A lot of people come to Century City to make movies or produce television shows, and if you’re visiting the area for this reason, we have a great guide on hotels near the Fox Studio Lot.
And though the Fox Lot is certainly a sight to behold, with an interesting history, it’s not the only attraction in the area.
Century City is acknowledged as one of the best places in Los Angeles to find a good meal, to buy a new outfit, or to find a souvenir to commemorate your experience in the city.
While there are a fair number of high-end, well-known brand stores in Century City – especially in the Westfield Century City Mall – there’s much more to shopping in Century City than simply seeking out the most popular chain stores.
In Century City, there are a large number of local, neighborhood businesses providing food, entertainment, and drinks that can be difficult to find in other areas of the city.
Foodies, shoppers, and culture aficionados will be pleased to check out this list of the best neighbourhood business close to the Fox Studio Lot.
Hinoki & the Bird
Hinoki & the Bird is a restaurant inspired by the Silk Road and travel in general. The restaurant’s concept pushes the limits of Californian cuisine to new limits, bringing together a harmony of delightful flavors, bright colors, nutrient-dense meals, and world-renowned culinary skills.
The restaurant is open for lunch from Monday – Friday between the hours of 11:30 and 2:00 PM. Dinner can be had on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 6:00 and 9:00 PM, and on Fridays and Saturdays between 5:30 and 10:00 PM.
The Best Outdoor Lunch Restaurant in LA – or at least, so says the restaurant’s website. However, customer reviews, newspaper reports, and the anecdotes of satisfied customers seem to all agree that Craft LA is a fantastic spot to get a meal.
The restaurant is well-known for its consistent and impeccable quality and attention to detail. The atmosphere has also been curated to provide spacious seating, a vibrant setting, and a fantastic veranda.
The menu is directed by Tom Colicchio, an award-winning chef. The menu changes with the seasons, ensuring that customers are always paying for the freshest ingredients. Menu items are all made from scratch and encourage the farm-to-table dynamic that many restaurants in Los Angeles represent.
Annenberg Space for Photography
The Annenberg Space for Photography is an internationally-acclaimed cultural destination that exhibits both digital and print photography in an intimate environment. Here, you can bear witness to photographs taken by some of the most renowned photographers in the world. You can also check out the works of some up-and-coming photographers.
The Annenberg Space for Photography is the first venue explicitly dedicated to showcasing the art of photography in Los Angeles. It has since been considered a staple in the photography industry and has helped to reshape the paradigm of what photography can be.
Dreamscape is one of the leading venues for providing virtual reality experiences. Quoted as being “the type of experience you’d expect to find in a Disney Theme Park,” and “the promise of VR that we’ve been waiting for,” Dreamscape is certainly at the front of public virtual reality technology.
Dreamscape offers a number of different curated adventures for guests:
- Dreamworks Dragons, an exciting mission where you get to enroll in the Dragons Flight Academy and free-fly towards a hidden world.
- Alien Zoo, an opportunity to experience a wildlife refuge in outer space and learn about some of the galaxy’s most endangered (and strangest) species.
- The Blu Deep Rescue, an opportunity to plunge deep into the undersea world and help to rescue a family of whales.
Dreamscape is a wholly unique experience that allows people to roam freely in virtual environments. However, the only way to truly understand the immersion of Dreamscape is to try it yourself.
Din Tai Fung
Din Tai Fung is a restaurant with humble origins that has become acclaimed throughout the world. Bing-Yi Yang, the founder of the restaurant, lived in Taiwan from an early age in hopes of finding better employment prospects.
What he really found was a love for cooking and sharing food with others. The original Din Tai Fung, located in Taiwan, sold only steamed pork soup dumplings. However, the restaurant became so popular that Mr. Yang decided to expand his menu and his business.
Nowadays, Din Tai Fung foods can be found as far as the United States – right here in Los Angeles. The restaurant has been named one of the top ten gourmet restaurants by the New York Times, and continues to serve fantastic food to customers from all around the globe.
Toscanova Century City
Toscanova provides guests with a blend of amazing food, fashionable decor, and an entertaining environment. Offering a modern twist on classic Italian recipes, Toscanova has become a favorite restaurant in Century City – and, indeed, in all of Los Angeles.
The restaurant offers lunch and dinner 7 days a week. At all times during the week, the restaurant is occupied by a high volume of guests: a testament to the delicious food served by Chef Sciandri.
Stop in here if you’d like an authentic taste of Italy.
Javier’s is one of the best places in Century City to grab some authentic Mexican food in an atmosphere tailored to provide a captivating ambiance.
Here, you can choose to dine in the main dining area or you can opt to eat at one of the al fresco patios, in one of their private dining rooms, or at the bar.
The bar itself is known for offering a wide variety of different drinks. Of course, there is an assortment of authentic Mexican tequilas – but you can also find hand-shaken margaritas, craft cocktails, and a large number of different wines and internationally acclaimed cervezas.
The menu itself features cuisine from different areas of Mexico. One of the intents of Javier’s is to bring together the different flavors that are found across Mexico into a single restaurant to share with customers the full scope of the Mexican culinary art.