Los Angeles

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.

It's hard to decide which is the most pampering element at this luxe spa: the garden setting tucked into a lush canyon, the sumptuous relaxation lounge with velveteen chairs and cashmere throws, or the decadent facials by Swiss skincare experts La Prairie (the White Caviar Illuminating facial wil

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 a small cream puff shop in Osaka, has an almost cult-like following.

On the second Thursday each month, downtown galleries and museums that span from the Historic Core to the Fashion District stay open into the night to collectively host a roving, self-guided tour.

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

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

Practiced beach combers head to MTA Bikini for all of their beachwear needs.

The unique and the beautiful are openly celebrated at this Melrose Avenue retailer that makes quality dining at home its central focus.

Insider clout: For a couple looking to have a unique wedding, Hamer arranged an underwater ceremony in the Pacific Ocean. They then enjoyed a private dinner at La Villa Mahana in Bora-Bora. Years as agent: 18.

At this hip Los Angeles joint adorned with street art—you can have a cold beer and play Xbox games as a stylist perfects your coif with Layrite, the original pomade.

Shopping at this distinctive market is like raiding a large, elegant estate sale. You'll find everything to lavishly feather your nest, from shabby chic and mid-century modern furnishings to chandeliers and candelabra to exotic plants and tribal art.

A convivial Little Tokyo tavern where the shochu, sake, and cold beer flow freely well into the night.

Sicily-born chef Celestino Drago originally opened Dolce Forno Bakery (“sweet oven") to supply bread to sister restaurants, Enoteca Drago, Il Pastaio, and Drago Centro.

This addition to L.A. nightlife impresario David Judaken’s empire (he also owns Mood and Garden of Eden) is a modern, two-room club outfitted in red velvet and leather couches, and with a sunken dance floor small enough to keep the party intimate.

Occupying one of the biggest spaces in Culver City’s Art District, Blum and Poe fills its multi-level, 21,000-square-foot digs with a roster of major international artists, including Florian Maier-Aichen, Banks Violette, and Chiho Aoshima.