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Things to do in Los Angeles

Whether you are on a family vacation or taking a romantic escape, you can’t run out of memorable things to do in Los Angeles. There are a few diversions that will make for a classic trip. To sight-see without driving, walk (or rent bikes and ride) the beachside paths from Santa Monica down to Venice Beach, and see how the shift from well-heeled to tattooed and pierced can be vivid. Love architecture? A trip to the J. Paul Getty Museum is worth a trip just for the Richard Meier-designed space—and a world-class collection speaks for itself. Otherwise don’t miss the Gamble House in Pasadena, as well as the lineup of beautifully kept bungalows—a California classic— along this town’s residential streets.

Window-shopping along Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills is one of the top things to do in Los Angeles, even if Cartier is not within your budget. For the ultimate L.A. malls, meanwhile, check out the Beverly Center and The Grove. For more hipster-friendly fare, walk down Melrose or go to Santa Monica, where Montana Avenue has a long line of charming boutiques. What to do in Los Angeles with kids? It’s hard to resist the pull of a day trip to going down to Orange County (less than an hour away) to do Disneyland, but kids who love theme park will also love Universal Studios Hollywood and, for more old-school theme park fun, the amusement park at Santa Monica’s Pier.

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  • East West Lounge

    W. Hollywood martini hideaway.

  • Echo Park Time Travel Mart

    Designed to resemble a 1970's 7-Eleven, the store sells dinosaur eggs, robot milk, and "leeches - nature's tiny doctors." It may take a minute, but...

  • Elizabeth Paige Smith Atelier A+R

    In addition to designing the space for neighboring shop Dewey, Paige Smith is one of Abbot Kinney Boulevard's top gallerists, exhibiting everything...

  • Elvino

    Situated on trendy Abbot Kinney Boulevard, this industrial-style wine shop has a glass front, a polished concrete floor, and wall-to-wall wooden sh...

  • Empiric

    Blocks from The Grove in Hollywood, Empiric got its start as a printmaking studio 15 years ago. Derived from the word empirical, this home décor sh...

  • Eqyptian Theatre

    Four 20-foot-tall columns, Sphinx heads, and hieroglyphics stand at the main entrance of the landmark Hollywood movie theater where Sid Grauman sta...

  • Family

    David Kramer, co-owner of Family, bills it as "a curated bookstore." This means that the emphasis, at least where the book selection is concerned, ...

  • Farmers Market

    The Farmers Market has been a favorite gathering place in L.A.—hence the saying, “Meet me at Third & Fairfax”—since the Great Depression. The marke...

  • Firefly, Venice

    Great gifts such as Mistral hand creams and straw fedoras from San Diego Hat. Two doors down, Kid Firefly has darling baby clothes.

  • Fitzsu

    L.A.’s modern-design movement has finally reached the masses, and this SoCal store (besides this original location, there’s a branch in Palm Desert...

  • Flounce

    Lisa Gornstein was a trailblazer when she opened her vintage Echo Park clothing store, Flounce, in 2002, well before the neighborhood’s resurgence....

  • Foxtail

    Foxtail, a dining and dancing club, is the new after-hours spot in West Hollywood.

  • Franklin Canyon Park

    One of the most unusual secret parks in a major city: 605 acres of bucolic National Park Service land whose centerpiece is two bodies of water that...

  • FreeCity Supershop Supermät

    T-shirts and hoodies, tepees and bicycles, and vintage vinyl and custom-mixed scents are among the offerings at FreeCity Supershop Supermät, in Hol...

  • Gallery Row

    A collection of approximately four-dozen art spaces spanning from L.A.’s Historic Core to the Fashion District, Gallery Row became part of the loca...


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