Valerie's Guidebook

Valerie
I am a retired film editor. I grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota and lived there until I moved to New York City in the 80s where I worked on Feature Films and TV. I moved to Los Angeles in '89 for... read more
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499 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Huge outdoor amphitheatre for concerts. Go early to picnic before shows. Range of seating options for all budgets. Big screens for those in the cheap seats. Lots of food options if you don't bri... read more

#2

Griffith Park

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

345 local Airbnb hosts recommend

I love Griffith Park. Miles of trails for hiking or biking. I often go on night hikes with the Sierra Club or Los Angeles Hiking group (meetup). There is the train museum. The Observatory, The ... read more

#3

The Grove La

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

938 local Airbnb hosts recommend

stores, restaurants, movie theatre around a "town square" park with a fountain that has music and light shows. They have a trolley and pedestrian walkways.

359 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Multiplex. Good movies. Can buy beer and wine and bring it into theatres now. A restaurant and bar in lobby. The Dome is special and a piece of Hollywood History.

177 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Nice bar inside. Small indoor dining area. Big outdoor seating area under the trees. Great baked goods, coffees, teas. Big breakfast menu, good salads, sandwiches etc. You order inside, then s... read more

#6

The Getty

Arts & CultureMuseums
1200 Getty Center Drive·Map·Hours·Website·

493 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Beautiful location high above the city, views of the ocean, gardens. Nice art. I like the photography exhibits.

293 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Beautiful architecture, incredible sound for orchestra, classic, jazz etc.

#8

Little Dom's

Food SceneRestaurants
$$· 2128 Hillhurst Avenue·Map·Hours·Website·

142 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Reminds me of Italian restaurants Greenwich Village in NYC. Pretty bar area with cozy booths. Dining room is nice. Good Italian food. Can get noisy. They also have outdoor sideway seating.

257 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The museums and galleries are great. But I love the gardens of all kinds. Especially the cactus garden. Varieties from all over the world and very mature.

222 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Big Beautiful old theatre. Not a multiplex! Egyptian themed decor. Tons of legroom. And cheap! $5.50 for a senior. Bargain matinees. I walk to it from home.

224 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Gorgeous old theatre. Mostly musicals.

289 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Cool building, contemporary collection. Near MOCA, Theatres, Walt Disney Hall, Grand Park etc.

#13

J. Paul Getty Villa

Arts & CultureMuseums
$$· 17985 Pacific Coast Hwy·Map·Hours·Website·

265 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Like being in an ancient Greek Villa. Beautiful setting high above the ocean.

#14

Musso & Frank

Food SceneRestaurants
$$· 6667 Hollywood Blvd·Map·Hours·Website·

75 local Airbnb hosts recommend

More for the history and decor of old Hollywood than the food which is a bit pricey.

#15

Home Restaurant

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

67 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Nice outdoor courtyard under the trees. Good breakfasts, salads, comfort food.

#16

Venice Beach

Parks & NatureBeaches
1500 Ocean Front Walk·Map·

178 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The beach and walking/bike trails plus the scene. Street performers, muscle beach, people selling crafts etc.

101 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Pretty town on the bluffs above the ocean. White sand beach with walking and biking trails that go on for miles to the North and the South.

94 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Beautiful old hollywood theatre. Disney movies and some live shows before certain movies.

130 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Oldest street in L.A. Great museums, food, shopping.

57 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Tri-plex with small theatres. But Independently owned along with Vista Theatre. And also much cheaper that big multi-plexes. And I walk there from home. Fun places to eat all along Hillhurst i... read more

107 local Airbnb hosts recommend

#22

MOCA

Arts & CultureMuseums
250 S Grand Ave·Map·Hours·Website·

71 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The place to see modern art. 2 locations.

45 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Historical building, great revival movie theatre.

224 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Reasonably priced groceries, spirits etc. My main place to shop besides the farmers markets.

#25

Mexico City

Food SceneRestaurants
$$· 2121 Hillhurst Avenue·Map·Hours·

23 local Airbnb hosts recommend

I like the big old booths, 50's style decor with Mexican influence. Cool bar. Strong drinks. My favorite Mexican food. More variety than most and good mole.

129 local Airbnb hosts recommend

50 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The Lake is actually a reservoir that is empty. They plan to make it more natural with water and plants. But there is a walking/running path around it. It's in a nice neighborhood. There is a do... read more

#28

Geffen Playhouse

Everything Else
10886 Le Conte Avenue·Map·Hours·Website·

20 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Medium size theatre, good plays. In the Westwood area near UCLA.

17 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Many Ethiopian shops, restaurants.

18 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Hollywood Blvd and Sunset Blvd East of my house. Lots of Thai massage parlors, restaurants, shops.