Originally Posted by jet
fuck i don't know of any good clothing stores anymore lol
i would go to BLD (breakfast lunch dinner) one of my favorite casual spots, sit outside and watch the traffic go by. Also aoc is a great winebar a few doors down from south willy or down the other way is son of a gun which is great as well where you will definitely get the LA experience with the communal table and all. If you want to see hot chicks go to fred segal cafe on a saturday afternoon. Also Urth on melrose is another great cafe with some good people watching as well (and excellent pumpkin pie/pastries and tea).
That's all true enough, but I can't stand Urth and its pseudo-McDonalds service approach. Stand in a (often poorly organized) line, order your food, then go join the mall-parking-lot-at-Xmas style vulture circling for a table (Melrose is a bit better than the Beverly and Santa Monica locations for this, I've found). Sit, put your numbered tag on the table, and have your drinks and food come out in some random order (for some reason, food usually seems to come 5-10 minutes before drinks).
Food st pretty good -- a bit overpriced for what it is, but no more than most such places. Definitely good people-watching for a visitor, though. And a good place for overhearing very LA-specific ridiculous douchey conversations.