Stella’s Hidden Gem Guide To Los Angeles

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Stella’s Hidden Gem Guide To Los Angeles

Sightseeing

It's a must see for architecture lovers and anyone who wish to see Los Angeles from a bird eye view. It's breathtaking and bookable as a guided tour.
Stahl House
1635 Woods Drive
It's a must see for architecture lovers and anyone who wish to see Los Angeles from a bird eye view. It's breathtaking and bookable as a guided tour.
The Getty Center is one of the most beautiful art museums I've been to. The sunset here is unforgettable - no filter needed and so much different art to see.
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The Getty
1200 Getty Center Drive
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The Getty Center is one of the most beautiful art museums I've been to. The sunset here is unforgettable - no filter needed and so much different art to see.
If you like to time travel back to the 60s while shop at some of your favorite retail stores, you are in for a treat. The Grove and The Original Farmers Market are in the same place, where you can see vintage coffee shops, gas stations and such and shop at friendly retail stores. It's a great hangout spot for friends, families and for anyone who wants to get some shopping done.
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The Grove
189 The Grove Drive
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If you like to time travel back to the 60s while shop at some of your favorite retail stores, you are in for a treat. The Grove and The Original Farmers Market are in the same place, where you can see vintage coffee shops, gas stations and such and shop at friendly retail stores. It's a great hangout spot for friends, families and for anyone who wants to get some shopping done.
While you cannot actually go into this house, which is a private residence, you can drive by and get a side view of this amazing architecture gem that you won't find anywhere else.
7776 Torreyson Dr
7776 Torreyson Drive
While you cannot actually go into this house, which is a private residence, you can drive by and get a side view of this amazing architecture gem that you won't find anywhere else.
One of LA's hidden gems, Descanso Gardens is located in Pasedena. It is a great visit for anyone who wants a bit serenity and a fantastic visit during the holiday season, when it turns into a magical forest with light shows that is truly memorable.
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Descanso Gardens
1418 Descanso Drive
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One of LA's hidden gems, Descanso Gardens is located in Pasedena. It is a great visit for anyone who wants a bit serenity and a fantastic visit during the holiday season, when it turns into a magical forest with light shows that is truly memorable.
Unless you are a local, you probably have never heard of this place. But for art lovers, this is a great place to be. Located between Santa Monica and Culver City, Bergamot is a compound full of art galleries. Trying to find a similar scene like the Chelsea galleries in New York City, this is the place.
Bergamot
2525 Michigan Avenue
Unless you are a local, you probably have never heard of this place. But for art lovers, this is a great place to be. Located between Santa Monica and Culver City, Bergamot is a compound full of art galleries. Trying to find a similar scene like the Chelsea galleries in New York City, this is the place.
This is an iconic LA museum with an eye-catching exterior and even more impressive items of exhibition. If you are a classic and vintage car lovers, this place has the world's rarist classic car collections you will ever find. It is absolutely a visual treat and great for the whole family.
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Petersen Automotive Museum
6060 Wilshire Boulevard
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This is an iconic LA museum with an eye-catching exterior and even more impressive items of exhibition. If you are a classic and vintage car lovers, this place has the world's rarist classic car collections you will ever find. It is absolutely a visual treat and great for the whole family.
Looking for the best flea market in LA, Rosebowl is your best bet. The station is huge and you will find hundreds of vendors. For the vintage hunters, you will not be disappointed here. Plenty of celebrities also shop here!
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Rose Bowl Flea Market
1001 Rose Bowl Dr
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Looking for the best flea market in LA, Rosebowl is your best bet. The station is huge and you will find hundreds of vendors. For the vintage hunters, you will not be disappointed here. Plenty of celebrities also shop here!
This place has the most misleading name - originally in the beginning of the 20th century, it was a bakery factory. Now it is one of the largest home furnishing districts in LA. It also has some of the most amazing design book stores. Even if you are not buying furniture, just spending a couple of hours here browsing inspirational furnishings and perhaps get a few design books as souvenirs is a treat.
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Helms Bakery District
8758 Venice Boulevard
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This place has the most misleading name - originally in the beginning of the 20th century, it was a bakery factory. Now it is one of the largest home furnishing districts in LA. It also has some of the most amazing design book stores. Even if you are not buying furniture, just spending a couple of hours here browsing inspirational furnishings and perhaps get a few design books as souvenirs is a treat.
The Hollywood Reservoir is one of the hidden gems that's frequented by locals. Nestled in the Hollywood Hills, it is a great place to get a breath of fresh air, do some workout and see the Hollywood sign from the non-touristy part.
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Hollywood Reservoir
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The Hollywood Reservoir is one of the hidden gems that's frequented by locals. Nestled in the Hollywood Hills, it is a great place to get a breath of fresh air, do some workout and see the Hollywood sign from the non-touristy part.
This is not to be confused with the Getty Center, although they essentially belong to the same Getty family. Located in Malibu, with a breathtaking view of the Pacific Ocean, the Getty Villa is a villa with a perfect postcard view - no filter needed. It is also free!
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The Getty Villa
17985 Pacific Coast Highway
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This is not to be confused with the Getty Center, although they essentially belong to the same Getty family. Located in Malibu, with a breathtaking view of the Pacific Ocean, the Getty Villa is a villa with a perfect postcard view - no filter needed. It is also free!
This is the hidden gem of a hidden gem in LA. There are many hidden staircases in the Hollywood Hills that are open to the public. You don't have to live in the exclusive neighborhood to hike there. Put on your best workout clothing, sunscreen and a bottle of water, hike up the stairs to appreciate the great views of Los Angeles and admire the diverse architecture on the hills.
Los Feliz Heights Steps
2251 North Berendo Street
This is the hidden gem of a hidden gem in LA. There are many hidden staircases in the Hollywood Hills that are open to the public. You don't have to live in the exclusive neighborhood to hike there. Put on your best workout clothing, sunscreen and a bottle of water, hike up the stairs to appreciate the great views of Los Angeles and admire the diverse architecture on the hills.
Another local favorites - this park is super low key with lots of people walking their dogs. It is nestled in a residential neighborhood on the hills. Absolutely serene!
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Wattles Garden Park
1850 North Curson Avenue
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Another local favorites - this park is super low key with lots of people walking their dogs. It is nestled in a residential neighborhood on the hills. Absolutely serene!
Don't be scared by the title - this is a popular hiking spot among the locals - away from all the obvious touristy hiking spots. It has an iconic bridge that connects between the hills - and yes, the bridge is just a connection, it goes nowhere else.
Bridge to Nowhere - Trailhead
Don't be scared by the title - this is a popular hiking spot among the locals - away from all the obvious touristy hiking spots. It has an iconic bridge that connects between the hills - and yes, the bridge is just a connection, it goes nowhere else.
The Fitzpatrick-Leland House is situated in the beautiful neighborhood of Laurel Canyon. It is by appointment only but definitely a must-see for architecture lovers.
Fitzpatrick-Leland House
8078 Woodrow Wilson Drive
The Fitzpatrick-Leland House is situated in the beautiful neighborhood of Laurel Canyon. It is by appointment only but definitely a must-see for architecture lovers.
Great local mini hike for an amazing view of Los Angeles. Much less touristy than Runyon Canyon and full of locals.
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Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook
6300 Hetzler Road
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Great local mini hike for an amazing view of Los Angeles. Much less touristy than Runyon Canyon and full of locals.
The Greystone Mansion is a free public garden that is a mansion and movie location. The magnificent Italian cypress trees will make you think you are in an Italian villa. It does need reservation to visit since the pandemic so be prepared to inquire before visiting.
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Greystone Mansion
905 Loma Vista Drive
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The Greystone Mansion is a free public garden that is a mansion and movie location. The magnificent Italian cypress trees will make you think you are in an Italian villa. It does need reservation to visit since the pandemic so be prepared to inquire before visiting.
This old Hollywood glam hotel is frequented by Hollywood celebrities. It is now only limited to hotel guests but when it does open to the public again, it is an absolute gem to visit.
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Chateau Marmont
8221 Sunset Boulevard
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This old Hollywood glam hotel is frequented by Hollywood celebrities. It is now only limited to hotel guests but when it does open to the public again, it is an absolute gem to visit.
If you are hiking, visit this little cave to get your icon shot.
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Bronson Canyon / Caves
3200 Canyon Dr
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If you are hiking, visit this little cave to get your icon shot.
The Museum of Neon Art is great for those who enjoy modern and alternative art. Neon is not just used for lighting - it can be turned into some amazing art. It is located in Glendale - a residential neighborhood in the eastern part of LA.
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Museum of Neon Art
216 S Brand Blvd
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The Museum of Neon Art is great for those who enjoy modern and alternative art. Neon is not just used for lighting - it can be turned into some amazing art. It is located in Glendale - a residential neighborhood in the eastern part of LA.
Love Westerns and want to learn more about the American West? You don't have to go far - this little gem of a museum has magnificent view and quite a lot to learn inside.
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Autry Museum of the American West
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Love Westerns and want to learn more about the American West? You don't have to go far - this little gem of a museum has magnificent view and quite a lot to learn inside.
Want to see Los Angeles from a unique point of view, with a magnificent tree in the background? This is a great viewpoint to hit for some photo opps and great hike.
Wisdom tree
3052 Lake Hollywood Drive
Want to see Los Angeles from a unique point of view, with a magnificent tree in the background? This is a great viewpoint to hit for some photo opps and great hike.
Want to visit a super charming, small, local botanical garden? This is perfect for a small day outing with loved ones - it is located in a beautiful residential neighborhood in Pasadena.
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Arlington Garden in Pasadena
275 Arlington Drive
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Want to visit a super charming, small, local botanical garden? This is perfect for a small day outing with loved ones - it is located in a beautiful residential neighborhood in Pasadena.
This is not exactly a hidden gem - it's pretty famous! But I still want to recommend it because it is absolutely worth a visit. You can spend the entire day here. The gardens are immaculately maintained. It's a perfect date spot as well - there are 2 restaurants inside the garden which means you don't need to go far after your garden visit.
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The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens
1151 Oxford Road
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This is not exactly a hidden gem - it's pretty famous! But I still want to recommend it because it is absolutely worth a visit. You can spend the entire day here. The gardens are immaculately maintained. It's a perfect date spot as well - there are 2 restaurants inside the garden which means you don't need to go far after your garden visit.
You'd never think there would be such a magnificent mansion and serenity in the heart of LA, but here it is. This is truly a hidden gem that I recommend visiting if you are tired of the touristy places.
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Peace Awareness Labyrinth and Gardens
3500 West Adams Boulevard
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You'd never think there would be such a magnificent mansion and serenity in the heart of LA, but here it is. This is truly a hidden gem that I recommend visiting if you are tired of the touristy places.
Local hidden gem - art in the heart of Hollywood. You should make an appointment to visit but it's really fun to visit a place in the Hollywood Hills and enjoy some art. You'll feel like you'd been invited to someone's home.
The Hollywood Sculpture Garden
2430 Vasanta Way
Local hidden gem - art in the heart of Hollywood. You should make an appointment to visit but it's really fun to visit a place in the Hollywood Hills and enjoy some art. You'll feel like you'd been invited to someone's home.
The Ballona Creek Bike Path is a local favorite - you can ride all the way from the middle of LA to the beach. Beware of strong gusty wind as you approach the ocean, but you will be rewarded with breathtaking ocean view at the end of your rid and the wind aiding your ride on your way back! It's a great way to see local neighborhoods.
Ballona Creek Bike Path
The Ballona Creek Bike Path is a local favorite - you can ride all the way from the middle of LA to the beach. Beware of strong gusty wind as you approach the ocean, but you will be rewarded with breathtaking ocean view at the end of your rid and the wind aiding your ride on your way back! It's a great way to see local neighborhoods.
A mid-century architectural gem (the home of architect Richard Neutra) in Silver Lake that offers Saturday tours. This house is a National Historic Landmark.
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Neutra VDL Studio and Residences
2300 Silver Lake Boulevard
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A mid-century architectural gem (the home of architect Richard Neutra) in Silver Lake that offers Saturday tours. This house is a National Historic Landmark.

Work

If you are here in town for work, you will love this place. You can purchase guest pass by the day and enjoy the indoor outdoor working in an urban forest-like environment. The furnishing is one-of-a-kind. It's located in a convenient Hollywood location.
Second Home Hollywood
If you are here in town for work, you will love this place. You can purchase guest pass by the day and enjoy the indoor outdoor working in an urban forest-like environment. The furnishing is one-of-a-kind. It's located in a convenient Hollywood location.