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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



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272 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 (WDCH) is an internationally recognized architectural landmark and one of the most acoustically sophisticated concert halls in the world.

Frank Gehry designed the world's most famous concert hall, right here in Los Angeles. It's absolutely stunning, inside and out. Make sure to catch a concert by the incredible Los Angeles Philharmon... read more

#32

Mohawk Bend

Food SceneRestaurants
$$· 2141 West Sunset Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

155 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Gastropub serving California craft beers and a locally-sourced American menu with lots of vegan options. Set in a hip, brick-walled old Vaudeville theater space. Good for late nights -- food served... read more

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.

#33

The Otheroom

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

139 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

198 local Airbnb hosts recommend

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.

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

129 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.

#36

Queen Mary

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

157 local Airbnb hosts recommend

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

The Queen Mary was a cruise ship back in the day, but now it's permanently docked. You can tour the ship, or have dinner or drinks upstairs in the lounge, which is appointed just as it was when th... read more

The Queen is a Long Beach icon. The Sunday champagne brunch is delicious, the Deco Bar in the bow of the ship takes you back in time and the special events such as the Ghost tour, can take you plac... read more

140 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)

Fantastic Vegan Bistro, also serve good Vegan Ice Cream. Great menu and daily specials in historic Jensen Recreation Building a few doors down from Blue Bottle Coffee!

380 local Airbnb hosts recommend

If you happen to be staying with us on the first Friday of the month, you can walk down to Abbot Kinney blvd for First Friday Night on Abbot Kinney. The streets are lined with every food truck i... 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

126 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!

Venice institution - classic American dive bar, favorite with the locals. 3 pool tables (75 cents a game, winner holds table), live music, free popcorn, good burgers.

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!

129 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!

The new kid in town and a stones throw from your stay. Industrial-chic cafe & bakery with Californian fare, plus bread & baked goods. Open for breakfast, lunch, brunch, and dinner.

Great for breakfast and coffee, bread and pastries. Proper barista style coffee and great atmosphere! Please try the avocado toast or the kale toast. The grain bowl is also amazing!

146 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Library bar has amazing drinks all made from fresh veggies and fruit. Pool side bar is perfect for afternoon. The spare room bar for fun bowling and amazing drinks.

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).

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

#42

Lemonade

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

139 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.

Modern marketplace serving a colorful bounty of seasonal California comfort in a bright cafeteria setting. Their salads are healthy and delicious and their lemonade is, of course, amazing.

Bright and family-friendly California healthy, cafeteria style, specializing in great combos and varieties of lemonade. Fun place, great food from meats to soups to salads to deserts. No alcohol.

#43

Little Dom's

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

133 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

Reminds me of Italian restaurants Greenwich Village in NYC. Pretty bar area with cozy booths. Dining room is nice. Good Italian food. Can get noisy. They also have outdoor sideway seating.

#44

Sqirl

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

129 local Airbnb hosts recommend

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

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

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

118 local Airbnb hosts recommend

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

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.

117 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 bakery turns out the best baked goods in town. Bread, croissants, cakes, and pies. They also offer craft charcuterie, coffee, and excellent breakfast and lunch options. The large marble cof... read more

127 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Great coffee, tea, hot cocoa - again rice, almond, whatever you ask for plus great food - soups, sandwiches, salads, desserts. Great location and wonderful vibe.

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

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.

140 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

841 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Too many things to put in just one category. On the Pier you will find a roller coaster and theme park with rides and traditional carnival games, an Aquarium, giant horse carousel, street vendors,... 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

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

231 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

Admission to The Huntington is free to all visitors on the first Thursday of every month with advance tickets. Hours on Free Day are 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Type / Weekdays / Weekends: ~~~~ 1) Adul... read more

Huntington Library houses an extensive art collection with a focus in 18th and 19th-century European art and 17th to mid-20th-century American art. The property also includes approximately 120 acre... read more

#51

Wurstküche Venice

Food SceneRestaurants
$$· 625 Lincoln Blvd, Venice, CA 90291·Map·Hours·Website·

124 local Airbnb hosts recommend

5 minute walk from the house & huge selection of beer & great truffle fries! They serve exotic sausages, aligator,rabbit, duck,pheasant,lamb,buffalo, vegetarian,brats,rattlesnake,bok wurst is my fav

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

#52

The Echo

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

124 local Airbnb hosts recommend

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!

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.

207 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.

The Vista is a historic single-screen movie palace known for its Egyptian decor, massive screen & lots of legroom. This is a great place to see a current film!

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

#54

Amoeba Music

ShoppingStores
$· 6400 West Sunset Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

140 local Airbnb hosts recommend

One of the last-standing old-school record stores. A must-see for music lovers. This place is HUGE, and you can get great used vinyl and CDs for super cheap!

#55

L & E Oyster Bar

Food SceneRestaurants
$$· 1637 Silver Lake Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

115 local Airbnb hosts recommend

AMAZING food, oysters, chowder, bread, wine and bar upstairs. A tad pricy but worth it. Walking distance. Not fancy but go dressed cool at least :) Like, put some pants on!

Really fresh fare. Try the Daily Dozen for around $20. Fills up quickly as soon as it opens. The upstairs bar has a smaller menu than the main space downstairs, but great ambiance and you can get in!

This place has a romantic, low key vibe with awesome wine, beer and food. It's a great spot for a casual night out with friends or a romantic date.

120 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Really good deep dish Chicago style pizza that everyone talks about. Funky living room setting inside. Deep dish pizza takes 45 minutes.

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 !!!

#57

In-N-Out Burger

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

120 local Airbnb hosts recommend

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.

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

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

#58

Cafe Gratitude

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

120 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!

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.

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

#59

The Thirsty Crow

Drinks & NightlifeBars
$· 2939 West Sunset Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

111 local Airbnb hosts recommend

This little whiskey bar in the heart of Silverlake has good atmosphere for a date or a small group. Tasty whiskey concoctions, try their namesake.

Neighborhood bar that serves up handcrafted cocktails and a long list of whiskeys in a saloon-style setting. Get there for happy hour for the best deals and to beat the crowds. You might want to Ub... read more

Handcrafted cocktails & a long list of whiskeys in a saloon-style setting, plus a lively happy hour.

#60

Silver Lake Reservoir

Parks & NatureParks
1850 W Silver Lake Blvd·Map·

139 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.

Go for a jog or run around the Silver Lake Reservoir - there are nice paths and even a grassy meadow to lay a blanket down and enjoy the sun.

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.