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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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  • Mandrake

    Marked only by a neon Cocktail sign, this low-key bar is somewhat hidden on the eastern end of the Culver City art district. The interior resembles...

  • Marc Jacobs

    As much a destination as a retail shop, Mark Jacobs’ ivy-covered digs on Melrose Avenue make an elegant venue for showcasing the designer’s iconic ...

  • Mayan Theater

    The restored theater is known for its triannual cult spectacle Lucha Vavoom, a chaotic mingling of burlesque dancers, masked lucha libre Mexican wr...

  • McKenzie's Water Ski School

    From Memorial Day weekend through late September, the McKenzie family has taught people how to figuratively walk on water on Lake Arrowhead. George...

  • Melrose Trading Post

    Every Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., this flea market in the parking lot of Fairfax High School bustles with eccentric antique collectors, talented ...

  • Mona Moore

    A cursive neon sign marks the entrance to this designer accessories shop on Venice's trendy Abbot Kinney Boulevard. Resembling a minimalist art gal...

  • MTA Bikini Store

    Practiced beach combers head to MTA Bikini for all of their beachwear needs. This Venice Beach shop, a fairly no-frills, open-air venue, sells desi...

  • Museum of Contemporary Art, LA

    The marquee cultural institution in downtown’s sunken California Plaza, the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) dates to 1979 and specializes in work...

  • Museum of Jurassic Technology

    Modeled after the 18th-century cabinet of curiosities, this unique museum is housed in an unassuming two-story building on Venice Boulevard. The da...


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