Victoria's Guidebook

Victoria
Hi! I'm Victoria, an indie filmmaker and musician/performer working on a self-financed rock musical with my partner Mark, who also lives with me part of the week, when he's not flying with the airl... read more

Things to do in Los Angeles

#1

Hollywood Wigs

ShoppingStores
6530 Hollywood Blvd·Map·Hours·Website·

471 local Airbnb hosts recommend

There are hiking trails that you can also bike to that lead you just under this iconic landmark in Griffith Park. Search online.

989 local Airbnb hosts recommend

LA's truly world class museums are housed in this complex. Take in the modern art in the Anderson bldg, and the permanent collection, but don't neglect the Japanese Pavillion with it's nautilus design

275 local Airbnb hosts recommend

THE coffee shop of the moment. Nestled in the heart of Sunset junction, free Wifi. Don't miss the cheese shop nextdoor.

1307 local Airbnb hosts recommend

This remodeled Observatory long hosted Laserium Lightshows. Now there's a Jules Verne theme and a host of cool, nerdy, kid-friendly exhibits. Check out the park while you're here. And the views!!

222 local Airbnb hosts recommend

This 1920's old-school movie house is an architectural gem. Constructed on the site where DW Griffith filmed Intolerance, pieces of the Babylonian set were unearthed in the 90s out back! First run.

#6

The Echo

Drinks & NightlifeNightclubs
1822 West Sunset Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

131 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The best in local and touring bands and the friendliest bouncers at this local dive-bar nightclub. Cheap cover charge and drinks, smoking patio, Free on Mondays when there's residencies.

127 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Popular Italian Bistro fare w bakery items. Specializing in pasta, deep dish and thin crust pizzas named after local streets. The bread pudding is famously made from 3 flavored croissants and custard.

#8

Silver Lake Reservoir

Parks & NatureParks
1850 W Silver Lake Blvd·Map·

154 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Another popular walking trail for joggers, bicyclists and walkers, this 3 mile circuit has new trails and a park w a nice patch of grass.

#9

Silver Lake Ramen

Food SceneRestaurants
$· 2927 West Sunset Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

113 local Airbnb hosts recommend

There's usually a line for this place, and you'll understand why. Great prices and decent sushi!

#10

The Thirsty Crow

Drinks & NightlifeBars
$· 2939 West Sunset Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

113 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Theme bar that specializes in whiskey and scotch. Across from Silver Lake Lounge so have a drink here before you see a band.

#11

L & E Oyster Bar

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

117 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Really fresh fare. Try the Daily Dozen for around $20. Fills up quickly as soon as it opens. The upstairs bar has a smaller menu than the main space downstairs, but great ambiance and you can get in!

#12

Amoeba Music

ShoppingStores
$· 6400 West Sunset Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

148 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The granddaddy of record stores. Inescapable. Wednesdays and Thursdays they have free in-store appearances by rock artists. Upstairs is a treasure trove of movies. New and used vinyl, tees, CDs, DVDs.

#13

Canter's

Food SceneRestaurants
$$· 419 North Fairfax Avenue·Map·Hours·Website·

102 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Another Hollywood institution, this Jewish deli has everything a diner could offer, and a decent bakery for later. I like the Downtowner, a Pastrami and Swiss on Rye w Russian dressing and sauerkraut.

92 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Tues and Sat for fresh veggies, fruit, specialty prepared foods and flea market finds.

608 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The best people watching, shopping and bike trail all in the same dozen blocks. The newly built skate park is free, popular w Dog Town, Z-Boy types. Bring your swim suit, stay till after 7pm traffic.

89 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Inventive Thai 'foodie' fare w truly adventurous ingredients not for the squeamish. The buzz centers on blood soups and non-foodie-friendly fried chicken.

86 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The locals love this place because it's part liquor store, part pub. You can order craft beers here you'll never see anywhere else, and sip it in the lounge. Order pizza from LA Pizza next door.

85 local Airbnb hosts recommend

THE place to grab breakfast, this venerable institution has been here forever. Newly hipsterized, with a good brunch-y vibe. Start your Echo Park crawl here, and work your way south.

70 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Larger touring rock bands will gig here when they're too popular to play clubs. This 1920's Deco Theatre is an architectural gem. Expensive drinks but decent sound. Grab seats on the floor. Search

#20

Red Lion Tavern

Drinks & NightlifeBars
$$· 2366 Glendale Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

75 local Airbnb hosts recommend

We love the selection of German food, draft beer, the upstairs patio for smokers, and the cool waitresses in Tyrolean garb. You can't go wrong w the Chicken Schnitzel or sausages.

72 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Downstairs from the Echo, this venue hosts larger crowds for bigger drawing acts. Wed night is Dub Club, popular w the locals. Live music venue good sightlines and sound. Sun afternoons free gigs.

66 local Airbnb hosts recommend

If you're looking for old-school French cuisine, this prix-fixe institution features 6-course meals presented by professionals for around $35-40 per dinner. Some of the rooms in back host rock gigs.

#23

Umami Burger

Food SceneRestaurants
$$· 4655 Hollywood Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

62 local Airbnb hosts recommend

If you're going to eat a burger in LA, this is one of the great slabs. A combo incl. house made fries, grass-fed burger w foodie toppings selection and craft beer runs $21, and worth it. Next to Wacko

156 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The permanent collection alone is worth the price of admission, but don't forget to check out the gift shop! Search online for the rotating exhibit, and the sister museum in Little Tokyo 10 bks east.

56 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Vietnamese food is the new Thai. While you're here, check out Rockaway Records across the street.

#26

Two Boots

Food SceneRestaurants
$$· 1818 W Sunset Blvd·Map·Hours·Website·

54 local Airbnb hosts recommend

This pizza joint offers New Orleans-style Italian with specialty toppings like Andouille sausage. Expect a spicier pizza. Next door to the Echo, so go to both, or just order from the bar- delivered.

52 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Another great live music venue for slightly larger acts touring. Still intimate but very classy, good sightlines.

50 local Airbnb hosts recommend

This Chinese-Tiki theme bar has great ambiance and strong drinks. DJs help it swing every night of the week. Next door to the Vista Theater so catch a movie while you're here.

47 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Formerly Spaceland, the now legendary live music venue where everyone who's anyone wants to play. Also free on Mondays, as are all the Silver Lake-Echo Park live music venues. Open 7 days always good.

#30

Gold Room

Drinks & NightlifeBars
$· 1558 West Sunset Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

45 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Looking for cheap, strong drinks? This local Mexican dive bar has recently been taken over by hipsters. LED lighting and mirrored walls- ASK for the free tacos when you order drinks. Yes, free.