It’s impossible to tire of cocktails and acai bowls on the beach, but if you’re looking to experience a different side of Santa Monica, head to Brentwood, a neighborhood on the Western fridge. This quiet, upscale pocket of the city boasts both a number of cultural attractions, and extremely good eats, that make it a worthwhile escape from the sand. Here’s our guide for what to do in Brentwood, LA.
A Day in Brentwood LA
The Getty, nestled in the hills of Brentwood, is one of the most visited museums in the United States, attracting over 1.8 million guests each year. It’s home to works by greats like Paul Gauguin, Vincent van Gogh, and Jacopo da Pontormo. When you’ve gotten your fill of paintings and sculptures, take a minute to soak in your surroundings—the museum’s central garden and sweeping city views are arguably just as stunning as the works inside. The Getty: 1200 Getty Center Dr.; 310-440-7300
Is it just us, or are Mid-Century modern aesthetics having a moment? If you’re looking to get a little design inspo, head to Crestwood Hills, a planned Utopian community from the ’50s. Famed Los Angeles-based architect, A. Quincy Jones, designed many of the neighborhood’s innovative homes that feel just as contemporary today as they did 60 years ago.
With its exterior painted an adorable shade of farmhouse red, popular brunch spot Farmshop transports guests from beach-chic Brentwood to the rustic California countryside. We’ll have the brioche french toast smothered in mixed berry jam, with a side of fried potatoes. Don’t judge! We’re on vacation, and carbs don’t count. Farmshop Santa Monica: 225 26th St #25; 310-566-2400
Skirball Cultural Center
Designed by Israeli-born architect Moshe Safdie, the Skirball Cultural Center strives to educate guests about Jewish heritage and the democratic ideals of freedom and equality. With a museum, a performing arts center, classrooms and a cafe, it’s one of the largest and most prominent cultural venues in Los Angeles. Stop by to catch an exhibition or a film. Skirball Cultural Center: 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd.; 310-440-4500