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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

50 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Hand tossed pizza with farmer's market fresh ingredients and a good wine list. Kids make their own pizza before 6.

Pizza is amazing. Kids can make their own pies. Not cheap, but definitely good. Stella is connected to M Street Kitchen, so you can make your decision when you get there.

The pizza is insane - and the kale salad! Their sausage is homemade. Excellent ingredients and parking is under the building on Bicknell.


Mastro's Steakhouse

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$$$$· 246 North Canon Drive·Map·Hours·Website·

45 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Classy steakhouse with live music. Great upbeat ambiance, attentive staff, and amazing food. Their seafood tower is amazing and is beautifully arranged.

Glamorous, trendy, upscale chophouse. Enjoy prime steaks and fresh seafood. I highly recommend the lobster mashed potatoes! Excellent for a romantic date and special occasions. Live band on the 2n... read more

My favorite restaurant in LA for all things Los Angeles - steaks, scene, vibe, music, ambience, people, you name it. Tip to enjoy a good deal here is to order one Bone in Rib-Eye 22 Oz and split i... read more


Franklin & Company

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$$· 5923 Franklin Avenue·Map·Hours·Website·

50 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Retro-chic spot pairs creative pub grub, such as blue cheese tater tots, with a curated drinks menu.

This is a great place to grab a beer and there lobster roll is one of my favorite meals!

A casual restaurant/bar with upscale American food, seasonal cocktails, and rotating wine and craft beer on tap. I hear it's a great place for brunch as well (brunch is served on weekends only). It... read more

135 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Santa Monica has it all. First stop - the Santa Monica Pier. Enjoy the rides in the amusement park on the pier called Pacific Park. And take a picture under the sign at the official end of Route 66... read more

Where can you go to experience the excitement of Southern California, the lure of the big city, and the peacefulness of a trip to the seashore - all in one visit? The answer is Santa Monica, the L... read more

Santa Monica is great because you can go to the beach & check out the Santa Monica promenade for great shopping. There are lots of salons, eateries, stores & the location is dreamy. One can often s... read more


Pitfire Pizza Company

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$$· 5211 Lankershim Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

48 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The pizzas here are fantastic, and they have a good, small selection of craft beer and wine. The atmosphere is really fun and great for all ages.

One of my favorites! This place is great! They have soups, salads, pizzas and other dishes with great service, pit fire with seating all around it and often live music in the evenings. They have ve... read more

This Pitfire is wonderful because it is not only in the heart of the arts district but it has a huge fire pit outside. It's outdoor area is fantastic to relax and people watch. There is often live ... read more

49 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Another great live music venue for slightly larger acts touring. Still intimate but very classy, good sightlines.

The El Rey theatre is just half a block away and hosts some of the best concerts and events in Los Angeles. Check the website for upcoming show information.

Within walking distance to see music. Plus, a nice taco bar next door and or Indian food across the street.

49 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Vietnamese fusion--try Grandma's pho or the banh mi sandwiches with garlic fries

Great example of Vietnamese comfort food. Come for the pho, stay for the spicy fries.


Bar Amá

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$$· 118 West 4th Street·Map·Hours·Website·

44 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Delicious Tex-Mex fusion small plates. I recommend trying the Cauliflower & Cilantro Pesto and Fried Brussels Sprouts.

Josef Centeno, need I say anymore. What a lovely spin on TexMex, and don't forget to try the sopapillas!

Ask for the puffy tacos (it's an off-menu item)! Also delicious: Homemade guacamole, ceviche and their churo funnel cake. Reservation recommended for dinner as it's a fairly small restaurant so ge... read more


Laurel Tavern

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$$· 11938 Ventura Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

45 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Hip darkly lit bar with yummy cocktails and Americana fare. Theres a little patio at the front to smoke and people watch. The pork belly pops and diablo cocktail are my favorites there!

One of the most popular places to go for Drinks and Some of the best food! There are 5 other bars within the block and lot of Restaurants. I work the door Thurs-Saturday theres a line, Ill let you in!

This and Black Market (literally over the road from this place) are the best places on Ventura Blvd to go drinking. About $4 for a cab ride, or about a 15 minute walk.

49 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Brick & Mortar is a restaurant as well as a night life spot. You won't likely find Brick + Mortar tucked behind the buildings on Main Street unless you're looking for it. Don't be distracted by th... read more

Restaurant and bar, inside (with tv airing sports) or outside: favorite burger with truffle fries. Happy hour 12noon-6pm!

You won't likely find Brick + Mortar tucked behind the buildings on Main Street unless you're looking for it. Don't be distracted by the DJ spinning in the wine storage, there is something for ever... read more

48 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Rock'n'roll Thai restaurant. Dine in to see the strange decor.

Late night Thai Food across the street with cool decor. Open from lunch till late night. Sometimes bands play. I prefer for food the restaurant next door Sunset Thai, however they are not late n... read more

Great Thai food with a hip, casual, rock and roll theme. They show classic cult movies on a large screen projector in the restaurant. Friendly service and huge menu. Plus beer and cocktails. Moder... read more



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$$· 3219 Glendale Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

44 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Modern and very creative cuisine using local farmers market ingredients. Fantastic brunch menu Sat & Sun, and open for dinner daily except Monday. Be sure to try the house-cured bacon, it's amazing.

Farm to table dinners and Sunday brunch. Great food and a nice selection of wines.

French-inspired cuisine with a hearty dose of American indulgence. The brunch will bowl you over, and the dinner will charm the pants off whomever you award the pleasure of your company. It's all ... read more



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2547 Hyperion Avenue·Map·Hours·Website·

49 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Northern Italian menu - authentically simple. Modern, interior design. Big outdoor seating area. Popular spot for architects and artists. I love the bolognese - has veal/pork meat sauce.

Great Italian with beautiful outdoor patio. Dinner-only neighborhood bistro offering handmade pastas & other Italian classics, plus beer & wine.

The best homemade pasta in town. A quiet but buzzy spot, be sure to call for a reservation. The spaghetti pomodoro & the cheese plate are well worth the trip. Great for a date. 10 minute drive/uber.



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$$$· 1710 Silver Lake Blvd·Map·Hours·Website·

48 local Airbnb hosts recommend

A short walk down the hill to this amazing restaurant, recently featured named one of the best on the country by Bon Appetit Magazine. The pate on their home made bread is beyond!

Progressive Italian restaurant with very creative and delicious and ever changing plates. Named one of top 25 restaurants in LA. Make reservations in advance because it's always busy. Then take a... read more

For a nice fancy zagat rated dinner, head here. Farm to table eats, and consistently on LA's best 20 restaurants. Call ahead to make a reservation


Auntie Em's Kitchen

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$$· 4616 Eagle Rock Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

49 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The cupcakes and sweets are SO good, but so too are the salads & sandwiches. Imagine the aesthetic exactly as the name implies -- cozy and homey, with bright oil-cloth table coverings and cute dishes.

Arty cafe featuring seasonal, locally sourced American breakfasts, sandwiches, salads & cupcakes. Fantastic Food!

A brunch spot that approaches perfection. There is almost always a wait on the weekends, but they have a case full of delicious baked goods to nosh on while you wait. An Eagle Rock staple.

44 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Wonderful, organic grocery store and delicious take out foods!

Our favorite Whole Foods. Upscale Beverly Hills. Organic. Gluten Free chocolate cake.

Upscale Gourmet foods at top prices but you never know who you might see since it is Beverly Hills and everyone shops for food. Great selection of prepared foods, cheeses, meats, fish and wines bu... read more



Food SceneBakeries
$$· 11720 Ventura Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

48 local Airbnb hosts recommend

George Clooney is a partner in this bar. Excellent vibe here with really good bar eats . This also has an Outdoor Patio. There is no sign. Look for the Valet in front of the Ivy Building.

For fine dining, step into a beautiful hidden treasure. "Upmarket American cuisine with a librarylike foyer, a hopping bar & a romantic patio dining area."

Romantic and dim lit bar and restaurant with American cuisine. No sign out front. The front of the restaurant is heavily decorated with vines. Perfect for a romantic dinner date or bar hopping al... read more

48 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Chef Nozawa serves up a straightforward old style sushi including an omakase set. The menu at Sugarfish is the chef’s specialty, -- “proudly upholds the Trust Me-style of Sushi Nozawa

The best sushi thats still in the affordable range. The premium sake (Ryo) is great too. You'll want to go back the next day!

Go here and put in your name and they will text you an hour later. While waiting, grab drinks next door at the Misfit bar. The time will be up before you know it.


The Troubadour

Drinks & NightlifeMusic Venue
$$· 9081 Santa Monica Boulevard·Map·Website·

44 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Founded in 1957, it was a major center for folk music in the 1960s, and then singer-songwriters & rock. It played an important role in the careers of Elton John, The Eagles, The Byrds & SO many more.

Iconic night club that started some of the best bands in the world. This place is fun to drive by or watch a band. Bands such as the Eagles, Linda Rondstadt, and the Doors. John Lennon got kicke... read more

$$Live Music venue with some big acts


The Pie Hole

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$· 714 Traction Avenue·Map·Hours·Website·

49 local Airbnb hosts recommend

This pie shop is located in the arts district but it's definitely worth a visit. Their Mexican chocolate pie and Earl Grey pie are amazing!

This is in the Art's District on Traction. They make absolutely incredible baked goods from the sweet to the savory. Delish. Open fairly late and free parking is usually findable.

A fine café and bakery; you'll love both the pies and barista drinks. Have a slice of something classic or have something new, like Earl Grey or Strawberry Lavender pie.


Madame Tussauds Hollywood

Arts & CultureMuseums
6933 Hollywood Boulevard·Map·

132 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Madame Tussauds is a major tourist attraction, boasting the most life-like waxworks display of historical figures, and sports, tv, film, and music stars.

Madame Tussauds Hollywood is a wax museum and tourist attraction located on Hollywood Boulevard. Five minute walk. Attractions change frequently.

Have fun taking pictures with detailed and meticulously maintained wax renditions of celebrities, musicians, political figures, and sports stars!



$· 1716 West Sunset Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

78 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The other great Echo Park coffee staple is Stories- a cool bookstore with a coffee shop in back and a great outdoor patio. They also have small bites of food for breakfast and lunch:)

Bookstore that is open late and sells beer and wine! I'm in heaven.


Beverly Center

ShoppingShopping Malls
$$$· 8500 Beverly Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

402 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Huge shopping mall, Beverly Hills style. Some 160 distinctive specialty boutiques: Dolce & Gabbana, Louis Vuitton, Calvin Klein, Ben Sherman, Diesel, Gucci, Prada, The Ferrari Store, Fendi, Hugo Boss.

If you prefer a mall setting, the Beverly Center offers you the latest fashion at Macy's Bloomingdales, and smaller outfits like H&M and American Eagle. Also housed here are high-end designers, and... read more

Beverly Center is a monolithic eight story structure located at the edge of Beverly Hills and West Hollywood, California. Premier fashion destination with 100 distinctive specialty boutiques.



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$$$· 1717 Vine Street·Map·Hours·Website·

47 local Airbnb hosts recommend

One of my favorite restaurants in the area. Amazing Mediterranean food. Romantic setting. Make sure you get the babaganoush and the bread they serve in the brown paper bag.

(Reservations) Trendy eatery in the Redbury Hotel serves Mediterranean tapas alongside inventive cocktails & wine.

Cleo, named after the Egyptian queen offers Chef Danny Elmaleh's nouveau Middle Eastern cuisine featuring mezzes, shared plates, flatbreads and many more.



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$$· 1025 Abbot Kinney Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

47 local Airbnb hosts recommend

A great tapas restaurant located on Abbott Kinney Blvd. Right next door to another great restaurant, Joes. Walking distance from our bungalow. Make sure to try the sangria and bacon wrapped dates!

Great place to get a glass of wine or have an entire meal. The prosciutto wrapped dates are awesome as are all of the deserts. Good for dates. Try to sit outside in the back.

The seasonally driven tapas menu ranges from cold options like a farmers' market heirloom salad to hot dishes like braised beef short ribs and pistachio-crusted salmon.


Connie and Ted's

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$$$· 8171 Santa Monica Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

47 local Airbnb hosts recommend

New England seafood classics and raw bar options in sleek wood-accented quarters with an open kitchen.

One of our must-visit restaurants in Los Angeles. An upscale East Coast Clam Shack. A way to enjoy chef Michael Cimarusti of Michelin-starred Providence without breaking the bank.

Connie and Ted’s you’ll find simply prepared fish and shellfish, inspired by the classic clam shacks, oyster bars, and fish houses, that dot the New England Seaboard and the Western Coast. Cool Sea... read more



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$$· 9543 Culver Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

44 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Although my favorite here is the coffee (try the "Flat White" which is not on the menu), they also have a great restaurant and wine bar attached. Strong wifi in their cafe too.

The cornerstone and most famous version of Culver City's gastropubs, Akasha is the place to meet well-heeled women at the bar or dine with the director you want for your next picture.

A little on the fancier side, Akasha serves all locally grown organic food and is VERY yummy. They also have a cute coffee/bakery section where you can camp out and get some work done.


Kitchen 24

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1608 North Cahuenga Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

47 local Airbnb hosts recommend

From breakfast staples to creative cocktails, this buzzy upscale diner serves comfort classics 24/7. Full bar.

Awesome hip spin on a 24 hr diner with healthy choices and burgers, milkshakes &a candy case:) On weekends you'll even find a live DJ Right in the heart of the best hollywood nightlife

A very unique's a diner open 24 hours but not like any you have seen before! They have a full bar and a very sleek, stylish interior. Their portions are huge, and the food is amazing. So... read more


Duke's Malibu Restaurant

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$$· 21150 Pacific Coast Highway·Map·Hours·Website·

47 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Duke's Malibu Restaurant is famous for its panoramic ocean views, Hawaiian decor and excellent cuisine. The Sunset is one of Malibu's best known and best loved culinary adventures.

Love the seafood and views in this casual setting...also nice bars for singles and fish tacos!

Duke's is a Malibu institution - right on the ocean and serving classic island inspired food. Also has a rally fun bar scene.

44 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Have a pleasant breakfast, lunch, coffee or tea right on Echo Park Lake. Enjoy a paddle boat ride after your meal.

A 5 minute drive or 20 minute walk, this is a must-do for an Echo Park first-timer. Grab a squash blossom breakfast burrito and hit the paddle boats! $10 paddle boat rides. Perfect for a little date.

Breakfast and paddleboats. A mini-version of the much loved Square One restaurant is hiding in the cute little boathouse of glorious Echo Park Lake! Get the grits with tomato confit and bacon or th... read more