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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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  • L.A. Derby Dolls

    Tattooed girls in glittery eye makeup zooming around on skates and whaling on each other. Ice hockey meets burlesque in this semi-sport finding nat...

  • La Descarga

    A bar with an Old Havana vibe and a major focus on agave and tequila.

  • Lake Hollywood Reservoir

    The pedestrian trail around this picturesque reservoir nestled in the Hollywood Hills re-opened this year after a seven-year closure. It's lovely f...

  • Larry Edmunds Bookshop

    This bookshop along the Hollywood Walk of Fame has been around since 1938. It has more than 20,000 movie and theater books, but the store also carr...

  • LAXART

    Billing itself "the seminal spot for contemporary art in Los Angeles,"  LAXART on La Cienega provides an independent, non-profit venue for experime...

  • Learn to Surf LA

    Learn to Surf provides group and private lessons from Malibu to Manhattan Beach, year-round. Santa Monica’s Lifeguard Tower 18 is home to Surf Camp...

  • Lemonade at MOCA

    Whimsical sweets and exotic lemonade blends headline this lemonade stand, which doubles as the museum cafe at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)...

  • Library Bar

    Cocktails take equal billing with creative comfort food at this downtown gastropub. Once seated at the small bar, guests can sample menu items, suc...

  • Limn

    Limn, a theatrical gallery of furniture by Zaha Hadid and paintings just in from Beijing, is a San Francisco import.

  • Los Angeles Conservancy

    Though the city’s not widely known for its architecture, downtown L.A. is home to an eclectic assortment of extraordinary buildings. The Los Angele...

  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

    One of America’s premier art museums, with an inventory of more than 100,000 works, LACMA is unsung compared with its crosstown rival, the Getty Ce...


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