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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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  • The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA

    Part of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, The Geffen Contemporary was first founded as the Temporary Contemporary in 1983 before becomin...

  • The Getty Center

    Since L.A. lacks the piazzas and promenades of other major cities, the Getty Center is more than just a museum. Occupying an isolated, hillside per...

  • The Otheroom

    Owner Chris Weiss brought his New York- and Miami-based beer and wine bar to Abbot Kinney in 2005. The candle-lit room has high-ceilings buttressed...

  • The Penthouse at the Huntley Santa Monica Beach Hotel

    In a suburb comprising mostly low-level shops and two-story homes, this ultramodern 18th-floor hotel bar is an unexpected gem. Here, guests and loc...

  • The Spa at the Peninsula Beverly Hills

    Tucked away on the fifth-floor roof garden of the Peninsula Beverly Hills Hotel lies The Peninsula Spa. Relaxation and high-end pampering await jus...

  • The Varnish

    A dimly lit throwback to a 1920s speakeasy, this under-the-radar downtown LA venue is accessible only through a secret door. Tucked surreptitiously...

  • The Way We Wore

    Time travel is easy at this overflowing jewel-box of a vintage store; whether you’re nostalgic for turn-of-the-century gowns or the grunge fashions...

  • Tortoise Shop

    Unique Japanese housewares, including Shigeki Funishiro polyester baskets and Ryota Aoki ceramics.

  • Tower Bar

    Old-school Hollywood meets 21st-century at this wood-paneled restaurant and bar in the lavish Sunset Tower Hotel. Occupying Bugsy Siegel’s old firs...

  • Universal Studios Hollywood

    Theme parks, in general, tend to be overpriced, underwhelming affairs—but Universal Studios, 20 minutes from downtown in the San Fernando Valley, i...

  • Uniworld River Cruises

    World-class gourmet cuisine and all English-speaking staffs await travelers aboard Uniworld Boutique River Cruise's sumptuously appointed vessels. ...

  • Venice Beach

    What to Expect: All walks of life flock to this 500-foot-deep golden-sand beach, which stretches over seven miles between Marina del Rey and Pacifi...

  • Venice Beach Boardwalk

    Jaded types insist that there’s nothing all that special about this ever-bohemian boardwalk, with its collection of eccentrics hawking their wares ...

  • Venice Vintage Paradise

    Jeanie Reynolds owns this quirky vintage curiosity shop, keeping it chockablock with charming jewelry, artsy knickknacks, and beautiful accessories...


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