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Things to do in Los Angeles

Sunny, showy Los Angeles is a traveler’s playground. Hollywood lights the way in this one-industry town, but there are many other places to explore and things to do in Los Angeles—beaches, coffee bars, trendy boutiques, cool performance venues, secret spas, cult-worthy sweet shops, swank cocktail lounges, hip galleries, and see-and-be-seen nightclubs from Brentwood and Beverly Hills to Echo Park, Malibu, Santa Monica, West Hollywood, Venice Beach, and beyond.

Search Travel + Leisure’s travel guide for great ideas on what to do in Los Angeles. Our team of experts point you to secret spots and the best of the best experiences, like visiting the Getty Center, shopping Abbot Kinney Boulevard, spa-going in Koreatown, and a stroll in little-known Franklin Canyon Park. No visit to Los Angeles is complete without a taste of glamour and the movies. Catch one on the big screen at the iconic 1960s ArcLight Theatre. Want more Hollywood? Check out our insider listings, which include a boutique that sells clothes and costumes from major productions; a shop with great vintage movie posters, the Hollywood Museum, the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, and much more. Still looking for things to do in Los Angeles? Let T+L roll out the red carpet and be your guide to Tinseltown.

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  • A+R Store

    Pop culture stylists Andy “A” Griffith and Rose “R” Apodaca source functional design objects from around the world at their glass-front Abbot Kinne...

  • Abbot Kinney Boulevard

    The epicenter of boho-chic in Venice Beach, this one-mile boulevard is a colorful collage of independent boutiques, art galleries, vintage shops, a...

  • Amoeba Music, LA

    Located on legendary Sunset Boulevard, Amoeba Music is a proverbial mecca for stereophiles in Los Angeles. The store is a monument to vinyl, with o...

  • Angelino Heights

    With its concentration of charming Victorian homes, this hilly neighborhood between Echo Park and downtown is especially inviting in the run-up to ...

  • ArcLight

    Built around the 1960’s Cinerama Dome in Hollywood, the legendary ArcLight cinemas returns the glitz and glamour to the movie-going experience with...

  • Baby Jane of Hollywood

    This West Hollywood antique shop earned its claim-to-fame after salvaging and selling ruined celebrity items (a cracked coffee mug from Barbara Str...

  • Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook

    Think of it as nature’s StairMaster: the set of steps running to the top of this 500-foot peak above Culver City is so steep you’ll feel like you’r...

  • Bar Marmont

    Don’t be surprised if you can’t find the entry to this wood-paneled hotel bar—it’s 150 feet from the entrance of the exclusive, hillside Chateau Ma...

  • Bar Nineteen12

    The Beverly Hilton Hotel’s lobby bar, named for the year the hotel opened, is the place to go to party like a celebrity (or at least see one). Ask ...

  • Bar Noir

    This lobby bar in Beverly Hills’ Maison 140 hotel has lounge seating, a black, white, and red color scheme by designer Kelly Wearstler, and Parisia...

  • Baxter Finley Barber & Shop

    Reclaimed wood floors and walls covered in bright white subway tiles set the tone at this barber shop from men's skin-care brand Baxter of Californ...

  • Bazar

    This eclectic antiques shop on Venice’s lively Abbot Kinney Boulevard specializes in Art Deco furniture and objects from the ’30s and ’40s. Take th...

  • Bear Mountain Resort

    Southern California’s most popular ski and snowboarding resort resides in San Bernardino National Forest, southwest of Big Bear Lake. All four peak...

  • Beard Papa, LA

    It’s difficult to miss Beard Papa's Sawtelle location with its bright lights and constant line of customers. This Japanese chain, which started as ...


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