Everyone knows that attending an art fair may cause art fatigue, which for some of us leads to a bad case of hangry. At some point you’ll need to break for bread and lucky for you, we’ve got you covered. From breakfast to lunch to dessert, here are our favorite restaurants close to Art Los Angeles Contemporary, taking place January 25-28 at The Barker Hanger in Santa Monica.
The OP Cafe – 3117 Ocean Park Blvd.
The OP Cafe is our go-to spot for breakfast. It’s situated on a quiet block in the southern border of Santa Monica and offers a fresh, healthy take on traditional breakfast classics (get the pancakes).
Wallflower – 609 Rose Ave.
If you’re looking for creative cocktails, great food, and good vibes, Wallflower is your spot. The Southeast Asian menu is full of flavor, with Indonesian, Chinese and Filipino influences. Our favorites are the duck lumpia, Japanese curry, and crab rendang dip.
Lunetta All Day – 2420 Pico Blvd.
If you’re looking to grab coffee before the fair, enjoy lunch with friends, or catch up with an old colleague over drinks, Lunetta All Day is the place to go. The indoor space is a perfect mix of chic and comfortable, and the outdoor patio is a hidden gem.
Superba Food + Bread – 1900 S Lincoln Blvd.
According to Superba Food + Bread, “great food should be accessible to all who seek it.” This spacious spot off of Lincoln Ave. is a solid choice for breakfast, lunch and dinner. For all the toast fans out there, you won’t be disappointed.
n/naka – 3455 S Overland Ave.
If you watch Chef’s Table or have read Jonathan Gold’s 101 Best Restaurants, you know about n/naka. We haven’t been here yet, but we’re recommending this spot because it’s at the top of our list. A kaiseki-style restaurant, n/naka is a uniquely personal and intimate space that serves a beautiful presentation of traditional Japanese dishes made of ingredients sourced in California.
Sweet Rose Creamery – 826 Pico Blvd.
Sweet Rose has it all and does it well. Whether you’re craving a classic or looking to try something different, this is the spot. The fresh mint with chocolate chips, cookies & cream and banana are our go-tos.
top image // Image courtesy Eater LA & Wonho Frank Lee