If you haven’t heard - L.A. received grand mention in the Forbes article, Top 20 Places Women Are Traveling in 2019, which highlights findings from Airbnb’s first-ever report on the top places women in the U.S. and internationally are traveling. Los Angeles ranked as the #1 destination for women in the U.S. and the #3 destination for women internationally. According to a Global Solo Travel Study conducted by British Airways, nearly 50% of women globally have taken a holiday by themselves and 75% of women are planning a solo trip in the next few years. Of those surveyed, 58% of American women had taken a solo trip in the U.S. Los Angeles definitely has something to offer everyone – a quick look at just a teeny bit of what is going on right now is enough to convince anybody to take a trip here!
Los Angeles is home to female brewers, winemakers and entrepreneurs who have set up shop throughout the city and who are inspiring change within the male-dominated beverage industry. L.A. Beer Hop, a female-owned company that leads thirsty guests on brewery tours of L.A., has created themed journeys for all to partake. Once a month, female beer enthusiasts flock to Eagle Rock Brewery in Northeast Los Angeles for the monthly Women’s Beer Forum led by beer aficionado Ting Su. This is a space where female beer enthusiasts share their joy for and knowledge of their favorite malted barley drink.
Local favorite, Vinovore Wine Shop, opened in the emerging neighborhood of Virgil Village on the border of East Hollywood and Silver Lake in 2017. Owners Coly Den Haan and Dean Harada stock hundreds of unique, handpicked bottles from the world’s best female winemakers. Shoppers are encouraged to discover their own quirky wine personality based on their flavor profiles of choice. Vinovore also frequently holds wine tasting events spotlighting these lady winemakers
Craft cocktail fans should run, not walk to the art-deco style lounge Genever, located in the Historic Filipinotown neighborhood. This gorgeous hideaway where “drink is queen” is owned by three Filipinas and operated by the Red Capiz Partners. This classy watering hole, known for their gin-based cocktails, is celebrating its 1-year anniversary this March. Genever was named one of the best new L.A. bars in 2018 by Time Out.
Los Angeles was recognized the most exciting food city in America by Zagat and it’s no surprise to those who have been following L.A.’s dining scene for the last few years. With year-round near perfect weather, bountiful produce, and diverse culinary talent, L.A.’s food scene is bursting at the seams. Within L.A.’s culinary talent, female chefs are dominating like never before. Diners can savor the flavors from incredible female culinary masterminds across L.A. who are serving a diverse range of options from Spanish to Japanese.
Sqirl, the hip eatery from Chef Jessica Koslow opened in 2012 and has helped shape Virgil Village on the border of East Hollywood and Silver Lake into one of L.A.’s next emerging neighborhoods by drawing in locals and visitors alike. Chef Koslow’s globally-inspired breakfast and lunch menus are a hit and her popular house-made jams are a must-try.
Along Figueroa Street in Highland Park, an area ripe with daring dining options, Chef Teresa Montaño brings her second restaurant to life with Otoño, a 70-seat modern Spanish eatery. Using California ingredients, Chef Montaño serves popular menu items like delicious seafood paellas and meat and vegetable tapas. Otoño was recently named one of Time Out’s best new Los Angeles restaurants in 2018.
After years of anticipation, season 12 Top Chef winner Mei Lin recently opened Nightshade, a 60-seat restaurant in Downtown L.A.’s Arts District. The expansive space features a creative pan-Asian menu infused with modern touches and California sensibilities and marks Chef Lin’s first solo venture.
a.o.c. is located along L.A.'s trendy 3rd Street and offers beautifully curated menu from Chef Suzanne Goin, the fifth woman to receive a James Beard Foundation award for Outstanding Chef in the organization's history. During the 2018 JBF awards, Goin’s business partner Caroline Styne was the only award recipient from L.A. where she took home the Outstanding Restaurateur award.
The acclaimed N/Naka, located in the Westside neighborhood of Palms, is the brainchild of the incredible chef and native Angeleno Niki Nakayama, who appeared in Netflix’s documentary series “Chef’s Table.” With a focus on a Kaiseki menu, N/Naka has helped drive a new wave of Japanese-style restaurants in the Los Angeles area. Last but not least, James Beard Award winner and L.A. dining legend Nancy Silverton is bringing an Italian steakhouse to The Hollywood Roosevelt in 2020.
You better get to LA soon before the list of places to visit and experiences to enjoy grows any longer!