Labor Day Weekend

We’ve never needed an excuse to eat, drink and make merry, but summer’s last hurrah, Labor Day Weekend, is as good a reason as any. Here’s our guide to ensuring that the last public holiday of the year goes out with a bang (or at least a burger…).


Have the tastiest Saturday possible by heading down to The Taste, which gathers together the city’s star restaurants (from humble heroes to big-name acts) for five fabulous food events held over the weekend. Expect more delicious dishes than you can shake a fork at, plus cooking demos, wine seminars, a best-of-the-best drinks list and a buzzing atmos.

Saturday’s sessions kick off at Paramount Pictures Studios with a Field-to-Fork fiesta celebrating LA’s local producers from 12pm; later on, there’s a Dinner With A Twist, hosted by Jonathan Gold and Jenn Harris, aided and abetted by Antonia Lofaso and Marco A. Ramos. In between meals, roll over to the Cinecon Classic Film Festival and catch a flick or two at the handsome, historic Egyptian Theater, sitting pretty on Hollywood Blvd. What’s better than food or films? Food and films, that’s what: step forward Eat|See|Hear, whose roving HD screen travels to different LA locations for alfresco movie screenings every Saturday in summer, together with a gang of resident food trucks and local musicians, who warm the crowd up with live sets before the main event.


On Sundays, most Angelenos are sensibly star-fishing on the beach, so why not take adventure of the un-chokka roads and venture out of town? Book a set of wheels via the Peninsula concierge and cruise north up the Pacific Coast Highway through Santa Monica – where you can stop for a caffeine boost at wave-muralled Dogtown Coffee – before you roll up to Malibu. Stroll leisurely along the pier, pausing to admire the mountains meeting the ocean and buff boardriders meeting the breaks below, then drop anchor at family-run Malibu Farm Pier Cafe for a healthy organic lunch.

Refreshed and rebooted, zip over to pristine, crowd-free and pooch-friendly Leo Carillo Beach before driving back the way you came, via oceanfront stunner Geoffrey’s for lobster salad, crab cakes and mimosas (oh my). On your way back to LA, be sure to stop by Rosenthal’s walk-in tasting room, which is happily ensconced in a bijou beachside shack complete with rustic patio and a sip-worthy selection of Malibu Estate and Surfrider wines.


Public holidays in LA are all about relaxing, so spend the day horizontal, preferably poolside at The Peninsula. Only get vertical again for the hotel’s spoiling spa and special BBQ With A View: a sunset feast featuring brisket tacos, charred branzino, rib-eye with steak sauce, beer-can chicken with cabbage cilantro slaw, and house-made smores. To top it all off, you can expect a generous serve of sublime Santa Monica views...

The Taste / 1-3 Sep, 2017 / Paramount Pictures Studios / enter at 783 N. Van Ness Ave / Hollywood / purchase tickets online /

Cinecon Classic Film Festival / 31 Aug-4 Sep, 2017 / Egyptian Theater / 6712 Hollywood Blvd / Hollywood / +1 323 461 2020 / purchase tickets online /

Eat|See|Hear / until 17 Sep, 2017 / see website for screenings, locations and tickets /

Dogtown Coffee / 2003 Main St / Santa Monica / +1 310 310 3665 / 5.30am-5pm Mon-Fri, from 6.30am Sat-Sun /

Malibu Farms Pier Cafe / 23000 Pacific Coast Hwy / Malibu / +1 310 456 1112 / 8am-4pm Mon-Thu, until 8pm Fri-Sun /

Geoffrey’s / 27400 Pacific Coast Hwy / Malibu / +1 310 457 1519 / brunch, lunch & dinner daily /

Rosenthal / 18741 Pacific Coast Hwy / Malibu / +1 310 456 1392 / 12pm-8pm Mon-Thu, until 9pm Fri, 11am-9pm Sat, until 8pm Sun /

BBQ With A View / 5/F (Rooftop) / The Peninsula / +1 310 975 2855 / 5pm-9pm daily /