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Rob
I'm music professional (producer/A&R/artist development) and college professor (music production and music business lecturer).  A Boston native, I've been living in Los Angeles for ten years, while... read more
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Things to do in Los Angeles

856 local Airbnb hosts recommend

This is THE hike to take in LA. The best people watching in LA, you will likely spot some celebrities while hiking. If not, you'll likely overhear some super-LA things being spoken by other hikers.

499 local Airbnb hosts recommend

This world-famous concert venue doesn't have a bad seat. If possible, see any show with the LA Philharmonic; tickets can be surprisingly affordable.

989 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Classics combined with some truly original installments, this is one of LA's best museums. It has frequent entertainment-related shows. This is where Notorious BIG died and Pulp Fiction was filmed.

#4

Perch

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

267 local Airbnb hosts recommend

An upscale rooftop restaurant/bar that features fine dining and live lounge music. You'll need a reservation to get a seat. Dress nice and expect to spend money.

262 local Airbnb hosts recommend

For most games, you can buy Dodger's tickets for as low as $7. Great daytime outing!

#6

The Grove La

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

938 local Airbnb hosts recommend

You've never been to a mall like this. Truly frou-frou, it feels almost like an amusement park. You'll definitely spot a celebrity or two here.

#7

The Abbey Food & Bar

Drinks & NightlifeBars
692 North Robertson Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

199 local Airbnb hosts recommend

THE gay bar of LA for both men and women. Even if you're not gay, it's a fun bar to visit. It's always super packed and people here really let loose and go crazy. Party central!

359 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The nicest theatre you've ever been to; the best picture, sound, & seats! Seating is assigned and there is a bar in the lobby. The higher ticket price ensures no unruly patrons or kids to disrupt you.

1307 local Airbnb hosts recommend

This is quintessential LA! Griffith offers the best views of the city and of the Hollywood Sign. Best spot to take momento pics. You can also hike form there and it's a space museum.

176 local Airbnb hosts recommend

LA Live has The Staples Center (Lakers & Kings games), Grammy Museum, dance clubs, restaurants, movie theatre - anything you want, it's all here.

163 local Airbnb hosts recommend

This restaurant offers food that is a fusion of comfort foods and new-age/hipster/California persuasion. The food is delicious, so it's no wonder restaurant is always busy.

912 local Airbnb hosts recommend

You HAVE to see the iconic Santa Monica Pier while in LA. It's across town but if you can get there for under $10 (ask me how). Do Santa Monica early and then head to Venice in the afternoon.

150 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Est. 1927, this hotel has four fun flavors of nightlife: The lobby bar, Spare Room (lounge/bowling/live music), Library Bar (moody/chic/mixologist), & Tropicana Pool Café (classic Hollywood poolside).

222 local Airbnb hosts recommend

You've never had a movie experience like this! Fully restored to it's 1920s Egyptian-Revial glory, this theatre has comfy seats (tons of leg room), state-of-the-art picture & sound, & it's only $9!

#15

The Echo

Drinks & NightlifeNightclubs
1822 West Sunset Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

131 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Echo Park's premiere venue for live music. When the likes of The Rolling Stones and Foo Fighters aren't doing surprise shows here, you'll see only best local acts.

#16

Silver Lake Reservoir

Parks & NatureParks
1850 W Silver Lake Blvd·Map·

154 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Jog/walk/run around the scenic reservoir or bring your pooch to run around the huge dog park.

#17

The Thirsty Crow

Drinks & NightlifeBars
$· 2939 West Sunset Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

113 local Airbnb hosts recommend

This little whiskey bar in the heart of Silverlake has good atmosphere for a date or a small group. Tasty whiskey concoctions, try their namesake.

#18

Amoeba Music

ShoppingStores
$· 6400 West Sunset Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

148 local Airbnb hosts recommend

One of the last-standing old-school record stores. A must-see for music lovers. This place is HUGE, and you can get great used vinyl and CDs for super cheap!

120 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Very cool, huge book and record store. The upstairs labyrinth is definitely something to see; includes various art galleries/vendors. You can find great used books and records for very cheap here.

116 local Airbnb hosts recommend

This world-famous venue is one of LA's premiere spots to see stand-up comedy. Legends have been made on this stage! See a classic or and up-and-comer.

#21

Canter's

Food SceneRestaurants
$$· 419 North Fairfax Avenue·Map·Hours·Website·

102 local Airbnb hosts recommend

THE Jewish deli of Los Angeles, Canter's has been around since 1931. Get a Rueben or pastrami sandwich. Many celebrities are known to eat here. It's the Katz's (NYC) of LA.

#22

The Federal

Drinks & NightlifeBars
$$· 5303 Lankershim Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

98 local Airbnb hosts recommend

An all-around great bar, lounge, and live music venue located in the Noho arts District.

#23

Birds

Food SceneRestaurants
$$· 5925 Franklin Avenue·Map·Hours·Website·

107 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Located between hotspot neighborhoods, this bar/restaurant is a great place to meet new people. Good drinks and bar food. Visit Franklin & Co next door as well.

#24

The Dresden

Food SceneRestaurants
$$· 1760 N Vermont Ave·Map·Hours·Website·

105 local Airbnb hosts recommend

A staple of LA, this is a supercool place to get a drink, relax, and feel like you're in the 70's. You can see the famous Marty & Elayne sing there nightly (you may remember from the movie, Swingers).

#25

Echo Park Lake

Parks & NatureParks
751 Echo Park Avenue·Map·

220 local Airbnb hosts recommend

You can rent peddle-boats to take out on the lake. It's like os Angeles' version of Central Park Lake (NYC).

#26

Jones Hollywood

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

91 local Airbnb hosts recommend

A great bar to meet people combined with a fantastic Italian restaurant to dine with friends or a date.

166 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Founded by Amy Poehler & other SNL alum, UCB offers hilarious improvisational and sketch comedy shows. This group has yielded many stars of comedy and TV. You never laughed so hard.

95 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The Edison is a massive bar that combines 1920s speakeasy with steam punk style. DJs, jazz bands, and go-go dancers entertain the crowd of businessmen and artsy types. Cocktail attire dress code.

94 local Airbnb hosts recommend

This world-famous venue is one of LA's premiere spots to see stand-up comedy. Legends have been made on this stage! See a classic or and up-and-comer.

608 local Airbnb hosts recommend

A MUST SEE while in LA. It's across town but if you can get there for under $10. Do Santa Monica early and Venice in the afternoon. Make sure you're on Venice Beach to watch the sunset on the Pacific.