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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

499 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

#3

Gjelina

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

487 local Airbnb hosts recommend

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 sur... read more

The premiere Abbot Kinney restaurant. Owners Travis Lett, Fran Cemaj, and Shelley Armistead are well-renowned in SoCal and this 'sceney' restaurant proves why. Stellar think crust pizzas, pastas, a... read more

#4

Hollywood Wigs

ShoppingStores
6530 Hollywood Blvd·Map·Hours·Website·

471 local Airbnb hosts recommend

A great way to experience the Hollywood sign is to hike there, it is located in Griffith Park. The trail that gets you closest to the sign actually drops you behind the sign, but most trails in Gri... read more

You can't actually get to the Hollywood sign, as it is situated on a tightly guarded and fenced in property, however you can hike around and above it for a close view. There are miles of hiking tra... read more

364 local Airbnb hosts recommend

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

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

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

349 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

This arena houses LA's pro basketball and hockey teams, as well as hosts other events like major concerts. The surrounding area has restaurants and nightlife, and is next to the heart of downtown L... read more

529 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

If you're doing the walk of fame, you have to check out the Chinese Theatre where you can find the footprints and handprints of the stars. It's a must-do once in your life...but you probably won't... read more

The famous Chinese Theatre where all the biggest movie premieres take place, every movie star has walked into the theatre and walked the red carpet - every week you can catch a glimpse of your favo... read more

275 local Airbnb hosts recommend

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

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

#10

Griffith Park

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

345 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.

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

Griffith Park is massive and has everything you can possibly imagine for a day in the great outdoors. Golf, tennis, hiking, picnic benches, playground, merry-go-round, pony rides, train rides, Trav... read more

245 local Airbnb hosts recommend

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

Because it's so awesome! Organic, all plant-based food for everyone. Unique creative dishes, sourced locally and from regenerative farms whenever possible. Everything from appetizers to desserts an... read more

Locally sourced, organic vegan food & drinks served in a bright, spacious cafe with patio seating. Right on Rose Ave., which is pretty close by.

#12

Perch

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

267 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

262 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. Take the tour and see behind the scenes Tours are available most days, check before you go. You can stand behind home plate, ... read more

One of our favorite things to do during our summer break is to watch a baseball game at Dodger's Stadium. Dodger's Stadium is the third oldest baseball park in the major league baseball. It is lo... read more

#14

The Grove La

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

938 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

#15

The Abbey Food & Bar

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

199 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!

#16

The Bungalow

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

199 local Airbnb hosts recommend

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.

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

Stepping into The Bungalow at The Fairmont Miramar Hotel is like stepping into the coolest California house party you’ve ever seen. From the cozy décor to the ping pong tables and readily availab... read more

#17

Bottega Louie

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

205 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

Mario Batali outdid himself by renovating this historical building on the corner of 7th street in downtown LA. A spill of natural light and 40' carved plaster ceilings, this location absolutely arr... read more

#18

Cafe Stella

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

217 local Airbnb hosts recommend

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

Cafe Stella is located in Silver Lake's iconic Sunset Junction, their menu features approachable French cuisine, they serve wine, beer and cocktails. The decor is very nice, it is a perfect represe... read more

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.

359 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

1307 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

265 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

804 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

Universal Studios Hollywood is a film studio and theme park in the Universal City county island (unincorporated) area of the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles County, California, United States. It... read more

Go and see a real movie lot! Along with its multitude of riveting rides and worlds (favorites include Harry Potter World where you must try some butterbeer and Jurassic Park ride if you don't mind... read more

#23

Tasting Kitchen

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

202 local Airbnb hosts recommend

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

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

196 local Airbnb hosts recommend

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

"High-end coffee bar chain serving daily roasted brews in an industrial-chic setting." Probably the best coffee on the Blvd. Also one of the best iced mochas I've ever had. Love their Tumeric Iced ... read more

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!

185 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.

#26

Alcove Cafe and Bakery

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

177 local Airbnb hosts recommend

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

The Alcove is one of the most reviewed L.A. restaurants on Yelp, and for good reason. This converted brick bungalow opened in 2004, and has been a favorite of Los Feliz residents, and those from ou... 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

180 local Airbnb hosts recommend

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

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

Located right on the world famous Venice Boardwalk they offer over 30 craft beers on tap as well local California wines and a full menu of organic and sustainable food.

#28

The Getty

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

493 local Airbnb hosts recommend

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.

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

The Getty Center is located in the Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles and is one of two locations of the J. Paul Getty Museum. The Center branch of the museum features pre-20th-century European ... read more

176 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.

LA Live is a dining and concert area next to Staples Center. There are consistently free activities and events being held there for the public and especially for families. In the winter, LA Live is... read more

A lot of events happen at LA live especially during the holidays. This is where Staples center ( host of the LA Kings, LA Clippers, LA Lakers are hosted) There are tons more music venues and nightl... read more

#30

Queen Mary

Everything Else
$$· 1126 Queens Highway·Map·Website·

173 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Get an up close and personal look at the Queen Mary with one of our exciting and informative guided tours. From the ship's groundbreaking construction and royal launch as the most luxurious and tec... read more

The Queen Mary is a must visit if you're ever in Long Beach. There is so much to do here, from their restaurants and bars to the shopping and just roaming around the ship. It is such fun to explore... read more

Architecture geeks revel in the design of the beautiful lady ship! Slip back in time and revel in the history of the Queen Mary. It's pricey to park and you have to pay a ticket to get on board, ... read more