Los Angeles travel guide and sightseeing

Photo caption: From sunny beaches, fancy restaurants to glamourous Hollywood, LA is any travel-thirsty person’s delight. All photos courtesy: Los Angeles Tourism

When tourists visit Los Angeles, they typically cover the popular tourist spots such as Disneyland, Universal Studios and Hollywood Walk of Fame. While these activities are a lot of fun, LA has much more to offer. Here, we list some of the top things to do from a local’s perspective.

1. LOS ANGELES: SANTA MONICA

Things To Do

Santa Monica Pier overlooks the magnificent Pacific Ocean and offers a wide range of attractions such as a rollercoaster ride, Ferris wheel, aquarium, funfair games, and music and film events.

Third Street Promenade is a pedestrian stretch which houses some of the best shopping brands, restaurants and bars. Every Wednesday, a local farmers’ market pops up here.

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Photo caption: Santa Monica boasts of some of the most popular restaurants and bars

Eat & Drink

The FIG is a trendy bistro, located in Fairmont Miramar, which offers ocean views and delicious farm-to-table, multi-cuisine fare. The restaurant Bungalow feels more like someone’s bungalow than a bar—picture a sprawling house with numerous rooms, fireplaces, verdant greenery, a game room and delicious cocktails. Élephante is an Italian resto-bar that boasts of unobstructed views of the ocean and a quintessentially Santa Monica vibe.

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Photo caption: Enjoy ocean views and delicious farm-to-table, multi-cuisine fare at Santa Monica, LA

2. LOS ANGELES: VENICE BEACH

Things To Do

Abbot Kinney Boulevard features the best local designers, artists and eateries. Graffiti, street art and quirky stores make this boulevard one of the most unique streets in the world.

The Venice Canals neighbourhood has houses that line five picturesque canals. Take a stroll here at sunset and soak in the quaint views.

Eat & Drink

Venice Ale House, located in the heart of Venice Boardwalk, is an organic, gastro-pub offering outdoor seating and delectable local fare. High Rooftop Lounge is the only rooftop lounge in Venice Beach that offers surreal views of the entire coastline. Wallflower, a hip Indonesian eatery is a local favourite. Visit this hole-in-the-wall restaurant for its unique flavours and cosy ambience.

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Photo caption: Venice Canals, Downtown LA

3. LOS ANGELES: DOWNTOWN L.A. AND ARTS DISTRICT

Things To Do

The Broad is a contemporary art museum, which is home to 2,000 works of art. Its honeycomb-like building is a work of art itself. Hauser & Wirth and Jeffrey Deitch Galleries are two contemporary art galleries that are very popular among locals.

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Photo caption: Installation view, ‘Annie Leibovitz. The Early Years, 1970 – 1983: Archive Project No. 1’, Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles, 14 February – 14 April 2019
© Annie Leibovitz, The Early Years, 1970 – 1983: Archive Project No. 1
Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth
Photo credit: Fredrik Nilsen Studio

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Photo caption: Installation view, ‘Annie Leibovitz. The Early Years, 1970 – 1983: Archive Project No. 1’, Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles, 14 February – 14 April 2019
© Annie Leibovitz, The Early Years, 1970 – 1983: Archive Project No. 1
Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth
Photo credit: Fredrik Nilsen Studio

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Photo caption: Installation view, ‘Annie Leibovitz. The Early Years, 1970 – 1983: Archive Project No. 1’, Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles, 14 February – 14 April 2019
© Annie Leibovitz, The Early Years, 1970 – 1983: Archive Project No. 1
Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth
Photo credit: Fredrik Nilsen Studio

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Photo caption: Installation view, ‘Annie Leibovitz. The Early Years, 1970 – 1983: Archive Project No. 1’, Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles, 14 February – 14 April 2019
© Annie Leibovitz, The Early Years, 1970 – 1983: Archive Project No. 1
Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth
Photo credit: Fredrik Nilsen Studio

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Photo caption: Installation view, ‘Annie Leibovitz. The Early Years, 1970 – 1983: Archive Project No. 1’, Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles, 14 February – 14 April 2019
© Annie Leibovitz, The Early Years, 1970 – 1983: Archive Project No. 1
Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth
Photo credit: Fredrik Nilsen Studio

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Photo caption: Installation view, ‘Annie Leibovitz. The Early Years, 1970 – 1983: Archive Project No. 1’, Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles, 14 February – 14 April 2019
© Annie Leibovitz, The Early Years, 1970 – 1983: Archive Project No. 1
Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth
Photo credit: Fredrik Nilsen Studio

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Photo caption: Installation view, ‘Annie Leibovitz. The Early Years, 1970 – 1983: Archive Project No. 1’, Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles, 14 February – 14 April 2019
© Annie Leibovitz, The Early Years, 1970 – 1983: Archive Project No. 1
Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth
Photo credit: Fredrik Nilsen Studio

Eat & Drink

Grand Central Market is an open-air market with stalls of restaurants, florists and grocery stores. Sticky Rice and Eggslut are highly recommended.

Perch is a glamorous, French-inspired, rooftop-bistro in the heart of Downtown LA. We suggest getting here early on weekends as it gets very crowded. In Sheep’s Clothing is a speakeasy, which is hard to find as it is located inside a pizzeria. Dim lighting, retro interiors and fancy cocktails will transport you to the prohibition era.

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Photo caption: Grand Central Market, Downtown LA

4. LOS ANGELES: HOLLYWOOD

Things To Do

Griffith Observatory is a space and science-related facility sitting on Mount Hollywood. Hike to the Observatory for unparalleled views of the city.

Take a walking tour of Hollywood. Start at Amoeba Music (world’s largest independent record store) and Pacific Theatre’s Cinerama Dome (dome-shaped movie theatre) and end at the Roosevelt Hotel.

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Photo caption: A tour of the Warner Bros Studios in Hollywood, LA. Photo credit Warner Bros

Eat & Drink

Ma’am Sir is a Filipino eatery with a lively setting and mouth-watering menu. You will love their Chicken Adobo Bowl and Garlic Crab Noodles. Chateau Hanare is a fine-dining Japanese restaurant, located in the celebrity favourite—Chateau Marmont Hotel. This eatery serves authentic sushi, sashimi and small plates in an elegant setting.

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Photo caption: The Central Perk cafe in Warner Bros Studio Hollywood, LA. 

Mama Shelter is a rooftop resto-bar with views of the Hollywood Hills and a delicious Mexican fare.

 


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