What $500 Buys in Los Angeles

Steven Noble

Always sunny Los Angeles has seen a spate of exciting hotel openings—not least among them the debut of the Ritz-Carlton downtown, which completes the ambitious, $2.5 billion sports-and-entertainment district known as L.A. Live.

Compiled by Shannon Adducci and Amanda Friedman

Five four-course dinners at WP24, Wolfgang Puck’s modern Asian restaurant on the 24th floor of the new Ritz-Carlton, where the views are among L.A.’s most dramatic. Puck has created updates of dishes like crispy suckling pig and Peking duck. wolfgangpuck.com.

A haircut, a shave and a blackened-steel razor at the six-month-old Baxter Finley Barber & Shop, where Jason Simao, late of Manhattan grooming mecca Freeman’s Sporting Club, runs the store, overseeing its four restored early-19th-century barber chairs. baxterfinley.com.

One night in a 750-square-foot Vine Flat suite at The Redbury hotel, which opened in September on Hollywood Boulevard. The expansive room, filled with local vintage finds picked by the hotel’s designer (who happens to be legendary photographer Matthew Rolston), has a full kitchen, plus views of the Griffith Observatory and the Hollywood sign. theredbury.com.

One leather iPad case from Kendall Conrad, in Venice, the first shop from the L.A.-based designer and former model. Conrad—a favorite of Hollywood types and fashion editors—sustainably sources exotic skins and leathers and uses local craftsmen to finish her handbags and accessories. kendallconraddesign.com.

A private tour for six of the new Renzo Piano–designed exhibition pavilion at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, plus lunch at its restaurant. The pavilion is exhibiting European paintings and fashion as well as ancient Mexican art. lacma.org.

As of mid-September, 1 euro = $1.30