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Things to do in Los Angeles


Griffith Park

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

345 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Tons of trails, both flat and steep and picnic areas with tables. Not the most stunning park in terms of nature, but definitely worth it and the views are incredible if you walk up to the observato... read more


The Grove

ShoppingShopping Malls
$$· 189 The Grove Dr·Map·Hours·Website·

938 local Airbnb hosts recommend

One of the largest shopping complexes in LA, with everything from multiscreen imax theater, to Nordstroms and Barnes and Noble, to the famous farmers market (open daily) and over 80 places to eat.

1307 local Airbnb hosts recommend

A real architectural gem with spectacular views. This is where they filmed Jimmy Dean in the knife fight in Rebel Without a Cause. The observatory itself has a great planetarium show (tickets only ... read more

167 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Real West hollywood hotspot, that used to be a Hardware store, now converted to in to one of LA's best Bars and restaurants. Young crowd and excellent food. Also now do brunch.



Food SceneRestaurants
$$· 7205 Santa Monica Blvd·Map·Hours·Website·

91 local Airbnb hosts recommend

An LA classic. mid priced, but very good food and drinks in a loud and buzzy, classy diner-meets divebar meets rock and roll restaurant. Serve food until late and also deliver.

60 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Some of the best coffe in LA, perfect for aficionados but yet still a laidback and unpretentious atmosphere.

72 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Great British-Style Gastro Pub with busy atmosphere and superb, hearty menu.



Food SceneRestaurants
$$· 945 N Fairfax Ave·Map·Hours·Website·

36 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Beautiful new eatery and bar from the founders of Laurel Hardware. Pricey but beautiful atmosphere and decor.

37 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Rustic vintage style cocktail den that is open all day until late. Gets busy at night so grab a stool, table or booth early. Food is OK, nothing great but the cocktail are very good and reasonably ... read more


The Fat Dog

Drinks & NightlifeBars
$$· 801 N Fairfax Ave·Map·Hours·Website·

32 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Casual and well priced (especially happy hour) local eatery and bar. Nothing super special, just good bites and indoor/outdoor seating.


Whole Foods Market

EssentialsGrocery Stores
$$$· 7871 Santa Monica Blvd·Map·Hours·Website·

235 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Large Organic, natural and gourmet grocery store, food market and deli. Expensive but good quality.

25 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Artisan and fun pizza restaurant that only uses wood to cook all the stone oven pizzas. Really interesting menu that changes daily and this is walking distance. Also do take out in 15 mins.


Harlowe Bar

Drinks & NightlifeBars
$$· 7321 Santa Monica Blvd·Map·Hours·Website·

19 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Hidden but really well done vintage inspired bar/speakeasy with really unusual cocktails. Very cute inside usually quiet but gets really busy on Fri+Sat. They open at 5pm and go until late....


Trois Mec

Food SceneRestaurants
$$$$· 716 N Highland Ave·Map·Hours·Website·

15 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Ludo Lefebvre (he of top chef fame) acclaimed and highly rated restaurant with exquisite but fairly expensive food that is always inventive.



Food SceneRestaurants
$$· 7469 Melrose Ave·Map·Website·

16 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Upscale yet cozy restaurant with an incredible wine list and live jazz most evenings. Has a little balcony overlooking Melrose ave or a cute private patio out back.



Food SceneRestaurants
$$$· 7465 Melrose Ave·Map·

12 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Cute outdoor seating restaurant serving tapas style dishes. Have to walk through a grilled cheese cafe to get to it but otherwise charming.


Maison Richard

Food SceneRestaurants
$$· 707 N Stanley Ave·Map·Website·

9 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Cute French neighborhood cafe and patisserie serving breakfast lunch and dinner. Real french pastries and the deserts are incredible.



Food SceneRestaurants
$$$· 7661 Melrose Ave·Map·Hours·Website·

6 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Brand new High end cafe/restaurant that mainly focusses on meat dishes. Apparently very good food but not cheap. 90 seconds walk from the house and is next door to their new sister Vegetarian resta... read more

16 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The hotspot in LA for the cool designers; Isabel Marant, Bottega Veneta, Monique Lhuillier, The Row, The Line, Oscar De La Renta, Anya Hyndmarch (coming in Nov 2016), Diesel, Moon Juice, Alfred Co... read more



Food SceneRestaurants
$$$· 7505 Melrose Ave·Map·Hours·Website·

4 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Really great dinner spot with both indoor and outdoor seating, right on melrose. The food is great as is the wine and cocktail list. Serve brunch but it seems the food suits dinner better and the a... read more

2 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Brand new, high end vegetarian restaurant in a chic setting. Food is expensive but good. Less than 90 seconds walk from the house! Their sister restaurant Wolf - (for the Meatasaurus) is right next... read more

10 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The hollywood sign! You can't actually get right to the letters, but you can go just above and below them and the views are fantastic. Please note, you now cannot drive up there on the Sat or Sun a... read more



EssentialsConvenience Stores
$· 7609 California State Route 2·Map·Hours·Website·

2 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Basic, but open 24 hours and has a little of everything.

3 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Fantastic independent Wine shop curating wines fro all over the world at all price points. tastings held here weekly!



$$· 7624 Melrose Ave·Map·Hours·Website·

60 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Nothing new here but less than two minutes walk ;)