Michael's Guidebook

Professional tech nerd. Start-up founder from many decades ago, and still living the dream. Spending as many of my days as possible sailing and diving with my teenage son, enjoying the ocean. My... read more

Things to do in Los Angeles

912 local Airbnb hosts recommend

A walk to the pier is one of our favorite family activities. We love to walk across the parking lot, stay to the right past the DoubleTree and over to Olympic and head west (toward the big parking... read more


3rd Street Promenade

ShoppingShopping Malls
1351 3rd Street Promenade ·Map·

702 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Third street and the surrounding area of downtown Santa Monica is a must see when you are staying at our place. There are so many restaurants and shops even if you are staying for a week you will ... read more


Venice Beach

Parks & NatureBeaches
1500 Ocean Front Walk·Map·

178 local Airbnb hosts recommend

This place is amazing. You have seen Venice beach on movies and it is one of the top destinations in the world. There are street performers and artists selling their wares in the summer and on we... read more

38 local Airbnb hosts recommend

DTC is a real locals coffee spot. Just another block away, and heading toward main street this place also serves sandwiches and breakfast. This is especially handy if you are walking to Venice or... read more


The Original Pantry Cafe

Food SceneRestaurants
$$· 877 South Figueroa Street·Map·Hours·Website·

32 local Airbnb hosts recommend

This is our spot if we have a few hours to spend going to breakfast on the weekend. This is in the heart of Downtown LA, and one of the reasons we were so excited about the metro station coming to... read more

35 local Airbnb hosts recommend

This place is great fun with live music and is a very short walk (which can be handy if you plan on not driving after a long night out). This is a blues venue that has been in Santa Monica since 1... read more

33 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The galley restaurant on main street is a great place to grab a meal. The reason I am putting here in the guidebook is we go to the happy hour here and get an amazing value meal "fish and chips" ... read more

26 local Airbnb hosts recommend

This place is not walking distance, so you will need a car or take a bus up Pico (the #7 blue bus heads right up here). It is an iconic 50s style restaurant that was not just created to look like ... read more

19 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Chez Jay is a great bar/restaurant, you can bring the kids. It is very famous in LA and this is a good chance to make a celebrity sighting while enjoying an amazing meal. Check out http://www.che... read more

57 local Airbnb hosts recommend

A walk along palisades park is another family favorite. There are bluffs with stunning views of the beach, pier and ocean. You can walk the whole length of Santa Monica in this park, the neighbor... read more

12 local Airbnb hosts recommend

We love Westside Comedy club. You can often get a coupon from people handing them out on 3rd street, but even if you don't get a coupon this place is a great value for a show in Santa Monica. Eas... read more

31 local Airbnb hosts recommend

This is where we get groceries. If you have to carry much you probably want to get an uber or have a car, but it is the closest full service grocery store to us. It is half a mile away, but can b... read more

6 local Airbnb hosts recommend

If you happen to be in town on Wednesday from 8:30am to 1:00pm you are in luck! Farmers market over in the downtown area (walk along the 3rd street promenade to Arizona Ave) should not be missed. ... read more



$$· 1705 Ocean Ave·Map·Hours·Website·

2 local Airbnb hosts recommend

There are Starbucks everywhere (we will let you decide if this is a good or bad thing). There is literally 6 or 7 Starbucks withing a few blocks of our place, but this is the one we like to walk t... read more

3 local Airbnb hosts recommend

If we need to do laundry we go to Clean People. They also will pick up and drop off and do your laundry if you want. We have had great experiences with them. https://www.cplaundry.com


401 Colorado Ave

401 Colorado Ave·Map·

1 local Airbnb host recommends

The new Expo Line station is finally finished! Now Downtown LA and the rest of Southern California is a quick train ride away, without having to fight the traffic. The station is a couple minutes... read more

1 local Airbnb host recommends

The main street area is another great spot in Santa Monica filled with shops and restaurants. It stretches right over to the edge of Venice Beach, so it is a great in between if you are walking or... read more