When in the mood for a breath of fresh air, there is a slew of options in Los Angeles
. But if you’d rather spend the day inside while still enjoying the outdoor atmosphere, step into seven of LA’s most beautiful indoor gardens.
Bar, Japanese, $$$
The name Yamashiro translates to ‘Mountain Palace’ in Japanese. The building was completed in 1914, sitting on Hollywood Boulevard. It makes the list because of the Inner Courtyard, with a lovely indoor garden. It’s filled with plants and even a pond containing fish. What used to be a bar lounge has now expanded into a restaurant that can accommodate 500 guests. It also hosts a Farmers Market every Thursday from April through September.
Yamashiro, Hollywood Hills Hotel, 1999 N Sycamore Ave, Los Angeles, CA, USA, +1 323 466 5125
Restaurant, Italian, $$$
A corner restaurant located in Westwood opened up four years ago called Skylight Gardens. It’s a small, unassuming red brick building on the corner of Glendon and Lindbrook that looks like any other typical college town restaurant. But once you step inside, you can’t help but feel like you’ve stepped into another zip code. If the fine dining isn’t evident from the wine glasses on every table, then the perfectly folded cloth napkins will surely tip you off. The gorgeous setting is complemented by a stunning tree in the center of the restaurant, extending to the ceiling. It’s not just any ceiling, but a dome that allows natural light in, illuminating the beauty of the setting during the day. And not to worry when dusk hits, the twinkling lights lining the trees branches will tickle your fancy just as much.
Skylight Gardens, 1139 Glendon Ave, Los Angeles, CA, USA, +1 310 824 1818
This hidden treasure is akin to a pop-up restaurant in an old industrial building in Frogtown. For those not so familiar with the term, pop-up refers to a group of cooks presenting their food at a temporary space. To find Elysian, there is a lovely garden that leads into a space that resembles a backyard of twinkling lights. To add to the atmosphere, there are communal tables that seem to foster neighborly conversation. The restaurant serves both dinner and brunch and is run by Chef David Thorne.
Elysian, 2806 Clearwater St, Los Angeles, CA, USA, +1 323 522 6625
The Little Door
The Little Door is a hidden gem found on West 3rd Street serving you the ultimate brunch experience. There are four themed rooms in The Little Door, one being the Winter Garden, which is why this restaurant made the list. It sits next door to the Garden Patio, boasting a view of the entire restaurant which includes seeing vines and flower hanging beautifully overhead. It offers a bamboo-lined ceiling and a similar feel like the garden patio, without being in the complete open air.
The Little Door, 8164 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA, USA, +1 323 951 1210
Inn of the Seventh Ray
To find Inn of the Seventh Ray, you’ll have to make your way through Topanga Canyon, enjoying a nice scenic route to this romantic restaurant experience. Most of the tables sit beneath the trees out on the patio, while there are also a few tables inside for when it rains. And while it isn’t necessarily an indoor garden, there is a Garden Room that can be rented out for special occasions that can provide you with that indoor garden experience you are seeking.
Inn of the Seventh Ray, 128 Old Topanga Canyon Rd, Topanga, CA, USA, +1 310 455 1311
Soho House West Hollywood
Soho House is a bit more exclusive than the rest of the locations on the list since it’s a private members club. The rooftop garden provides you with a view that you cannot imagine. Sitting next to your table, you’ll find trees sprouting from the ground. Hanging lamps are hidden in branches up above, and a well-designed garden of uniform plants is down below. The dining area is surrounded by glass windows with an open top allowing the trees to grow wild and free.
Soho House West Hollywood, 9200 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA, USA, +1 310 432 9200