Beachroad Magazine chats to Julian Castaldi about his days in The City of Angels,
the one and only Los Angeles. He shares some tips on his favourite places to visit off the beaten track.
When Julian walked out of LAX Airport in 1992, seeing LA for the first time, it was a defining moment that has continued to inspire him to this day. Located on Southern California’s Pacific Coast, Los Angeles has long been known as the City of Dreams. A place for the dispossessed and disillusioned to start over and rebuild their lives and in the course of the twentieth century it grew to be the second-largest city in the United States, becoming a tourist magnet known for its sunny climate, beautiful beaches and entertainment industry.
The city is a colourful and thriving metropolis and as Al Pacino said “I’m an actor, not a star! Stars are people who live in Hollywood and have heart shaped pools."
Where do you like to eat, drink and shop in Los Angeles? //
Ah where do you start? There are so many options in a city the size of LA, my favourite stomping ground is the Westside with Culver City, West Hollywood and Santa Monica.
A great place to eat is Gjelina in Abbot Kinney, a place where you may well see a famous face and definitely a place to wear your sunglasses inside, but do not be put off, there is a great vibe and the food is amazing.
Gjelina, 1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291.
A bar I love is Barney's Beanery a legendary Sunset Strip bar and restaurant which opened in 1920, "a rowdy at times venue" with pool tables, music, great history and fascinating characters.
Barneys Beanery, 8447 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069.
For the "Old Hollywood" feel you cannot beat The Formosa Cafe which has been trading since 1925. This is classic old Hollywood with past clientele including Frank Sinatra, Clark Gable and some epic cocktails.
Formosa Cafe, 7156 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046, (323) 850-9050.
If you get to Hollywood you have to visit Canter's Deli, another legendary venue dating from the 1930's. Canters is a family owned Jewish deli with amazing golden fried potato pancakes and Kibitz Room for cocktails, which has seen the likes of President Obama and Guns N' Roses hang out there for a tipple.
Canters Deli, 419 N. Fairfax Avenue in the Fairfax District, 90036 (323) 651-2030