When many people think about L.A., they imagine a sprawling, homogenous metropolis. In actuality, L.A. is a series of neighborhoods with distinct personalities; Westwood Village is one of these areas.
Given its proximity to the UCLA campus, Westwood Village is a popular place for students to hang out. However, Westwood pulls a variety of demographics thanks to its diverse shops and eateries.
Art One Gallery (1036 Broxton Avenue):
This eclectic gallery features pieces from a variety of artists working in different media— the perfect place to find a truly unique remembrance of your trip to California.
Flax: Pen to Paper (1078 Gayley Avenue):
This beautiful boutique features fine pens and papers, and reminds us of the importance of life’s daily luxuries. Whether you’re browsing or buying, shopping at Flax is a delightful experience.
Ai Wish (10920 Kinross Avenue):
An upscale clothing boutique, Ai Wish features envy-inspiring designer threads and accessories. Bring home some California style.
1386 Westwood Blvd
A French and French-Canadian style bistro (yes, they serve poutine!), Soleil is known for its fresh, flavorful fare and charming ambiance. This is the perfect spot for a casual lunch.
1064 Gayley Avenue
Attention meat eaters, this Mongolian restaurant will satisfy your appetite and make your wallet happy at the same time (a favorite among UCLA students). This is a great place to grab some quick, filling cuisine before exploring Westwood Village.
1266 Westwood Blvd.
If fresh, delicious sushi is what you crave, then look no further. Asuka serves wonderful Japanese cuisine in a clean, simple setting. Enjoy a meal here before catching a film at the historic Crest theater (adjacent).
For more ideas, see: http://www.westwoodblvd.com
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