Anyone who thinks that Los Angeles doesn't have its fair share of sidewalk caf?s should pay a visit to Sunset Plaza. A chic, little two-block strip of fashionable boutiques and outdoor caf?s nestled between Hollywood & Beverly Hills, Sunset Plaza's trendy bistros line both sides of the Sunset Strip adding a European flair to West Hollywood.
You might think that Sunset Plaza was a recent addition to the area, but in fact this small center was built back in the 1930's.
The little shops feature big prices and attract celebs, as well as residents of the posh neighborhoods to the west. Armani A/X, H. Lorenzo, Butler & Wilson, Nicole Miller and Oliver Peoples are all here.
But the people-watching here is the biggest attraction. There are more Beautiful People (and supermodel wannabes) here than just about anywhere else in town, all part of the passing parade. If you like the idea of a sidewalk caf? on Sunset Boulevard, where you can sit and sip espresso under an umbrella while you watch the Rolls Royces cruise by, this just might be your kind of place.
You can choose from a number of sidewalk caf?s, including Cravings (where actor Christopher Lloyd was spotted on the patio with his sheepdog), Cafe Med (a favorite of Leslie Nielson), Chin Chin, Le Petit Four, Clafoutis, and of course Le Dome, all filled with beautiful people eating beautiful food al fresco. Most of the restaurants here tend to be pricey, but if you're watching your budget, you can get a good meal at Chin Chin for a very reasonable tab.