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Los Angeles : What To See And Do

For all of us having grown up on a culture of movies, and vast majority of them being Hollywood ones, Los Angeles has a special ting of excitement. The original movie town, Los Angeles literally means the City Of Angels. In Sunny California, this city is one big party and at the same time is the business and financial center of Southern California. And here we present our simple Los Angeles trip guide…

To make the best of this wonderful multi-cultural city, try and stay as central as possible. We chose Hotel Hollywood on Yucca Street, which has Marilyn Monroe amongst its guest list. Located one block away from the famous Hollywood Boulevard, we found this place to be a good balance between a central location and affordability.

One of the best things we discovered was the Farmers’ Market, held at Ivar Avenue on Sundays starting 8am till 1pm. Hang around, buy produce directly from farmers, eat amazing food and generally feel the good vibe on a pleasant sunny Sunday morning. If your trip includes a Sunday, be sure to catch up on the Farmers’ Market in Los Angeles.

Step out of the Farmers’ Market and take a walk around. One of the best ways to soak in a city is by a slow walk around. From Ivar Avenue, walk into the Hollywood Boulevard towards the Hollywood Walk of Fame. More than 2600 brass stars are embedded in the sidewalk here celebrating the achievements of the entertainment industry. Take a slow walk here observing the neighbourhood and you will notice many iconic theaters, eateries and buildings. The Dolby Theater is here on Hollywood Boulevard too. You can head over to the Hollywood & Highland complex which has many top brand retail chains as well as the TCL Chinese Theater, another star attraction. Plus Hollywood Boulevard is well connected via public transport and the metro rail has a station here called Hollywood/Highland.

We spent a day at Sunset Boulevard meeting friends at the lovely Intelligentsia Coffee. The effervescent atmosphere at this place goes well with the excellent coffee and outdoor seating in Los Angeles’ dream like weather. Coffee was followed by a delicious lunch at Flore Vegan, serving organic, vegan and gluten free food. If coffee is your thing, also head out to LAMILL at Silver Lake, Coffee Bar Downtown, Paper and Plastik in Mid-City. We also loved Pie Hole Cafe on Hollywood Boulevard.

For experiencing the heritage part of Los Angeles, head out to Olvera Street. The Plaza District, as this part of town is known, marked out around 1781 by Gov. Felipe de Neve as the central part of Los Angeles. Olvera Street is also known as the birth-place of Los Angeles and now has a pretty Mexican style market place. Shop, hang around, head over to cafes here and also to Father Serra Park. Then there is the Italian American Museum of Los Angeles and the American Tropical Interpretive Center.

There are plenty of museums in Los Angeles and a quick search will tell you which ones are free.

Worth noting is the Getty Center. With great exhibits, amazing architecture and a cafe with locally sourced food, its definitely worth a visit.

If you feel like being at the beach, head out to Santa Monica. Go hang out at the beach and the pier, shop and laze around in its many cafes and restaurants.

What To Eat In Los Angeles: For a multi-cultural city that Los Angeles is, there is plenty of choice in eating out. From the extremely upmarket Roku on Sunset Boulevard to the more affordable Jitlada on Sunset Strip. One of the best eat out options is Sushi which is available just about everywhere. Do not miss Musso & Frank’s Grill at Hollywood Boulevard. Opened in 1919, it still serves a classic anachronistic menu like Lobster Thermidor and Chicken Pot Pie.

Los Angeles is also rich in art and museums. Check out the Museum of Contemporary Art at Grand Avenue. Or the Museum of Jurassic Technology in Culver City. The Broad is a contemporary art museum founded by philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad. The architecture itself is worth visiting for, not to mention the fabulous collection of art. Taschen is a famous publisher of books and head over to Beverly Boulevard to check out the Taschen Gallery.

Los Angeles has lovely weather throughout the year and any time is a great time to visit this amazing city!

Hollywood Sign
That’s entering Hollywood like…
Farmer's Market at Ivar Avenue, Los Angeles
Farmer’s Market at Ivar Avenue, Los Angeles
Farmer's Market at Ivar Avenue, Los Angeles
Try locally produced food, veggies, sea food etc.
Farmer's Market at Ivar Avenue, Los Angeles
The buzz in this place is amazing. So much fresh food and so much variety!
Intelligentsia Coffee, Los Angeles
Intelligentsia Coffee on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles is an excellent place to hang out, have coffee, meet people and general people watching.
Pie Hole Cafe, Los Angeles
The Promise at Pie Hole Coffee
Flore Vegan, Los Angeles
A delicious vegan meal at Flore Vegan on Sunset Boulevard will recharge you for the second half of the day.
Flore Vegan Restaurant food in Los Angeles
Sometimes I feel vegetarian food is more delicious than meats
Streets of Los Angeles
Walking the streets is the best way to explore a city.
Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles
Walking Sunset Boulevard
Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles
Exploring the culture of Los Angeles on foot.

 

Graffiti in Los Angeles
Vibrant Graffiti always livens up an otherwise regular lane.
Los Angeles Grafitti
Getting a feel of the ‘art’ side of Los Angeles.
Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles
The Griffith Observatory definitely deserves a visit. Do check out their show timings at the Planetarium.
Tesla Coil at the Griffith Observatory
Do check out a demo of the Tesla Coil at the Griffith Observatory

 

View of Los Angeles at night from Griffith Observatory
Get a fantastic night time view of Los Angeles from the Griffith Observatory
Hotel Hollywood, Yucca Street
The Hotel Hollywood, where we stayed
Sunny Los Angeles at Yucca Street
Love the sunny feel of Los Angeles and those blue skies…
Parking notice on Yucca Street, Los Angeles
A little panic while unloading at the hotel…
Restaurants in Los Angeles
There are plenty of eat out options in Los Angeles
Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles
Walking the Hollywood Boulevard
Union Station, Los Angeles
Opened in 1939, the fabulous Union Station in Los Angeles is worth a visit too.
Nuestra Senora la Reina de Los Angeles
The Nuestra Senora la Reina de Los Angeles also known as Plaza Church was built in 1822.
Olvera Street, Los Angeles
Olvera Street was one of the first addresses in Los Angeles
Plaza District, Olvera Street, Los Angeles
Plenty of heritage, history and shopping at Plaza District…
Plaza District, Los Angeles.
At the Plaza District. This is where Los Angeles was originally settled at. Now find heritage homes, cafes, restaurants and shops.
Sepulveda Block, Olvera Street
At the Sepulveda Block on Olvera Street
Office Space in Culver City, Los Angeles
One of the office spaces in Culver City
Los Angeles Metro
There is excellent connectivity from Hollywood Boulevard to Santa Monica Beach area via the Metro.
Santa Monica Pier
The Beach Pier at Santa Monica is a fun place to hang out.
Santa Monica Pier
The Pier at Santa Monica is abuzz with energy…
Pet Pride, Los Angeles
A civilisation is known by how it treats its Animals : Gandhi
Los Angeles Metro ticket vending machines
The ticketing system is self explanatory and simple to use.
Public Transport options in Los Angeles.
And plenty of public transport options…
Los Angeles
Waiting for our transport and looking at the architecture..
Los Angeles Buildings
Looks like the architects had plenty of fun designing these buildings…
The Hollywood Walk of Fame
Celebrating Kate Winslet at the Hollywood Walk Of Fame
Charlie Chaplin graffiti in Los Angeles.
There is a hint of the movies everywhere in Los Angeles
American Cinematheque, Los Angeles
The entire run of Hollywood Boulevard is an entertainment hub.
Ghirardelli on Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles
Amongst the gliiter, a Ghirardelli Chocolate Store. They are the quintessential American chocolatiers.
Museum of Broken Relationships
Museum of Broken Relationships in Los Angeles.
Tourists on Hollywood Boulevard
The Hollywood Boulevard is a favourite with the tourists.
Sushi in Los Angeles
Sushi can be found very easily everywhere in Los Angeles and it was really our comfort food.
Orange Street, Los Angeles
A gorgeous old villa on Orange Street, Los Angeles

 

4 thoughts on “Los Angeles : What To See And Do”

  1. Love those glorious, blue skies! To be honest, all these years I’ve never really been that interested in visiting LA. But that slowly changes; the fact that the city is constantly transforming itself and gearing up to host the 2028 Olympics makes it even more appealing. Stupendous photos of the City of Angels, Param!

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