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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


Hyperion Public

Drinks & NightlifeBars
$$· 2538 Hyperion Avenue·Map·Hours·Website·

51 local Airbnb hosts recommend

A fun place to watch a sports game and enjoy a pint of your favorite beer. The wings are pretty good too, and so is the Kale because it's LA.

Casual with TV's for the sports lover. Food is quality pub grub. Get some chicken wings. Bottomless mimosa brunch on the weekends.



Food SceneRestaurants
$$· 606 North Robertson Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

52 local Airbnb hosts recommend

If you watch Bravo's Vanderpump Rules or The Real Housewives of BH, this is a must!

Owned by Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' Vanderpump family, this upscale, trendy lounge is perfect for sipping on cocktails while enjoying a variety of global inspired foods. DJ spinning during d... read more

If you're a fan of Vanderpump Rules, your trip won't be complete without a visit to SUR. Skip the food and just have a drink (trust me). If Sandoval is bartending, tell him Lara sent you. If you ha... read more


Laurel Tavern

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

48 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!

Nice bar with friendly service. Many people in the movie industry go there but a relaxing bar with friendly people. Pizza by the slice is next door which is always a plus.

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!

51 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.


Pitfire Pizza Company

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

51 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


TOWN Pizza

Food SceneRestaurants
5101 York Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

48 local Airbnb hosts recommend

This is your sidewalk NY Style pizza by the slice spot

The best pizza in the neighborhood, by far! Actually, probably my 2nd favorite pizza in Los Angeles, period. Lots of fun toppings too like house-made sausage, mole pizza with pickled onions, pest... read more

51 local Airbnb hosts recommend

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

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

Rock-N-Roll Thai food too good to believe! You won't be disappointed. Right by Guitar Center. Try Saigon Spring Rolls, Coconut Shrimp Soup and the Phad Thai noodles. Open till 4 a.m. lotta bands co... read more

51 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Do you prefer a cute, Stumptown brewing coffee shop where you can park yourself for a couple of hours? If so, this is your spot. Visit on Sunday mornings and check out the farmer's market too!

Coffe . Snacks . Fresh Juice ..... Very cute coffee shop on Melrose. The interior is decorated very nicely with the cute wallpapers, coffee sleeves and decorations. Pressed Juicery, Juice Served ... read more

Not only is their coffee great, but if you can snag a table, the cafe has great people watching. If tea is more your style, they have Alfred Tea Room just across the street - the decor is adorable.

51 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.


The Troubadour

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

46 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


Franklin & Company

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

51 local Airbnb hosts recommend

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

Great vibe for a beer and burger. If you go and fancy stealing me a coffee mug as my Nieces name is Franklin and I am building a collection ;-)



Food SceneCafes or Coffee Shops
3824 West Sunset Boulevard·Map·Hours·

48 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The smoothies here are the best! Great spot to get healthy snacks and nuts, granola, dry fruit and beans etc in bulk

Kale Coconut Smoothie to die for. Ginger shots and the such, all super healthy and priced ok -- neither cheap nor outrageous for LA standards...I also get my rolled oats here and other food supplie... read more

Fresh pressed juices and delicious smoothies. Bulk raw section of granola and dried fruits. Try the coconut kale smoothie. #trescalifornian

45 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


The Pie Hole

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

50 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.

138 local Airbnb hosts recommend

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 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

Santa Monica is a unique destination that is both chic and laid-back, with a population that ranges from surfers, skateboarders, and yoga devotees to techies and business people. The beautiful stre... read more

45 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Great coffee (Four Barrel Coffee) by the beach! This is a funkier part of Venice, so the people watching gets really interesting. Take your coffee to the beach, watch the surfers at Venice Breakwater!

Great coffee and great location to sit down and see a nice mural of Venice Beach while drinking your coffee. They offer free refills of their drip/filtered coffee.

59 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Great Mexican food, they make guacamole from scratch at your table.

Funky Mexican restaurant open late - until 3AM - which is a rare thing in Los Angeles! Ambiance is authentic and the food is good. Try the homemade tortillas!

While not the best food in town, they are open until 3am and have a full bar. The place is big and gets pretty busy late at night. It's a popular place to stop by on your way home from a late night... read more



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

45 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.

57 local Airbnb hosts recommend

One of Southern California's oldest farmers markets. Produce, coffee, flowers, baked goods, chocolate and more. The market is small, with friendly vendors and a good selection (Fridays mornings)

Open-air market operating 7-11 AM Fridays with seasonal produce & assorted local vendors. It is a smaller farmers market but has great fresh food.

Open-air market operating 7-11 AM Fridays featuring seasonal produce & assorted local vendors. Address: 500 Venice Blvd, Venice, CA 90291 So close to the house! Stroll on over...

50 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.


Porto's Bakery & Cafe

Food SceneRestaurants
$· 3614 West Magnolia Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

49 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Fantastic cuban bakery and cafe. Back when I ate gluten I LOVED their guava pastries. So good. Good coffee here too. Always hoppin' and busy. 1 mile away. Some guests walk, some drive.

This is much more than coffee. This is one of LA's more well-known bakeries. Huge selection of pastries.

Wow if you come to Burbank you most go to Portos. But be warned. The lines are long and the food is good and cheap. I mean really long lines. But the move fast. Portos is about 1.5 miles away fro... read more

45 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Hands down the best place to have drinks during sunset. Recommend the Spicy Mangotree Cocktail. Also from November onwards during SoCal 'Winter' Hot Toddies and Drunken Hot chocolate is served.

46 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Terranea Resort is a 5 star hotel right on the cliffs of Palos Verdes. The ocean views are spectacular! Come here to eat at one of their restaurants; Bashi, Nelson's, Catalina Kitchen, or Mar'sel. ... read more

The resort is beautiful and has public hiking trails. Nelson's on the cliff is a nice place to enjoy a drink seaside when you're done with your walk! Also dog friendly :)

Take a stroll around this breathtaking resort. The amazing premise offers amazing views, and various dining experiences. Feeling like treating yourself? The resort offers day passes to fully enj... read more



Drinks & NightlifeBars
$$· 8752 W Sunset Blvd·Map·Hours·Website·

45 local Airbnb hosts recommend

I love this place. Great combination of happening bar and nice restaurant. I love the feel of this place.

Love the ambiance here! It's really a whiskey bar, but they have just about everything and they make amazing signature cocktails. If nothing on the menu strikes your fancy, the bartender will whip ... read more


Blossom Restaurant

Food SceneRestaurants
$$· 426 South Main Street·Map·Hours·Website·

44 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Pho! Lovely lighted Vietnamese food. It is all wonderful and authentically prepared. The space is peaceful and their wine list is almost all Italian. They have beer as well.

A gorgeous little spot for an amazing Vietnamese meal, then head to Peddler's just round the corner for ice cream!

Delicious pho, really nice ambience. Eat downstairs. They also have veg pho, which is nice.



Food SceneCafes or Coffee Shops
$· 1716 West Sunset Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

81 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Snack bar (sandwiches, cookies) and coffee bar, plus books--new & used--and live performances in back patio, as well as free wifi with purchase, plus resident kitty!

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


Beverly Center

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

415 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.



Food SceneRestaurants
$$· 3219 Glendale Boulevard·Map·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


Figtree's Cafe

Food SceneRestaurants
$$· 429 Ocean Front Walk·Map·Hours·Website·

50 local Airbnb hosts recommend

1/2 priced breakfast until 9am. Great ocean views. Not the most "local" or "cool" spot but worth a visit if you find yourself strolling the boardwalk in the early AM.

Great food with an ocean view just at the end of Paloma Av. Voted best food on Venice boardwalk. Half price breakfast between 8 & 9 AM (except major holidays). One of my favorite breakfast spots.

8-9am your meal is half off!” “Poached eggs on corncakes, black bean chili, roasted peppers, feta, salsa, organic greens.Cappuccino w/ robust foam & perfect espressos. Huevos rancheros,puffy pancakes


Nick's on 2nd

Food SceneRestaurants
4901 East 2nd Street·Map·Hours·Website·

49 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Nick's on 2nd provides it all - from breakfast to cocktails after dinner, enjoy their great outdoor seating, or the sparkling inside seating. Great wait staff.

Because it's the best. Hands Down. If I wanted a fancy meal in a nice atmosphere, this is the place. Every time I've been here has been a pleasure. Make room for the butter cake. It's the best... read more

Classic American comfort food in an intimate space. Everything from decor, staff, food, and drinks is excellent.