West Hollywood

West Hollywood is a city located on the West Side of Los Angeles County. West Hollywood is home to the famous Sunset Strip, with its nightlife and its rock-music history, and to the largest gay nightlife district in the Los Angeles area.


Though well known for its population of gay men, "WeHo" also has large numbers of Russian immigrants and a large Jewish population.

The commercial area of the city mainly lies along Santa Monica Boulevard.

In the late '60s, West Hollywood welcomed music clubs such as the Whiskey A-Go-Go and the Troubadour, venues that eventually became renowned launch pads for many famous musical acts. More music clubs soon followed, establishing West Hollywood as a linchpin of the music industry.

The city was founded on November 29, 1984. Previous to that, it had been an island of unincorporated land entirely surrounded by the cities of Los Angeles and Beverly Hills.

The area of Los Angeles immediately adjacent to West Hollywood is known as the Fairfax District, which contains some attractions mistakenly thought to be in West Hollywood (like Canter's Deli)

Get in

From I-405 or US 101, take Santa Monica Boulevard about five miles. From I-10, take Fairfax or La Cienega north about two miles.

By public transit, West Hollywood is served by many frequent Metro bus routes. Frequent east-west routes include the 2/302 on Sunset Blvd, 4 and Metro Rapid 704 on Santa Monica Blvd, 10 on Melrose Ave, 14 on Beverly Blvd, and 16/316 on 3rd Street. San Vicente Blvd is served by 30/330, La Cienga Blvd by the 105 and Metro Rapid 705, while Fairfax Ave is served by the 217 and Metro Rapid 780.



Robertson Blvd. runs through West Hollywood and is a trendy shopping district. It's famous for its many boutiques and for its celebrities and the trailing papparazzi.


Many of West Hollywood's favorite restaurants line Santa Monica Boulevard. Many of these are as much about "seeing and being seen" as they are about food.








Go next

Routes through West Hollywood

Santa Monica Beverly Hills  W  E  Hollywood Northwest L.A.
Santa Monica Beverly Hills  W  E  Hollywood Downtown L.A.

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