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A Map Guide to What to Do When You're Staying on Melrose

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If you like eating and shopping, Palihotel Melrose is the spot to stay—the surrounding Fairfax and Beverly Grove neighborhoods are packed with awesome restaurants (lots of brunch) and shopping of all varieties. They're also home to more than one second-run movie theater and, on the southern edge, all the museums of Miracle Mile. Here's your starter guide for spending a few days in the 'hood.

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Palihotel

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The year-old Palihotel Melrose feels like a quaint countryside inn (and is surprisingly quiet), but it sits on busy Melrose Avenue in the middle of central Los Angeles.

The Hart + The Hunter

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The Hart + The Hunter serves up excellent Southern food in a casual environment, and is handily located inside Palihotel, because you're going to need a nap afterward.

The Original Farmers Market

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Continue the eating at the historic Farmers Market and then head just east into the Grove for some much-beloved outdoor chain shopping.

CBS Television City Studios

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This is the spot if you want to get in the audience for a taping of Dancing With the Stars or have a great giant waffle costume and tight guessing strategy for The Price is Right.

New Beverly Cinema

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The New Bev shows cheap double features of classic movies, plus the horror and grindhouse you'd expect at a place owned by Quentin Tarantino.

Melrose Trading Post

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Every Sunday, the grounds of Fairfax High fill up with vendors of all varieties for the biggest flea market in the central city.

Joan's on Third

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If you haven't seen a celebrity at this point in your stay, Joan's should take care of that for you. It's also just a great spot for lunch.

Necromance

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Head east to this section of the street for the old-school Melrose shopping experience: thrift shops, weird little boutiques, and head shops.

Fred Segal

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To the west is the fancy new-school Melrose shopping scene: Fred Segal and it's hundred-dollar t-shirts are an institution, but newer arrivals stretching to Melrose Place include Vivienne Westwood, Marc Jacobs, Alexander McQueen, and Kelly Wearstler.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

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Even if you never go inside (although you should), you could spend a very pleasant hour or two enjoying LACMA's grounds, home to the over-photographed "Urban Light" installation by Chris Burden and the under-loved "Levitating Mass" by Michael Heizer.

Kibitz Room

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Canters is a classic, but you probably don't want to bother with the food unless you're extremely drunk, which is where the adjoining Kibitz Room comes in. It's also just a good, rowdy time.

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Palihotel

The year-old Palihotel Melrose feels like a quaint countryside inn (and is surprisingly quiet), but it sits on busy Melrose Avenue in the middle of central Los Angeles.

The Hart + The Hunter

The Hart + The Hunter serves up excellent Southern food in a casual environment, and is handily located inside Palihotel, because you're going to need a nap afterward.

The Original Farmers Market

Continue the eating at the historic Farmers Market and then head just east into the Grove for some much-beloved outdoor chain shopping.

CBS Television City Studios

This is the spot if you want to get in the audience for a taping of Dancing With the Stars or have a great giant waffle costume and tight guessing strategy for The Price is Right.

New Beverly Cinema

The New Bev shows cheap double features of classic movies, plus the horror and grindhouse you'd expect at a place owned by Quentin Tarantino.

Melrose Trading Post

Every Sunday, the grounds of Fairfax High fill up with vendors of all varieties for the biggest flea market in the central city.

Joan's on Third

If you haven't seen a celebrity at this point in your stay, Joan's should take care of that for you. It's also just a great spot for lunch.

Necromance

Head east to this section of the street for the old-school Melrose shopping experience: thrift shops, weird little boutiques, and head shops.

Fred Segal

To the west is the fancy new-school Melrose shopping scene: Fred Segal and it's hundred-dollar t-shirts are an institution, but newer arrivals stretching to Melrose Place include Vivienne Westwood, Marc Jacobs, Alexander McQueen, and Kelly Wearstler.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

Even if you never go inside (although you should), you could spend a very pleasant hour or two enjoying LACMA's grounds, home to the over-photographed "Urban Light" installation by Chris Burden and the under-loved "Levitating Mass" by Michael Heizer.

Kibitz Room

Canters is a classic, but you probably don't want to bother with the food unless you're extremely drunk, which is where the adjoining Kibitz Room comes in. It's also just a good, rowdy time.