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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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  • Ritz-Carlton Spa, Los Angeles

    From the welcome glass of champagne to the glam white-meets-metallic décor to spoiled-rotten treatments like the Caviar and Mimosa body scrub/massa...

  • Rockwell Table & Stage

    Film soundtracks are the inspiration for the cabaret show at this spirited supper club, where the songbook is music used in movies by famed directo...

  • Rolling Greens

    Tucked away in a residential area, this nursery spans eight greenhouses across two acres and sells plants, garden accessories, outdoor furniture, v...

  • Ron Herman

    L.A.’s young and fab make regular pilgrimages to this warren of shops housed beneath a vine-covered roof. Shimmery-blond stay-at-home-moms peruse k...

  • Royal/T

    Royal/T in Culver City is a cafe, contemporary art gallery, and shop all in one—and al united by a love of Japan. Staff wear coquettish maid unifor...

  • Running from the Paparazzi Tour

    Strange Factor: Strap on some running shoes and jog in the footsteps of actual celebrities who dodged the pesky photographers on the same streets w...

  • Salt, Venice

    Shop owner Holly Boies opened her Venice Beach clothing store Salt just as Abbott Kinney Boulevard was beginning to flourish into a shopping mecca...

  • Sandee Litwin

    Travel agency owner Sandee Litwin has nearly three decades of experience in the travel industry. With particular expertise in upscale luxury cruise...

  • Santa Monica Airport Outdoor Antique & Collectibles Market

    Shopping at this distinctive market is like raiding a large, elegant estate sale. You'll find everything to lavishly feather your nest, from shabby...

  • Santa Monica Beach

    Perhaps the most unusual designee in this year’s 10 Best Public Spaces, this 3.5-mile stretch of public beach just west of Los Angeles draws millio...

  • Santa Monica Civic Center Parking Structure

    Isn’t the very idea—a LEED_certified parking garage—oxymoronic and perverse?Architect James Mary O'Connor's firm, Moore Ruble Yudell, talked the Sa...

  • Santa Monica Farmers' Market

    The Spread: The biggest and oldest of Santa Monica's weekly markets (there are three others) is this Wednesday gathering downtown. Most of L.A.'s t...

  • Santa Monica Pier

    Near the western terminus of historic Route 66, this old-timey seaside amusement park has an enduring, if kitschy, popularity. Untold thousands of ...


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