David Schulte's Los Angeles

Nikolas Koenig / Courtesy Chateau Marmont

The CEO behind cult-favorite eyewear brand Oliver Peoples shares his favorite things to do, places to eat, and more insider tips for his hometown of L.A.

What neighborhood are you from, and how long have you lived there? I still live in the same neighborhood I did when I first moved out here in ’95—Rustic Canyon, in the Pacific Palisades. With Stone Canyon in Bel Air, it’s my favorite street in the city.

Where would you put up friends visiting town? The Chateau Marmont or the Channel Road Inn if they aren't staying with me at my house (8221 Sunset Blvd.; 323-656-1010; chateaumarmont.com and 219 W. Channel Rd.; 310-459-1920; channelroadinn.com).

Where is the best place to find your hometown’s signature dish? It’s hard to pinpoint L.A.’s signature dish: Korean, Mexican, sushi… For me it’s our unique healthy concepts. Erewhon Natural Foods is an incredible market and has the best options for this. And the crowd is great (7660 Beverly Blvd.; 323-937-0777; erewhonmarket.com).

What is your favorite restaurant to take visitors? Without question it would Giorgio Baldi. It’s my favorite restaurant in the world. It’s super chic and dark, and still, after all these years, has the coolest crowd in L.A. (114 W. Channel Rd.; 310-573-1660; giorgio-baldi.com

Where can you find the best cocktails? Beer list? Wine list? I don’t really drink cocktails. Father’s Office has a great list of local and specialty beers on tap, and Giorgio’s has Gaja, my favorite Barolo (3229 Helms Ave.; 310-736-2224; fathersoffice.com

Where would you choose to splurge on a night out? I love going to the Hollywood Bowl—it’s a great night out to see a concert there during the summer with an amazing bottle of wine (2301 Highland Ave.; 323-850-2000; hollywoodbowl.com).

What is your go-to after-hours bar? The lobby of the Chateau Marmont is one of my favorite places for an after-hours meet. It’s private and dark and easy. I don’t love going to loud bars or nightclubs. Sometimes my friends will go to Shore Bar, which is next door to Giorgio’s, after dinner (112 W. Channel Rd.; 310-429-1851; shorebarsm.com).

What’s the best way to spend a Saturday afternoon in town? I like going to Will Rogers State Park in the Palisades. There are great paths for running, and randomly you could catch a polo match. I also like heading to Malibu—I have multiple friends out there and it’s a great afternoon (1501 Will Rogers State Park Rd.; 310-454-8212; parks.ca.gov).

What is your Sunday morning routine in your neighborhood? I like to play tennis in the morning, then go for a run somewhere cool. The weather is one of the best parts about living here so I try to spend as much time as I can outside and be active.

Where is the best brunch? I’m not much of a brunch person, but I like Cora’s Coffee Shoppe in Santa Monica. It’s a casual spot right by the beach (1802 Ocean Ave.; 310-451-9562; corascoffee.com). 

Where do you go for the perfect cup of coffee? Intelligentsia never disappoints. I go to the location on Abbot Kinney in Venice, but there is one in Silverlake, too (1331 Abbot Kinney Blvd.; 310-399-1233; intelligentsiacoffee.com).

What’s your favorite view in town (that visitors might not know about)? The view from a balcony at the Chateau is great. You can see all the way from Downtown to the beach on a clear day. For a totally different perspective the cliffs in Pacific Palisades offer an incredible view of the ocean. 

What’s your favorite path or trail to follow on a walk? A lot of people hike in L.A. but I prefer to run. Will Rogers has some great trails. Griffith Park is the best place for a walk on the East side of town (4730 Crystal Springs Dr.; 323-913-4688; laparks.org).

What are your favorite offbeat cultural attractions? Venice Beach—there is really nothing like it. So many characters and random things happening there you can sit and people watch for hours.

What’s your favorite shop or boutique? Just One Eye—the curated mix of fashion and art at this store is very well done (7000 Romaine St.; 888-563-6858; justoneeye.com).

What’s the ultimate souvenir from your town—something you can only get there? A Jersey at a Lakers game!

What’s the best-kept local secret? Paradise Cove. It’s a small community in Malibu where all of the residents have motor homes, but done really well. I have friends there, and I feel like it’s still a pure part of the town. I love the idea of motor homes in the middle of $20 million homes, and the beach is great. Also I think the Getty Museum is still kind of a secret. It’s so amazing and weirdly never crowded (1200 Getty Center Dr.; 310-440-7300; getty.edu).

Photo Credits: Courtesy Channel Road Inn; Courtesy Father's Office; Courtesy Just One Eye