The Best Things to Do in Hollywood

With new happenings, hotels, and a not-to-miss lineup of restaurants, the once A-list destination is ready for its resurgence. Here, eight things not to miss.

Rock On

Grandmaster Recorders

The new Grandmaster Recorders (GMR) features a 15,000-square-foot, multilevel space from Botanical Group (the team behind E.P. & L.P and Strings of Life). Expect coastal Italian and Australian-inspired eats—pizzas, seafood, pastas—and drinks across the 150-seat restaurant, 71 Studio Bar (formerly an iconic Hollywood recording studio), and sprawling rooftop.

Enjoy a Slice of Italy

L’antica Pizzeria da Michele

L’antica Pizzeria da Michele is the closest to Naples you’ll get without stepping on a plane. Order classics such as hand-tossed pizzas, cacio e pepe, and Nerano pastas. There’s even brunch and a “secret lounge” where curated wine-pairing events are held on a monthly basis.

Where the Desert Meets the Jungle

Next door to the Thompson is the new Tommie Hollywood and the 212-room hotel brings yet another rooftop destination to Hollywood: Desert 5 Spot. Inspired by the Mojave Desert, the open-air lounge features stunning views and a 1970s vintage Palm Springs aesthetic. The nine-story property will also feature Ka’Teen from chef Wes Avila (Guerrilla Tacos), which draws inspiration from the jungles of the Yucatán.

Make It a Hollywood Classic

The Spare Room

Award-winning chef Nancy Silverton’s (Mozza) latest hotspot, The Barish has taken over the iconic Hollywood Roosevelt’s lobby. The elevated Italian-inspired steakhouse focuses on dry-aged beef, fish, and poultry grilled over an open fire. After being closed for more than 19 months, the hotel’s bar, The Spare Room, has finally reopened with a revamped food and drink menu.

Artful Evening

Immersive Van Gogh

Through February 6 check out Immersive Van Gogh for an exhibit of the artist’s masterpieces brought to life across 500,000 cubic feet of projections.

Party Like a Parisian

Bar Lis

The new Thompson Hollywood features a French Riviera–inspired rooftop destination: Bar Lis. Head there at night for live DJ or jazz sets under the disco ball. On the lobby level, the French theme continues with chef Lincoln Carson’s (Bon Temps) much-awaited Mes Amis.

Brunch It Up

Superba Food + Bread

Where Hollywood’s legendary The Cat & Fiddle used to sit is now Superba Food + Bread. Check out daily specials such as Duck Leg à l’Orange on Wednesdays, fish and chips on Thursdays, and fried chicken dinners on Sundays, plus, of course, the fresh bread menu.

Eat Like a Roman

Chef Evan Funke (Felix) is making his Hollywood return with Mother Wolf. Housed within the Citizen-News building, the over-the-top restaurant features all-indoor seating for about 230 guests and pays tribute to ancient Rome with Italian classics like wood-fired pizza, seasonal antipasti, and handmade pastas.