Samuel's Guidebook

I am a life-long California native with knowledge of the areas in and around Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, the Central Coast, and all of our beautiful mountains, deserts, and national park... read more

Things to do in Los Angeles

856 local Airbnb hosts recommend

This is my "church" every Sunday! A giant park with hiking trails ranging from easy to intense and you can hike with your dog off leash! Best of all? You can walk there from our house! (Note it is ... read more

499 local Airbnb hosts recommend

If you come to Hollywood during the summer, you MUST try and take in a show here. A unique venue that seats 18,000 people, It's just an incredible experience and within walking distance of us! It's... read more

364 local Airbnb hosts recommend

This is a different kind of farmers market...a permanent one that is open every day of the week with every kind of food imaginable (including a Cajun/Creole counter that is really authentic). Gets ... read more

989 local Airbnb hosts recommend

You know those famous lamp posts on Wilshire Boulevard you always see in photographs? This is where they are. LACMA always has interesting exhibits and is closer to us than the Getty Center or muse... read more

529 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Both an historic landmark AND a functioning modern space to take in some great first-run moves, this is where you will find hand and foot prints from stars since the Golden Age. Even R2D2 and C3PO!... read more


Griffith Park

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

345 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The largest urban park in the USA. Contains the iconic Griffith Observatory, which is worth a visit, endless hiking trails with 360 degree views of the city, and of course, the Hollywood Sign.



Food SceneRestaurants
$$$· 448 South Hill Street·Map·Hours·Website·

267 local Airbnb hosts recommend

A French style rooftop bar with a relaxed atmosphere and amazing views of the Downtown L.A. skyline. Take the Metro from Vine St. to downtown and exit Pershing Square Station. It's right across the... read more


The Grove

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

938 local Airbnb hosts recommend

A very colorful and picturesque outdoor shopping mall near CBS studios. One of my favorite spots to shop when I have to. And, it's right next to the permanent Farmer's Market at Third and Fairfax. ... read more

1307 local Airbnb hosts recommend

A unique and educational experience in Griffith Park. A quick drive from our place, it offers great views of the city, and lots of good info about our galaxy. (My nephews love it here.) Best of all... read more


The Getty

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

493 local Airbnb hosts recommend

I believe the Getty center is the best attraction in all of the Los Angeles area. An incredible art collection including some original impressionist paintings like Money and Renoir. Aside from outs... read more

912 local Airbnb hosts recommend

You've seen it a million times in TV and movies, and it's more beautiful in person. And, now, you can get there by Metro! Take the Expo line from Downtown all the way to the end, and you are there ... read more

146 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Enjoy a cocktail on the rooftop of the Standard Hotel with an amazing backdrop of the city high rises. Easily accessible from the Metro -- exit 7th St./Metro Center and walk a block up to 6th Stree... read more

117 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Only on Sunday morning and early afternoon. It's a great market with produce, crafts, and an awesome food selection. Go see Andres the Chef for some pretty amazing crepes stuffed with all kinds of ... read more


The Griddle Cafe

Food SceneRestaurants
$$· 7916 Sunset Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

105 local Airbnb hosts recommend

One of the BEST breakfast/Brunch spots in L.A. Go early and on a weekday if you can, because the wait for a table is always ridiculous! But, it's worth it!


Fred 62

Food SceneRestaurants
$· 1850 North Vermont Avenue·Map·Hours·Website·

88 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Like nothing you've seen before. Eggs Benedicts and Bloody Maries with a hipster diner vibe. Two stops away on the Red Line...exit Susnet/Vermont and walk half a mile north on Vermont Ave. Try the ... read more

89 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Casual Brazilian cuisine...not like the expensive churrasquerias...close by and comfortable. There is another one in West Hollywood right across from the Abbey on Robertson.

560 local Airbnb hosts recommend

This doesn't really need an explanation, as it's almost right outside our door. We are positioned right about in the center of the famous Walk of Fame, with stars depicting 'stars' of stage, screen... read more

69 local Airbnb hosts recommend

An L.A. institution! Sample some soulful southern cuisine. This is THEE original Roscoe's Famously good and rightly so! Get the #13 (fried breast and a waffle) for a moderate sized taste.


Home Restaurant

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

67 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Want to spot some celebrities having brunch? This is the place. Amazing spot for brunch and accessible by Metro. Exit Sunset/Vermont, and walk about half a mile over to Hillhurst Avenue just north ... read more



Food SceneRestaurants
$$· 1544 North Cahuenga Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

73 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The BEST burgers in Hollywood. These things are incredible, and they have the most amazing beer selection to go with it. Try the onion rings...they're incredible.


Venice Beach

Parks & NatureBeaches
1500 Ocean Front Walk·Map·

178 local Airbnb hosts recommend

If you want to see L.A. beaches, this is the most entertaining. The quirky, hipster atmosphere, "medical" marijuana shops, the famous muscle beach, and just...the PEOPLE. About a 30 minute taxi rid... read more



Food SceneRestaurants
1608 North Cahuenga Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

47 local Airbnb hosts recommend

A very unique's a diner open 24 hours but not like any you have seen before! They have a full bar and a very sleek, stylish interior. Their portions are huge, and the food is amazing. So... read more

130 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Part of the 'Pueblo de Los Angeles' the oldest part of the city celebrates Mexican culture with restaurants, shops, and piñatas everywhere. Accessible by metro if you take the Red Line all the way ... read more


Hugo's Restaurant

Food SceneRestaurants
$$· 8401 Santa Monica Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

43 local Airbnb hosts recommend

A fabulous West Hollywood brunch spot with pretty amazing pancakes. Take a taxi over to Santa Monica Boulevard and Kings Rd.

38 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Their focus is coffee, but they have a pretty good food menu as well. Fantastic large patio far west at the La Brea Avenue end of the Boulevard. Great for sitting and relaxing a bit away from the c... read more


Hamburger Mary's

Food SceneRestaurants
$$· 8288 Santa Monica Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

31 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Campy delicious fun with drag queens a short taxi ride from us is Hamburger Mary's on Santa Monica Blvd. just east of West Hollywood City Hall. The drinks are strong, and the burgers are HUGE. And,... read more

31 local Airbnb hosts recommend

An L.A. Institution. If you want to eat and drink like a local, take a taxi over her to Beverly and La Brea and have a "scratch" margarita and anything from the great selection of fattening Mexican... read more

226 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Our market for the items that are hard to find in other supermarkets. Prices are fantastic, they have great stuff, and it's within walking distance! Walk over to Vine St. between Hollywood and Suns... read more

24 local Airbnb hosts recommend

A short cab ride fro our neighborhood, the best Italian food I've had in L.A. My guests from Italy love it (in case that says anything).


It's Pho

Food SceneRestaurants
$· 1821 North Cahuenga Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

21 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Really good Thai/Vietnamese fusion just steps away from our house over on Cahuenga Blvd. I recommend the duck curry or the pineapple fried rice.