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Kitson Carries Something For Everyone

Robertson Blvd. is home to many shops that target the chosen few, and a few chains that target the many, but truly only Kitson carries something for everyone. High end Marc Jacobs tote? They've got it. Lower priced coin purse decorated with celebrity mug shots? They've got that, too. The Kitson buyers have a wonderfully irreverent sense of humor, but like all good satirists, they make sure they know their source material before they start having fun with it. This is Kitson's strength: they're a ... Continue

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Temple of Architecture

My dad's an architect, and when I was leaving Pakistan for USC, he told me how this "Frank Gehry" person went to my school and had managed to defy traditional construction techniques by doing only what he thought had to be done. There's something temple-like about this place, not for the music venue and the crowd it attracts, but because of the indifference it spews towards the rest of the architecture around it. Let's face it, Downtown LA's architecture isn't as iconic as Chicago's or many othe ... Continue

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Stogies & Art

Downtown Los Angeles is where weirdo Angelenos take refuge from LA stereotypes. Should you grow weary of health-conscious, self-pampering, forward-thinking mega-capitalists, check out this insulated fiefdom of Macanudos and cheesy pop art. The proprietors of 2nd Street Cigar Lounge & Gallery make no efforts to fit in--this place caters solely to the tastes of its ownership and subsists on a core clientele of stogie-puffing Scarface wannabes and curious passersby. If, say, Chicago is "a city ... Continue

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Colorful One-Of-A-Kindness

Cold beer pours into a frosty pint glass. A sweaty group of dancing friends hoist their bottles, enjoying their big night out, the day's care forgotten. America's commercial environment is no friend of the recovering alcoholic. As someone who's actively dialed back his boozing over time, I know that, when you're pushing through a bad day without the stuff, the carefree promotional initiatives for cocktail culture can turn menacing. WeHo's 12-Step Store serves two purposes: It raises scratch for ... Continue

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Perfection Achieved

I've found my dream store. The perfect travel inspiration. And the perfect street to live on. This is Ananda on Abbot Kinney in Venice Beach, about an hour from LA. The ultimate shopping experience for hippies, eclectic artists, and decorating fanatics, Ananda boasts a unique collection of boutique furnishings and fashions that will leave your wallet empty. No spot is left untouched as shoppers sift through just about every inch of the store in search of the perfect purchase. Be prepared to fall ... Continue

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Panorama Perfection

Science geeks take note: the Griffith Observatory will be your new favorite place. Set inside Griffith Park in Los Angeles, it's a favorite for locals and tourists due to prime panoramic views, an impressive astronomy lesson, and a sizeable interactive planetarium. Despite the hoards of people always here, it's a must-see landmark, especially in the evening which provides an extra stellar atmosphere. Continue

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Taste Bud No. 5

Umami stands for the fifth taste bud. Apparently, the Japanese invented a flavor that is savory, sweet, sour, and bitter all at the same time. The burgers created here are an art form, a true testament to modern man coming a long way from learning to use a grill. Biting into an Umami burger (or if you want to prove yourself, order the Manly Burger with bacon lard and fried onion straws) is an outer body experience filled with confusion, lust, and pleasure. You won't have any idea what you've jus ... Continue

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Breakfast at the Beach

I love breakfast. I love eggs, coffee, and carbohydrates. I love it for lunch, for dinner, for dessert, and as my mysterious Fourth Meal. I also love the beach. Like most Angelenos, I have a particular affection for Manhattan Beach, the purdy seaside community where the Beach Boys first saw people surfing. If you're going to hit MB on a warm weekend, you'll face a Hobbesian parking situation and you'll need to get up extraordinarily ... Continue

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In Defense of the San Fernando Valley

"If you grew up in the San Fernando Valley, you watched a little piece of the American dream die like a squished roach." Follow intrepid NFT scribe Emerson Dameron as he lays out a complex argument on why we should all give the SFV another chance.

Downtown: The Only Town For Me

Downtown: It's fresh, fun; filled to the brim with homeless vagabonds spouting nonsensical non sequiturs, rampant public urination, low, low rents and communal dog walks. Downtown: If you lived here, you'd be home!

Culver City

Lotta people talk a lotta shit 'bout Culver City, but those people are just too honest. Rin-rin Yu has seen the face of the new CC and she has found it splendid. So buckle down, settle in and prepare yourself to be slapped across the face as you witness the power of one forfeited city's implausible revitalization.

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NFT makes a visit to New Beef King in Chinatown NYC to pick up the ultimate afternoon snack—beef and pork jerky.

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Jane Pirone on the Monocle's Urbanist Podcast


NFT co-founder Jane Pirone appeared on The Urbanist, a popular podcast produced by Monocle, to talk about what role do guides have in opening up a city. ...

NFT Co-Founder Jane Pirone On Peter Greenberg Worldwide Radio


NFT co-founder Jane Pirone offered travel expert Peter Greenberg a few NYC secrets on a Peter Greenberg Worldwide Radio podcast. ...

Co-Owner of NFT Featured in The Grey Lady


Not only is NFT co-founder Rob Tallia one of the masterminds behind one of the best selling guidebooks in New York, he also likes to take photos late at night, write for a popular blog in Fort Greene, ...

Now Out on Amazon Kindle: NFT Collected Essays: 2005-2010


Follow NFT's intrepid editors as they poke, prod, and explore the cities they work, play, and (gasp) entertain their out-of-town friends in the brand new ebook Not For Tourists: Collected Essays 2005- ...

The Gang's All Here


This just in from NFT headquarters. With the fresh off the printer release of the 2011 Guides to Seattle, Philadelphia, and Atlanta, the new editions of all 12 NFT Guidebooks are now available. Even b ...

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"Four Haiku About One Dive Dark and friendly spot Famed as a lesbian dive Welcomes all outcasts Oasis of grime Weak drinks made with love and ... more