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“Come for the bread and chocolates!”

Monastery of the Angels
Ranked #260 of 568 things to do in Los Angeles
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Owner description: A convent of cloistered Dominican nuns. Visitors can view the building and grounds and shop in the gift shop.
New York City, New York
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Come for the bread and chocolates!”
Reviewed 19 August 2010

The Monastery is a lovely little piece of solitude in Hollywood. If you enjoy "under-the-radar" food destinations, definitely come here and take home a few loaves of the delicious pumpkin bread. Yes, it's $9.00, but you're helping the nuns keep their cloister open.

The bread makes a great gift, and the chocolates are yummy too. It's a unique way to taste your way through Hollywood. I'm glad I went!

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Montreal
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7 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Small, but worth the visit”
Reviewed 1 April 2010

I loved the afternoon I spent at the Monastery of the Angels. It's not necessarily that close to any other tourist attractions (it's walking distance from, but not next to, Hollywood & Vine and the tail end of the Walk of Fame), in a more residential part of Hollywood where the hills and the sign are easily visible. It's actually at the end of a house-lined cul de sac, in a very quiet area that makes prayer and meditation a lot easier than it would be in most other parts of LA. There isn't much open space around the chapel and the monastery, but there are two lovely, well-maintained courtyards with beautiful religious statues and space to sit or walk around. The chapel is quiet and excellent for prayer. You may not think there's much to see if you're not interested in going there to pray, but I definitely recommend it for Catholics and people of other faiths who are looking to spend a bit of time away from busy LA to meditate.
The gift shop is also really nice, run by friendly Dominican nuns who know that their visitors are there for different reasons, so there are a lot of religious items, some of them the same kind of stuff you'd find in most church gift shops like prayer cards or plain rosaries, but also some nice medals, books, and handmade items. There are some nice gift items as well - their antique teacups are really cute. And then there are the sweets. Everything looks so delicious, but I only tried the pumpkin bread after reading so much about it. It's as great as they say it is. It may seem a little steep to spend $9 (yes, now it's $9) on a loaf cake, but it's completely worth the price! So unbelievably good. I should have bought a dozen of them and stuffed my suitcases.

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Los Angeles, California
Level 6 Contributor
125 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 171 helpful votes
“A piece of Heaven in Hollywood”
Reviewed 12 November 2009

After reading from the different articles mentioning the difficulties that this convent was encountering, I finally took the car and went to pick up the 'Famous" pumkin cakes.

The first time visitor of Los Angeles will enjoy the vista offered at the end of Gower street :
the HOLLYWOOD sign.
The little convent offer the best pumkin breads on thie planet.
Well worth the detour!

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7 Thank meherio
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Beverly Hills, California
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209 attraction reviews
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“The Monastery is mediocre”
Reviewed 14 September 2008

I was psyched up to go here after reading all the reviews and the place is extremely friendly. The good news was that I was the only tourist there on a Saturday. While I am not religious and I am not Catholic, it was interesting to attend the prayer of the Rosary at 4:00 PM which they have daily. However, you cannot see the nuns pray as they are behind in the private area. You can hear them because they open a door and let you listen in.

The pumpkin bread is good, but it is $8.00 a loaf. It really was not worth it for me to go there and spend time there to buy a loaf of pumpkin bread that they make in huge batches. Just my own thoughts.

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Ontario, CA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Try the bread.....”
Reviewed 25 January 2008

The bread was sooooo good. Very interesting place.... tucked away in the middle of LA... Worth a side trip if you are in the area.

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