City Guides

By Eva Galambos

August 04, 2019

Going on an overseas family vacation is challenging if you aren’t prepared to balance out time for adulting and activities for the kiddies. From her own experience, Parlour X’s director Eva Galambos, has prepared a ying and yang style list to please your family in Los Angeles, detailing where the most coveted fine dining restaurants are to enjoy a glamorous evening and then of course, recommendations on where to take the kids to let all their energy out. Read below, on how to make the most memorable holiday, where everybody gets to make a fond memory.

Eva’s Top Lunch Locations:

Cafe Gratitude, 639 N Larchmont Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90004, United States

Architecturally modern with a good vibe, it’s great for people watching.

Intelligentsia Coffee Bar, 1331 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291, United States

Supreme coffee destination in Venice; one of the few great coffee places that actually compares to our fabulous coffee in Australia . Very laid back atmosphere.

Urth Cafe, 451 South Hewitt Street, Los Angeles, CA, United States

Fantastic selection of salads and great indoor and outdoor facilities; fun to sit in the LA sun. Make sure to stop and people watch; everyone has their own style (whether good or bad) which is always interesting to check out…

Abbot’s Pizza, 1407 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291, United States

Famous for its delicious, quirky and interesting pizza toppings…

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Dinners in Los Angeles:

Chateau Marmont, 8221 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046, United States

Good food and a celebrity- cool atmosphere….

Sunset Tower, 8358 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90069, United States

The restaurant has a sexy ambience set by the piano lounge bar atmosphere and attentive service; enjoying dressing up or over dinner and/or cocktails.

Gjelina, 1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291, United States

In Venice, Gjelina’s has great pizzas and wine selection; very laid back and relaxed cool vibe.

Soho House9200 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069, United States

The Soho House is very impressive. With 360 degree views of LA, enjoy cocktails and dinner in a magnificent setting.

Giorgi Baldi, 114 W Channel Rd, Santa Monica, CA 90402, United States

A family run restaurant that is a favourite of celebrities, Giorgio Baldi serves incredible Northen Italian food – definitely a must!

Cecconi’s, 8764 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90069, United States

Visit Cecconi’s for breakfast lunch or dinner and enjoy delicious Italian food on the terrace.

Crossroads, 8284 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90046, United States.

A fantastic vegan restaurant with outstanding food selection!

Activities for Children:

Indoor Skydiving, 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608, United States

Such a fun experience! Take the kids and join in yourself…. I did but don’t expect your hair to ever be the same again!

Disneyland1313 Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, CA 92802, United States

The original and the best, Disneyland is every kid’s dream. I was so excited to bring my recently turned 5 year old Alexa here for her first time and it did not disappoint! Also I was reminiscent about my first experience when my parents brought me to Disneyland at a similar age and I never felt more grateful for having such fabulous parents wanting me to experience such joy… It’s hot, there are queues, but it’s definitely worth it. Alexa says it was the best fun she’s ever had!

Hurricane Harbour Magic Mountain26101 Magic Mountain Pkwy, Valencia, CA 91355, United States

Attached to the iconic Six Flags Magic Mountain is Hurricane Harbour; a massive water park. Perfect for kids of all ages. Alexa spent the day trying out all the slides. Whilst I paddled around the pool with little Paloma.

Mini Golf
There are several great mini-golf locations throughout LA and since moving across the road from a golf course earlier this year, Alexa keeps telling me that she wants to learn ‘golfing’. We had such fun and the course we experienced was brilliant with many fabulous exaggerated props so Alexa felt like she was on a huge adventure!




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