Carolyn's Guidebook

Hello! I'm Carolyn, and I'm born and raised in Los Angeles. I work as a part-time public school teacher and as an Airbnb host. I love hosting, and I especially enjoy making people feel comforta... read more
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Things to do in Los Angeles


Hollywood Wigs

6530 Hollywood Blvd·Map·Hours·Website·

471 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Check out views of the landmark Hollywood Sign from my front steps...and drive or hike in Griffith Park for a closer view!

275 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Everyone's favorite coffee spot in Sunset Junction. Usually a long line but service is fast. Cute outdoor area.


Griffith Park

Parks & NatureParks
4730 Crystal Springs Drive·Map·Hours·Website·

345 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Huge, beautiful, and full of great trails with awesome views.



Food SceneBakeries
$$· 1929 Hillhurst Avenue·Map·Hours·Website·

177 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Great food and wonderful baked goods! Lovely outdoor seating. Gets crowded on weekends but worth the trip.



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.

222 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Beautiful Old Hollywood theater screening first-run movies.

97 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The Black Cat is the site of the US's first organized LGBT protest against police prosecution, in 1967. Full menu, nice wine list, fun cocktails.


Echo Park Lake

Parks & NatureParks
751 Echo Park Avenue·Map·

220 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Beautiful sanctuary just minutes from Downtown Los Angeles. Rent a paddle boat, enjoy the lotuses, and commune with the squirrels!


Fred 62

Food SceneRestaurants
$· 1850 North Vermont Avenue·Map·Hours·Website·

88 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Great retro diner with fabulous food and (sometimes) excellent service.


Figaro Bistrot

Food SceneRestaurants
$$· 1802 North Vermont Avenue·Map·Hours·Website·

89 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Love the restaurant, love the cafe too. Nice pastries and old-world charm.


Home Restaurant

Food SceneRestaurants
$$· 1760 Hillhurst Avenue·Map·Hours·Website·

67 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Lovely garden seating and fabulous food across the menu. Can't miss!

189 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Downtown LA is just a short drive away! Check out the beautiful Central Library and Grand Park. If you're up for the bustle, shop in the Fashion District!


Cafe Tropical

Food SceneBakeries
$· 2900 Sunset Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

58 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Cuban baked goods & sandwiches. Go for the guava cheese pie and cafe con leche. Sandwiches: great. Other baked goods: so-so. Cute and reasonably priced, a must-go for Silver Lake fans.

43 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Very dependable food, cute modern style.


The Kitchen

Food SceneRestaurants
$$· 4348 Fountain Avenue·Map·Hours·Website·

42 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Cute place, great menu! Open til midnight most nights.


Skylight Books

1818 North Vermont Avenue·Map·Hours·Website·

77 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Pleasant independent bookstore; great for browsing.



Food SceneRestaurants
$$· 4326 Sunset Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

40 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Excellent Mexican food in a hip, slightly noisy ambiance with outdoor seating and cool bar area.



Food SceneRestaurants
$$· 1978 Hillhurst Avenue·Map·Hours·Website·

33 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Best Italian cuisine in the area, and a lovely wine selection. An Eastside institution. Love it!

34 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Fish, shrimp, and potato tacos: cheap and delicious! Cute patio too. Service is fast and usually pretty friendly. House Salsa is fabulous!



Food SceneRestaurants
$· 3143 Glendale Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

28 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Oh the falafels! The best in the hood...lovely little place in the heart of Atwater Village. GO!


Trader Joe's

EssentialsGrocery Stores
$$· 2738 Hyperion Avenue·Map·Hours·Website·

224 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Basic and specialty groceries, wide variety of wines, great prices on everything.


Casita Del Campo

Food SceneRestaurants
$$· 1920 Hyperion Avenue·Map·Hours·Website·

25 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Great traditional Mexican food in a restaurant that's big but feels cozy.

24 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Excellent homemade pastries, both sweet and savory. This place really cares about quality. I like the little patio too.



Food SceneRestaurants
$· 1958 Hillhurst Avenue·Map·Hours·Website·

19 local Airbnb hosts recommend

YAY! Fabulous pizza, cool, cozy environment and friendly folks.


Spitz - Los Feliz

Food SceneRestaurants
$· 1725 Hillhurst Avenue·Map·Hours·Website·

17 local Airbnb hosts recommend

LOVE this place. Mediterranean wrap sandwiches & craft beer. The french fries are TOPS. Friendly relaxed ambiance.


Soap Plant / Wacko

4633 Hollywood Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

47 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Unusual gifts and art, as well as greeting cards and souvenirs.

9 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Excellent Indian cuisine, pleasant atmosphere, in the corner of a small shopping area.



EssentialsGrocery Stores
4520 Sunset Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

69 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Major supermarket with everything you need, and open 24 hours!


My Vegan Gold

Food SceneRestaurants
4319 Sunset Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

7 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Lovely Thai vegan food in a pristine little restaurant. Delicious! Everything's so fresh, and service is super friendly.

36 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Great casual ambiance and nice variety of beverages. Outdoor seating made from upcycled skateboards!