire's lush greenhouse and terrace

Wellness at The LINE Hotel LA

The perfect LA stay is a combination of culinary indulgence, artistic exploration, and an otherworldly reboot. The LINE LA brings the best of the city’s wellness offerings directly to guests’ doors. There are free weekly Tai Chi classes taught by master Hakim Tafari, free for guests and locals, a standing invitation to join the Koreatown Run Club every Saturday at 9 AM, and free LINUS x LINE bicycles available for guests to cruise around some of LA’s most interesting neighborhoods.

The forever-blast Rose Bowl
The forever-blast Rose Bowl

MELANIE MASARIN
Founder of sensation non-alcoholic apéritif Ghia @melaniemasarin @drinkghia

My favorite place in LA of course is the beach! Even if it’s a little colder right now, a surf session in Malibu or just a long beach walk will always exhaust me in the best of ways. I think we’re so lucky to live in a city by the ocean and I try to never take it for granted. The Huntington Botanical Garden is another favorite of mine. The cactus garden is so special — it feels like visiting an entirely different world in an hour or two. On a sunny day, there’s nothing like a few oysters (and Ghia) at Found Oyster in Silverlake!

For hot but not too hot yoga — and where you can take off your mask within the perimeter of your mat — I go to Sweat Yoga in West Hollywood. For a good sweat, I go to Liana at Forma Pilates.

Melanie Masarin
Melanie Masarin
Estelle Bailey-Babenzien
Estelle Bailey-Babenzien

ESTELLE BAILEY-BABENZIEN
Founder of interior design firm The Dream Awake & Co-founder at trailblazer fashion label Noah @thedreamawake @noahnyc

I always make time for Sunday mornings at The Melrose Trading Post flea market and always leave with at least one good find. Rose Bowl is my favorite but it only happens once a month.

For great healthy snacks, grab-and-go lunch, and groceries I love Erewhon Market. For a caffeine fix and good vibes, Bloom and Plume Coffee founded by star florist Maurice Harris is a hot spot for great coffee and dope merch. Grab a cap or tee to let people know that you know what’s up. Beverly Hills Juice Club has excellent juices and smoothies.

It’s always a good idea to drive north up along the coast for a day. En route, check out the Getty Villa Museum for incredible views, art, and architecture before spending a couple of hours at a beach in Malibu. My favorite is Little Dume Beach. On the way back to LA, stop by Moonshadows for sunset dinner and drinks. Nobu is also excellent if you can make a reservation in advance.

If you’re in the Arts District, plan ahead and get a table at Bavel or Bestia for an amazing dinner. Damian also has exceptional Mexican food.

The Underground Museum, founded by the late Noah Davis and his wife Karon Davis, always has incredible cultural events and exhibitions. They’re reopening this winter (2022).

The Underground Museum
The Underground Museum
Bloom and Plume Coffee
Bloom and Plume Coffee

SIMON SPURR
Menswear Designer and founder of SIMON SPURR @santospurr @march_nyc

Be where you need to be by 3 pm and don’t travel again until 7 pm. LA traffic is back! And don’t forget, early morning hikes are a must to enjoy the serenity that LA has to offer. Here’s a list of my favorites:

For coffee, Blue Bottle in Los Feliz
To relax, Huntington Botanical Gardens in Pasedena
For the best meal, All Time in Los Feliz
For wine, The Pharmacy (part of Cafe Stella)
For a stunning view, one of the many hikes up to the Griffith Park Observatory
For art, Hauser and Wirth
For shopping, Fucking Awesome on Hollywood Blvd.
For a memorable day trip, visit Summer Island Beach in Santa Barbara or Ojai (and stop by Kate’s Bread)
For vintage shopping, Sleepers in Silverlake or Pickwick Vintage Market in Burbank
For tennis, Vermont Canyon Tennis (below Griffith Park Observatory)

Simon Spurr
Simon Spurr
Mei Kwok
Mei Kwok

MEI KWOK
DJ, Fashion Tastemaker, & Entrepreneur @iamamayzing @dunesuncare

I live by the beach in Venice so most of my recommendations are spent on the west side, but there is a never-ending list of things to do, eat, and experience in LA!

Two classic local Venice restaurants to check out are Gjusta & Gjelina. An Eastside favorite is Gigi’s. I love the menu and cocktails but really go for the NYC energy. In Santa Monica, grab a drink at Elephante and watch the sunset.

To recharge, I’ll visit Remedy Place for a solo mini wellness retreat or NOW Massage for a quick massage fix. There are many hiking trails in LA that I have yet to try. I most enjoy easy, strolling hikes like Solstice Canyon, Los Liones Trail, and Griffiths Park on the Eastside. A few of my favorite museums are The Getty Villa (it feels like you’ve been transported to a different country), The Broad, and LACMA.

I still feel pretty new to LA so I have yet to explore smaller galleries in this vibrant city. I can’t wait to do so!

Horses Restaurant
Horses Restaurant

ALBIE ALEXANDER
Award-Winning Creative Director & Founder of Fable Immersive @albie_alexander 

New restaurant Horses has quickly become one of my favorites. Situated in an old British pub, the space pays homage to its history with surrealist paintings of horses spread throughout this storied restaurant. (For 70+ years, the building housed Ye Coach & Horses) The food and drinks embrace a bistro sensibility with amazing results. Whatever you do, order the caesar salad.

Nestled in the Hollywood Hills, Kensho is where I go for an intimate glass of wine and snack with a friend. It’s incredibly tranquil and the perfect spot for a meaningful catch-up without distraction. If not too cold, grab a seat on the patio.

The Good Liver is a contemporary general store boasting a beautifully curated selection of objects from around the world. I promise you will leave with something super special.

I regularly visit Huntington Botanical Gardens to be totally immersed in the miracle of nature. Bring a book, a watercolor set, or just yourself to enjoy a spectacular day of serenity spread over 120 acres of breathtaking gardens.

Pipilotti Rist: Big Heartedness, Be My Neighbor exhibition at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA. Pipilotti has transformed the cavernous MOCA space into a vibrant kaleidoscope of immersive installations. The exhibition surveys the landscape of more than thirty years of the Swiss artist’s work and is a sensational feast for the eyes. Don’t miss this.

Albie Alexander
Albie Alexander
Blanda
Blanda

BLANDA
Contemporary Artist @blahblahblanda

I’m a bit of an introvert at times so I happily spend most of my time with my husband at our home in Los Feliz. One thing that will always get me out of the house, however, is great food!

Bar Restaurant on Sunset is great for a date or a celebration! I love Kismet on Hollywood Boulevard for dinner and their lunch spot Kismet Rotisserie never disappoints. Some of my other favorites are Botanica right by the Silverlake reservoir, Dune in Atwater Village, Loupiotte Kitchen on Vermont Boulevard and All Time on Hillhurst.

The only reason I’ll leave my neighborhood is to see art! There are lots of amazing galleries in LA. Besides the obvious ones like Hauser & Wirth in the Arts District (do grab a bite at Manuela while you are there), there are so many more worth a visit. Nino Mier Gallery in West Hollywood is doing some very cool stuff. I also really like Chateau Shatto in DTLA.

For coffee or matcha, I rotate between Blue Bottle, Colombe, Dinosaur Coffee, and Maru (try their blueberry muffin or almond croissant). If you feel like a really great juice or smoothie, swing by Earth Organic in Los Feliz.

Kismet
Kismet
Everybody's favorite gallery, Hauser and Wirth
Everybody's favorite gallery, Hauser and Wirth
Sébastien Léon's Glass Works
Sébastien Léon's Glass Works

SÉBASTIEN LÉON
Artist, Founder of Experiential Agency Formavision & Luxury Furniture Company Atelier d’Amis. @sebastienleon

Lately, I’ve been spending a lot of time around North Sycamore Avenue and Romaine Street in Hollywood. There are a couple of gems within one block including Just One Eye for LA’s edgiest fashion, slick vinyl record store Supervinyl, a new French restaurant with great Hollywood Art Deco atmosphere Gigi’s, and Sightglass which is somewhere between coffee shop and market. All this makes it even more worth it to visit my all-time favorite gallery Deitch Projects, which is one block over, or Twentieth, which is where I’m currently showing my new glass sculptures. You don’t want to miss that 😉

Sébastien Léon
Sébastien Léon
Tao Okamoto and Tenzin Wild
Tao Okamoto and Tenzin Wild

TAO OKAMOTO & TENZIN WILD
Actress, Co-Founder of Abode of Snow; Founder & Creative Director of Abode of Snow @taookamoto @tenzinwild @abodeofsnow

We love Plant Food + Wine in Venice for a delicious vegan dinner and Kensho Hollywood, which is a super cute intimate restaurant and lounge owned by our friend David Wynn. Kensho is opening its first hotel Kensho Ryokan this Spring in Downtown LA.

For some nature, visit Redrock Canyon Park for a beautiful hike in Topanga with gorgeous and vast views on top. We also discovered Catalina island in 2020 when the lockdown was lifted. The water was so clear — it was our best swim in a very long time. For something different and to learn about LA before and during the Ice Age, visit Tar Pits Museum.

Tar Pits Museum
Tar Pits Museum

Check out our review of The LINE Hotel LA, here.

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