Jani's Guidebook

Jani
My husband Chris and I are avid travelers, foodies, and nature geeks - living out in sunny Los Angeles. I’m a Northern California native, UCLA grad and he grew up out in Georgia, and is a UGA grad.... read more
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364 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Ongoing farmer's market at the Grove, which is a popular upscale shopping destination in LA. HUGE variety of merchants, and especially beautiful during the holidays! Check out Moruno next door f... read more

#2

Perch

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$$$· 448 S Hill St·Map·Hours·Website·

267 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Favorite rooftop bar for the chill vibes and live music on weekends. Make a reservation for dinner as it books up quickly, or arrive before 10/11 PM to avoid the crazy lines up top. Great drinks ... read more

1307 local Airbnb hosts recommend

For those who love astronomy - there is an astronomy museum with a working telescope up top as well as shows throughout the day. Beautiful views of LA, especially at night.

804 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Go and see a real movie lot! Along with its multitude of riveting rides and worlds (favorites include Harry Potter World where you must try some butterbeer and Jurassic Park ride if you don't mind... read more

401 local Airbnb hosts recommend

This whole street has amazing vintage and hipster shops - filled with great cafes and coffee shops. A little on the pricier end, but so close to Venice Beach and great for some people watching as w... read more

257 local Airbnb hosts recommend

An incredible display of art and botanical gardens that is simply a magical paradise within Pasadena. A bit of a drive out but you can spend the rest of the day exploring Old-Town Pasadena and it's... read more

146 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Iconic LA nightlife! Waterbeds, LA nightly skyline, biergarten, rooftop pool - come early to avoid the crowd and take in the Los Angeles nightlife scene

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

289 local Airbnb hosts recommend

An amazing relatively new contemporary art museum to hit LA's extensive museum scene - you can make reservations for free online avoid waiting sometimes what could be more than an hour on popular d... read more

#10

Republique

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

107 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Beautiful architectural French fusion - Kimchi fried rice and delicious brunch options. This used to be Charlie Chaplin's old office!

108 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Most beautiful restaurant view in all of LA! Go at sunset and you can explore the gardens as well. They filmed scenes from Memoirs of a Geisha here - there's literally a beautiful Japanese garden... read more

60 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Classic drinks in a classic speakeasy - can be found behind Cole's Sandwiches. Typically there is a wait unless you go earlier or on a weekday. Perfect ambience for dates or small groups. Fun fact... read more

42 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Best sushi quality for the price point - still higher end but the quality of the fish is equivalent to the $100 per head restaurants. Get the Nozawa if you have an appetite - the hand rolls especia... read more

#14

Leo's Tacos Truck

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$· 1515 South La Brea Ave·Map·Hours·Website·

21 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Our favorite late night grub - the best street tacos in LA! Make sure you try the al pastor and don't be intimidated by the long lines - it goes fast!

35 local Airbnb hosts recommend

AMAZING 4 story dance club/bar that was renovated and opened recently - you can wander through a Gothic Bar, Live Swing Dancing and live music (over the weekends) and even find your way over to a h... read more

#16

Picca

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$$· 9575 Pico Blvd·Map·

17 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Peruvian/Japanese fusion - the drinks are fantastic and every dish is a flavorful mixture of traditional cuisines. On the more upscale end.

12 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Reservations required! Vietnamese fusion restaurant and yet to try one dish here that is subpar. The chili crab burger is the standout, amongst the Shaking Beef and Vietnamese Crepe. Small, ador... read more

53 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Korean spa - my go to for a relaxing time! As featured on the Conan O'Brien show - get a scrub and have your skin feel cleaner than it's ever been. Super affordable massages as well. Open 24 hour... read more

5 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Delicious meat dishes in a hip new area of Culver City! Show up between 5:30 - 6:30 PM everyday for $5 beers/old fashioneds and all-you-can-eat charcuterie! The Chicken Matcha Mousse is unreal.

#20

Destroyer

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$$· 3578 Hayden Ave·Map·Hours·Website·

4 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Incredible artistic culinary explorations on lunch meals - the meals they craft look like masterpieces on your plate but are equally bursting with flavor and a great quick place to stop in for lunc... read more

4 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The most authentic mom and pop Korean food restaurant! Go early to avoid long wait times for both lunch and dinner - the Galbi Jjim (braised short rib) and the Mackerel are the two big winners her... read more

#22

Shabuya

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3986 Wilshire Blvd·Map·Hours·Website·

3 local Airbnb hosts recommend

All you can eat Shabu Shabu! Make a reservation for dinner as it can get crowded, but unlimited meats, super fresh seafood, vegetables and delicious broth options.

1208 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Not much to add except that it's pretty much the most magical place on Earth :) We spent many date nights here as a couple and even got engaged here, so if you plan on going, PLEASE let us know and... read more

1 local Airbnb host recommends

One of my favorite short hikes in LA - steep but quick ascent leading to stunning oceanside views of the entire Santa Monica beach and Malibu. Usually not too crowded either which is a plus!

#25

Old Lightning

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2905 Washington Blvd·Map·Website·

3 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Really cool new speakeasy that opened up on the west side - the most insane collection of cocktails that we've seen and they take your phones during the entire time you're there so you can focus on... read more