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

293 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Beautiful concert hall for classical music. Amazing acoustics. You can buy discounted tickets two hours before the concert.

Designed by architect Frank Gehry, Walt Disney Concert Hall is an iconic silver structure that resembles a wadded-up ball of paper. Acclaimed Venezuelan conductor Gustavo Dudamel conducts the L.... read more

Walt Disney Concert Hall (WDCH) is the home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, presenting the best in classical music, contemporary music, world music and jazz. The building was designed by Frank Ge... read more

#32

Laurel Hardware

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

167 local Airbnb hosts recommend

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

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

163 local Airbnb hosts recommend

HIPSTER - This theater turned restaurant has tons of charm and will make all of your IG followers jealous. They take reservations so I would suggest that if you plan ahead.

A retrofitted 100-year old Vaudeville theater, Mohawk Bend now is a place to enjoy good food, wine/spirits, or 72 CA craft beers on tap! Cool patio seating but my fav room is the skylight Ramona Room.

161 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.

141 local Airbnb hosts recommend

It doesn't get anymore local that Hinano's. Very local Venice beach hangout, saw dust floors, AMAZING burgers and the coldest beer in town (beer and wine only), cash only!

Hinano's is the most famous place in Washington Square. Its a fully qualified "Dive Bar" with live rock music, good beer, and 3 pool tables. When you are feeling the need for a gritty, old-school... read more

Best dive bar in Venice! Historic old bar where Jim Morrison used to play. Live music on the weekends. The bar food is great. Try the Tuna Melt. Cash only!

133 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Oscar's Cerveteca is the perfect weekend Mexican fusion fare. Fresh seafood Ceviches, tacos, and more. Great craft beers as well. Outdoor patio.

Brought to you by Oscar! He started the Rose Avenue craze with Venice Beach wines. This spot has a Mexican-inspired menu and cocktails. Great food a drinks. Seating is tight but worth it.

A few blocks off Abbot Kinney, Venice’s main drag, is Rose Avenue... At Cerveteca get fish tacos, homemade guacamole, an agua fresca and/or cold beer.

#37

The Otheroom

Drinks & NightlifeBars
1201 Abbot Kinney Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

144 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Sexy, moody wine bar with sexy, moody people. Sometimes it's just what the doctor ordered.

On Abbot Kinney, The Otheroom is the place to see and be seen. The wine and beer aren't the cheapest in town but you don't come here just to drink. It's a great place for a first date -- flattering... read more

Intimate wine and beer bar (no hard alcohol) on Abbot Kinney. Quite lovely, quieter place perfect for low key evenings and a chat whether you're with friends or on a date in little sitting areas. ... read more

145 local Airbnb hosts recommend

I'm a meat eater all the way, but even I can't resist how good this place is. Keep your eyes open for Moby (he's a regular)

Delicious food (service/atmosphere not the best) and a local hotspot. You don't need to be vegan to enjoy the avocado tacos or the pasta pesto greens bowl! 10-15 min walk, 3 minute drive.

202 local Airbnb hosts recommend

I went to school here. Just go see it and come back and tell me it's pretty.

Call me biased as this is my old stomping ground but it's an absolutely beautiful campus to go and visit. I'm a major fan of Royce Hall (try to find all of the 'mistakes' in the building's facade).... read more

My alma mater...huge campus in Westwood. Take Sunset going west to Hilgard, and make a left on Hilgard. You are there. They have sports and entertainment offered as well.

401 local Airbnb hosts recommend

This trendy boulevard, named for the city’s founder, is full of hip boutiques, amazing restaurants and bars, coffee shops, art galleries, and beautiful people. Suggested Activities: First Fridays o... read more

Abbott Kinney is one of Venice's most popular and well known streets. There are tons of great breakfast/brunch spots, as well as dinner spots. Plenty of art galleries, ice cream shops, boutiques, a... read more

129 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Hidden on a side street without a sign, this is the sister restaurant to Gjelina on Abbot Kinney. Everything is amazing and you just might see Giada having lunch. Don't miss the chicken parmesan!

We love Gjusta. This is a day time bakery/cafe. FAntastic breads and deli items. Recently mentioned in LA weekly as one of top 10 places to visit in LA. We love their food and the rustic feel, it r... read more

This place is the secret gem in Venice. Worth checking out for amazing selections of breakfast choices, gourmet sandwiches, salads, soups, breads, baked goods, and top quality gourmet items on the... read more

#42

Little Dom's

Food SceneRestaurants
$$· 2128 Hillhurst Avenue·Map·Hours·Website·

142 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Italian + Creole and a staple in Los Feliz. You are sure to spot somebody famous, and if you don't who cares because the food is incredible and the cocktail program is the bees knees.

Delicious thin-crust pizza... I've been told. I'm allergic to gluten so I can't eat pizza, but I can tell you it smells and looks amazing. Romantic setting. This restaurant is on the opposite side ... read more

One of our favorite breakfast places. Their eggs fungi is just amazing. Their lunch is also really great but dinner is just okay. It's a little bit more expensive but worth it. The weekends can get... read more

137 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Fun, great cuisine, outdoor area to sit on a nice day. Only beer and wine, but amazing bread, great service and some fine culinary creations!

A great breakfast, brunch and lunch spot. Also has a great bakery where I often buy our fresh loaves. Good take out pastries and coffee if you fancy a walk down Marco Place to see the old Venice ho... read more

We love Superba Food & Bread for their pastries and breakfast items. The sugared puff pastries of the "Couing" is our favorite among with their French baguette... At the Zen Retreat, You are 3 minu... read more

257 local Airbnb hosts recommend

A VAST STUNNING estate of gardens: Japanese ponds and bridges, Greek statues on vast green lawns, art museums in small mansions through out the garden estate as well as a library. A coffee shop ri... read more

A collections-based educational and research institution established by Henry E. Huntington (1850–1927). In addition to the library, the institution houses an extensive art collection with a focu... read more

The Huntington is a cultural center near Pasadena, it is the former home of Henry Huntington who was responsible for LA's famous Red Cars, he also developed Huntington Beach and had a big hand in s... read more

#45

Sqirl

Food SceneRestaurants
$$· 720 North Virgil Avenue·Map·Hours·Website·

137 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The best french toast EVER. Homemade jams. There's a line on weekends, but it is worth the wait.

Great place to have brunch, be prepared, there might be a line...get the Ricotta toast, or Sorrel Pesto rice bowl with kokuho brown rice, Meyer lemon, feta, poached egg, and fermented hot sauce

YUM. A foodie MUST for a casual breakfast & lunch. You wont find anything else like it! Sqirl is an Ink staff favorite, for its innovative menu. EVERYTHING is good, the toast, the sorel rice bowl, ... read more

912 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The Santa Monica Pier is a large double-jointed pier located at the foot of Colorado Avenue in Santa Monica, California. With an iconic entrance, the pier is popular with residents and visitors as ... read more

A walk to the pier is one of our favorite family activities. We love to walk across the parking lot, stay to the right past the DoubleTree and over to Olympic and head west (toward the big parking... read more

An amusement park on a pier! A super touristy, fun amusement park -- giant ferris wheel overlooking the ocean, rides for all ages, and amazing free summer concerts (Thursdays, July - Sept: checkou... read more

150 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The Hollywood Roosevelt, legendary old Hollywood Hotel, still frequented by today's stars such as Angelina Jolie, Johnny Depp. Lounge by the beautiful palm tree lined pool and celeb spot with a lov... read more

Famous old Hollywood hotel, worth checking out at least once. Marilyn Monroe was discovered at the pool area. Rumor has it she still haunts this place. Their Summer Sunday pool parties are legendar... read more

Est. 1927, this hotel has four fun flavors of nightlife: The lobby bar, Spare Room (lounge/bowling/live music), Library Bar (moody/chic/mixologist), & Tropicana Pool Café (classic Hollywood poolside).

#48

Lemonade

Food SceneRestaurants
$$· 1661 Abbot Kinney Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

141 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Great food. Serves all types of great salads, sandwiches, homemade soups and chili. Also has fish and chicken entrees. Fantastic deserts and refreshing lemonade. Not to pricey. To go or can eat there.

Cafeteria style eating in a healthy, trendy way. Everything from pastas to salads to sandwiches and the best lemonade options - certain to please all ages.

You can choose all healthy sides and proteins and you choose your portions. Recipes are farmers markets inspired and they have sandwiches to delight the whole family as well. Try any lemonade and a... read more

222 local Airbnb hosts recommend

I think it's the best theater in the city. There's an attached cafe, they have real butter on the popcorn, art deco design, and they've knocked out every other row so you can stretch out.

A historic single-screen movie theater great for matinees or dates. It feels like a time capsule and if you happen to make it on a Premier Night it is likely that the Theatre Manager Victor will be... read more

Vista Theatre is a historic single-screen movie theater in Los Angeles, Vintage movie theatre great leg room. Catch a matinee for only $6.50

132 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Great organic coffee and pastries with an outdoor patio. It is also one of my favorites for lunch and dinner. There's a nice shady patio in the back. Try and go before the lunch crowd. It gets busy.

Most popular spot in LA for organic tasty food. Big menu for a cafe. A must see in LA. Several locations in the best parts of the city. This location is a great place to park your car and walk two ... read more

Organic coffees, teas; breakfast, salads & sandwiches, great patio - A local favorite - always has a crowd. Santa Monica people -watching at its' best!

146 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Enjoy a cocktail on the rooftop of the Standard Hotel with an amazing backdrop of the city high rises. Easily accessible from the Metro -- exit 7th St./Metro Center and walk a block up to 6th Stree... read more

The rooftop lounge at the downtown LA Standard hotel draws a high-energy crowd with a heated pool, waterbed pods, DJs, and panoramic city views. Quite the spot for watching 'the beautiful people' i... read more

#52

The Echo

Drinks & NightlifeNightclubs
1822 West Sunset Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

131 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Cool place to go hear music. Sometimes super famous people like the Rolling Stones pop in unannounced. Next door to Two Boots so you can get a slice before or after the show.

The Rolling Stones kicked off their tour here last week...does this mean Echo Park has now truly arrived? I love the Echo, it's very egalitarian in it's bands - always something fresh to see and hear!

#53

Rose Cafe

Food SceneRestaurants
$$· 220 Rose Avenue·Map·Hours·Website·

133 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Beautiful space and good for brunch or dinner. Great coffee bar. Full liquor. Get the pizza and any of the housemade pastas. Good place to work out on the patio in the morning.

Newly opened - food is alright but the ambience is very hip, very "Venice". Good people watching, bakery, dinner, full bar (a rare thing in Venice!), gorgeous patio and inside seating. Macrame plan... read more

#54

In-N-Out Burger

Food SceneRestaurants
$· 7009 West Sunset Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

129 local Airbnb hosts recommend

If I had a last meal, this is what it would be. An absolute must if you're staying in California.

Best hamburgers&the cheapest&the freshest in the US. Walk there & order no carb burger with no bun and lettuce instead...fries, animal style (grilled onions&thousand island dressing).Neopolitan shake.

Your order should be: double double, animal style + animal style fries, well done + a shake (choc or vanilla)...thank me later

129 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Exotic sausages, fries & unusual brews in an industrial-looking eatery with communal tables. Excellent outdoor seating beer garden style. Vegetarian and Vegan options available.

Think of Wurstkuche as a modern interpretation of a German beer hall -- long communal tables and traditional Bavarian beers, but with exotic sausages (rattlesnake and rabbit, duck and bacon) and a ... read more

5 minute walk from the house & huge selection of beer on tap & great truffle fries! They serve exotic sausages, aligator,rabbit, duck,pheasant,lamb,buffalo, vegetarian,brats,rattlesnake,bok wurst i... read more

127 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Excellent Chicago-style deep dish pizza without the need to travel to Chicago! Bread pudding also is delicious.

Great sandwiches, best deep dish Chicago style pizza, it takes about 45 minutes once ordered BWWI. Can bring your own wine, they will not charge cork fee for 1st two & the best bread pudding EVER !!!

121 local Airbnb hosts recommend

This really is an everything place- great food, full bar, music & trivia nights. Go early with kids to get food & drinks, stay late to hang to check out the very lively scene on York Blvd, Highlan... read more

Beer, wine, cocktails & gourmet pub grub in a counter-serve space with a hip, industrial vibe. 12 rotating beers on tap, an extensive wine list, and comfort-food favorites such as the pulled pork C... read more

#58

Le Zinque

Drinks & NightlifeBars
$$· 600 Venice Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

125 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Opens about 7 a.m. It's a good French bistro, comfortable to sit and read, has wifi. It's also a fantastic beer and wine bar with a dinner menu....turns into a sexy, wine bar when the sun goes down.

In front of Zinque, you can pickup public bicycles to ride to the beach. Look for the green Hulu bike rack in front of their place. Zinque is a hip little spot serving french fare. They are a coffe... read more

"French-influenced coffeehouse meets bistro & wine bar in an artsy, minimalist atmosphere." Love this spot for a morning pastry and coffee or late night bottle of wine and French dessert. The ratat... read more

#59

Cafe Gratitude

Food SceneCafes or Coffee Shops
$$· 639 North Larchmont Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

124 local Airbnb hosts recommend

This is an amazing vegan restaurant! I am a meat lover, but this place is so good, it's nearly always packed! Try sitting at the community table... fun!

Café Gratitude is a collection of 100% organic plant-based restaurants specializing in gourmet cuisines. We strive to create a menu and environment that supports health and sustainability for both... read more

Wonderful "crunchy" restaurant. Vegan & mostly raw with juices, smoothies, coffee, wine, desserts, and, no matter your lifestyle, the food will impress you! Generously priced, great atmosphere.

#60

Silver Lake Reservoir

Parks & NatureParks
1850 W Silver Lake Blvd·Map·

154 local Airbnb hosts recommend

A favorite for a walk or run. One loop is just over 2 miles. Great playground for young kids. Stellar examples of modern architecture, several Neutra and Schindler houses nearby.

Take a walk or a jog around the lake this area was named after. On the east side of the lake is the famous Neutra house which is across from the Silver Lake meadow that is adjacent to the lake.

A lovely park around an urban reservoir in one of the prettiest neighborhoods in L.A. There's a 3-mile running path around the reservoir, and a dog park at the southern end. Perfect for a picnic, a... read more