The City of Angeles is best known for its traffic, Hollywood, and great weather, but there is so much more this sprawling metropolis has to offer. The city tends to create strong polarizing opinions of either love or hate amongst visitors. For many people, the city isn’t what they thought it was going to be. It’s far from a city in the New York City sense, as it’s much more spread out. A car is a must in L.A. as there is no public transportation system. From Beverly Hills to Venice to Santa Monica, let’s dig into the things to do, places to eat, and where to sleep in Los Angeles, California.
What to do:
- Tour Universal Studios Hollywood. See where the movie stars work and big budget films are made. Entry to the studio tour also includes access to the theme park with roller coaster and other rides.
- Wander Old Town Pasadena. Historic Pasadena is filled with shops and restaurants and is also a very popular spot for nightlife.
- Go to the beach. The year round beach weather is what Southern California is all about. Venice Beach and Santa Monica are two of the most famous.
- Relax in Griffith Park. The second largest park in the U.S. is a great place for hikes, picnics, or just hanging around with friends.
- Take a hike. Speaking of hikes, Runyon Canyon Park is the most popular and you might even spot a celebrity.
- Visit the Huntington Library. Thomas Gainsborough’s The Blue Boy, the Gutenberg Bible, a copy of The Canterbury Tales, and two quartos of Hamlet are all stored here. The grounds outside are just as enticing with both a Chinese and Japanese garden to stroll around.
- Check out the J. Paul Getty Museum. The architecture of the building is amazing on its own, not to mention the breathtaking panoramas of L.A. you’ll get, and it’s also free.
Where to eat:
- Bäco Mercat serves up taco-sandwich crossbreeds stuffed with the likes of carnitas and chickpeas. Bäco is the work of Chef Josef Centeno, the same man behind the ramen burger and the cronut.
- Superba Snack Bar in Venice is one of the best beach hangouts for pasta lovers.
- Pie ‘n Burger in Pasadena is also extremely popular amongst Los Angeles locals.
- Beer Belly serves up craft beer in Korea Town. Besides the amazing local taps of Eagle Rock, Taps, and Kinetic, their hot wings will delight.
- Sushi on Ventura Boulevard in Studio City. Take your pick from Asanebo, Katsu-ya, or Teru Sushi. All will offer up some of the best sushi you’ve ever had.
Where to stay:
- The Standard Downtown is one of the city’s best. It’s swanky and stylish and within walking distance of all of Downtown L.A.’s shopping and restaurants.
- Hotel Erwin in Venice is also a safe bet as you’ll love their rooftop bar, High, which overlooks the circus of the boardwalk below.
- The Charlie is perfect for those wanting to know what living in Hollywood feels like. Built on top of Charlie Chaplin’s old home, the Charlie has 17 mock-English cottage apartments, each with its own kitchen.