Randy's Guidebook

Randy
I am single and very easy going. I love music, particularly "world music", read The NY Times and The Atlantic regularly, and am having fun with Netflix. I am (or at least was) a great world travele... read more

Things to do in Los Angeles

989 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The largest art museum in the western United States holding more than 100,000 works from ancient times to the present. In addition to art exhibits, the museum features film and concert series.

202 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Just wanted you to see how close. Easy access by bus.

912 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Ferris wheel, roller coaster, cotton candy, touch-pool aquarium, and all of it hanging over the Pacific Ocean. What could be better? How about free weekend concerts all summer long? Ride a bike there!

117 local Airbnb hosts recommend

People drive across the country and then stand in line around the block for a hot dog at Pink's. In business since 1939. You name it, they put it on a hot dog. Watch out for celebrities. No kidding.

102 local Airbnb hosts recommend

An LA institution since 1931. Canter's has sold over: 2 Million Pounds of Lox 10 Million Pounds of Corned Beef 7 Million Pounds of Pastrami 10 Million Matzo Balls 24 Million Bowls of Chick Soup

95 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Seasonally-rotating 36 craft beers on tap, esoteric small-producer wines, micro-distilled spirits. Can't choose a beer? Try the sampler to taste many. Hungry? The Office Burger or Organic Beet Salad.

#7

The Ivy

Food SceneRestaurants
$$$· 113 N Robertson Blvd·Map·Hours·Website·

89 local Airbnb hosts recommend

If money is no object and you want a patio brunch while sitting next to (or perhaps between) Kim Kardashian and Lindsay Lohan, then The Ivy is IT. Pancakes with blueberries? $21.75 Lobster Hash? $35.

71 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Not in my immediate neighborhood, but individual, gourmet pizzas unlike anything else on the planet. Incredibly, indescribably delicious. Reservations in advance a must. To die for. Ask me for a menu.

70 local Airbnb hosts recommend

My favorite Art Deco (palace) theater in the city. Invent a reason to attend a concert here. You will think you have died and gone to Heaven. As glorious now as in 1931. Heaven. Pure Heaven.

#10

Skybar

Drinks & NightlifeBars
$$$$· 8440 Sunset Blvd·Map·Hours·Website·

58 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Boasting some of the finest views of Los Angeles, Skybar is an open air, ivy-covered pavilion perched above the pool atop the Mondrian Hotel. The hottest nightlife in LA since the day it opened.

422 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.

#12

Barney's Beanery

Food SceneRestaurants
$$· 8447 Santa Monica Blvd·Map·Hours·Website·

42 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Where else can you sit and have a beer where The Doors' Jim Morrison urinated on the bar? Where Janis Joplin had drinks the night of her death? Clara Bow? Errol Flynn? Judy Garland? All regulars.

#13

Il Pastaio

Food SceneRestaurants
$$$· 400 N Canon Dr·Map·Hours·Website·

33 local Airbnb hosts recommend

My favorite (Northern) Italian restaurant in the city and in the heart of Beverly Hills. No reservations, so go early. Free parking across the street. Not cheap, nor terribly pricey. Homemade pasta.

95 local Airbnb hosts recommend

A science nirvana for big and small. All hands-on and all kinds of science. Biomes galore. Giant aquarium. Get close to bugs, lizards, spiders and IMAX Theater. Natural History Museum too. Dinosaurs!

97 local Airbnb hosts recommend

20 complete dinosaurs and ancient sea creatures! Mummies! The Spider Pavillion! Insect Zoo! African mammals! The Story of Mammals! Rare gems and minerals! 35 million artifacts. Endless. All ages..

67 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Soul food and another LA institution. Drink a sunrise (fresh-squeezed orange juice and lemonade). And of course order their (southern-fried) chicken and waffles.

23 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Completely frills free and on a terribly ugly stretch of Pico Blvd. But heavenly "Nuevo-Mexican" food. Shrimp or mahi mahi tacos. Fresh grilled vegetables. Open-faced burritos and mango cheescake.

27 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Deco nightclub/supperclub LA institution since 1937 has featured Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, through Ben Harper (went to his debut record-release party there), Macy Gray and The Wallflowers.

22 local Airbnb hosts recommend

A dining legend for 75 years in the heart of "Restaurant Row." Classic elegance, exquisite service and a bill to match. Still the best prime rib in the city, Lawry's is an event. Yorkshire pudding!

#20

The Stinking Rose

Food SceneRestaurants
$$· 55 N La Cienega Blvd·Map·Hours·Website·

21 local Airbnb hosts recommend

In the beginning, there was garlic. And God separated the garlic into cloves. And he saw it was good. So God took the garlic and created The Stinking Rose for people to enjoy. He called it Heaven. $$$

#21

Versailles

Food SceneRestaurants
$$· 1415 S La Cienega Blvd·Map·Hours·Website·

19 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Terrific Cuban Restaurant. Highly recommend the roast pork (soaked in garlic) with fried bananas and mixed beans and rice. Roast chicken is also great as is their ox tail.

33 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Newly renovated 317 seat Art Deco theatre: Wide range of productions, including co-productions with other Los Angeles theatre companies, special events, world premieres of new plays and musicals. Go!

#23

Culver City

Everything Else
8817 Washington Blvd·Map·Website·

19 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Light rail and subways in Los Angeles? Who knew? Two-minute bus ride down Roberson and Presto! Easy access to USC, Downtown, Hollywood, San Fernando & San Gabriel Valleys. Long Beach even. Who knew?

17 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The Ballona Creek Bike Path ends here, but you can ride the beach bike paths north: Venice, Santa Monica, Pac. Pallisades or south: Hermosa and Redondo Beaches, Palos Verdes Peninsula (and back).

#25

Nic's

Drinks & NightlifeBars
$$$· 453 N Canon Dr·Map·Website·

16 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Extremely pricey bar/restaurant, but go to happy hour for whatever delectable cocktail-of-the-day they concoct. Scrumptious bar snacks too. The "Vodbox": An entire room chilled to 28 F. Full of vodka.

15 local Airbnb hosts recommend

My favorite Mediterranean restaurant. Stuffed grape leaves. Great kabobs, schwarma. I recommend the vegetarian sampler plate. Scrumptious and very healthy. Extremely healthy. Outdoor garden patio.

15 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Super-cool concert hall/comedy club and small bar in restored, historic (1947) Coronet Theater. Sarah Silverman, Fiona Apple, Grant-Lee Phillips, Aimee Mann, and Eddie Izzard performed recently.

36 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Dedicated to researching the tar pits and displaying specimens from the animals that died there. Mammoths, saber-tooth cats, etc. Fun! The Tar Pits are now a registered National Natural Landmark.

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Our local "greasy spoon" is much more than that. In addition to the usuals, they serve an eclectic mix of foods. Very popular "hole in the wall". If you go at peak hours (breakfast), it will be busy.

38 local Airbnb hosts recommend

An easy 10-minute ride from my house takes you to the Ballona Creek Bike Path. Six more miles to the beach! Head north through Venice to the Santa Monica Pier or south to Hermosa and Redondo Beaches.