We know you’re all about the experience. You’re a foodie. You’re committed to living in the moment. You love a thoughtful entree and appreciate a generous happy hour, regardless of the atmosphere. But Something Social knows that it’s not just about the food or the fun. Sometimes you’re doing it for the ‘gram. You need a solid aesthetic and good lighting to get the pics that will prompt the engagement you’re expecting.
When it comes to Instagrammable restaurants, Mediterranean is the mood of May. Bavel in DTLA’s Arts District and Kismet in lovely Los Feliz are our strong recommends. Each have their own distinct flavours and aesthetics, but you can get hummus at both. L’chaim.
The hottest rooftop spot this month is hands-down The Rooftop by JG at Waldorf Astoria in Beverly Hills. Jean-Georges Vongerichten has crafted the perfect summer menu featuring Latin American and Southeast Asian flavors, and the view is killer.
Our favorite experiential spots for the month are coastal. Venice’s Artists and Fleas Market and Santa Monica’s beachside pearl, Tongva Park. Each boast the relaxed and beachy lifestyles of their respective neighborhoods.. Read on for the details.
Bavel – Arts District
From the masters that brought you Bestia, here is the Mediterranean marvel, Bavel. The decorators of this space did not miss spring’s sunny yellow memo. The cushions are velvety and the booths perfectly mid century. A mosaic of fish tail tiles stripe the floors, expanding the space. Perfect, because #ihavethisthingwithfloors. @baveldtla Images courtesy of @baveldtla
The Rooftop by JG – Beverly Hills
Perched atop the Waldorf Astoria, Jean Georges has taken the focus and ingenuity from the restaurant downstairs and raised it to the roof. With unparalleled skyline views, this Beverly Hills gem is our new favorite rooftop. The space is filled with a gorgeous smattering of decor that will pair perfectly with the outfit you’re rocking for the ‘gram. Hit this spot for likes as endless as the skyline. Come for the view, stay for the Lobster Burger with Yuzu Pickles (its Pharrell’s favorite). @therooftopbyjg Images courtesy of @therooftopbyjg
Kismet – Los Feliz
This subtle spot in Los Feliz lets your date night ensemble do the work. Their jeweled crispy rice was nominated Dish of The Year by LA Magazine and it’s beautiful. Plus, their desserts are stunning without being pastel and Instagram-obvious. @kismetlosangeles Images courtesy of @kismetlosangeles
Tongva Park – Santa Monica
Tongva Park is a gorgeous cluster of abstract sculptures, lovely fountains, native plants, interesting architectural features, and cocoon-like overlooks of the ocean. The space was transformed in the last few years by the same design team behind Manhattan’s infamous High Line. You’d never think this lush and rolling ecosystem, containing over 300 trees, was once a flat parking lot. Images courtesy of @laweekly and @michaelzazarino
Artists & Fleas – Venice
Succulents, sweets, and seances, if you want it, Artists and Fleas has got it. This epic marketplace is decked with vendors selling all sorts of wares and services. Converted VW buses hawking vintage sunglasses and easy access to the Venice Canals make for the perfect Social Media Saturday. The market takes place every Saturday from Memorial Day to Labor Day along Abbot Kinney. @artistsandfleas Images courtesy of @artistsandfleas
Written by our Brand Communications Coordinator, Kaeleigh Morrison.