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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Observatory
“Excellent place to visit! This iconic gem oversees the city of Los Angeles! The "Hollywood" sign is nearby as well for those that don't mind hiking to get there!”
  • 1627 locals recommend
Art Museum
“LACMA is definitely one of LA’s coolest attractions. Outside it has the famous row of lights that attract a number of tourists and there’s a lot of other cool art inside that’s worth checking out. It also has a solid (but pricey) outdoor restaurant called Ray’s & Stark Bar, which is great for happy hour or a bite between exhibits. The Jazz at LACMA summer series is a free outdoor performance by SoCal jazz musicians with special appearances in the past by jazz legends like John Clayton, and Billy Childs. What to know before you go: LACMA is open 11am to 5pm Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, 11am to 8pm on Friday, and 10am to 7pm Saturday and Sunday.”
  • 1034 locals recommend
Theme Park
“This is a must-visit if you’ve never been. The Harry Potter World is crazy! Buy tickets ahead of time online and make sure to get there early to give yourself enough time to see everything.”
  • 804 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
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“Fun family friendly outdoor mall with movie theater, restaurants, and shopping!”
  • 1098 locals recommend
Park
“Just two blocks from Hollywood Boulevard, Runyon Canyon Park is an often overlooked urban park that offers some great views. Atop the canyon, you can glimpse views of the San Fernando Valley and the Pacific Ocean, as well as the Hollywood Sign and Giffith Observatory. The park also boasts several hiking trails and is a popular spot for celebrities to exercise. Travelers say that the canyon is reminiscent of Old Hollywood with several old mansions and estates scattered throughout the park – keep your eyes peeled as you follow the trail. ”
  • 986 locals recommend
Art Museum
“Free! Just pay for parking. Majestic hilltop buildings, the art is Ok, the traveling collections can be great, but the real attraction is the space and gardens themselves. Must not miss!”
  • 795 locals recommend
Entertainment
“What’s a trip to LA without seeing the beach? Great day trip or night spot to visit with walkable restaurants, shops, rides etc”
  • 735 locals recommend
Shopping Plaza
“Outdoor shopping scene. It has everything. A nice walk, crowded on the weekends.”
  • 767 locals recommend
Art Museum
“The best art collection in Los Angeles. Building is cool. The collection is better. Great pieces from every famous artist of the last 50 years. Spectacular place.”
  • 498 locals recommend
Music Venue
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“A must! Outdoor concert venue, perfect for a summer night out under the stars”
  • 539 locals recommend
Landmark
“Great place to see the famous Walk of Fame of every star who has graced Hollywood. Enjoy exploring and learning more about the world's most famous sidewalk and the celebrities it honors! ”
  • 308 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“elite shopping , stores, food courts, and beautiful people. Amazing restaurants also exist on the premises! ”
  • 354 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“It's touristy but fun, shops and restaurants next door to famed Grauman's Chinese Theatre and framed by costumed "superheroes."”
  • 386 locals recommend
Beach Bar
“About 20 minutes away by car, be prepared for anything goes on Venice Beach... art meets Bohemia meets the surf!”
  • 315 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
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“Everything here is delicious...this place is so cool they don't even put their name on the outside...the takeout next door is great too! ”
  • 496 locals recommend
Park
“This is a “must visit”. Great views of LA and the Hollywood sign. The museum in the Observatory is free. There are lots of hiking trails to explore in the park. ”
  • 347 locals recommend

Top restaurants

New American Restaurant
“Everything here is delicious...this place is so cool they don't even put their name on the outside...the takeout next door is great too! ”
  • 496 locals recommend
French Restaurant
“Sunday brunch spot for a true LA experience. Live jazz, rooftop vibes, delicious eats and great drinks. Try the crab Benedict, bread pudding and the sangria. After brunch head up one floor to the rooftop bar for great views of downtown LA. Tip: make a reservation! Note: my location is 15 mins away from Perch ”
  • 338 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
“Best French-Italian restaurant in my opinion. Almost everything on the menu is good. Their dessert selections were amazing, I love the tiramisu. ”
  • 223 locals recommend
Lounge
“Local bar with the best outdoor vibe on ocean. Great ‘Sunday’ drink spot. The usually have a great dj. Mixed local and tourist spot. ”
  • 245 locals recommend
Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurant
“Delicious Vegan restaurant! I love most of what they serve.. great salads and bowls!”
  • 256 locals recommend
Gay Bar
“Cocktails & shared plates are served at this lively gay lounge with outdoor terraces & dance floor. Address: 692 N Robertson Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069”
  • 225 locals recommend
French Restaurant
“Fun French restaurant located at Silverlake Junction. Bar Stella is adjacent and has a lively Euro scene. ”
  • 282 locals recommend
Café
“Have brunch at Gjusta, an artisanal bakery in a sprawling, warehouse-like space offers up special breads baked on-site.”
  • 221 locals recommend

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