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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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  • Music Center/Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles County

    This sweeping modern performing arts complex encompasses four separate performance venues, all of them renowned. The Ahmanson Theatre, which seats ...

  • Natural History Museum

    This grand museum showcasing history, science, and art celebrates its 100th anniversary this year with the opening of a new permanent exhibit, Beco...

  • OK

    No overarching motif or theme unites owner Larry Shaffer’s handpicked selections inside this West LA gift shop, but that’s what locals love about i...

  • Opera

    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 re...

  • Orpheum Theatre, L.A.

    One of the most renowned landmarks on downtown’s row of Broadway theatres, the Orpheum dates to 1926 and originally hosted vaudeville shows, legend...

  • Pasadena City College Flea Market

    The punk rock spirit of nearby Melrose Avenue spills over to this eclectic weekly market held at (and benefiting) Fairfax High School, so it's not ...

  • Paul Smith, L.A.

    British designer Paul Smith displays clothing with a twist at this hot-pink landmark on Melrose Avenue. Known for his unexpected design touches, th...

  • Proper Barbershop

    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, th...

  • Queen Mary

    Now owned by the city of Long Beach, this historic ship made 1,001 transatlantic crossings carrying WWII soldiers. Grab a map for a self-guided tou...

  • Raven Spa

    Intricate woodwork, jewel-toned walls and tiles, and flickering lanterns and candles set the mood for exotic relaxation at this bohemian spa specia...

  • Realm

    Hand-painted bone china tea sets, bamboo cutting boards, and chrome fortune cookies entice shoppers at this high-end gift store in Chinatown’s Cent...

  • Regeneration

    One percent of every sale at this shabby-chic boutique in the up-and-coming Eagle Rock district goes to environmental organizations around the glob...

  • RetroSpecs

    The restoration of early-modern antique eyewear is RetroSpecs’ (uncommon) passion. With an extensive cataloging system of more than 3,000 classic d...


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