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

113 local Airbnb hosts recommend

In addition to the standard tonkotsu ramen and ramen combination plates, you'll find chef's specials like sweet and sour pork buns, seaweed salad samplers and spicy cold noodles in Tsuyu chili broth.

The pork and fish broth is so rich. Thus their ramen is a cut above most. I also love their lemon roll. Moderate prices and big portions. You have to go off hours- there is always a line.

Low-key noodle bar presents a traditional Japanese menu starring ramen soups. Delicious! Try the spicy one.

113 local Airbnb hosts recommend

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

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.

Cocktails, Whiskeys & Dim Saloon-style setting. Great place to grab a drink and get the night started.


L & E Oyster Bar

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$$· 1637 Silver Lake Blvd·Map·Hours·Website·

117 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!

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.

Fresh oysters, shipped in daily, plus clam chowder & small plates, in a classy, cozy setting.

117 local Airbnb hosts recommend

This landmark hot dog stand was founded by Paul and Betty Pink in 1939 as a pushcart near the corner of La Brea and Melrose and has become quite famous, now offering 32 varieties (as well as burgers).

A must-visit, LA original! This classic, guilty pleasure, in the Fairfax District has been attracting both locals and tourists for an eternity with its snappy, hot dogs named after celebrities. Lin... read more

Pink’s Hot Dogs, Inc., a 77-year-old landmark hot dog stand located in Hollywood, serves over 2000 hot dogs and 200 hamburgers a day. Pink’s was started in 1939 by Richard’s parents, Paul and Betty... read more


Amoeba Music

$· 6400 Sunset Blvd·Map·Hours·Website·

148 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!


James' Beach

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$$· 60 N Venice Blvd·Map·Hours·Website·

120 local Airbnb hosts recommend

James Beach: This local hangout has a fun vibe and is a great place to convene with friends or grab a cold drink. Their famous fish tacos will amaze you, and you’ll want to hang at the bar long into t

Serving World Famous Fish Taco's from the Paul Rudd and Jason Segel hit film "I Love You Man" Tacos Tuesdays (all you can eat for $5) Wing Wednesday- ( Fifty-Cent wings)

That welcoming vibe, value and quality has made James’ Beach a favorite Venice neighborhood restaurant. Visitors come to Venice to be part of the artistic, eclectic scene and there is no better pla... read more

224 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Go and watch a movie in the iconic Pantages theater! There are frequent showings and usually have a fun little pre-show prior to the actual film starting. Then go and walk around Hollywood Walk of... read more

Jersey Boys, The Book of Mormon, Jason Mraz, Pippin, Wicked, Neil Degrasse Tyson, Motown, The Phantom of the Opera...need I say more?

The Pantages Theater has a history as grand and diverse as the stage and screen fare which audiences have flocked to enjoy there for half a century. These days it's one of Los Angeles' leading hom... read more

120 local Airbnb hosts recommend

There is no greater selection of used (with new ones as well) books in an inviting book store where you can sit and read or relax. They have a side room which is an art book section - these are al... read more

This is really one of the best Independent bookstore in the world! Incredible selection, beautiful space with poetry/book readings on a very regular basis. Also good music section, and art galler... read more

120 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Okay, not really a recommendation here, just a heads up. This is a cheap bar where you can get pitchers of beer but it's more of a younger, college crowd that gets pretty sloppy drunk.

Local bar near the MDR/Venice pier with some of the tastiest margaritas ever! They use fresh lime juice and agave. Ask for a splash of cranberry too! Casual vibe with ocean front views and beach... read more

You can eat at The Whaler, but I consider it more of a bar. It's a great place to post up on their deck and watch the sunset with a few cocktails and appetizers. It's hands down the best place to w... read more


Scopa Italian Roots

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$$$· 2905 Washington Blvd·Map·Hours·Website·

111 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Very good Italian inspired creative menu. Equally good if not better bar scene. This place is open until 2AM most nights and makes great cocktails and has great people watching!

Incredible menu (I recommend the scallops) plus great artisanal cocktails. Definitely a good Venice bar scene

330 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Famous Rodeo Drive is at the heart of Beverly Hills where you will find the top luxury boutiques and names. The Beverly Wilshire Hotel, in front of Rodeo Drive, is the famous hotel you see in "Pret... read more

RODEO DRIVE In the heart of Beverly Hills, three blocks of Rodeo Drive are home to the epicenter of luxury, fashion and lifestyle. Agent Provocateur Anne Fontaine Barbara Bui Battaglia Bottega Vene... read more

Rodeo is the mecca of high fashion, exactly like the movies. Lots of places to eat and have hand-crafted cocktails. Beverly Hills Shopping From world-renowned fashion houses to one-of-a-kind loca... read more

117 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Love to hit up this Farmer's Market on Sundays, 8a-2p. Tons of organic foods, spice alley, local made goods, and great hot foods. Shop for your groceries, have lunch, & buy a few original souvenirs

Sunday morning HUGE street market. Local farmers & vendors offer a variety of fresh California-grown fruits & veggies, honey, fish, eggs, meats, cheeses, mushrooms, jewelry, gifts etc. Breakfast too!

117 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Dark, romantic; a bit noisy. French restaurant. An incredible appetizer - flash fried brussels sprout leaves with white truffle oil, capers, slivered truffles. Good moules frites: large portions!

Great French food and atmosphere. Celebrity sightings from time to time. Fun bar scene too. Lots of locals hang out here.

If you want to feel just a littttttle French for the night, head over to Franklin Village and be among the Beachwood hip. & artsy. This place has been there forever and you'll have a great time fee... read more


Hotel Erwin

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$$$· 1697 Pacific Ave·Map·Website·

130 local Airbnb hosts recommend

High-style, rooftop deck with DJs day & night, specialty cocktails, light bites & boardwalk views. Great spot for sunset. It is one of the newer hip venues in Venice, and quite popular, so reserv... read more

Visit High Rooftop Lounge! Full bar atop Hotel Erwin overlooking the Pacific Ocean and Venice! High is the premiere Venice Beach open-air rooftop lounge, where the nightly sunset is the main event.... read more

Rooftop bar at Venice beach. Brilliant spot to watch the sunset with a cocktail or a beer. The cocktails can be a bit hit and miss but the view is perfect. Kids allowed in the bar until sunset. I r... read more

105 local Airbnb hosts recommend

One of my favorite bars in LA. Looks like an old house party from the 70's. Complete with backyard, rollerskating disco show & alcoholic snow cones.

Very fun nightlife spot in Hollywood. From Google: Funky '70s retro bar with era-appropriate garage sale decor, an Airstream trailer & backyard BBQ.

This is one of my favorite spots. 1970’s house-party themed spot that no one in their right mind could be bored at. After you walk through a refrigerator via a vintage garage sale, you’re deliver... read more

116 local Airbnb hosts recommend

In 1979, after a dispute over club owners refusing to pay comedians, this now famous comedy club was opened in a building once owned by Groucho Marx. Richard Pryor was the first to perform there.

Opening its doors in 1979, the World Famous Laugh Factory has been recognized as "the #1 comedy club in the country" by such high-profile media as USA Today. With southern California locations in H... read more

Famous stand up comedy club known for surprise celebrity guests. There is a 2 drink minimum purchase per person. I recommend VIP tickets for no waiting in line and first pick seating.

116 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Cozy gourmet pub with a tremendous beer selection and the best burger in town.

For the best beer selection on the West Side, head to Father's Office on Montana Avenue. The snug, heavily-wooded interior is likely to be packed with both local and pilgrimaging beer lovers, but t... read more

Father's Office is a lively gastropub with a big patio that is known for its famous "Father's Office Burger." The burger boasts a patty of dry-aged beef topped with caramelized onions, Gruyère and ... read more

289 local Airbnb hosts recommend

New museum, interesting building that looks like a waffle. Broad's extensive modern art collection. Next to Disney Hall and across the street from the Museum of Contemporary Art. Free now.

The Broad is a new contemporary art museum founded by philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad on Grand Avenue in downtown Los Angeles. The museum is designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaborati... read more

The Broad is a new contemporary art museum founded by philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad on Grand Avenue in downtown Los Angeles which opened in September of 2015. The museum is designed by Dille... read more

102 local Airbnb hosts recommend

A landmark Jewish delicatessen, Canter's sits in the middle of what is known as the Fairfax district. The Fairfax District is a 1.23-square-mile neighborhood. Historically the Fairfax District has ... read more

85 year old Deli that is open 24 hours, great sandwiches and baked goods. They bake 4 times a day. Looks funky, part of the old Jewish neighborhood. At night a big hang out for musicians, like Gu... read more

Get that ol' Kosher Deli from the past vibe here. You can literally feel the endless coffee conversations in every booth. This is a mainstay deli of Los Angeles Fairfax district. Nothing beats the ... read more



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$$$· 2121 E 7th Pl·Map·Hours·Website·

112 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Considered to be the best restaurant in the downtown area. The bone marrow, spinach gnocchetti, and cavatelli alla norcina are amazing.

Our all time favorite Downtown LA restaurant. Everything is good. Don't leave without trying the Farro Salad, Pork Belly, Roasted Bone Marrow, Burrata Pizza, Fusilli al Sugo di Manzo (base - beef r... read more

To say that you'll need a reservation for Bestia is an understatement. As one of the most talked about (and as a result, packed) restaurants in LA, securing a table months in advance is a necessity... read more


Cliff's Edge

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$$· 3626 Sunset Blvd·Map·Hours·Website·

99 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Romantic ambiance, like you are in a beautiful tree house. Delicious Italian/Mediterranean cuisine. $$$

This is a very special place. Also a gem that is well known but also kind of a surprise. You would never guess what was inside. It's like stepping into a jungle restaurant in Caribbean or in Bali o... read more


The Federal Bar

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$$· 5303 Lankershim Blvd·Map·Hours·Website·

98 local Airbnb hosts recommend

$1 oysters on Wednesdays. 2 for $30 Sunday brunch with unlimited mimosas and a live Jazz band. Awesome beer selection. Hop to it already!

They serve delicious food, live music some nights, upstairs/downstairs, they serve Bottomless Mimosas and have a great brunch menu, sometimes they open up the floor to a dance floor which is always... read more

Multiple level Bar/Lounge/Nightclub, where upstairs section only opens on the weekend including Thursdays. In an old bank building they transformed so pretty cool vibe and one of my go to spots whe... read more

97 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Delicious food, perfect drinks in a wonderfully designed space. Curried eggplant and lentils, mussels, shrimp & grits all very tasty.

Giving a nod to the original bar at this location which was the site of the Stonewall Riots in 1967 and the counterculture movement that followed. Re-opened in 2012 the eponymous restaurant and ba... read more

Full Dining as well. $5 Alcoholic Punch of the day served in a dainty glass. Dressy casual. Dim lighting and dark paint. #datenightworthy

108 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Custom coffee brewers/ organic cuisine. Walk down historical stairs from Benton. Array of coffee techniques from machine to press to Chemex... Outdoor seating and great local spot.

Some of the best coffee in Los Angeles! Stroll down to this spot in the morning for an espresso, croissant, and some great people watching!

Total coffee snobs, a bit pricey, but it is a cool scene with lots of unemployed Hipsters or Trust Fund Kids waiting for their blockbuster movie script to hit the big screen.


Katsuya Hollywood

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$$$· 6300 Hollywood Blvd·Map·Hours·Website·

96 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Occasional celebrity sightings at this upscale signature sushi & Japanese eats plus creative drinks in chic Philippe Starck-designed space.

Great restaurant for 5 star sushi and a hot spot for celebrities.

Katsuya artfully blends master sushi Chef Katsuya Uechi's fresh take on classic Japanese cuisine with the vibrant LA vibe of downtown.



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$$· 5925 Franklin Ave·Map·Hours·Website·

107 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Quick, affordable, tasty chicken in a packed and friendly atmosphere. This place is VERY popular, always bustling with noise! Order a half, a quarter, or a full chicken, with great sides and drinks!

You'll find birds Restaurant in the heart of LA's most historic district, nestling below the Hollywood sign. This place has been a Los Angeles landmark since 1994, serving great food in a unique at... read more

99 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Super Cute and low key Cafe and Coffee Shop! Walkable (2 blocks)-Get your morning coffee and frittata, or afternoon wine and snack! Great place to get some work done on your laptop with the free wifi

A very long walk north on Echo Park Avenue, but it gives you a chance to explore Elysian Heights (the northern edge of Echo Park). The coffee here is good and so is the wifi. Take the Dash bus.

Coffee, tea, pastries and trendy breakfast items like avocado toast and bone broth. Dog-friendly.



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$$$· 624 South La Brea Ave·Map·Hours·Website·

107 local Airbnb hosts recommend

105 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Osvaldo's not a huge fan but Curtis loves this as a rare treat. Unbelievable French Toast and the best thick bacon ever. You will wait for a table, and you will need to exercise a lot to atone.

This place is know for their extremely large and delicious pancakes. Black Magic Pancakes are a must have!

Best Breakfast in town, huge portions. None for their pancakes, red velvet is too sweet for me but favorite amongst most. Closes at 4 everyday, theres always a line, but weekends are the worst. ... read more

105 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Every Sunday, the farmers market has live music, little pony rides, farmers selling fruit, veggies, fresh juice, as well as vendors selling waffles, omelets, coffee & more. Locals lounge & eat on lawn

On Sundays until 1pm. Aside from the fresh vegetables and fruits, you can get prepared eggs, crepes, waffles, etc. Also live entertainment and usually horse rides for little kids.

The Sunday Main Street Farmers Market features some of California's freshest produce plus prepared foods from local Main Street restaurants as well as artisanal foods prepared with ingredients sour... read more