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Patrick & Sidonie
We are a fun family of three who like simple things. We're relaxed, courteous and treasure the dear friends and kind people who have stayed with us. Sidonie and Patrick met at CalArts about ten yea... read more

Things to do in Los Angeles

#1

The Echo

NightclubsNightclubs
1822 West Sunset Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

209 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Arguably the best music venue in Los Angeles. http://www.theecho.com/calendar/

#2

El Prado

BarsBars
$· 1805 W Sunset Blvd·Map·Hours·Website·

107 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Feels like a wine bar in Madrid. Cozy and intimate. Great if it's not packed. They serve a small but well curated list of craft beer and wine. Bartenders sometimes spin records in between drinks.

#3

Mohawk Bend

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

233 local Airbnb hosts recommend

100 different California craft beers on rotation. Bar and restaurant. Impressive options for vegans and meat eaters alike.

#4

Origami Vinyl

1816 West Sunset Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

27 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Well curated selection of mostly new vinyl. They also have live shows inside their tiny space. Pretty rad, but good luck squeezing in!

#5

The Short Stop

BarsBars
1455 West Sunset Blvd·Map·Hours·Website·

104 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Totally hit or miss. I've had super memorable nights here and have also walked out immediately. Not really a dive bar, but smells like one sometimes. The dancing can get awesome if you're lucky.

#6

Guisados

RestaurantsRestaurants
$· 1261 West Sunset Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

160 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Kick ass tacos. Refined ingredients, carefully prepared and a welcome alternative to the taco stand taco, not to knock the more common LA staple. Several veggie options too. The sampler plate rocks.

#7

Stories

RestaurantsRestaurants
$· 1716 West Sunset Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

103 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Local book store. Great mixture of new and used. They have coffee and snacks in the back with a decent outdoor patio.

#8

Elysian Park

ParksParks
929 Academy Rd·Map·Hours·Website·

66 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Second largest park in Los Angeles. Hugely underrated. Majestic views, amazing trails for hiking and running. Spectacular nature just steps away. I know the park well and can suggest routes.

#9

Sunset Beer Company

BarsBars
1498 W Sunset Blvd, #3·Map·Hours·Website·

106 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Buy singles to drink in their seating area (functionally, a bar) or assemble a collection for the road. No corkage fees from 4 to 8 on weekdays. That's a beer in a bar for a couple bucks. Insane cool.

#10

Woodcat Coffee Bar

1532 W Sunset Blvd·Map·Hours·Website·

56 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Our favorite coffee shop in the neighborhood. Great ambience, excellent coffee, fair prices and good people. Great for both conversation with friends or knocking out laptop work.

#11

Two Boots

RestaurantsRestaurants
$$· 1818 W Sunset Blvd·Map·Hours·Website·

75 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Los Angeles makes New York style pizza. New Yorkers will be disappointed, but the rest are in bliss. Order a slice or two at the counter or get a pie delivered.

#12

Cookbook Los Angeles

1549 Echo Park Avenue·Map·Hours·Website·

101 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Tiny market with incredibly delicious high-quality produce, meats, cheeses, olive oil, freshly baked bread and some prepared foods. Just don't forget your wallet.

#13

Chango Coffee Inc

1559 Echo Park Avenue·Map·Hours·Website·

110 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Echo park cornerstone. Coffee is less expensive than at Fix. Great spot to sit outside and relax with the paper, or to look at people looking at you from their cars.

#14

Fix Coffee

RestaurantsRestaurants
$$· 2100 Echo Park Avenue·Map·Hours·Website·

142 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The closest cafe. About a two minute walk. Fix is in the process of becoming a restaurant + coffee shop, so the construction makes it a touch less inviting than it once was.

#15

Silver Lake Reservoir

1850 W Silver Lake Blvd·Map·

219 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.

#16

Mayas Tacos Market

RestaurantsRestaurants
$· 1600 North Alvarado Street·Map·Hours·Website·

12 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Best veggie burrito we can find and under 5 bucks! Great pupusas too. Make yourself like spicy if you don't already and ask for the habanero salsa. Underrated gem.

#17

Yogala Echo Park

1840 Echo Park Avenue·Map·Website·

33 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Great yoga spot with tons of different classes and friendly folks. Look out for a donation only class which is a great way to get in on the cheap.

#18

Pho 87 Restaurants

RestaurantsRestaurants
$· 1019 North Broadway·Map·Hours·

20 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Vietnamese fare. Great pho. Rough around the edges but totally unpretentious food. An alternative to the newer, hipper eateries, if you want something a little more down and dirty. Best for lunch.

#19

1642 Bar

BarsBars
1642 West Temple Street·Map·Hours·Website·

21 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Mostly locals bar slightly off the beaten path. Warm, homey and relaxed. A good escape from the action. Live saloon style piano some weekends. My buddy Karl is a bartender here & takes care of guests.

#20

Grocery Warehouse

1487 West Sunset Boulevard·Map·Hours·

14 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Tons of cheap (and sometimes really good) fruits and veggies, smelly meats you should probably avoid, awesome fresh noodles, lemongrass, amongst other odds and ends.

#21

Echo Market

1940 Echo Park Avenue·Map·Hours·

4 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Sparkling water, a lime, overpriced beer, decent bottles of wine, ketchup, toothpaste or toilet paper. Darn convenient for most emergencies. Less than a two minute walk.

#22

Blossom

RestaurantsRestaurants
$$· 4019 West Sunset Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

81 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Vietnamese fare. Great for a date. Veggie friendly and higher quality ingredients than your run-of-the-mill pho joint, if less daring. Reasonably priced. Surprisingly good wine list.

#23

Pazzo Gelateria

RestaurantsRestaurants
$· 1910 West Sunset Boulevard·Map·Hours·

5 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Great gelato in a slightly weird corporate lobby. Chocolate sorbetto is bonkers good, when they have it. My favorite sweet tooth place in the immediate area.

#24

Lucas

$$$· 1541 Echo Park Avenue·Map·

9 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Need a haircut? Appointments recommended but they have a great staff, so you'll probably be fine even if it's a last minute thing.

#25

Saito's Sushi

RestaurantsRestaurants
$$· 4339 West Sunset Boulevard·Map·Hours·

7 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Damn good sushi. Expensive, straightforward and simple. You come here for the fish, period. No dragon rolls. The ambience is stark and cold. Omakase encouraged. Ask the chef if you can buy him a beer.

#26

Dinette

RestaurantsRestaurants
$· 1606 Sunset Blvd·Map·Hours·

49 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Sleek sidewalk espresso counter with mostly baked treats. Impeccably well designed and great spot for sipping something delicious amidst the neighborhood bustle.