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Things to do in Los Angeles

Here’s your key to the city. A definitive guide of the best local spots, as told by local Airbnb hosts



Best of the best

#2

Gjelina

Food SceneRestaurants
$$$· 1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd·Map·Hours·Website·

461 local Airbnb hosts recommend

This is a farm to table, market fresh restaurant. The menu changes with the seasons. If you've ever heard of the Israeli Chef Ottolenghi, this food is very similar. Gjelina gets packed so if you ca... read more

Very popular Venice eatery. Open for breakfast, lunch & dinner. A farm to table American bistro that serves pizzas, salads, small and larger dishes. On the pricey side, but not exorbitant. Make s... read more

473 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Take in a concert at one of the most historic music venues in the world. Great outdoor concert venue is worth price of admission. Seeing a concert at the Hollywood Bowl should be on your Bucket List!

The Hollywood Bowl is an amphitheater located in the Hollywood, California. The Hollywood Bowl is known for its band shell, a distinctive set of concentric arches that graced the site from 1929 th... read more

351 local Airbnb hosts recommend

This is way more than a market or a shopping mall. There are many food stall and restaurants, gift shops, a few bars, several butcher shops, a French market, jewelry shops, pet stores, a toy store... read more

Iconic historic Los Angeles. Wonderful outdoor/indoor farmer's market stalls circa 1930's . Has a bit of the old gas station that it was built on (Gilmore) in the back area. A walk through and an... read more

Ongoing farmer's market at the Grove, which is a popular upscale shopping destination in LA. HUGE variety of merchants, and especially beautiful during the holidays! Check out Moruno next door f... read more

339 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Home of the Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Kings, Los Angeles Clippers, and many of the hottest concerts and shows in town.

Staples Center is a multi-purpose sports arena in Downtown Los Angeles. Adjacent to the L.A. Live development, it is located next to the Los Angeles Convention Center complex along Figueroa Street.... read more

Come and see Favorite Concerts, Sports Game, and more!! Los Angeles Lakers Los Angeles Clippers Los Angeles Sparks Los Angeles Kings (hockey) www.staplescenter.com

515 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Both an historic landmark AND a functioning modern space to take in some great first-run moves, this is where you will find hand and foot prints from stars since the Golden Age. Even R2D2 and C3PO!... read more

Formerly Grauman's Chinese Theatre, formerly Mann's Chinese Theatre - regardless of the building name - a lot of stars left their mark here! Hands, feet & autographs forever in stone - until the big 1

Marilyn Monroe's hand prints, Grauman's Chinese Theater, Egyptian Theater, Kodak Theater, the famous Hollywood & Highland plaza and Hollywood Sign in the distance. All yours to see if you take line 1.

267 local Airbnb hosts recommend

This is the defacto town hall for Silver Lake. Exceptionally good coffee, consistently prepared by dedicated baristas without the side of attitude you would expect from a place like this. Also th... read more

This is great if you want to see what Silver Lake is famous for, very pricey and scene-y coffee (along with Lamill.) "High-end coffee bar chain (the original) serving daily roasted brews in an indu... read more

Very hippppp. Lots of mustaches. Lots of beards. But a good strong pour over and honestly, super pretty interiors. Why not. Bring your leather moleskin and grab a gingersnap cookie with your cafe. ... read more

235 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Cafe Gratitude is a collection of 100% organic vegan restaurants specializing in gourmet vegan cuisines. We strive to create a menu and environment that supports health and sustainability.

Ive never eaten here actually. It's always packed & popular amongst Vegans and even those who aren't vegans. 100% organic vegan food specializing in gourmet vegan cuisine.

Nom, nom, nom. All vegan menu is to die-for. Airy indoor/outdoor space is tasteful and buzzing.

#10

Griffith Park

Parks & NatureParks
4730 Crystal Springs Drive·Map·Hours·Website·

318 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Griffith Park is a must see for nature lovers. It has amazing hiking trails, horseback riding, a restaurant, the L.A. Zoo and the Observatory all wrapped up in one.

Enormous urban park with miles of hiking trails, horseback riding, pony rides, miniature train ride, a carousel, tennis courts, a swimming pool and golf courses. Home of the Los Angeles Zoo, the Gr... read more

One of the largest urban parks in North America, Griffith park has some of the most beautiful views and hiking trails. It also has an observatory, from which you can see the Hollywood sign and a bi... read more

250 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Baseball games in the summer. You can bring food in as long as it's sealed. Bring a pizza! The dodger dogs are not worth the $12 :) Save your money for beer. Or sneak in a plastic flask!

It's Dodger stadium the second oldest ball park in the National league ya gotta go. You can stand behind home plate. Stop at Sunset beer before the game and Taix afterward. Beer is cheaper that way.

Home to the world famous Los Angeles Dodgers. If your a baseball fan then you will want to catch a game. Only 1 hr from Long Beach...Play Ball!!

#12

Perch

Food SceneRestaurants
$$$· 448 South Hill Street·Map·Hours·Website·

242 local Airbnb hosts recommend

This is THE SPOT for drinks and appetizers at sunset. You can see the entire city on this rooftop. Once you find the small entrance, take the elevators up to the top floor, walk across the hall and... read more

You can't beat the views of downtown LA from this rooftop restaurant with 2 outdoor levels. Fine dining. Reservations a must! The restaurant is located on the 15th floor and you have the option o... read more

#13

The Grove La

ShoppingShopping Malls
$$· 189 The Grove Drive·Map·Hours·Website·

888 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Most popular mall in LA. Adjacent to the Farmer's Markets. Only 10 years old, but looks like an outdoor town square with a huge fountain, its own trolly and many shops and places to eat. Excellent ... read more

One of LA's premire outdoor shoping centers. It has it all! Shopping, Restaurants and a 14 screen movie theater! The Grove features a large center park with an animated fountain. Its music-fountai... read more

The Grove features a large center park with an animated fountain. The Grove is anchored by Nordstrom and has flagship stores for British fashion chain Topshop/Topman, Barnes & Noble, and Apple. Ot... read more

#14

Bottega Louie

Food SceneRestaurants
$$· 700 S. Grand Avenue·Map·Hours·Website·

202 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Well known fancy eatery in Downtown LA. It's first come first serve and the food is great. Try the fried portebello mushrooms first. We came here on a few dates before we got engaged. The back ar... read more

A great downtown Los Angeles scene. This is a beautiful and bustling place. Loud. Great bar. The food is good, expensive, although you can order appetizers or small plates, as well as a full meal. ... read more

192 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Each visitor is treated to a personalized experience from the minute they enter the industrial-chic, haute coffee house on Abbot Kinney Blvd.

One of the few coffee specific places on Abbot Kinney. It's great but always packed with locals. A high-end coffee bar serving daily roasted brew, great setting!

LA's most famous coffee destination located on Abbott Kinney (one of Venice's trendiest strips). They offer a variety of fancy coffee options, as well as teas and baked goods. Try the "Angeleno." I... read more

#16

Cafe Stella

Food SceneRestaurants
$· 3932 West Sunset Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

205 local Airbnb hosts recommend

A great restaurant with two fantastic bars. The bar next to the restaurant feels like you are stepping back in time to a Paris Bistro. Bar Stella next door offers some of the best mixology drinks!

Cafe Stella is a very cute French restaurant with lovely outdoor seating. Bar Stella is in front. All manner of good looking people go here and you may see some famous actors here as well! We have.

Somehow tucked away and secret feeling even though it's adjacent to Intelligentsia, Cafe Stella manages to be upscale and low key at the same time. Think charming, romantic Euro patio vibes. Summer... read more

339 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Definitely go see a movie in the Dome. It's a landmark and a really cool experience. The theater itself is great and concessions are not overpriced. They also serve wine, beer, and coffee

The theater is home of the Cinerama Dome, hidden inside is their restaurant with great seasonal drinks (usually inspired by a movie currently playing) they offer service according to the time your ... read more

#18

Tasting Kitchen

Food SceneRestaurants
$$$· 1633 Abbot Kinney Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

193 local Airbnb hosts recommend

One of the newer trendy restaurants on Abbot Kinney, it gets mixed reviews on Yelp. Pricey...they have interesting cocktails, and a more reasonably priced brunch on the weekend. Brunch runs till 2... read more

Hip, upscale Mediterranean dining with great wine list and solid bar scene. Good drinks and open till 12am most nights.

#19

The Abbey Food & Bar

Drinks & NightlifeBars
692 North Robertson Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

183 local Airbnb hosts recommend

THE gay bar of LA for both men and women. Even if you're not gay, it's a fun bar to visit. It's always super packed and people here really let loose and go crazy. Party central!

762 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Universal Studios Hollywood - The world-famous movie studio and theme park featuring movie studios, tours, attractions, rides, restaurants and more. The movie studio tour offers a behind-the-scenes... read more

Get ready for the ultimate Hollywood experience! Find a full day of action-packed entertainment all in one place: thrilling Theme Park rides and shows, a real working movie studio, and Los Angele... read more

It is one of the oldest and most famous Hollywood film studios still in use. Its official marketing headline is "The Entertainment Capital of LA". It was initially created to offer tours of the rea... read more

1185 local Airbnb hosts recommend

You get a 360 degrees view of LA. Popular tourist attraction, an excellent view of the Hollywood sign, and an extensive array of space and science-related displays. Since the observatory opened i... read more

239 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Classic outdoor food market. Lots of delicious vendors. Everyone's favorite is Eggslut.

At Grand Central Market, you'll find a wide assortment of restaurants – and there is sure to be at least one that tickles your palate and isn't too hard on your wallet. Look for lean pastrami and o... read more

174 local Airbnb hosts recommend

For concerts, festivals and the iconic Rose Bowl. For many events, you cannot drive to the Rose Bowl. You can take public transportation, or call an Uber or Lyft to get you there quickly. For the p... read more

The famous Rose Bowl Stadium is located in the Arroyo Seco, a dry river bed. There are many entrances to the Arroyo and many hiking trails. Near the Rose Bowl, there is an aquatic center and kids... read more

Yes, the famous Rose Bowl with football games, concerts, the famous Rose Bowl Flea Market with over 3000 vendors, a running track around the outside and the Rose Bowl Aquatics Center is close by too.

#24

The Bungalow

Drinks & NightlifeBars
$$$· 101 Wilshire Blvd·Map·Hours·Website·

170 local Airbnb hosts recommend

If you always wanted to spend your summers at sleepaway camp (or were always denied an invite to all the coolest house parties), The Bungalow is for you. Vintage details, oldies music and a retro c... read more

Trendy night spot. Long line on weekends. Pool table, ping pong, cool lounge rooms, indoor/outdoor spaces, people get dressed up or stay casual to come here. Bonfire in the back.

Santa Monica's most trendy nightlife spot. Make sure to go early if you don't want to wait in a long line. Right on Ocean Blvd, this popular hang out spot is perfect for a fun night out. Love thei... read more

175 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Probably the best restaurant right on the Boardwalk - it gets packed during the day and for sunset sessions so plan ahead and give your name to the hostess early! Loud music and a medium sized pati... read more

Right on the famous Venice Boardwalk, a great place to watch the sunset eat organic & choose from one of their 30 craft beers on tap as well as local California wines. It gets packed during the day... read more

Locally sourced organic ale house. Yup - this baby is the culmination of everything cool kid in Venice. You can get a skate of beer or wine - served to you on a hollowed out skateboard to go with y... read more

#26

Laurel Hardware

Food SceneRestaurants
$$$· 7984 Santa Monica Blvd·Map·Hours·Website·

160 local Airbnb hosts recommend

This place is very trendy but also very low key! It's one of my favorite spots and you can always spot a celebrity here. It's not pricey but it's above average in our neighborhood. Lyft here for a ... read more

Real West hollywood hotspot, that used to be a Hardware store, now converted to in to one of LA's best Bars and restaurants. Young crowd and excellent food. Also now do brunch.

Restaurant and lounge style bar. Upscale hipsters come here to drink signature cocktails and nosh on foodie delights. Inside of an old hardware store, but the establishment is modern, aesthetically... read more

#27

Alcove Cafe and Bakery

Food SceneBakeries
$$· 1929 Hillhurst Avenue·Map·Hours·Website·

166 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Delicious sandwiches and salads; great brunch spot; full bakery offerings for coffee/dessert; garden seating; cocktails in the evening

This is a counter-serve Bungalow restaurant. We are regulars here. It's American food done well. Great for coffee and desserts too. It's nice to sit outside on the patio - they have heat lamps when... read more

Nice bar inside. Small indoor dining area. Big outdoor seating area under the trees. Great baked goods, coffees, teas. Big breakfast menu, good salads, sandwiches etc. You order inside, then s... read more

153 local Airbnb hosts recommend

LA scene -sters drinking spanish lattes with swans in the foam. Queen Latifa walked in one day

Organic coffee company with its own brand of premium, fresh roasted whole bean organic coffee, and hand selected fine teas. Their food gets two thumbs up! This is also a great place to people watch.

Super popular LA coffee shop/ dinner or lunch spot.. its always packed, no matter the time. Great food, extensive menu full of both healthy items and delicious treats. Open semi late too.

161 local Airbnb hosts recommend

LA Live has The Staples Center (Lakers & Kings games), Grammy Museum, dance clubs, restaurants, movie theatre - anything you want, it's all here.

L.A. LIVE is the leading entertainment district in Los Angeles offering six live entertainment venues, a fourteen screen cinema, the GRAMMY Museum, and twenty restaurants. It's the host of the GRAMMYs

Awesome sports venue and entertainment spot. Visit the Staples Center where the LA Lakers and LA Kings Hockey play. Enjoy Great restaurants and bars, too! Holiday Highlight: Ice-Skating.

#30

The Getty

Arts & CultureMuseums
1200 Getty Center Drive·Map·Hours·Website·

440 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The J. Paul Getty Museum seeks to inspire curiosity about, and enjoyment and understanding of, the visual arts by collecting, conserving, exhibiting and interpreting works of art of outstanding qua... read more

I believe the Getty center is the best attraction in all of the Los Angeles area. An incredible art collection including some original impressionist paintings like Money and Renoir. Aside from outs... read more

Free Museum, Tropical Gardens, Art work, ride the monorail to top. Pay for Parking that's it. Eat at museum restaurant, book as soon as you arrive or call ahead reservations.