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Valerie's Guidebook

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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Things to do in Los Angeles

234 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


Descanso Gardens

1418 Descanso Drive·Map·Hours·Website·

81 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Beautiful park not too far away. Huge old oak tree forest with camelia trees of all kinds under the canopy. They bloom late winter, early spring. Big rose garden, streams, pond, native plant ar... read more

112 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.


Venice Beach

1500 Ocean Front Walk·Map·

326 local Airbnb hosts recommend

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


Trader Joe's -- Silverlake

$$· 2738 Hyperion Ave·Map·Hours·Website·

393 local Airbnb hosts recommend

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


Gelson's Markets

2725 Hyperion Avenue·Map·Hours·Website·

148 local Airbnb hosts recommend

More high end groceries. Good quality, more variety that Trader Joe's


Lassens Natural Foods & Vitamins

2080 Hillhurst Avenue·Map·Hours·Website·

127 local Airbnb hosts recommend

for special healthy stuff.

304 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.

358 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.


Pantages Theatre

6233 Hollywood Boulevard·Map·Website·

367 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Gorgeous old theatre. Mostly musicals.

230 local Airbnb hosts recommend

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



250 S Grand Ave·Map·Hours·Website·

311 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The place to see modern art. 2 locations.


The Broad

221 S Grand Ave·Map·

659 local Airbnb hosts recommend

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


Hollywood Bowl

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$$$· 2301 North Highland Avenue·Map·Website·

873 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

52 local Airbnb hosts recommend

In Little Tokyo. Learn about the shameful imprisonment of Japanese Americans during WW2 and other great exhibits. Lots of shops and restaurants in area.


Olvera St

Olvera St·Map·

150 local Airbnb hosts recommend

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

208 local Airbnb hosts recommend


The Getty

1200 Getty Center Drive·Map·Hours·Website·

808 local Airbnb hosts recommend

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

355 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.


J. Paul Getty Villa

$$· 17985 Pacific Coast Hwy·Map·Hours·Website·

351 local Airbnb hosts recommend

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

86 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


Mexico City

$$· 2121 Hillhurst Avenue·Map·Hours·Website·

33 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.

56 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Beautiful space to exhibit great Photography.


Geffen Playhouse

10886 Le Conte Avenue·Map·Hours·Website·

23 local Airbnb hosts recommend

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


Home Restaurant

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

97 local Airbnb hosts recommend

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



2530 Glendale Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

37 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Pharmacy, groceries, toiletries etc.

89 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.


Center Theatre Group

601 West Temple Street·Map·Hours·Website·

13 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Three theatres. The Taper, small theatre in the round. More serious dramas. Ahmanson Theatre, big, mainly musicals. Dorothy Chandler theatre, dance, opera. Casual and fine dining in the courtya... read more


Baller True Value Hardware

2505 Hyperion Ave·Map·Hours·Website·

9 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Family owned hardware store.




13 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Broadway downtown has incredible history, architecture. Old theatres, so being renovated and give tours or have special events.