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11/25/2010 02:18 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Sunset Plaza: Shopping And Snacks On The Sunset Strip

Text courtesy of Los Angeles Magazine

By Sara Wilson

A strip of Hollywood history retains its sophistication while welcoming a new generation of pleasure seekers.

Hollywood's early royalty held court along this two-block stretch of American colonial-meets-Georgian grandeur, built in 1924 by Francis S. Montgomery on what had once been farmland. Glamor soon replaced any vestiges of hayseeds as film stars flocked to the salon of cosmetics pioneer Elizabeth Arden and the studio of celebrity photographer George Hurrell. Today the many cafés at the colorfully landscaped West Hollywood spot--shaded by generous umbrellas and the street's glossy magnolia trees--offer people watching on a scale unchanged from the days when Garbo, Dietrich, and Lombard reigned.

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