For Associate, Leigh Gordon, the world is filled with wonderful places. A transplant from Omaha to Los Angeles, but also a world traveler who’s lived everywhere from Seaside, Florida to New Zealand, Leigh finds the greatest joy in helping people achieve their goals–no matter what that may be.
As an agent, Leigh is dedicated to delivering the best to her clients and getting them into the home they’ve always dreamed of. But when she’s not bidding her time between transactions, showings and communication, she’s keeping active, deepening her spiritual practice and health & wellness education, walking her darling dog Scout or touting around the West Hollywood Design District.
What she calls a true “cultural destination,” the WHDD is home to the Pacific Design Center and a throng of high-caliber design houses as well as must-visit spots including everything from smaller galleries to big name fashion boutiques and restaurants that leave you craving more, days later. According to Leigh, the WHDD could never be completely explored in just one day, but there are some spots you just can’t miss. And she’s here to tell you all about them.
West Hollywood makes no apologies about being home to some of LA’s hippest coffee haunts, so it’s only appropriate to begin the day at Alfred’s charming, tiny location on Melrose where “But first, coffee” is the universal phrase and Stumptown Coffee is always brewing. Follow that up with a little guilt-free carb loading courtesy of the legendary bagel food truck, Yeastie Boys Bagels, which has found a permanent home behind Alfred’s.
But if the morning cycle or pilates session has you hankering for a full-on breakfast, Ed’s Coffee Shop can’t be beat, with on-the-mark American comfort food, served hot, fresh and with some of the best service in town.
The Art of Shopping
Amidst the see-and-be-seen eateries and boutique lined streets of West Hollywood is Maxfield, more than a place to shop, but an experience set in a masterfully designed and iconic space. The massive locale is the naysayer in what’s cool, offering a mix of designer labels with emerging brands. The appeal of the boutique extends beyond the best from Balenciaga or the most unique finds from Re/Done, but into the art space as it’s part museum, part gallery.
P.S. Celebrity stylists swear by Maxfield.
If the only exercise you’re up to is the one that lets you build your design muscles, then the WHDD is the only place you want to be. Though the area overflows with inspiring spaces, the one you can’t overlook is Arteriors. Here, the commitment to cutting edge design is clear and wildly intoxicating. You’ll find yourself in a sort of daydream as you lay eyes on both the private label pieces and guest designer collaborations with favorites like Windsor Smith.
*Photo courtesy of Lonny
Let’s Do Lunch
Shopping works up an appetite. Meet your business partner, best buddy, or dine solo on Moules Frites and a Tomato Avocado Tartine at Zinque’s. Helmed for its European feel, the restaurant features a lush patio space that satiates the design-enthusiast’s appetite with an intricate tiled outdoor fireplace and cozy seating. The sun spills through the tree midday making this one of the best spots to enjoy a glass of wine and talk about the day’s happenings throughout the WHDD.
Just Kidding Around
For as much excitement as WHDD has for adults, it has a fair amount of kid-friendly fun, too. Run, don’t walk to Au Fudge. Created and designed with nothing but littles (and their doting parents) in mind, Au Fudge is a healthy, kid-friendly restaurant which also features a marketplace and creatives space for kids–no matter their age. This space caters to parents who like to keep kiddos engaged with fun activities including everything from cooking, to karaoke, doodling to drum circles. And it’s totally acceptable to dine on PB&J over the age of 6.
The Dinner Menu
WHDD has a reputation for being a hotbed for LA’s hottest restaurants. And getting a reservation can sometimes be the hardest thing to achieve in a day. Forgo the frantic feeling when suppertime arrives and pick from three of the area’s best. If it’s seafood look to Catch LA, where the views are epic, the scene is equally as beautiful and dishes like Heart of Palm Crabcakes and Mahi Mahi Wonton Tacos appear on the menu.
But if dinner is feeling a little more casual, Gracias Madre wins over the rest. The organic, vegan Mexican locale prides itself not only on fresh ingredients and the most memorable mescal margarita in town, but on the power of its transitory design. Under the starlight and on the dog friendly patio, you feel removed from LA and dropped into a small town in Mexico where the energy as rich and delightful as the fare.
*Photo courtesy of One Kings Lane
And if it’s an intimate evening you seek, slide the off button on your iPhone and head into Il Piccolino, a darling Italian restaurant, where good food and real-time conversation are held in highest. The quaint space features an environmentally conscious menu complete with grass-fed beef, locally grown sustainable produce and certified organic chicken. From their conscious approach, rustic dishes like the Risotto Mare emerge. If you want a perfect date night, find it here.