Things to Do in Los Angeles

Lisa Eisner

Want to check out the "greatest hits" of Los Angeles in just one day? This small company's City Tour takes you from hip Venice Beach to posh Rodeo Drive... Read More

Pop culture stylists Andy “A” Griffith and Rose “R” Apodaca source functional design objects from around the world at their... Read More

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

Head over to Venice for Abbot Kinney First Fridays, to support locally owned businesses and peruse one of the city’s top art walks. The event itself is... Read More

ABH stands for “Above Beverly Hills,” and this hot insider rooftop lounge really does feel above it all. It’s perched atop the... Read More

Housed in a converted Craftsman bungalow, the flagship store of casual-cool clothier Alternative Apparel fits perfectly with the Venice lifestyle. The... Read More

Located on legendary Sunset Boulevard, Amoeba Music is a proverbial mecca for stereophiles in Los Angeles. The store is a monument to vinyl, with over... Read More

Sun-seeking hotel guests can dip into the plunge pool while waiting for their drinks, or take in the panoramic views, which stretch from the Hollywood... Read More

It seems improbable that just minutes from downtown Los Angeles you can enter an expansive forest, but that's exactly what this gorgeous byway allows... Read More

With its concentration of charming Victorian homes, this hilly neighborhood between Echo Park and downtown is especially inviting in the run-up to... Read More

Formerly a private beachfront estate that William Randolph Hearst built for actress Marion Davies, the Annenberg Community Beach House is now open to... Read More

Built around the 1960’s Cinerama Dome in Hollywood, the legendary ArcLight cinemas returns the glitz and glamour to the movie-going experience... Read More

The ArcLight chainlet of theaters is revered by film buffs, and the Hollywood location, which includes the historic Cinerama dome, is its crown jewel.... Read More

This eclectic museum under the auspices of the University of California, Los Angeles, houses wide-ranging permanent collections, from paintings by... Read More

Snaking from downtown Los Angeles to Pasadena, this was the West's first freeway. Today, it seems quaint compared to LA's more modern behemoths, as it... Read More

Yoga gets practically psychedelic at this experimental WeHo studio. As you shift poses, the lighting colors in the room change from cobalt blues to deep... Read More

This West Hollywood antique shop earned its claim-to-fame after salvaging and selling ruined celebrity items (a cracked coffee mug from Barbara... Read More

Ensconced in the French Quarter Restaurant, this small memorabilia shop is big on glamour. You'll find modern and vintage movie posters and portraits ... Read More

Think of it as nature’s StairMaster: the set of steps running to the top of this 500-foot peak above Culver City is so steep you’ll feel... Read More

Don’t be surprised if you can’t find the entry to this wood-paneled hotel bar—it’s 150 feet from the entrance of the exclusive,... Read More

The Beverly Hilton Hotel’s lobby bar, named for the year the hotel opened, is the place to go to party like a celebrity (or at least see one). Ask... Read More

This lobby bar in Beverly Hills’ Maison 140 hotel has lounge seating, a black, white, and red color scheme by designer Kelly Wearstler, and... Read More

A recent, next-door edition to Toscana (a celeb-beloved trattoria and neighborhood institution), Bar Toscana is a sleek, Milan-inspired lounge... Read More

Perched atop Olive Hill in the Los Feliz neighborhood, this tree-lined park affords awesome views of the Hollywood Sign and Griffith Observatory.... Read More

On Friday evenings, Silverlake Wine puts on the ultimate outdoor happy hour at the Barnsdall Art Park, with the backdrop of Frank Lloyd Wright’s... Read More

Reclaimed wood floors and walls covered in bright white subway tiles set the tone at this barber shop from men's skin-care brand Baxter of California.... Read More

This eclectic antiques shop on Venice’s lively Abbot Kinney Boulevard specializes in Art Deco furniture and objects from the ’30s and &rsquo... Read More

Southern California’s most popular ski and snowboarding resort resides in San Bernardino National Forest, southwest of Big Bear Lake. All four peaks... Read More

It’s difficult to miss Beard Papa's Sawtelle location with its bright lights and constant line of customers. This Japanese chain, which... Read More

Get exquisitely shellacked at this Echo Park salon that's a certified Shellac mani/pedi provider. That means you'll have glossy, chip-free nails for... Read More

This beer-focused Koreatown gastropub offers a sudsy sip of Los Angeles with a menu of locally produced craft brews from all over the region. Pair your... Read More

This soothing, spa-like chainlet of high-end nail treatments puts cleanliness above all. Instruments are sterilized in an autoclave, and plastic tubs... Read More

Iconic '50s pin-up girl Bettie Page serves as muse to this retro boutique filled with in A-line dresses and capri pants. The shop's Hollywood Blvd... Read More

This literary arts center housed in Venice’s Old Town Hall has played a strong role in shaping the literary culture of Los Angeles since 1968. Its... Read More

Operated by the National Forest Association, this visitors’ center is housed in a lodge-like building just north of Big Bear Lake in the San... Read More

This mountain resort provides a tranquil retreat from the bustle of the city. In the winter, the alpine setting lends itself to skiing and snowboarding.... Read More

Headquartered in downtown Santa Monica, this bus service provides transportation to more than 1,150 stops, including Venice Beach, the Santa Monica Pier... Read More

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... Read More

Bob Baker carves marionettes and trains apprentices to animate them. With its houselights on, the theater is nothing: squirming kids and cheesy, dusty... Read More

This hands-on science and technology museum is a blast for curious young minds. Kids can explore the flora and fauna of various ecosystems, ride a high... Read More

Why It’s Cool: Despite both a cumbersome name and less-than-glamorous function—bureaucrats plan freeway repairs in 13 stories of offices... Read More

Once favored by Jackie O, Venezuelan native Carolina Herrera is known for clothing with feminine flourishes like meticulous embroidery and beading. The... Read More

Since 1981, the fast track to Catalina Island from San Pedro, Long Beach, or Dana Point is aboard the Catalina Express. Eight different vessels cut... Read More

This organization, based in Catalina Island's south side town of Avalon since 1972, practices conservation, education, and recreation. They protect 50... Read More

Bye-bye LA traffic! Soar above it all with a helicopter tour that gives you a bird's-eye view of the sprawling city. The VIP Grand Tour flies over... Read More

Los Feliz teems with funky vintage stores, but this sweet boutique is the cream of the crop. It stocks a chic, well-edited collection of pieces for both... Read More

This art-house film organization makes movie-going more like a fun social club. In addition to screening offbeat genre films and rare gems at the... Read More

Pack a picnic basket and blanket, and head out to one of the city’s most iconic summertime gatherings: a series of cult movie screenings that takes... Read More

Marilyn Monroe was a fan; these days, owner Jonathan Grahm stirs Tahitian vanilla and cinnamon into his artisanal blends. Read More

Just around the corner from the Third Street Promenade, this cocktail lounge caters to a more mature crowd than its neighboring sports bars and pubs. It... Read More

This casual, organic cafe is the de facto community kitchen of Brentwood. Locals turn out in droves—especially at weekend brunch—for morning... Read More

The luxe mani/pedi at this très chic Brentwood salon includes a soak in scented water, exfoliation with sugar scrub, a moisturizing collagen treatment,... Read More

The 1,070-passenger Crystal Serenity and 922-passenger Crystal Symphony appeal to those who like a big ship without the crowds and their luxury slightly... Read More

This venerable British line (now owned by American company Carnival Corp.) carries on the tradition of operating impressive ocean liners, including on... Read More

Not your ordinary flower shop, Dandelion Ranch makes by-appointment-only custom floral arrangements for weddings, events, and retail. The florist of... Read More

If a good sweaty dance party is your style, be sure to look out for Daybreaker, a bi-monthly morning free-for-all that's sure to jump-start your day.... Read More

A destination specialist for all of Italy, she makes her focus luxury leisure travel to worldwide destinations (particularly Western Europe, South... Read More

Celebrities and stylists the world over flock here for glamorous gowns and other one-of-a-kind couture pieces from the likes of Chanel, Hermès, and... Read More

A favorite of both Oscar-night celebrities and everyday fashionistas, this airy, bi-level boutique specializes in fabulous vintage womenswear.... Read More

Launched spring 2005, trend forecaster Desiree Kohan brings handpicked, high fashion to her mid-city Los Angeles boutique near LACMA. Des Kohan offers... Read More

Inside Diane von Furstenberg’s only California boutique, pink velvet banquettes, oversized dressing rooms, and plasma TVs featuring DVF runway... Read More

Echo Park has become a gentrified hipster ‘hood, drawing in travelers in the know for seeking out great cocktail bars, quality indie shopping, and edgy... Read More

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

One of four theatres comprising the downtown Music Center, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion opened in 1964 thanks to a $20 million fundraising effort from... Read More

On the top floor of the Wurlitzer Building in downtown, the shop’s loft-like space features the ever-evolving works of Korean-American clothing... Read More

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... Read More

Launched in July 2013, this downtown bazaar-cum-block party is a newcomer to the flea market scene. While there are some antiques and collectibles... Read More

It’s a feast for the senses at the Downtown L.A. Art Walk, where the blossoming community convenes on the second Thursday of the month to showcase art,... Read More

Offering “the finest bespoke services this side of the pond,” British designer Duncan Quinn’s West Hollywood boutique sells... Read More

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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 then... Read More

This old-fashioned chocolate shop has been handcrafting candies for the stars since 1942. Eighty-five different kinds of chocolates—including the... Read More

Hollywood's first movie premiere took place at this magnificent movie palace in 1922. After a restoration of its Ancient Egypt-inspired interiors, it... Read More

This grand 1920s movie palace gives the whole family a taste of Old Hollywood, along with a dose of Disney. (The Walt Disney Company spearheaded the... Read More

This "pocket" beach is one of the three petite coves that comprise Robert H. Meyer Memorial State Beach. Dramatic cliffs and rocky outcrops make this... Read More

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

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... Read More

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

An import from Japan, this salon treats the nail as a canvas for art − a Japanese trend that translates well to the glam LA context. Sit for a gel mani... Read More

This offbeat tour company explores the underbelly of Los Angeles with a collection of true crime tours like "The Real Black Dahlia." They also reveal LA... Read More

The fragrant blossoms in this expansive rose garden make a sweet setting for an alfresco meal. Anchored by the central fountain, the sunken garden... Read More

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, is on... Read More

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

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

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... Read More

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

Move over cupcakes: the “faux donuts” at this artisanal bakery are L.A.’s latest sweet novelty. Though they look and taste like... Read More

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... Read More

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

Running is practically a religion in Brentwood, where the coral-tree-lined center divider of San Vicente Boulevard doubles as a running path. The fleet... Read More

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... Read More

This fine art museum is located within the expansive Getty Center complex, accessed via a scenic tram ride up to its hillside location in the... Read More

Giant Robot was first launched in the mid-90’s as a hand-published, pop culture magazine. A decade ago, its founders, two UCLA grads, decided... Read More

Students of Kundalini yoga will find a "spiritual village" of sorts at Golden Bridge, where classes weave in meditation practice. Prenatal and "Mommy ... Read More

On the ground floor of the Homer Laughlin Building at South Broadway, the Grand Central Market's global merchants and hipster food purveyors sell house... Read More

Stretching from City Hall to the Music Center, this sprawling, tiered park is a centerpiece of the recent downtown renaissance. Enjoy skyline views,... Read More

Original Debut: In 1927, theater developer Sid Grauman set out to do no less than create the most opulent movie palace the world had ever known. America... Read More

One of the first artists to set up a public viewing space in Culver City, Gregg Fleishman’s studio displays a rotating body of work, all of it... Read More

Los Angeles institution, the Griffith Observatory opened in 1935 with the mission of “inspiring everyone to observe, ponder, and understand ... Read More

This expansive urban park hugs the hills above Los Feliz and has enough attractions within its 4,210 acres to please both nature and culture lovers.... Read More

The 4,000+ acres of landscaped parkland and wilderness at the country's largest municipal park offer kids plenty of green space to go bananas in. And if... Read More

Located in Culver City's old Helms Bakery building (1931), this spacious warehouse is home to the largest furniture collection in L.A. and has... Read More

Gentlemen: at attention! It's your turn for a "man"-icure. This masculine salon welcomes men to get some care for their digits without the girly vibe of... Read More

Jimmy Williams’ company, Hayground Organic Gardening, has become a mainstay among Los Angeles-area farmers markets. He and his son Logan sell more... Read More

This eco-friendly gas station from BP at the high-traffic Beverly Hills intersection of Olympic Boulevard and Robertson Boulevard looks like the kind of... Read More

Hermosa means "beautiful" in Spanish, and this is certainly one of the loveliest beach communities in Los Angeles. The pristine white-sand expanse is... Read More

Frank Lloyd Wright’s first foray into Californian architecture was this impressive “California Romanza” residence he designed in 1919... Read More

This shopping and entertainment complex houses two must-visit venues for film buffs. You can catch a flick in the TCL Chinese Theatre—a historic movie... Read More

British transplant Peter Dunham is the go-to expert for celebrities who gravitate toward his clubby English spin on Old Hollywood style. At his West... Read More

This treasure chest of memorabilia stands out from the touristy trinket shops on Hollywood Boulevard with a stellar collection of film, television, and... Read More

No summer in Los Angeles is complete without at least one trip to "the Bowl," an amphitheater nestled in the Hollywood Hills. Its massive 1920s band... Read More

This historic cemetery is the final resting place of many Hollywood founders, Golden Age movie stars, and even punk musicians. Established in 1899, it... Read More

Many of Tinseltown's most famous dearly departed souls have been laid to rest at this cemetery. Pay your respects at the gravesites of such film greats... Read More

It doesn't get more authentically Hollywood than this quirky repository for original film scripts, movie stills, and movie posters old and new. An... Read More

Housed in the former studio of famed Hollywood makeup artist Max Factor, this museum spans four floors containing thousands of TV and movie props,... Read More

It's hard to decide which is the most pampering element at this luxe spa: the garden setting tucked into a lush canyon or the sumptuous relaxation... Read More

If you want to discover the next big singer-songwriter, spend an evening in this cozy Hollywood lounge. The coffeehouse-turned-bar and music venue has... Read More

The former estate of railroad tycoon Henry Huntington is one of southern California’s most magnificent. Spread over 120 impeccably manicured acres... Read More

Warm marigold and sage green tones, gently glowing candles, silky soft pillows, and sprinkled flower petals create a soothing, zen-inspired setting in... Read More

This posh cinema is perhaps the closest you'll come to watching new releases in your own living room. The plush chairs fully recline, and blankets and... Read More

This sartorial shop's clothes and accessories all come gently used from the wardrobe and prop departments of movie and television productions.... Read More

A consignment store with an only-in-L.A. conceit: the clothes have actually been worn on, or at least purchased for, a set. Each tag bears a code that... Read More

J Restaurant and Lounge has quite a legacy to uphold: Stevie Wonder, Janet Jackson, and Natalie Cole were all regulars at the iconic club (Little J... Read More

Years as agent: 27. Specialties: Middle East, India, Bali, Asia. Consulting fee: None. Read More

This massive 10,000-square-foot showroom could easily double as an airplane hanger, but instead, the space has an arched roof with exposed wood beams,... Read More

A travel industry veteran of 38 years, Jerry Greenburg of Cassis Travel Services makes leisure travel his particular focus. Recognized within the... Read More

At Kristy Choo's Jin Patisserie, Asian ingredients are used in unexpected ways–it was the first shop to make a green tea cake with red bean paste... Read More

A neon arrow points the way inside this brick-fronted bar and restaurant owned by nightlife impresario Sean MacPherson, which is located on the eastern... Read More

Special booking: Cadar recently sent two couples to Rwanda for gorilla tracking at Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge; then to the Serengeti in Tanzania to ride... Read More

For sophisticated unmentionables and bedroom play essentials, Kiki De Montparnasse is the place to go. Located on Melrose Avenue, this loft-like retail... Read More

Kirk Douglas, the legendary actor who got his start onstage but became best known for playing Spartacus onscreen, helped inspired the Center Theatre... Read More

It’s now become a Southern California chainlet, but this original Kitson location was what started the phenomenon. Young starlets à la... Read More

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

Kids will get a kick out of this natural wonderland, where tar has bubbled up from the earth for tens of thousands of years. The adjoining Page Museum... Read More

If you're a lover of art and beautiful vistas, feast your eyes on this picturesque Orange County beach town. You'll find an exceptionally scenic stretch... Read More

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

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... Read More

Open since 1938, Larry Edmunds is a trove of Tinseltown treasures. More than 20,000 motion picture and theater books grace the shelves, but this is way... Read More

This stand-up comedy club churns out big laughs with big-name celebs. Jim Carrey, Jamie Foxx, and the Wayans Brothers are just a few of the jokesters... Read More

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

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... Read More

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

Beach adventurers will have a ball at this one-and-a-half mile stretch of sand. In addition to surfing, windsurfing, and scuba diving possibilities, you... Read More

If candlelit or commune-with-nature yoga is more your speed, then you'll find inner peace at this classic yoga center. Dark woods and flickering lights... Read More

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

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

Survey LA's unique built environment on this series of informative architectural walking tours led by knowledgeable docents. Feast your eyes on the... Read More

This sprawling campus is the largest museum of art in the West, and it's grown even larger in recent years with the addition of new buildings, plus the... Read More

With more than 128,000 pieces of art in their encyclopedic collection including David Hockney and Vincent Van Gogh, it can be a task navigating a day at... Read More

The name says it all: This lagoon is a legendary spot for the surf crowd (popularized in TV shows and films like Gidget). Competition for the choicest... Read More

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... Read More

This South Bay stretch of seashore offers the classic Southern California beach experience. Mentioned in "Surfin' U.S.A." by the Beach Boys, it's a... Read More

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... Read More

This library, maintained by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, is a treasure trove of film history. You can peruse everything from scripts... Read More

Work off all those famous Angeleno street tacos with a stroll or bike ride down a portion of the Marvin Braude Bike Trail, also known as The Strand—a... Read More

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

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

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... Read More

Attention gents: there's a vintage store in the mix expressly for you, and it looks like denim nirvana. You'll find an unparalleled collection of jeans... Read More

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

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 designer... Read More

Twisting through the crest of the Santa Monica Mountains, this famous ribbon of pavement offers breathtaking views of the LA basin and the San Fernando... Read More

MOCA (as it's known to locals) is ground zero for cutting-edge, post-1940 American and European art, from abstract expressionism to pop art to video... Read More

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

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

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

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

This no-frills neighborhood theater is the last surviving revival movie house in Los Angeles—thanks in large part to its famous benefactor Quentin... Read More

This champion of young artists moved from a Lincoln Heights strip mall to a 6,200-square-foot Downtown warehouse and brought the underground scene with... Read More

Visit industrialist Norton Simon’s huge collection of fine art, including works by Degas, Renoir, Gauguin, and Cézanne. Read More

Industrialist Norton Simon's astonishing collection of European and Southeast Asian art laid the foundation for this internationally respected Pasadena... Read More

Attention cinephiles: this historic theater dating back to the early 1940s is a true art house, featuring indie films, foreign flicks, documentaries,... Read More

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

Who says yoga has to be all about silence and serenity? At this offbeat, upbeat Silver Lake studio, classes are set to funky music playlists, from... Read More

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... Read More

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

You'll want to put the top down for this iconic stretch of highway that hugs the coast, whipping you past stunning Pacific Ocean vistas along the way.... Read More

This hulking campus of interior design showrooms cuts a striking figure in the neighborhood—it’s been nicknamed the “Blue Whale”... Read More

Whip out your biggest sunglasses and put the top down: you're headed to the desert's most glamorous community. Palm Springs has been Hollywood's hot... Read More

This extraordinary coastal drive takes you through the magnificent topography of the Palos Verdes peninsula (scenes from Pirates of the Caribbean were... Read More

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... Read More

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

Costume designers for TV shows like Mad Men set in the 1940s through 1960s regularly raid this treasure trove of ladies' and gents' throwback fashions... Read More

Specializing in collectors' items, this warehouse of high-end props is like a cross between an art museum and an archeologist's lab. The stock changes... Read More

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,... Read More

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 tour... Read More

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

Hand-painted bone china tea sets, bamboo cutting boards, and chrome fortune cookies entice shoppers at this high-end gift store in Chinatown&rsquo... Read More

Numerous tour companies lay claim to showing you the "real" Hollywood, but Red Line's "Hollywood Behind-the-Scenes" walking tour is one of the best for... Read More

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

From the welcome glass of champagne to the glam white-meets-metallic décor to spoiled-rotten treatments like the Caviar and Mimosa body scrub... Read More

Film soundtracks are the inspiration for the cabaret show at this spirited supper club, where the songbook is music used in movies by famed directors... Read More

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

L.A.’s young and fab make regular pilgrimages to this warren of shops housed beneath a vine-covered roof. Shimmery-blond stay-at-home-moms peruse... Read More

For nearly 40 years, Angelenos have been flocking to this massive flea to peruse the estimated five miles of booths with 2,200 vendors. Look up... Read More

Royal/T in Culver City is a cafe, contemporary art gallery, and shop all in one—and al united by a love of Japan. Staff wear coquettish maid... Read More

Strange Factor: Strap on some running shoes and jog in the footsteps of actual celebrities who dodged the pesky photographers on the same streets when... Read More

Shop owner Holly Boies opened her Venice Beach clothing store Salt just as Abbott Kinney Boulevard was beginning to flourish into a shopping mecca.... Read More

Travel agency owner Sandee Litwin has nearly three decades of experience in the travel industry. With particular expertise in upscale luxury cruise... Read More

This idyllic gem just an hour and a half north of Los Angeles beckons day-trippers with a pristine coastline, atmospheric Spanish architecture, and wine... Read More

For a nautical adventure, set sail for Avalon, the main city on this island just over an hour away from the L.A. harbor by boat. Shop on the charming... Read More

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... Read More

Perhaps the most unusual designee in this year’s 10 Best Public Spaces, this 3.5-mile stretch of public beach just west of Los Angeles draws... Read More

Isn’t the very idea—a LEED_certified parking garage—oxymoronic and perverse?Architect James Mary O'Connor's firm, Moore Ruble Yudell,... Read More

The Spread: The biggest and oldest of Santa Monica's weekly markets (there are three others) is this Wednesday gathering downtown. Most of L.A.'s top... Read More

Near the western terminus of historic Route 66, this old-timey seaside amusement park has an enduring, if kitschy, popularity. Untold thousands of... Read More

What could be more fun for kids than the surf and sand of Santa Monica? How about a seaside pier with kid-friendly activities galore? Dating back to... Read More

A recent revamp turned this once-indoor mall at the edge of the popular Third Street Promenade into a hip, open-air shopping and dining experience.... Read More

Special booking: In 2010, Duffy planned a vacation to the Mediterranean that included a cruise on a 300-foot yacht stocked with 10 pounds of caviar.... Read More

A monument to film's silent era, West Hollywood’s Silent Movie Theater was originally opened by John Hampton in 1942. For many years, the... Read More

This patch of green hugs the Silver Lake Reservoir, a glistening water source surrounded by gentle hills. It's a popular picnic spot for the artsy... Read More

Silver Lake takes its name from this picturesque stash of water that glistens amid the neighborhood’s hilly slopes. It’s the district&rsquo... Read More

You know you’re miles from "fancypants LA" when your dog is welcome on the premises! A favorite of area vino enthusiasts, this unpretentious... Read More

This vibrant museum and cultural center uses the history of the Jewish experience as a starting point to tell larger stories about multiculturalism in... Read More

Snow Valley has attracted Southern California skiers since the 1930s. This San Bernadino mountains resort lies northeast of Los Angeles and is about a... Read More

What began as a handcrafted soap shop in the early 1970’s has today become a cult purveyor of pop ephemera and a counterculture art gallery. The... Read More

A small bungalow off Melrose Avenue is the just-right setting for this uncommon stationery boutique which houses tidy displays of colorful scented ink... Read More

Moorish mosaics and therapies inspired by the lush orchards of southern Spain transport you to Andalusia at this large, light-filled spa. The stone... Read More

Hollywood goes hipster at this carefully curated retail complex. Anchored by Urban Outfitters, the collection of boutiques ranged around the brick... Read More

Situated in the Culver City art district, this gallery is the namesake of Studio Pali Fekete Architects (SPF:a), the design firm responsible for... Read More

From private yacht rentals and plane charters to destination weddings, SRD International provides the luxury travel experiences that CEOs and Hollywood... Read More

Production assistants and their former-USC sorority sisters flock to the amber-colored bar at the newly renovated Sofitel—once a forgotten... Read More

At home amidst the boho-chic atmosphere of Venice’s Abbot Kinney Boulevard, this perfume boutique combines the romance of old-world fragrances... Read More

Located in the Venice area and brimming with positive vibes, the Stronghold is an updated dry goods store that sells vintage clothing and limited... Read More

The terracotta-hued complex at this famous intersection is “ground zero” of Silver Lake hipsterdom. Rockers, indie artists, and foodies all... Read More

The patrons have Madeline and Mildred to thank for the bakery's treats: owner Susan Sarich's grandmothers carefully recorded recipes on index cards,... Read More

Once a 1920s Spanish duplex, Suzanne Felsen’s boutique on Melrose Avenue is now a modernist bungalow housing the designer’s showroom and... Read More

The unique and the beautiful are openly celebrated at this Melrose Avenue retailer that makes quality dining at home its central focus. Since 2004,... Read More

Designer cocktails and Art Deco decor distinguish this sumptuous throwback to a 1930s supper club. The latest venture of Campanile chef Mark Peel, the... Read More

This specialty boutique has a unique slant on vintage, focusing on a certain California bohemian aesthetic of the 1960s. Think Afghani tunics in bold... Read More

Nightclub aficionados refer to this sultry club as a micro-lounge, but what’s truly microscopic here are your chances of getting in. There is a... Read More

Home to one of the largest populations of Persian-Americans in the US, Tehrangeles – a neighborhood nickname combining Los Angeles with Iran&rsquo... Read More

Alice Temperley’s modern "Cool Britannia" designs are offered stateside in this boutique on Melrose Place. Inside a former art gallery littered... Read More

Sprawling coffeehouse-nightclub. This sprawling club (there are four bars in all) hosts an annual Academy Awards party whose total proceeds are donated... Read More

In this refined lounge's Golden Age heyday, the Rat Pack and young ingenues like Marlene Dietrich and Elizabeth Taylor gathered here for both romance... Read More

This “secret” subterranean bar is hidden below a popular wedding and events venue and offers a sultry speakeasy vibe for cocktailing and... Read More

From the outside, the brick facade of The Bradbury Building—the oldest commercial building in the city center—looks fairly unremarkable, but... Read More

This gussied-up former dive bar is a community watering hole within a pretty exceptional (star-studded!) community. Along with Abbot Kinney hipsters and... Read More

Opened in 2015, Eli Broad’s blockbuster new contemporary art museum has attracted hundreds of thousands of visitors. The 120,000-square-foot space,... Read More

The Museum: If Monty Python’s killer Rabbit of Caerbannog freaked you out, may want to steer clear of this museum. What started as a simple... Read More

If you're shopping for great comedy, this "store" has it all: three stages of comedic action ranging from comedy legends to up-and-comers. Dave... Read More

This tiny cocktail lounge in the Fairfax District is owned by impresario Andy Fiscella and producer Beau Flynn (What’s Your Number?). Mirrors hang... Read More

This intimate club reflects the funky Eastside ethos of Echo Park. It's got its finger on the pulse of the indie and alternative music scenes (everyone... Read More

Once home to downtown L.A.’s first power plant, this cavernous two-story speakeasy still has plenty of buzz (and not just because of the... Read More

Part of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, The Geffen Contemporary was first founded as the Temporary Contemporary in 1983 before becoming a... Read More

Since L.A. lacks the piazzas and promenades of other major cities, the Getty Center is more than just a museum. Occupying an isolated, hillside perch,... Read More

Perched on a Brentwood hilltop with astounding city and ocean views, The Getty is Los Angeles's crown jewel of art. Take a tram up the hill and arrive... Read More

This museum dedicated to the history of recorded music brings the music-making process to life through a variety of interactive exhibits. Multimedia ... Read More

The character-based sketch and improvisational style of this comedy troupe has been popularized by shows like Saturday Night Live. Christen Wiig, Maya... Read More

Everyone who's anyone in the stand-up business has played the Improv. Veterans like Bill Cosby, Lily Tomlin, and Jay Leno performed here early in their... Read More

The Hotel Cafe is an anomaly along the Cahuenga Corridor cocktailing mecca: it’s a place where softly strummed guitars trump earsplitting dance... Read More

Though there’s more than a hint of pessimism for the printed book’s future in the name of this indie bookshop, The Last Bookstore may... Read More

Owner Chris Weiss brought his New York- and Miami-based beer and wine bar to Abbot Kinney in 2005. The candle-lit room has high-ceilings buttressed by... Read More

The Paley Center is a repository of nearly 100 years of television and radio history that aims to examine the relationship between these art forms, as... Read More

In a suburb comprising mostly low-level shops and two-story homes, this ultramodern 18th-floor hotel bar is an unexpected gem. Here, guests and locals... Read More

The neon-soaked Sunset Strip club is the epicenter of LA's rock-'n'-roll scene, and this historic club is its ground zero. Neil Young played the grand... Read More

Insider favorite The Runway is an ideal spot for ladies to score some locally minded togs on a budget—they carry samples and overstock exclusively... Read More

This intimate rock club has a hefty legacy on its shoulders: Spaceland, the club that previously occupied this space from 1995 to 2011, was legendary in... Read More

This Silver Lake club is carrying on the legacy of its former occupant Spaceland, which was instrumental in breaking indie and alternative rock acts... Read More

Get ready for some noise! This grungy downtown spot is a magnet for punk and experimental rock, and the vibe is thoroughly D.I.Y. It's volunteer-run,... Read More

Tucked away on the fifth-floor roof garden of the Peninsula Beverly Hills Hotel lies The Peninsula Spa. Relaxation and high-end pampering await just... Read More

Formerly a United Artists movie palace in the 1920s, this stunning space was re-imagined in 2014 as a music performance venue. The intricate Spanish... Read More

Opened in 1957, this storied rock club has launched the careers of countless legendary acts. Bob Dylan, Elton John, James Taylor, and Joni Mitchell are... Read More

This club was all the rage when it opened in 1993: Johnny Depp was a co-owner, Courtney Love hung out, and bands like the Wallflowers got discovered on... Read More

Time travel is easy at this overflowing jewel-box of a vintage store; whether you’re nostalgic for turn-of-the-century gowns or the grunge... Read More

Shopping at this expertly curated boutique is like taking a class in fashion history from the late 19th century to the present−only a lot more fun.... Read More

Perched on the rooftop of the Thompson Hotel with a 360-degree view of Beverly Hills and Los Angeles, this bi-level bar owned by hotelier Jason Pomeranc... Read More

The team behind New York City's High Line brilliantly transformed a Santa Monica parking lot into a green oasis, replete with picnic tables, grassy... Read More

Unique Japanese housewares, including Shigeki Funishiro polyester baskets and Ryota Aoki ceramics. Read More

Old-school Hollywood meets 21st-century at this wood-paneled restaurant and bar in the lavish Sunset Tower Hotel. Occupying Bugsy Siegel’s old... Read More

This atmospheric bar at the edge of the Venice Beach Boardwalk is one of the city’s oldest—it began as Menotti’s saloon in 1915 and... Read More

The shelves of this petite, independent book boutique are crammed to bursting with travel volumes covering every global destination imaginable,... Read More

Since opening in 1957, this renowned live music club has helped launched the careers of some of rock’s most famous names, from Elton John and... Read More

Theme parks, in general, tend to be overpriced, underwhelming affairs—but Universal Studios, 20 minutes from downtown in the San Fernando Valley,... Read More

World-class gourmet cuisine and all English-speaking staffs await travelers aboard Uniworld Boutique River Cruise's sumptuously appointed vessels. This... Read More

Amy Poehler and Matt Walsh are among the founding members of this offbeat comedy theater. The venue hosts all manner of funny stuff, including standup,... Read More

What to Expect: All walks of life flock to this 500-foot-deep golden-sand beach, which stretches over seven miles between Marina del Rey and Pacific... Read More

Jaded types insist that there’s nothing all that special about this ever-bohemian boardwalk, with its collection of eccentrics hawking their wares... Read More

Developer Abbot Kinney modeled the canals and bridges in this historic district on those in Venice, Italy. Though they were a sensation when they were... Read More

This historic neighborhood theatre offers one of the best movie-going experiences in town. Housed in a Spanish Revival building, the single-screen... Read More

This six-acre estate, renowned as the first luxury home in Beverly Hills, was constructed in 1911 and has been preserved in order to allow visitors the... Read More

Opened in 1923, this historic single-screen theater has retained its elegant Spanish Revival facade and ornate Egyptian-inspired interior. While it... Read More

Inside the dark-gray, hulking exterior of this 15,000-square-foot facility lies a European-inspired spa with modern luxuries and style. A water-wall and... Read More

Rising dramatically over downtown Los Angeles, the colossal stainless steel curves that comprise the exterior of this world-renowned concert hall create... Read More

One of the city's architectural gems, this sweeping steel structure was designed by Frank Gehry (Walt Disney's widow footed the bill). It's the home of... Read More

From its trendy digs in West LA’s Culver City Art District, the Walter Maciel Gallery showcases the works of emerging to mid-career contemporary... Read More

Take a gander behind the scenes of real movie and TV production at this working studio. You'll get to see the sets, backlot streets, and craft shops... Read More

This 24-hour multilevel spa takes the Korean spa tradition to extravagant heights. Separate men's and women's floors (patrons bathe in the buff) feature... Read More

Years as agent: 35. Other specialty: Argentina. Fee: From $100. T+L’s Travel Agent Advisory Board, 2011 Read More

Brace Yourself: First opened in 2002 as the world’s first “fourth-dimensional” ride, with 360-degree rotating seats and headfirst,... Read More

The yoga-for-everyone mentality at this perky chain makes it accessible for novice and expert yogis alike. There are also special classes geared for... Read More

This sunny boutique specializes in “free-range design” that roams both around the world (there’s a Scandinavian emphasis) and close to... Read More

Three miles of wide, white sand make Zuma Beach one of the most popular beaches in Southern California. Both experts and beginners visit the area for... Read More

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