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Victoria's Guidebook

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


The Echo

1822 West Sunset Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

216 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.

60 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Formerly all salsa all the time, this is a recently re-branded hipster hotspot offers multiple staging areas upstairs and down. Bands and D.J.s. Great for a live music pubcrawl.



1631 Sunset Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

158 local Airbnb hosts recommend

A truly vast selection of beautiful health foods and an impressive deli section of in-house prepped dishes. Really great teas and suppliments.


The Wiltern

3790 Wilshire Boulevard·Map·Website·

113 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


El Rey Theatre

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$$· 5515 Wilshire Boulevard·Map·

80 local Airbnb hosts recommend

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


Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea

$$· 3922 West Sunset Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

414 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.


Night + Market Song

$$· 3322 Sunset Blvd·Map·Hours·Website·

117 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.



$· 727 N Broadway, Los Angeles·Map·Hours·Website·

34 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Next door to Wing Hop, Roy Choi's food trucks gave birth to this brick n mortar specializing in Korean-Mexican fusion he invented. Mainly features bowls of rice w fresh ingredients in new combintions.


El Chavo Restaurant

$$· 4441 West Sunset Boulevard·Map·

51 local Airbnb hosts recommend

A favorite Mexican destination, this venerable establishment is like entering a black-light chill zone in a fever dream. Great margaritas and Chile Verde- simmered pork carnitas in a green sauce.


Umami Burger

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

87 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

111 local Airbnb hosts recommend

A favorite walk circumnavigates one of the more scenic lakes w stunning skyline views behind a picture-perfect fountain. Free Wifi, great coffee, snacks in the boathouse, rent paddleboats, take photos


Silver Lake Reservoir

1850 W Silver Lake Blvd·Map·

238 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.

157 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.


Two Boots

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

76 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.


Hop Louie

$· 950 Mei Ling Way·Map·Website·

11 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Since you're in Chinatown, stop in here for a drink. It's old-school and full of local hipsters, and artists. Do Not eat in the restaurant upstairs.


Gold Room

$· 1558 West Sunset Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

46 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.

6 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Chinese patent medicines, imports, Chinese made garments, light stands, furnishings, specialty snacks & teas and bulk herbs. Often great liquor specials in limited edition packages great for gifting.

86 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.


Cheese Store of Silver Lake

3926 West Sunset Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

45 local Airbnb hosts recommend

A dizzying selection of fine dairy, this artisanal shoppe offers free samples and often has a table with samples waiting for you to test their featured cheese.


Silverlake Lounge

2906 West Sunset Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

50 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Another great local divebar with nightly bands that we love for the prices and quality entertainment. Mondays are free and have monthly bands in residence, BRMC played every Wednesday for 1 1/2 years.

4 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Rated one of the top vintage stores in the country, this shop is Curated with high-end Red Carpet and movie-star-owned cast offs. Bring a deep wallet and prepare to treasure hunt.



4633 Hollywood Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

60 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Not to be missed! This combo art gallery-bookstore-toystore-giftshop-social hub hangout is at the top of our list for cool shopping and people watching. 1st Friday openings and readings, search online


Senor Fish

$$· 1701 West Sunset Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

18 local Airbnb hosts recommend

A great seafood Mexican restaurant with good selection of local fresh fish dishes and craft beers. Try Happy Hour before 6 for deals.


Rite Aid Pharmacy

$$· 1433 Glendale Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

17 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The best deals on beer, liquor in the area! Also some great personal care and cosmetic items at low prices.


El 7 Mares Restaurant

$$· 3914 Whittier Boulevard·Map·Hours·

3 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Cheap spot for lunch, this open air stand does authentic Mexican Fish tacos like you'll find in Ensenada. We love the #1 combo: 2 fish tacos, chips and a drink. Try the Jamaica, a hibiscus flower tea.

2 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The other 'greatest vintage' shop in LA, Curated w finds from the entertainment industry's shopaholics, Oscar dresses, and red carpet finds. Not for bargain hunters.


Original Tommy's

$· 2575 Beverly Blvd·Map·Hours·Website·

18 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The other suggestion for burgers is this 1960s institution. Every burger comes sluiced with their amazing chili, making it a chili burger without asking. Burger, Chili fries, and a fountain drink +$10



1154 Glendale Blvd·Map·

13 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.

20 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Cafeteria style Indian food is vegan and under $10.

1 local Airbnb host recommends

Chinatown's premier art gallery on a hipster-approved walking strip deep in old Chinatown, where you'll love the shopping. Openings Saturdays when the whole strip swings- search online for shows.