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Living the L Word


Stay in West Hollywood

True, the long-running TV series "The L Word" was filmed mostly in Vancouver, but Jenny, Bette, Shane, Alice and the gang lived, loved and partied in West Hollywood, the heart of LGBTQ land in Los Angeles. Check out Airbnb to live like a local in a spacious home with pool similar to the one Bette and Tina shared or book into the Best Western Sunset Plaza on the Sunset Strip or the ritzier, celebrity-studded Sunset Towers nearby.


Breakfast at "The Planet"

Just which West Hollywood cafe inspired Kit's Planet of the L-Word world? The Melrose Avenue location of the mini-chain Urth Caffé is one of the top two contenders. Start your day sometime before noon with a Spanish latte, rustic breads and a parade of lesbian creative types. Like the Planet, it has seating inside or on the street-side terrace. Browse around the West Hollywood Design District, just the kind of neighborhood Bette would recommend.


Shop and Lunch at Fred Segal

Head to Fred Segal to shop trend-setting, gender-bending fashions and then lunch at the Fred Segal Mauro's Café, which offers Italian cuisine and celebrity sightings. It was there in the L-Word that Alice and Dana had a lunch date. '"You know Fred Segal Cafe is the biggest lezzie hangout in West Hollywood," Alice told Dana. Nope, she hadn't a clue even though she shopped there all the time.


Visit the Back Lot

Channel Tina, the bi-producer of Jenny's "Lez Girls," and tour the backlot at Paramount Studios, the oldest motion picture studio in the US still in operation. Or take the more extensive tour at Universal Studios - the first ones in 1915 cost 5 cents - that includes a 3-D encounter with King Kong and a two-level theme park.


Post-Production Party

In the "L Word, Tina invites the friends to the glitzy "Lez Girls" post-production party at Yamashiro, a spectacular facsimile of a Japanese palace high in the Hollywood Hills. A tourist favorite for decades, the restaurant seduces with incredible views, romantic gardens and a 600-year-old pagoda. Shane was doing a little seducing in that episode, too. A nice place over drinks or dinner to watch the sun set and the Hollywood lights come up, but ownership changed in 2016, putting its future in question.


The Abbey

Wind up your L Word day at the ever-expanding Abbey, anointed best gay bar in the world by Logo TV. Because it started off as a morning coffeehouse in the 1990s, it is often credited with being the inspiration for the Planet. Whatever. It's a great spot for Lez Girls to party seven nights a week but particularly on Wednesdays at the no-cover Girl Bar. It serves food from 11 am and has a 4 pm to 7 pm happy hour weekdays. It closes nightly at 2 am, giving you enough time to rest up for more L Word activities tomorrow - like heading down to the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach where Jenny exhibited her obsession with manatees.