Words by Siân Morgan

‘I was always a spiritual kid, I loved reading about magic and anything spooky or supernatural,’ says former editorial director of Girl Boss and British Vogue contributor Jerico Mandybur. ‘Later, as a journalist and editor, I kept my beliefs very much private and was too busy to practise them. It was only after a lot of soul searching after a burn out that I started to embrace my spirituality again.’

Now a writer, speaker, Tarot reader, ordained minister and spiritual guide, Mandybur works to heal others through coaching and intuitive readings. ‘Slow down. Do everything more mindfully,’ she says. ‘Notice what feels nourishing and inspiring, then follow your nose towards those things.’ As for channelling your own sixth sense, she advises to ‘think of two low-stake options. Then, one at a time, consider how they feel in your body. Hold them in your mind’s eye and watch them play out in front of you. Notice your breath, your gut. While your ego yells, your intuition whispers, so get quiet.’

An Australian expat, Mandybur moved to LA two years ago and describes it as at once, ‘shifting, contradictory, feverish, imaginative and bizarre’, and as a relative newcomer recommends saying yes to every invitation. ‘Be proactive about exploring and doing things. Stay curious. Go hiking. Eat a lot. Take the bus. Look up. Give your change to people who need some.’

What draws Mandybur to the city? ‘Because of LA’s history and industries, there’s artificiality and materialism everywhere,’ she says, ‘but it’s always bumping up against raw reality. Its cultural diversity is its biggest asset and gift to the world. It’s too easy to compare it to other cities, but it’s not like anywhere else.’jericomandybur.com

A Love Bizarre 438 S Main Street, 90013; barfranca.com

‘Half queer art gallery, half witch shop, A Love Bizarre is found at the back of the gorgeous Bar Franca in DTLA – follow the neon-pink light at the end of the bar and you’re suddenly surrounded by Tarot decks, spell fixings, zines and lovely people. It’s heaven, basically.’

Mariscos Jalisco 3040 E Olympic Boulevard, 90023; +1 323 528 6701

‘I’d never had anything like the seafood from this truck before I lived in LA and eating there was one of the things that made me realise I loved it here. I dream about its deep-fried tacos regularly. I’m drooling right now just thinking about it.’

The Palace Theatre 630 S Broadway, 90014; palacedowntown.com
‘One of the oldest original Orpheum theatres in the USA, the faux-Renaissance façade is as beautiful as it is kitsch – there are fairies, angels, sexy white women holding water jugs, plus four panels that depict the “muses” of vaudeville: song, dance, music and drama. The best way to see a movie.’

Grand Central Market 317 S Broadway, 90013; grandcentralmarket.com
‘An obligatory visit to this historic indoor market doesn’t make it any less of a fun one. You can still buy fresh fruit and veggies (or bags of candy and nuts), but you can also sit down to sumac-beet soda and a falafel wrap, or a tortang talong rice bowl and a buko juice to go. Come for the bustling atmosphere and stay for the Angel Flight railway ride that’s across the road, so you can live out your La La Land fantasy.’

Spellbound Sky 4210 Santa Monica Boulevard, 90029; spellboundsky.com

‘The first time I visited this cult crystal store Mark (one of the owners) sat me down at his stone-covered desk and gave me a Tarot reading. Stepping into this shop is like walking into Glinda The Good Witch’s pastel-pink bubble; everything feels magical. Just look for the statue of the life-size unicorn.’

The Last Bookstore 453 S Spring Street, 90013; lastbookstorela.com

‘If you like old, weird books and abandoned banks, you’ll love The Last Bookstore. It sells collector’s items, but the experience of spending hours trawling through each nook and cranny of its aisles is the best part. While it no longer has a huge $1 area, it’s all pretty cheap, and its events line-up is solid. You’ll never want to leave.’

Kura 333 East 2nd Street, 90012; kurausa.com
‘If there’s one thing I like more than a sushi bar, it’s a sushi bar that challenges me, and Kura is a challenge. First, because getting a table is an exercise in planning and patience (it’s very popular). And second, because if you eat enough plates, a story unfolds on the screen above your table and you get prizes. I’ve never come close to earning said prizes, but be my guest in trying.’

Soho Warehouse Downtown LA

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