Los Angeles takes on many different identities depending on who you talk to. For those who embrace the classics it’s the City of Stars, for the romantics it’s the City of Angels, and for the star struck it’s Hollywood. However, L.A. is more than just the Walk of Fame and the white, 9-letter word that illuminates the Hollywood hills. In this city you can experience the quirky street performing crowd in Venice Beach, drive past the impressive mansions that grace the streets of Beverly Hills and take snapshots of the amazing street art that fill the alleyways of Little Tokyo. As a worldwide tourist destination, it’s easy to get lost in the noise of it all, so we narrowed it down for you with our list of the best Los Angeles attractions for every personality.
One of the best things about wandering around Los Angeles is discovering the street art hidden around each corner. Luckily, the Neighba’hood Art Tour has organized the perfect bike route to show you the best L.A. graffiti, including artists like Shepard Fairey, who you might know as the founder of OBEY. When you’re ready to escape the city streets, head for the hills and take on Hollywood’s iconic Runyon Canyon hike, which gives you the best views of the Hollywood sign and the Sunset Strip. You might even see a celebrity or two on the way up!
Live Like a Local
If you’ve never heard of the Last Bookstore, you might think it’s just like any other bookstore on the street. However, this shop takes book browsing to the next level. With vintage books stacked to the ceiling and labyrinths made of old editions, the Last Bookstore is a bibliophile’s dream. For a unique star-searching experience, venture out to the Hollywood Forever cemetery, also known as the forever home to some of Hollywood’s most famous stars, like Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney. Nowadays the cemetery doubles as an outdoor movie theater, Cinespia. Catching a classic flick here is an excellent way to experience old Hollywood, surrounded by old Hollywood!
If there’s a foodie in your group, you’ve come to the right place. L.A. is famous for having a diverse range of neighborhoods, like Little Ethiopia and Koreatown, that feature authentic food from family run restaurants. For a taste of Thailand, head to the Sticky Rice stand in Grand Central Market. Mexican food more your style? Grab a bite at the many taco trucks that line the streets of Echo Park or venture into the Mexican hub itself at Olvera Street. Craving top quality ramen? Japantown has got you covered with a frenzy of noodle shops that are in constant competition to be named the neighborhood’s best. Needless to say, you won’t leave this city hungry.
You don’t have to travel to Marrakesh to get an open air market experience. Just head to the heart of L.A.’s Fashion District at Santee Alley. Here you’ll see 150 storefronts come to life, selling the latest fashion trends at discount prices. For a dose of culture head to the Broad Museum where you can enter for free to see over 2,000 artworks, a whole floor dedicated to Roy Lichtenstein, and the famous Infinity Mirrored Room. Be sure to reserve your tickets online because they sell out months in advance!
Have L.A. at Your Fingertips at the Mayfair Hotel
Located in downtown Los Angeles right next to the 7th Street/Metro Center subway station, the trendy Mayfair Hotel offers a prime location to stay connected to L.A.’s best hotspots. With an updated contemporary flair that echoes the roaring 20’s, staying at the Mayfair Hotel will make you feel like a celebrity living the posh life. Plus, there’s nothing better than ending your evenings with the sparkling view of Hollywood from your suite.