Los Angeles, USA

PUBLISHED : Friday, 12 May, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 12 May, 2006, 12:00am

Goodwin Gaw is co-owner of the hot new star-studded Los Angeles hangout the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. He divides his time between Hong Kong and Los Angeles.

With the long days and great weather, summer is the time to visit. Have brunch at Shutters Hotel on the Beach (1 Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica, tel: 1 310 458 0030; www.shuttersonthebeach.com). Then go shopping on either Melrose Avenue or Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica. Check out Fred Segal (8100 Melrose Avenue, tel: 1 323 655 3734) for a unique LA shopping experience. If, like me, you're into cars, visit the Petersen Automotive Museum (6060 Wilshire Boulevard, tel: 1 323 930 2277; www.petersen.org). Or there is the Fashion Museum at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (919 S Grand Avenue, tel: 1 213 624 1201; www.fashionmuseum.org). For high tea, go to Pasadena's Huntington Gardens (1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, tel: 1 626 405 2100; www.huntington.org) - it's like turning back time to the era of the railroad barons. Then, head back to your hotel; either the Hollywood Roosevelt (7000 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, tel: 1 23 466 7000; hollywoodroosevelt.com), or the Peninsula Beverly Hills (9882 Santa Monica Boulevard, Beverly Hills, tel: 1 310 551 2888; www.beverlyhills.peninsula.com). One of the best-kept secrets for dining is top-notch sushi restaurant R-23 (923 East 2nd Street, tel: 1 213 687 7178; www.r23.com), with corrugated cardboard chairs designed by Frank Gehry. End the night with a cocktail at the rooftop bar of the Standard Hotel (550 S Flower at Sixth Street, LA, tel: 1 213 892 8080; www.standardhotel.com).