Dean's Guidebook

I call my building Casa del Viento because almost every day there is a strong afternoon breeze. I live here with my family - my husband, Anthony and my sister-in-law, Lisa. I manage the rentals b... read more
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275 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Ground zero for Hipsters! Wait on line for 20 minutes then 10 minutes more for your 'hand crafted' coffee. Pay 5$ for it. THEN... sit and watch it all and revel in it. It's really, really fun.



Food SceneRestaurants
$$$· 448 S Hill St·Map·Hours·Website·

267 local Airbnb hosts recommend

On top of a building, this is a fun place to hang out after work. I'm not crazy about the food here, but drinks are fun and sometimes there's live music. Really cool venue.


Cafe Stella

Food SceneRestaurants
$$$· 3932 Sunset Blvd·Map·Hours·Website·

217 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Very French, very pricey, very trendy. They just added a new front bar - good luck getting served - but the older cozy back bar will remind you of Paris... or, at least it does to me.



Food SceneBakeries
$$· 1929 Hillhurst Ave·Map·Hours·Website·

177 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Very popular and very charming... mostly outdoor seating. Every dish seems to be $12, but it's all good. On a beautiful day it's nice to sit and have your lunch.

293 local Airbnb hosts recommend

You can walk to Disney Hall from the apartment, it's about 45 minutes, or it's a short bus or Uber ride. Amazing hall.

163 local Airbnb hosts recommend

I like taking out of town guest here or folks who have not been to Echo Park. It's such a huge 'wow' type of place. They have good pizzas and 50 kinds of beer. See and be seen.

131 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The Rolling Stones kicked off their tour here last week...does this mean Echo Park has now truly arrived? I love the Echo, it's very egalitarian in it's bands - always something fresh to see and hear!

127 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The deep-dish pizza is really great... order it ahead cause it takes 45 minutes. Good food and a very casual vibe. Can get crowded at times.

113 local Airbnb hosts recommend

My new favorite Pho place. The broths here are so flavorful. Can get very busy so go during off times.

220 local Airbnb hosts recommend

A walk around the lake is the best tonic, day or night. It's so beautiful now that it's been all renovated. There's a cafe in the boathouse now - it's pricey but it's at the lake. Rent a boat!



Food SceneRestaurants
$· 1261 Sunset Blvd·Map·Hours·Website·

116 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The tortillas here are ah-mazing. Really great flavor in the tacos. Often during peak hours the line is insane. They have a great patio but I prefer eating indoors. Very casual and great prices.



Food SceneRestaurants
$$· 3823 Sunset Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

90 local Airbnb hosts recommend

I love Forage. The food reminds me of what I would cook if i were a chef... simple ingredients, great seasoning and amazing taste! Can get crowded peak hours... closed on Monday.

86 local Airbnb hosts recommend

This is a GREAT place to grab a beer. Not too loud, very low-key and many kinds of beer. You can buy beer to take home in the adjoining store.


Pho Café

Food SceneRestaurants
$· 2841 Sunset Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

82 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Mmmmmm noodles. The vegetarian #9 is the best. An old stand-by at this point... eat here when you want that 'comfort food' bowl of warm noodles.


El Prado

Drinks & NightlifeBars
$· 1805 Sunset Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

79 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Another fun beer and wine bar. Something about this reminds me of the '70's... maybe it's the turntable behind the bar where they spin a whole album.

77 local Airbnb hosts recommend

I love Chango. It's gotten a bit on the "upscale" side... but you get what you pay for, right? Deep into Elysian Heights, this place is really great for coffee or a sandwich.


The Short Stop

Drinks & NightlifeBars
$· 1455 West Sunset Blvd·Map·Hours·Website·

71 local Airbnb hosts recommend

This is a crazy fun place! I think the food is "ok"... it's a really fun place to drink. The staff here is kooky and festive. It's a scene!



Drinks & NightlifeBars
$$· 4628 Hollywood Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

69 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Great wine and always a fun crowd... it can be somewhat of a "meatrack" at times with all the beautiful people 'on the make'. Lonely? Go here. Great vibe.


Flore Vegan

Food SceneRestaurants
$$· 3818 Sunset Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

61 local Airbnb hosts recommend

THE SALAD. THE SALAD. THE SALAD.... is soooo good. Great food if a bit on the funky side, decor-wise.

66 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Old school place that attracts the old-timer locals and hipsters alike. Bring your parents... or go with friends and pretend you ARE your parents. Good food! Has entertainment on certain nights.


Cafe Tropical

Food SceneBakeries
$· 2900 Sunset Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

58 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The coffee is Cuban style & super hot! I ask for "cold milk' in mine so I don't burn my mouth. Behind this cafe is a meeting room with a huge variety of 12-step meetings, in case you feel the need.


The Park Restaurant

Food SceneRestaurants
$$· 1400 Sunset Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

61 local Airbnb hosts recommend

LOVE it here! Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner... the Park always has great food and good portions! A very mellow and neighborhood vibe. This is one of my favorite restaurant in the 'hood.


The Varnish

Drinks & NightlifeBars
$$$· 118 East 6th Street·Map·Hours·Website·

60 local Airbnb hosts recommend

One of my favorite bars downtown. The cocktails are like potions and the atmosphere is like a step back in time 80 years.


Ostrich Farm

Food SceneRestaurants
$$· 1525 Sunset Blvd·Map·Hours·Website·

55 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Ostrich farm is fancy. It's nice food and a great ambience. The servers always look like models.

44 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Very nice cafe comes to Echo Park Lake! Wow... something this nice, here? Amazing! Pricey.


El Compadre

Food SceneRestaurants
$$· 1449 Sunset Blvd·Map·Hours·Website·

45 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The chicken burrito is the best! Home of the flaming margurita... and always a mariachi band roaming the aisles. Definitely a destination restaurant.


The Kitchen

Food SceneRestaurants
$$· 4348 Fountain Avenue·Map·Hours·Website·

42 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Comfort food at it's best. Open late on the weekends.


Bread Lounge

Food SceneRestaurants
$· 700 South Santa Fe Avenue·Map·Hours·Website·

32 local Airbnb hosts recommend

What a terrific place. Feels like a NYC place, tucked away in this industrial area. The bread and sandwiches are very good.

91 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Elysian Park close to the apartment and yet worlds away. Some parts are 'wild' and there are many roads and paths for walking if you're not feeling too adventurous. Really, really great for walks.

25 local Airbnb hosts recommend

I feels like Copenhagen in this cafe, that's why I like it. It's pricey and a bit precious, but now and then I always have a lovely time here.