WHO’S ON THIRD?
TUCKED BETWEEN THE BEVERLY CENTER AND WEST HOLLYWOOD, THIS STORE-LINED STRETCH OF THIRD STREET IS HOME TO SOME OF THE MOST UNIQUE BOUTIQUES IN TOWN.

Byline: Marcy Medina

HOT DISH
Linq, 8338 West Third Street, (323) 655-4555.
The kitchen at Linq is open until 1:30 a.m. for a reason: People can’t get enough of its soy-mirin glazed sea bass with wasabi mashed potatoes and the filet mignon with porcini-cabernet sauce. Plus, there’s the happening bar scene and perfect lighting, which attract the likes of Courteney Cox Arquette, Lisa Kudrow and Aaron Spelling. No wonder this restaurant had a cameo appearance on “Sex and the City.”

TURNING A NEW LEAF
Chado Tea Room, 8422 West Third Street, (323) 655-2056.
After a visit to Chado Tea Room, people understand what the English have known for centuries: There’s nothing like afternoon tea. Serving 300 kinds of tea, savory sandwiches like smoked egg salad or chicken curry served without the crust and strawberries with cream, Chado turns simple fare into an occasion. The lavender walls, white mouldings and antique light fixtures recall a colonial island inn, the perfect spot for an afternoon dish session or a solitary snack.

LATIN FLAVOR
Cava, 8384 West Third Street, (323) 658-8898.
If tapas and sangria sound more appealing at happy hour than half-price beers and Buffalo wings, then a visit to Cava is a must. It’s especially easy to work up an appetite on Thursdays, when there are free salsa lessons and live music.

THE COMFORTS OF HOME
Cynthia’s, 8370 West Third Street, (323) 658-7851.
Comfort food — as dishes like macaroni and cheese, pork chops and fried chicken have come to be known — is raised to an art form here. But save room for the berry cobbler, served with half a pint of vanilla Haagen-Dazs.

PRESENTS OF MIND
Zipper, 8316 West Third Street, (323) 951-9190.
This store’s philosophy is to marry art, form and function, a practice that results in aesthetically pleasing furniture and gifts that people can actually use.

BUCKLE UP
A-1 Pleating Co., 8426 1/2 West Third Street, (323) 653-5557.
Accessories fanatics, take note: This tiny tailoring shop is stylists’ secret stop for hundreds of vintage and hard-to-find belt buckets and buttons. Owner Warren Caton will then create custom belts and pleated skirts with matching fabric-covered buttons. Be prepared to share elbow room while perusing through hundreds of boxes stacked from floor to ceiling.

SKIN DEEP
Palmetto, 8321 West Third Street, (323) 653-2470.
Hard-to-find European aromatherapy skin care lines are easy to locate in this beauty emporium, where devotees of Dr. Hauschka, Jurlique and Annemarie Borlind get their fixes. Whether your tastes run from white porcelain pumps of Place des Lices lotion, marble boxes of body balm by Zents, or antique bottles of Parfums de Nicolai, you’ll find it here.

JEWEL TONES
Arp, 8311 1/2 West Third Street, (323) 653-7764.
Joany Lee and Bill Hermsen, former employees of Dosa and Isaac Mizrahi, respectively, have opened their own minimalist space showcasing one-of-a-kind jewelry by Gabriella Kiss, Vibe Harslof, and Ted Muehling and glassware by Alison Berger.

HOME BASE
OK, 8303 West Third Street, (323) 653-3501.
Taking a clean-lined fashion aesthetic into the home arena, this shop brings together a hip collection of Northern California glassware, Scandinavian tablewares and European design books. It’s also the place to find Courreges accessories, Dosa clothing, and the Comme des Garcons fragrance and leather goods.

WAXING POETIC
Illume, 8302 West Third Street, (323) 782-0342.
Candles of every color, shape and scent line the walls of this tiny store. In addition to its signature line, there are plenty of imports and accessories made for decoration, relaxation and meditation.

SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW
Polkadots and Moonbeams, 8381 West Third Street, (323) 655-3880; and Polkadots Vintage, 8367 West Third Street, (323) 651-1746.
Update the weekend wardrobe in a flash, with trendy clothes from Frankie B. Free People, Kiki Pearl and JP and Mattie. Seven doors down, the vintage sister store carries a selection of slips, cocktail dresses, jewelry and shoes from decades past.

PAST PERFECT
Recollections, 140 South Orlando Avenue, (323) 655-2628.
If you can’t make it to Pasadena to check out the flea market at the Rose Bowl, then turn the corner for an eclectic selection of vintage furniture and artwork.

CLOTHES CALL
Noodle Stories, 8323 West Third Street, (323) 651-1782.
This one-stop shop for hip, wearable clothing, one of the first stores on Third Street, has recently expanded and added men’s wear. Everything’s color coded, from the Velvet T-shirts and the Antonazzi cashmeres to Clergerie shoes and jewelry by 10,000 Things. Other lines include New York Industrie, Atsuro Tayama, Final Home and Trina Turk.

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