8 Reasons Melrose Place Is Your New Happy Place
Melrose Place is having a moment. Pop-up shops mingle with classic luxe retailers, and all the designers that the coolest women are wearing seem to want to set up shop here. We put together a checklist of the street’s buzziest and most mood-lifting spots—places where the atmosphere and service will make you happy even if you don’t throw down your plastic. (Which it’s kind of impossible not to do, btw.)
Get Some Work Done at The Bumble Hive
Cute, yellow and welcoming, the Bumble Hive pop-up is a clubhouse where members can hang out beginning every day at noon (just show the app on your phone to enter). Bumble has recently added professional networking and friend matching to its core dating expertise and it’s hosting lots of events to promote it all (ranging from talks with business leaders to mini cryofacials). Stop by for the snacks and Wi-Fi, as well as a free daily happy hour.
Through March 25; 8441 Melrose Pl.; thebeehive.bumble.com
Browse Sleek Home Goods at The Apartment by The Line
This boutique is set up like your upstairs dream apartment, if your dream apartment had a canvas daybed, vintage styled sconces and nail enamel named after Georgia O’Keeffe. It’s precious in styling and price, and we’re lusting after everything including the haute fashion from labels such as Jacquemus and Rosetta Getty.
8463 Melrose Pl., 2nd Floor; 323-746-5056 or theline.com
Dine Euro-Style at Fig & Olive
Time for sustenance: Settle back into a white-upholstered banquette next to fragrant indoor hedges of rosemary thriving under a sunny double-height ceiling. Order a grapefruit sangria and a selection of crostini with manchego and goat cheese with caramelized onion.
8490 Melrose Pl.; 310-360-9100 or figandolive.com
Dress Your Inner Art Teacher at Rachel Comey
So right now—here are clothes that bridge the gap between experimental (sack-like shapes, chunky shoes) and everyday wearable (high-waisted pants, aforementioned chunky shoes). Bold earrings and bags complete the look, and the space’s corrugated iron and rough-hewn wood beams are the stuff of L.A. bungalow owners’ dreams.
8432 Melrose Pl.; 323-852-3152 or rachelcomey.com
Treat Yourself to a Special-Occasion Dress at Zimmerman
Katie Holmes and Chrissy Teigen favor this Aussie designer’s elegant-yet-youthful frocks. And stepping inside the shop is like entering a pastel confectionery of fun.
8468 Melrose Pl.; 323-746-5456 or us.zimmermannwear.com
People-watch and Wake Up at Alfred Coffee
One of Los Angeles’s best trend-spotting locations, you can thrill to the crop pants-denim jackets-flirty sundresses on display as patrons tap away on their laptops on long wooden tables in this multi-level caffeine dispensary. The iced matcha latte with almond milk is not to be missed, and be sure to pop your head in the rotating pop-up shop tucked behind the service bar.
8428 Melrose Pl.; 323-944-0811 or alfred.la
Shop for A Custom Statement Bag at Anya Hindmarch
Envision a Birkin bag for a slapstick comedian. That’s the vibe inside this sleek little shop that sells covetable and customizable leather goods including wallets, bags and suitcases. The Brit expat maker’s wit and mastery of bright color are reflected in monograms, emoji decals and customers’ personal photographs superimposed onto bags.
8461 Melrose Pl.; 310-271-9707 or anyahindmarch.com
Make Yourself Over, Violet Grey-Style
Consider yourelf a beauty-product junkie? This elegant jewel box shop is the place for you, because it carries only top international products tested by a crack editorial team (that creates a fab blog, btw). There’s something for everyone, from a star hairstylist’s new texturizing mist inspired by Kate Moss to an evening-bag edit of makeup; best of all, even browsing in the gorge surrounding makes you feel prettier.
8452 Melrose Pl.; 323-782-9700 or violetgrey.com