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Johnny & Mark
Johnny & Mark
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You can go south to or north to Venice. Super fun.
48 locals recommend
Ballona Creek Bike Path
Ballona Creek Bike Path
48 locals recommend
You can go south to or north to Venice. Super fun.
Overlooks all of Playa, super close to us and Mark walks the dogs there every morning. Interesting views of the Spruce Goose hangar (where"Avatar" was shot).
South Bluff Trail Road
South Bluff Trail Road
Overlooks all of Playa, super close to us and Mark walks the dogs there every morning. Interesting views of the Spruce Goose hangar (where"Avatar" was shot).

Sightseeing

Super-funky Venice Beach.
1021 locals recommend
Venice Beach mural
1021 locals recommend
Super-funky Venice Beach.
Best and closest beach, and you can bike there!
70 locals recommend
Playa del Rey
70 locals recommend
Best and closest beach, and you can bike there!
Best flea market in Los Angeles, hands down. Every Sunday rain or shine, and we have coupons for $1 entry. great deals and it's right by The Farmer's Market and hip Melrose.
182 locals recommend
Melrose Trading Post
7850 Melrose Ave
182 locals recommend
Best flea market in Los Angeles, hands down. Every Sunday rain or shine, and we have coupons for $1 entry. great deals and it's right by The Farmer's Market and hip Melrose.
One of the lest-visited parks we know of and if you're out in Malibu stop by. Just an amazing view. Watch for ticks and rattlesnakes.
28 locals recommend
Charmlee Wilderness Park
2577 Encinal Canyon Rd
28 locals recommend
One of the lest-visited parks we know of and if you're out in Malibu stop by. Just an amazing view. Watch for ticks and rattlesnakes.
Nice place to walk if the beaches are too crowded (they always are during the weekends). This nature preserve is lovely, and so close to us. Watch out for rattlesnakes.
Ballona Wetlands
Nice place to walk if the beaches are too crowded (they always are during the weekends). This nature preserve is lovely, and so close to us. Watch out for rattlesnakes.
The best beach in LA. period. You'll need to navigate stairs to get to it, plus it pays to consult tide charts because in high tide the beach gets a lot smaller, but still is amazing.
El Matador Beach Rd
The best beach in LA. period. You'll need to navigate stairs to get to it, plus it pays to consult tide charts because in high tide the beach gets a lot smaller, but still is amazing.
Great for off-leash dogs and star-spotting, take the main trail up to the top. Spectacular views of the Hollywood Sign, all of LA! Take the Mulholland side for an easier walk.
2445 locals recommend
Runyon Canyon Park
2000 N Fuller Ave
2445 locals recommend
Great for off-leash dogs and star-spotting, take the main trail up to the top. Spectacular views of the Hollywood Sign, all of LA! Take the Mulholland side for an easier walk.
Really fun, full of restaurants, bars, clubs and great shopping. Has a Hello Kitty Store.
435 locals recommend
Little Tokyo
435 locals recommend
Really fun, full of restaurants, bars, clubs and great shopping. Has a Hello Kitty Store.
A mall, really, but you van walk the same entry used by the Oscars, tour the facilities and check out Grauman's Chinese with its famous footprints and the stars on Hollywood Blvd.
923 locals recommend
Hollywood & Highland
6801 Hollywood Blvd
923 locals recommend
A mall, really, but you van walk the same entry used by the Oscars, tour the facilities and check out Grauman's Chinese with its famous footprints and the stars on Hollywood Blvd.
Cool restored Egyptian Theater, home of the American Cinematheque, go there for screenings.
American Cinematheque
1604 N Cahuenga Blvd
Cool restored Egyptian Theater, home of the American Cinematheque, go there for screenings.
Welcome to the birth of the film industry. Great place to walk, play and eat.
82 locals recommend
Downtown
82 locals recommend
Welcome to the birth of the film industry. Great place to walk, play and eat.
This non-profit offers guided tour of our famous wetlands.
Friends of Ballona Wetlands
This non-profit offers guided tour of our famous wetlands.
DAY TRIP: San Diego can be pretty fun and it's close to Tijuana. Only 2 hours or less depending on traffic. Check out the Gas Light District and Balboa Park.
290 locals recommend
San Diego
290 locals recommend
DAY TRIP: San Diego can be pretty fun and it's close to Tijuana. Only 2 hours or less depending on traffic. Check out the Gas Light District and Balboa Park.
DAY TRIP: Just south of San Diego Tijuana is really fun. Park at the border for and walk over. Check out Avenieda de Revolucion for a safe and fun shopping and tequila guzzling experience.
148 locals recommend
Tijuana
148 locals recommend
DAY TRIP: Just south of San Diego Tijuana is really fun. Park at the border for and walk over. Check out Avenieda de Revolucion for a safe and fun shopping and tequila guzzling experience.
DAY TRIP: Check out the quaint and charming Danish village. There's an interesting museum about Danish immigration, good shopping and even better food. Close to the Chumash Casino.
131 locals recommend
Solvang
131 locals recommend
DAY TRIP: Check out the quaint and charming Danish village. There's an interesting museum about Danish immigration, good shopping and even better food. Close to the Chumash Casino.
DAY TRIP: Santa Barbara is gorgeous, Spanish Colonial-themed and near some excellent beaches. Check out State Street and also Mark thinks they have an important art museum.
185 locals recommend
Santa Barbara
185 locals recommend
DAY TRIP: Santa Barbara is gorgeous, Spanish Colonial-themed and near some excellent beaches. Check out State Street and also Mark thinks they have an important art museum.
DAY TRIP: Right by Solvang, this casino has grown into a proper destination. Loose slots.
36 locals recommend
Chumash Casino
3400 CA-246
36 locals recommend
DAY TRIP: Right by Solvang, this casino has grown into a proper destination. Loose slots.

Food Scene

Quintessential LA hamburger stand for you carnivores.
49 locals recommend
The Shack
185 Culver Blvd
49 locals recommend
Quintessential LA hamburger stand for you carnivores.
Vegan Thai, good food and they DELIVER!
17 locals recommend
LA Vegan
4507 S Centinela Ave
17 locals recommend
Vegan Thai, good food and they DELIVER!
It's in the Valley, but this family-owned restaurant is hands down the best vegan Chinese restaurant in LA. They make everything in house, bring your own beer or wine. Ask for Ting!
Garden Wok
6117 Reseda Blvd
It's in the Valley, but this family-owned restaurant is hands down the best vegan Chinese restaurant in LA. They make everything in house, bring your own beer or wine. Ask for Ting!
Good, cheap Cuban eats, powerful sangria. Do vegan plates with rice, beans, plantains and salad. meat eaters LOVE the garlic chicken, plus it's super close.
63 locals recommend
Versailles Cuban Restaurant
10319 Venice Blvd.
63 locals recommend
Good, cheap Cuban eats, powerful sangria. Do vegan plates with rice, beans, plantains and salad. meat eaters LOVE the garlic chicken, plus it's super close.
Our fave Mexican restaurant, LA institution for over 80 years. Good, cheap margaritas, vegans order the taco salad minus the taco, the guac has may so get chopped avo instead. Ask for Isabel.
72 locals recommend
El Coyote
7312 Beverly Blvd
72 locals recommend
Our fave Mexican restaurant, LA institution for over 80 years. Good, cheap margaritas, vegans order the taco salad minus the taco, the guac has may so get chopped avo instead. Ask for Isabel.
Great natural foods store, small and independently run, great vibes, and even better sammiches.
139 locals recommend
Rainbow Acres Natural Foods
13208 Washington Blvd
139 locals recommend
Great natural foods store, small and independently run, great vibes, and even better sammiches.
Japanese grocery store with an amazing food court selling everything from Japanese dvds, manga and ramen.
130 locals recommend
Mitsuwa Marketplace - Santa Monica
3760 S Centinela Ave
130 locals recommend
Japanese grocery store with an amazing food court selling everything from Japanese dvds, manga and ramen.
Good, cheap, family-run. They make all of the seitan and substitutes in-house.
9 locals recommend
Alpine Village Restaurant
833 W Torrance Blvd
9 locals recommend
Good, cheap, family-run. They make all of the seitan and substitutes in-house.
If you're in uber-hip and sexy Silverlake give this tiny postage stamp of a restaurant a try. You can eat outside.
95 locals recommend
Flore Vegan
2943 Sunset Blvd
95 locals recommend
If you're in uber-hip and sexy Silverlake give this tiny postage stamp of a restaurant a try. You can eat outside.
This is old Hollywood unchanged. Ignore the outdoor mall (The Grove) and go grab a bite and eat in the food court. This is the way things used to be.
820 locals recommend
The Original Farmers Market
6333 W 3rd St
820 locals recommend
This is old Hollywood unchanged. Ignore the outdoor mall (The Grove) and go grab a bite and eat in the food court. This is the way things used to be.
Excellent vegan Thai, a finer dining experience than normal vegan places and very close to the Beverly Center, LA's finest indoor mall (if you're into that kind of thing).
21 locals recommend
Vegan Glory
8393 Beverly Blvd
21 locals recommend
Excellent vegan Thai, a finer dining experience than normal vegan places and very close to the Beverly Center, LA's finest indoor mall (if you're into that kind of thing).
OK this is a hike but they have an amazing vegan-friendly brunch and the outdoor setting is tranquil and superb. Pretty spendy but you won't find a more romantic place to eat in LA.
220 locals recommend
Inn of the Seventh Ray
128 Old Topanga Canyon Rd
220 locals recommend
OK this is a hike but they have an amazing vegan-friendly brunch and the outdoor setting is tranquil and superb. Pretty spendy but you won't find a more romantic place to eat in LA.
The Reef's Sunday brunch isn't too vegan-friendly but our friend Auggie rocks. Your champagne glass will be filled the whole time. Super fun. Tell him we sent you, ask for "The Auggie Experience."
12 locals recommend
The Reef Lounge
880 S Harbor Scenic Dr
12 locals recommend
The Reef's Sunday brunch isn't too vegan-friendly but our friend Auggie rocks. Your champagne glass will be filled the whole time. Super fun. Tell him we sent you, ask for "The Auggie Experience."
They have a massive brunch and there are a few vegan options. They have a nice prix fixe lunch and a great bar as well. Go there for the view. You won't be disappointed (in the view).
Shanghai Red's
They have a massive brunch and there are a few vegan options. They have a nice prix fixe lunch and a great bar as well. Go there for the view. You won't be disappointed (in the view).
The neighbors love it. You can skateboard or bike there as it's our neighborhood sushi place. Always packed.
61 locals recommend
Sakura
4545 S Centinela Ave
61 locals recommend
The neighbors love it. You can skateboard or bike there as it's our neighborhood sushi place. Always packed.
Classic Googie American diner, famous for its fried chicken nights and German pancake. Good for a non-vegan breakkie.
23 locals recommend
Dinah's Family Restaurant
6521 South Sepulveda Boulevard
23 locals recommend
Classic Googie American diner, famous for its fried chicken nights and German pancake. Good for a non-vegan breakkie.
Fun american contemporary restaurant and bar in Venice. Egalitarian bar and good music. Can get spendy but totally worth it.
63 locals recommend
Joe's Restaurant
1023 Abbot Kinney Boulevard
63 locals recommend
Fun american contemporary restaurant and bar in Venice. Egalitarian bar and good music. Can get spendy but totally worth it.
You can eat at our Westside version of the Wolfgang Puck franchise without all the beverly Hills nonsense. Can be spendy but this restaurant helped spearhead Asian/Californian fusion.
31 locals recommend
Chinois On Main
2709 Main St
31 locals recommend
You can eat at our Westside version of the Wolfgang Puck franchise without all the beverly Hills nonsense. Can be spendy but this restaurant helped spearhead Asian/Californian fusion.
There's always a line outside; people go apeshit for these tacos. They're pretty good (I've been told) but they're still just tacos. A good, cheap, local experience. The chips and salsa are amazing.
78 locals recommend
Tito’s Tacos
11222 Washington Pl
78 locals recommend
There's always a line outside; people go apeshit for these tacos. They're pretty good (I've been told) but they're still just tacos. A good, cheap, local experience. The chips and salsa are amazing.
Really good, and they bend over backwards to accomodate vegans. Nice service. Fabulous view. Stiff drinks.
49 locals recommend
Cafe del Rey
4451 Admiralty Way
49 locals recommend
Really good, and they bend over backwards to accomodate vegans. Nice service. Fabulous view. Stiff drinks.
Cool, middle-eastern themed celebrity chef resto, great for vegans and super sexy. Great splurge for a date.
90 locals recommend
AKASHA
9543 Culver Blvd
90 locals recommend
Cool, middle-eastern themed celebrity chef resto, great for vegans and super sexy. Great splurge for a date.
Including this resto only because people just LOVE it. Great water location, not suitable for vegans. Great if you love this sort of thing.
495 locals recommend
The Cheesecake Factory
4142 Vía Marina
495 locals recommend
Including this resto only because people just LOVE it. Great water location, not suitable for vegans. Great if you love this sort of thing.
The go-to place for vegan cocktails and grub. If you're gluten-free, veggie or vegan this is the place for you. Meaty folks love it too. Killer veggie burgers.
38 locals recommend
Native Foods Cafe
9343 Culver Boulevard
38 locals recommend
The go-to place for vegan cocktails and grub. If you're gluten-free, veggie or vegan this is the place for you. Meaty folks love it too. Killer veggie burgers.
Our long-time favorite LA restaurant, Chaya has a great bar and can make dynamite vegan sushi. Be careful, tell them you don't want miso soup with chix broth if you're vegan. Fun local place.
154 locals recommend
Chaya
110 Navy St
154 locals recommend
Our long-time favorite LA restaurant, Chaya has a great bar and can make dynamite vegan sushi. Be careful, tell them you don't want miso soup with chix broth if you're vegan. Fun local place.
Best coffee in Playa. Nuff said.
37 locals recommend
Tanner's Coffee Co. - Playa Del Rey
200 Culver Blvd
37 locals recommend
Best coffee in Playa. Nuff said.
Best juice and smoothies in Playa. NOT like a chain place, this G's has personality in spades. People love the Mexican food served by Senor G's next door.
34 locals recommend
Señor G's Fresh & Healthy Mexican Food
343 Culver Blvd
34 locals recommend
Best juice and smoothies in Playa. NOT like a chain place, this G's has personality in spades. People love the Mexican food served by Senor G's next door.

Entertainment & Activities

Hey, it's Disneyland. Don't bother staying at the super-expensive resort. LA people just drive there.
3068 locals recommend
Disneyland Park
1313 Disneyland Dr
3068 locals recommend
Hey, it's Disneyland. Don't bother staying at the super-expensive resort. LA people just drive there.

Arts & Culture

Music and a picnic under the stars, what could be better? Eclectic and varied program all summer long. Tip: 1/2 price tix are available on Goldstar.
883 locals recommend
The Getty Villa
17985 Pacific Coast Hwy
883 locals recommend
Music and a picnic under the stars, what could be better? Eclectic and varied program all summer long. Tip: 1/2 price tix are available on Goldstar.
The Museum of Jurassic Technology put the "q" in "quirky." It must be seen to believe. A weird little museum and they keep even weirder hours.
191 locals recommend
Museum of Jurassic Technology
9341 Venice Blvd.
191 locals recommend
The Museum of Jurassic Technology put the "q" in "quirky." It must be seen to believe. A weird little museum and they keep even weirder hours.

Drinks & Nightlife

OK, it's a steakhouse. We're vegan. We get the irony. But they have the best martinis (outside of our house). Old guard, oold waiters, the oldest restaurant in LA is new again. But not. Ironic? YES!
198 locals recommend
Musso & Frank Grill
6667 Hollywood Blvd
198 locals recommend
OK, it's a steakhouse. We're vegan. We get the irony. But they have the best martinis (outside of our house). Old guard, oold waiters, the oldest restaurant in LA is new again. But not. Ironic? YES!
Do if you crave exotic knock-you-on-your ass zombies and other tropical drinks. Tiki Ti is cool, fun and crowded, and is the only bar in LA where you can legally smoke as it's owner-operated.
123 locals recommend
Tiki Ti
4427 Sunset Blvd
123 locals recommend
Do if you crave exotic knock-you-on-your ass zombies and other tropical drinks. Tiki Ti is cool, fun and crowded, and is the only bar in LA where you can legally smoke as it's owner-operated.
This is the hotel the little people stayed at during the filming of "The Wizard of Oz." Fun bar and they have lots of music, including Roaring 20s nights complete with flappers.
211 locals recommend
The Culver Hotel
9400 Culver Blvd
211 locals recommend
This is the hotel the little people stayed at during the filming of "The Wizard of Oz." Fun bar and they have lots of music, including Roaring 20s nights complete with flappers.
Down and dirty and fun old-timey sports bar. Fun karaoke and beer pong nights.
34 locals recommend
Prince O' Whales
335 Culver Blvd
34 locals recommend
Down and dirty and fun old-timey sports bar. Fun karaoke and beer pong nights.

Shopping

This the flagship store where studios off-load their wardrobe departments' collections for TV, movies and commercials. You MUST go. This is the smaller one (but you could still spend hours there).
15 locals recommend
It's A Wrap
3315 Magnolia Blvd
15 locals recommend
This the flagship store where studios off-load their wardrobe departments' collections for TV, movies and commercials. You MUST go. This is the smaller one (but you could still spend hours there).
Our local Costco, members only.
Cardtronics ATM
13480 Maxella Ave
Our local Costco, members only.
We call it simply "The Alley" and if you crave a knockoff Kate Spade bag this is the place for you! Lots of other cheap stuff too. Super fun.
101 locals recommend
The Santee Alley
210 E Olympic Blvd
101 locals recommend
We call it simply "The Alley" and if you crave a knockoff Kate Spade bag this is the place for you! Lots of other cheap stuff too. Super fun.