Lisa’s guidebook

Lisa

Lisa’s guidebook

Food scene
Here's some local spots with great food (and many not so close that are well worth the drive). there's so many great spots in LA and if you're heading to a more distant part of town, let me know and I'll recommend others.
Great local hot spot with local farm to table, organic food located one mile from Casita. Don't be surprised to see actors and musicians here.
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Pace
2100 Laurel Canyon Boulevard
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Great local hot spot with local farm to table, organic food located one mile from Casita. Don't be surprised to see actors and musicians here.
Local convenience store with great outdoor coffee bar a mile from Casita.
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Canyon Country Store
2108 Laurel Canyon Boulevard
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Local convenience store with great outdoor coffee bar a mile from Casita.
Local British pub with loads of atmosphere -- old school bar, vintage leather booths, small street-side outdoor patio on Sunset Blvd. 5 minutes from Casita
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The Pikey
7617 Sunset Boulevard
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Local British pub with loads of atmosphere -- old school bar, vintage leather booths, small street-side outdoor patio on Sunset Blvd. 5 minutes from Casita
Michelin star rated authentic Japanese food a couple miles away that includes sashimi, sushi, as well as salads and cooked dishes. Reservations are a must and their Omacase is exceptional. Pricey but worth the splurge. This is not the place to go for California rolls and non-traditional Japanese cuisine
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Asanebo
11941 Ventura Boulevard
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Michelin star rated authentic Japanese food a couple miles away that includes sashimi, sushi, as well as salads and cooked dishes. Reservations are a must and their Omacase is exceptional. Pricey but worth the splurge. This is not the place to go for California rolls and non-traditional Japanese cuisine
Great inexpensive authentic Japanese food with several locations in LA. They don't take reservations and there can be a wait during prime lunch and dinner hours. No California rolls and other non-traditional fare but great quality at a good price. They have the best to go packaging — great for taking to the Hollywood Bowl, picnic, etc. There are two locations within 15-20 mins from Casita.
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SUGARFISH by sushi nozawa
11288 Ventura Blvd
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Great inexpensive authentic Japanese food with several locations in LA. They don't take reservations and there can be a wait during prime lunch and dinner hours. No California rolls and other non-traditional fare but great quality at a good price. They have the best to go packaging — great for taking to the Hollywood Bowl, picnic, etc. There are two locations within 15-20 mins from Casita.
Authentic Thai food inspired by the outdoor markets in Thailand. Delicious and casual spot. Usually hopping and around 15-20 mins from casita
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Night + Market Weho
9043 Sunset Boulevard
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Authentic Thai food inspired by the outdoor markets in Thailand. Delicious and casual spot. Usually hopping and around 15-20 mins from casita
Great french spot with outstanding food. Reservations a must. 10 min drive from casita
Petit Trois Le Valley
13705 Ventura Blvd
Great french spot with outstanding food. Reservations a must. 10 min drive from casita
Great smoked ribs and assorted BBQ meats. Best Texas style cue in LA!
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Bludso's
609 N La Brea Ave
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Great smoked ribs and assorted BBQ meats. Best Texas style cue in LA!
Classic and historic Hollywood dining and bar. Great atmosphere, good for cocktails or dinner. Waiters can be saucy but that is part of the legend. Located on the walk of fame
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Musso & Frank Grill
6667 Hollywood Blvd
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Classic and historic Hollywood dining and bar. Great atmosphere, good for cocktails or dinner. Waiters can be saucy but that is part of the legend. Located on the walk of fame
Rated one of Los Angeles' best places to eat. the food here is amazing with tons of assortment--meat, fish, veggies. Get 5-6 dishes for two to share.
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Animal
435 N Fairfax Ave
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Rated one of Los Angeles' best places to eat. the food here is amazing with tons of assortment--meat, fish, veggies. Get 5-6 dishes for two to share.
This Thai spot attracts foodies to it's strip mall location in Thai town. Amazing food! 20-30 mins from casita
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Jitlada Restaurant
5233 Sunset Boulevard
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This Thai spot attracts foodies to it's strip mall location in Thai town. Amazing food! 20-30 mins from casita
located right next to Arclight Movie Theater, this a great spot for wood fired pizzas, appies, salads and beverages before or after your immersive Cinerama-Done movie at Arclight.
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Stella Barra Pizzeria
6372 Sunset Boulevard
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located right next to Arclight Movie Theater, this a great spot for wood fired pizzas, appies, salads and beverages before or after your immersive Cinerama-Done movie at Arclight.
Great burger joint, open til the wee hours. Delicious standard and booze infused shakes, onion rings and french fries located in the Hollywood Roosevelt hotel.
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25 Degrees
7000 Hollywood Blvd
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Great burger joint, open til the wee hours. Delicious standard and booze infused shakes, onion rings and french fries located in the Hollywood Roosevelt hotel.
California cuisine with local meat, veggies and seafood.
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Salt's Cure
1155 North Highland Avenue
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California cuisine with local meat, veggies and seafood.
relaxed, italian-style modern with great food from the same chef team as Animal.
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Jon & Vinny's
412 N Fairfax Ave
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relaxed, italian-style modern with great food from the same chef team as Animal.
fantastic steak house with piano bar. Great steak, seafood and veggies served ala carte. $$$
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Mastro's Steakhouse
246 North Canon Drive
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fantastic steak house with piano bar. Great steak, seafood and veggies served ala carte. $$$
Rated one of LAs best restaurants. It's all about the seafood here, this is an upscale place with fine dining. $$$$
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Providence
5955 Melrose Ave
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Rated one of LAs best restaurants. It's all about the seafood here, this is an upscale place with fine dining. $$$$
Great upscale Italian food with a more casual sister restaurant next door (Angelini Alimentari)
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Angelini Osteria
7313 Beverly Boulevard
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Great upscale Italian food with a more casual sister restaurant next door (Angelini Alimentari)
Classic LA spot. tons of vendors selling different food and wares adjacent to The Grove outdoor shopping center.
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Farmers Market
6333 West 3rd Street
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Classic LA spot. tons of vendors selling different food and wares adjacent to The Grove outdoor shopping center.
nice outdoor patio with excellent Korean BBQ.
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Chosun Galbee
3330 West Olympic Boulevard
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nice outdoor patio with excellent Korean BBQ.
40+ rotating beer taps + hickory smoked BBQ
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Boneyard Bistro
13539 Ventura Boulevard
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40+ rotating beer taps + hickory smoked BBQ
Old school dining and cocktails with outdoor patio across a block from the beach in Santa Monica. A Westside classic. 30-45 min drive. Take a scooter ride or walk/bike on the beach while you are in the hood
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Chez Jay
1657 Ocean Avenue
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Old school dining and cocktails with outdoor patio across a block from the beach in Santa Monica. A Westside classic. 30-45 min drive. Take a scooter ride or walk/bike on the beach while you are in the hood
Lebanese style middle east food. 15 mins from casita, you can go full vegetarian or dig into amazing lamb chops. Nice outdoor patio, not pretentious or pricey.
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Mantee Cafe
10962 Ventura Boulevard
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Lebanese style middle east food. 15 mins from casita, you can go full vegetarian or dig into amazing lamb chops. Nice outdoor patio, not pretentious or pricey.
Fabulous seasonal food with a beautiful patio and fireplace. Menu is designed for sharing so best with friend(s) but I've sat at the bar and dined solo too. Highly rated with one of LA's best chefs 15-20 mins from Casita
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A.O.C.
8700 W 3rd St
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Fabulous seasonal food with a beautiful patio and fireplace. Menu is designed for sharing so best with friend(s) but I've sat at the bar and dined solo too. Highly rated with one of LA's best chefs 15-20 mins from Casita
fantastic food, great cocktails, lively and lovely space with traditional tables and some long, open seating family style tables (which maybe gone in the pandemic times). Highly rated and popular, make a reservation or plan to wait with cocktails for seats to open up. 20 mins or so from casita
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Republique
624 South La Brea Ave
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fantastic food, great cocktails, lively and lovely space with traditional tables and some long, open seating family style tables (which maybe gone in the pandemic times). Highly rated and popular, make a reservation or plan to wait with cocktails for seats to open up. 20 mins or so from casita
best pastrami in LA. A classic that locals line up for day in and day out. excellent corned beef too. Located downtown LA 30-60 mins depending on traffic
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Langer's
704 South Alvarado Street
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best pastrami in LA. A classic that locals line up for day in and day out. excellent corned beef too. Located downtown LA 30-60 mins depending on traffic
Great food in a retro brick loft adjacent to the fashion district in downtown LA. New LA hot spot with excellent food
Girl & the Goat
555 Mateo Street
Great food in a retro brick loft adjacent to the fashion district in downtown LA. New LA hot spot with excellent food
Amazing soup dumplings--so good the restaurant has branched out in countries around the world. Green beans with garlic, pork fried rice, noodles, and more are delicious too!
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Din Tai Fung
10250 Santa Monica Blvd
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Amazing soup dumplings--so good the restaurant has branched out in countries around the world. Green beans with garlic, pork fried rice, noodles, and more are delicious too!
Authentic mexican food--live music, sharing platters, and mole specialists.
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Guelaguetza Restaurante
3014 West Olympic Boulevard
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Authentic mexican food--live music, sharing platters, and mole specialists.
Excellent latin food and drink. Great space, indoor/outdoor dining, vibrant.
DAMA Fashion District Restaurant & Bar
612 E 11th St
Excellent latin food and drink. Great space, indoor/outdoor dining, vibrant.
Hot spot with amazing east meets west fushion food. Delicious!
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Majordōmo
1725 Naud St
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Hot spot with amazing east meets west fushion food. Delicious!
Excellent Mediterranean food with fresh California produce.
Kismet
4648 Hollywood Blvd
Excellent Mediterranean food with fresh California produce.
Delicious French/Asian bistro in Santa Monica.
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Cassia
1314 7th St
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Delicious French/Asian bistro in Santa Monica.
Small sushi bar with high quality fish and great preparation. And when you are done eating, wander across the street to Augustine -- a great wine bar.
Sushi Note
13447 Ventura Blvd
Small sushi bar with high quality fish and great preparation. And when you are done eating, wander across the street to Augustine -- a great wine bar.
Bar scene
Fairly close spots to check out the local bar scene. Ride share or taxi a must!
Fantastic hand crafted cocktails in the Historic Roosevelt Hotel. After your cocktail, head upstairs to "The Spare Room" with vintage polished wood bowling lanes and more libations
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Library Bar
7000 Hollywood Boulevard
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Fantastic hand crafted cocktails in the Historic Roosevelt Hotel. After your cocktail, head upstairs to "The Spare Room" with vintage polished wood bowling lanes and more libations
Great Hollywood pub with an emphasis on mixology and whisky.
Lost Property Bar
1704 Vine Street
Great Hollywood pub with an emphasis on mixology and whisky.
Old school tiki bar with tropical drinks and shared punch bowls
Lono
6611 Hollywood Blvd
Old school tiki bar with tropical drinks and shared punch bowls
Great Atmosphere and fun night-spot
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Frolic Room
6245 Hollywood Boulevard
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Great Atmosphere and fun night-spot
Classic pub with traditional food moved to new spot
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The Cat & Fiddle Pub & Restaurant
742 North Highland Avenue
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Classic pub with traditional food moved to new spot
Vintage spot in Hollywood to grab a cocktail. Nothing fancy here, traditional bar with some well worn history. One of the spots to hit when doing a Hollywood pub crawl
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Boardner's by La Belle
1652 North Cherokee Avenue
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Vintage spot in Hollywood to grab a cocktail. Nothing fancy here, traditional bar with some well worn history. One of the spots to hit when doing a Hollywood pub crawl
Mixology spot with a great vibe. Entrance is hidden in 800 Degrees pizza. 70's era cocktails
Sunset & Vinyl
1521 Vine St
Mixology spot with a great vibe. Entrance is hidden in 800 Degrees pizza. 70's era cocktails
retro-style piano bar with 20s decor and dancing
Tramp Stamp Granny's
1638 N Cahuenga Blvd
retro-style piano bar with 20s decor and dancing
outdoor bar with good sized patio
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The Den On Sunset
8226 Sunset Boulevard
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outdoor bar with good sized patio
stunning rooftop bar with excellent views and cocktails with Cali-influenced drinks
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Broken Shaker
416 W 8th St
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stunning rooftop bar with excellent views and cocktails with Cali-influenced drinks
excellent cocktails, hidden photo booths, vintage bowling alley located in the Hollywood Roosevelt hotel.
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The Spare Room
7000 Hollywood Blvd
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excellent cocktails, hidden photo booths, vintage bowling alley located in the Hollywood Roosevelt hotel.
Rated the best beer bar in LA —loads of beer options on tap.
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Blue Palms Brewhouse
6124 Hollywood Blvd
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Rated the best beer bar in LA —loads of beer options on tap.
Live Jazz with some of LA's best cocktails
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The Varnish
118 East 6th Street
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Live Jazz with some of LA's best cocktails
great wine selection that is hand picked, 8 rotating taps with craft beer, good food, indoor/outdoor seating; great neighborhood to wander, sample cocktails and window shop
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Covell
4628 Hollywood Boulevard
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great wine selection that is hand picked, 8 rotating taps with craft beer, good food, indoor/outdoor seating; great neighborhood to wander, sample cocktails and window shop
Approx 15 mins from casita, this wine bar with light bites and interesting selection of wine. They will always have unique and vintage options to try. Last time I was there I have a glass of a 30 year old Bordeaux.
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Augustine Wine Bar
13456 Ventura Blvd
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Approx 15 mins from casita, this wine bar with light bites and interesting selection of wine. They will always have unique and vintage options to try. Last time I was there I have a glass of a 30 year old Bordeaux.
Sightseeing
Here's a few spots worth the trip. Feel free to ask for advice and other, off the beaten track spots.
A two min drive (or 15 min walk) from Casita, take your pick between an easy walk or more challenging hike in the Santa Monica mountains. Lovely views.
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Nancy Hoover Pohl Overlook at Fryman Canyon
8401 Mulholland Drive
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A two min drive (or 15 min walk) from Casita, take your pick between an easy walk or more challenging hike in the Santa Monica mountains. Lovely views.
Movie theater, shopping, restaurants and Universal Studios all at one location.
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Universal Studios Hollywood
100 Universal City Plaza
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Movie theater, shopping, restaurants and Universal Studios all at one location.
Lovely outdoor shopping mall with selection of restaurants and a movie theater. Right next door to The Original Farmers Market. Popular spot to spend an afternoon.
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The Grove
189 The Grove Drive
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Lovely outdoor shopping mall with selection of restaurants and a movie theater. Right next door to The Original Farmers Market. Popular spot to spend an afternoon.
Lovely spot with fantasic views and tons of hiking in addition to LA's famed observatory.
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Griffith Observatory
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Lovely spot with fantasic views and tons of hiking in addition to LA's famed observatory.
Classic Hollywood experience is a must do for anyone interested in movies/moviestars. Walk along Hollywood Blvd and check out the sidewalk stars, Mann's Chinese Theater and lots of food and shops at the corner of Hollywood and Highland
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Walk Of Fame
6901 Hollywood Blvd
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Classic Hollywood experience is a must do for anyone interested in movies/moviestars. Walk along Hollywood Blvd and check out the sidewalk stars, Mann's Chinese Theater and lots of food and shops at the corner of Hollywood and Highland
Cruise down Mulholland Drive with stunning views to this hiking/look out spot located approx 10 mins from casita
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Runyon Canyon North Entrance
7317 Mulholland Drive
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Cruise down Mulholland Drive with stunning views to this hiking/look out spot located approx 10 mins from casita
great helicopter tours with a range of prices. check groupon for discount offers. the sunset landing helicopter tour is excellent
Orbic Air Helicopter Tours
10750 Sherman Way
great helicopter tours with a range of prices. check groupon for discount offers. the sunset landing helicopter tour is excellent
Gorgeous architectural buildings house a selection of the Getty collection. Custom built for the museum at a cost exceeding 1.3 Billion, it is a must see LA stop combing art, architecture, gorgeous gardens and LA views.
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The Getty
1200 Getty Center Drive
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Gorgeous architectural buildings house a selection of the Getty collection. Custom built for the museum at a cost exceeding 1.3 Billion, it is a must see LA stop combing art, architecture, gorgeous gardens and LA views.
The Getty's Roman and Greek antiquities dating back 4000 years are housed in a re-creation of an ancient Roman country house.
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The Getty Villa
17985 Pacific Coast Highway
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The Getty's Roman and Greek antiquities dating back 4000 years are housed in a re-creation of an ancient Roman country house.
Entertainment
Here's some fun things to do in the area!
Check out a movie in the historic CineramaDome! Indulge in fresh popcorn with real butter and house made delicious caramel corn. You can bring a beer or glass of wine into the theater too!
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ArcLight Cinemas - Hollywood
6360 Sunset Blvd
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Check out a movie in the historic CineramaDome! Indulge in fresh popcorn with real butter and house made delicious caramel corn. You can bring a beer or glass of wine into the theater too!
tiny theater that hosts various artists--musicians, comedians, variety shows and more. every seat in the house is great! Sells out quickly and often attracts top comedians trying out new material.
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Largo at the Coronet
366 North La Cienega Boulevard
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tiny theater that hosts various artists--musicians, comedians, variety shows and more. every seat in the house is great! Sells out quickly and often attracts top comedians trying out new material.
Don't eat here! but rent a bike right on the beach (make sure you get a bike lock!) and head north to Malibu or south to Venice beach on the beach bike path. There’s quite a few street adjacent bike lanes for you to explore Santa Monica and Venice as well.
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Perry’s Cafe and Beach Rentals
2600 Ocean Front Walk
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Don't eat here! but rent a bike right on the beach (make sure you get a bike lock!) and head north to Malibu or south to Venice beach on the beach bike path. There’s quite a few street adjacent bike lanes for you to explore Santa Monica and Venice as well.
Cemetery to the legendary movie stars is one of Hollywood's tourist spots. In the summer, go to Cinespia.org to buy tickets to outdoor movies. We have chairs and a cooler you can borrow, so bring a picnic, your favorite beverage (alcohol is allowed) and kick back under the stars--some of the films feature fireworks!
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Hollywood Forever Cemetery
6000 Santa Monica Blvd
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Cemetery to the legendary movie stars is one of Hollywood's tourist spots. In the summer, go to Cinespia.org to buy tickets to outdoor movies. We have chairs and a cooler you can borrow, so bring a picnic, your favorite beverage (alcohol is allowed) and kick back under the stars--some of the films feature fireworks!
gorgeous small beach nestled against the cliffs. my personal favorite beach in the LA area
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El Matador State Beach
32350 Pacific Coast Highway
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gorgeous small beach nestled against the cliffs. my personal favorite beach in the LA area
Expansive beach with loads of parking, lifeguards, beach volleyball courts and white sand in Malibu. Good choice if you want to mingle with others.
Zuma Beach
30000 Pacific Coast Hwy
Expansive beach with loads of parking, lifeguards, beach volleyball courts and white sand in Malibu. Good choice if you want to mingle with others.
combines the beach with a cool beach town vibe. walk from your beach blanket to shops, restaurants, pubs.
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Manhattan Beach
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combines the beach with a cool beach town vibe. walk from your beach blanket to shops, restaurants, pubs.
North of Zuma Beach, Leo Carillo is a CA gem. Paid parking, hiking trails, stunning beach. Great spot to watch the surfers.
Leo Carrillo State Beach
35000 Pacific Coast Hwy
North of Zuma Beach, Leo Carillo is a CA gem. Paid parking, hiking trails, stunning beach. Great spot to watch the surfers.
Outdoor music in a stunning setting with great acoustics built in the 1920's. Check out their website for shows
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Hollywood Bowl
2301 N Highland Ave
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Outdoor music in a stunning setting with great acoustics built in the 1920's. Check out their website for shows
Outdoor movies in the historic Hollywood Forever cemetery. Bring your low lawn chairs, blanket, favorite food and drink and enjoy a classic movie! There are (pricey) concession stands selling some food, wine and beer on site.
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Cinespia Movie Screenings
6000 Santa Monica Blvd
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Outdoor movies in the historic Hollywood Forever cemetery. Bring your low lawn chairs, blanket, favorite food and drink and enjoy a classic movie! There are (pricey) concession stands selling some food, wine and beer on site.
Westward Beach is a 1.2 mile long strip of sand with sea cliffs leading to Point Dume. Not as crowded as Zuma, a bit off the beaten track. Hike up a trail to where the original Planet of the Apes was filmed. Really beautiful with great waves; professional surfers are commonly seen during large swells. Try the Sunset Restaurant for good food with a spectacular view.
Westward Beach
Westward Beach is a 1.2 mile long strip of sand with sea cliffs leading to Point Dume. Not as crowded as Zuma, a bit off the beaten track. Hike up a trail to where the original Planet of the Apes was filmed. Really beautiful with great waves; professional surfers are commonly seen during large swells. Try the Sunset Restaurant for good food with a spectacular view.
Historic Cineramadome. Currently closed but confident it'll re-open--great place to see a movie!
The Dome Entertainment Centre
6360 Sunset Boulevard
Historic Cineramadome. Currently closed but confident it'll re-open--great place to see a movie!