Guidebook for Los Angeles

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Guidebook for Los Angeles

Food Scene

An independent coffee shop that's a little rough around the edges but has good coffee, good food, and a nice patio area for meeting friends or working.
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Silverlake Coffee
2388 Glendale Blvd
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An independent coffee shop that's a little rough around the edges but has good coffee, good food, and a nice patio area for meeting friends or working.
This is a 24 hour diner with solid diner food. I wouldn't recommend it when other options are available, because there is so much to choose from in the area, but late at night, this is a great option to have when everything else is closed.
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Astro Family Restaurant
2300 Fletcher Dr
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This is a 24 hour diner with solid diner food. I wouldn't recommend it when other options are available, because there is so much to choose from in the area, but late at night, this is a great option to have when everything else is closed.
Romantic Italian spot with great food. If you need a nice Italian date night, the indoor seating atmosphere is so cozy and enjoyable. Seating outside is nice too, especially with the LA weather.
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Michelangelo Ristorante
2742 Rowena Ave
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Romantic Italian spot with great food. If you need a nice Italian date night, the indoor seating atmosphere is so cozy and enjoyable. Seating outside is nice too, especially with the LA weather.
It's a pretty diverse menu of mostly "American" cuisine. Don't let the name fool you. This is a middle to upscale place with good food and the prices to match. The seating inside and out has great atmosphere and is casual enough to still be fun for groups and families.
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Messhall Kitchen
4500 Los Feliz Blvd
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It's a pretty diverse menu of mostly "American" cuisine. Don't let the name fool you. This is a middle to upscale place with good food and the prices to match. The seating inside and out has great atmosphere and is casual enough to still be fun for groups and families.
It's technically a bar & restaurant but mostly filled up with a decent number of arcade games to keep any kids occupied.
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Button Mash
1391 Sunset Blvd
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It's technically a bar & restaurant but mostly filled up with a decent number of arcade games to keep any kids occupied.
Delicious thai fusion restaurant with some of my favorite pho soup.
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Gingergrass Silverlake
2396 Glendale Blvd
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Delicious thai fusion restaurant with some of my favorite pho soup.
I've actually never eaten here but it's very close and the atmosphere is great. Big outdoor patio with a trendy upscale vibe. It's not cheap, but based on the crowds, it must be worth it.
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Salazar
2490 Fletcher Dr
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I've actually never eaten here but it's very close and the atmosphere is great. Big outdoor patio with a trendy upscale vibe. It's not cheap, but based on the crowds, it must be worth it.
It's an upscale sports bar with "the best happy hour in LA". As a happy hour aficionado, I can confirm it's pretty solid.
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The Morrison
3179 Los Feliz Blvd
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It's an upscale sports bar with "the best happy hour in LA". As a happy hour aficionado, I can confirm it's pretty solid.
I love this place, especially for brunch, but that's when it's most crowded. It may not be a flashy LA iconic place, but the food is great and inexpensive. The vaulted ceilings and fire place make the entire place cozy and the staff make you feel especially welcome and taken care of.
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Foxy’s Restaurant
206 W Colorado St
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I love this place, especially for brunch, but that's when it's most crowded. It may not be a flashy LA iconic place, but the food is great and inexpensive. The vaulted ceilings and fire place make the entire place cozy and the staff make you feel especially welcome and taken care of.
Delicious spot for brunch especially. And VERY close!
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Modern Eats
2590 Glendale Blvd
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Delicious spot for brunch especially. And VERY close!
I think this bakery/cafe was the highest rated restaurant in the country on yelp at some point. That may just be here-say, but I FEEL like it's true. I can't see anyone being disappointed by anything except the line. It's popular!
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Porto's Bakery and Cafe
315 N Brand Blvd
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I think this bakery/cafe was the highest rated restaurant in the country on yelp at some point. That may just be here-say, but I FEEL like it's true. I can't see anyone being disappointed by anything except the line. It's popular!
Ivanhoe (formerly HOME Restaurant) has a diverse menu, beautiful patio and nice indoor seating. I recommend it for those who need a reliable place with good food, good atmosphere, a full bar, and reasonable prices. It gets a little busy for weekend brunch but still much less crowded than the other HOME location in Los Feliz on Hillhurst. Park along Riverside to avoid the small valet charge in their parking lot. Or... walk! There's some incline but it's only 0.6 miles away.
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Ivanhoe Restaurant & Bar
2500 Riverside Dr
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Ivanhoe (formerly HOME Restaurant) has a diverse menu, beautiful patio and nice indoor seating. I recommend it for those who need a reliable place with good food, good atmosphere, a full bar, and reasonable prices. It gets a little busy for weekend brunch but still much less crowded than the other HOME location in Los Feliz on Hillhurst. Park along Riverside to avoid the small valet charge in their parking lot. Or... walk! There's some incline but it's only 0.6 miles away.

Essentials

This is your closest grocery store, just 0.5 miles away from the house. It's the "budget friendly" version of Whole Foods, so there's less selection but it covers the essentials. There's a delicious hot food bar for grabbing a quick bite and all the wine, beer, coffee, produce, meat, etc, you could want. It's much more vegan friendly than other grocery stores. This is your closest grocery store, within walking distance. The attached Allegro coffee shop is also a great place for good quick coffee.
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Whole Foods Market 365
2520 Glendale Blvd
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This is your closest grocery store, just 0.5 miles away from the house. It's the "budget friendly" version of Whole Foods, so there's less selection but it covers the essentials. There's a delicious hot food bar for grabbing a quick bite and all the wine, beer, coffee, produce, meat, etc, you could want. It's much more vegan friendly than other grocery stores. This is your closest grocery store, within walking distance. The attached Allegro coffee shop is also a great place for good quick coffee.
The most grocery bang for your buck - This is a grocery store that has limited selection, but what they do have is a great value. Great prices on wine, liquor, and a pretty good selection of cheeses and other snacks in addition to all the basics. If they don't have what you need, you can try the Gelson's across the street and pay for it.
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Trader Joe's
2738 Hyperion Ave
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The most grocery bang for your buck - This is a grocery store that has limited selection, but what they do have is a great value. Great prices on wine, liquor, and a pretty good selection of cheeses and other snacks in addition to all the basics. If they don't have what you need, you can try the Gelson's across the street and pay for it.
Gelson's has all the selection you would expect from a relatively expensive grocery store. Can't find it at the budget friendly Trader Joe's across the street? Gelson's probably has you covered.
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Gelson's Market
2725 Hyperion Ave
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Gelson's has all the selection you would expect from a relatively expensive grocery store. Can't find it at the budget friendly Trader Joe's across the street? Gelson's probably has you covered.
This is the closest "normal" grocery store. It has everything a grocery store should have. Whole Foods 365 is your closest option (walking distance) and Trader Joe's is MY personal favorite local grocery store, but to each their own. You have many grocery options.
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Vons
4520 Sunset Blvd
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This is the closest "normal" grocery store. It has everything a grocery store should have. Whole Foods 365 is your closest option (walking distance) and Trader Joe's is MY personal favorite local grocery store, but to each their own. You have many grocery options.
If you're a Gold's Gym member and your membership lets you visit other gyms, this is the closest location. It's part of the Glendale Galleria mall. Park on Bi-4 (pink) level and walk in. If you're not a member, they may offer day passes. I don't know.
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Gold's Gym
1016 Cole Ave
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If you're a Gold's Gym member and your membership lets you visit other gyms, this is the closest location. It's part of the Glendale Galleria mall. Park on Bi-4 (pink) level and walk in. If you're not a member, they may offer day passes. I don't know.
Pharmacy and convenience store to pick up any amenities you might have left behind.
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CVS Pharmacy
7100 Santa Monica Blvd
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Pharmacy and convenience store to pick up any amenities you might have left behind.
The closest dry cleaning shop. There is also a laundromat across the street, but with a washer/dryer in the house, I don't know why you would need to know about that.
Silver-Glen Cleaners
2558 Glendale Blvd
The closest dry cleaning shop. There is also a laundromat across the street, but with a washer/dryer in the house, I don't know why you would need to know about that.
Try some yoga in one of the oldest studios in the area.
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Silverlake Yoga
2810 Glendale Blvd
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Try some yoga in one of the oldest studios in the area.

Drinks & Nightlife

This is a dive bar with a tiki theme. Drink prices are great, especially during happy hour. Every now and then it fills up and gets loud for special events so it's nice to have the Red Lion Tavern across the street if things are getting to wild.
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Cha Cha Lounge
2375 Glendale Blvd
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This is a dive bar with a tiki theme. Drink prices are great, especially during happy hour. Every now and then it fills up and gets loud for special events so it's nice to have the Red Lion Tavern across the street if things are getting to wild.
It's a dark and cozy German restaurant & bar until you climb two flights of stairs up to the patio in the back. THEN you'll see why this place is a special place to have a few beers and maybe a delicious sausage platter. It can get a little noisy on weekend nights, but has great outdoor ambiance for any sized group to spread out and enjoy the LA weather. On a weeknight, when it's a little quieter, I think the patio would count as "romantic".
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The Red Lion Tavern
2366 Glendale Blvd
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It's a dark and cozy German restaurant & bar until you climb two flights of stairs up to the patio in the back. THEN you'll see why this place is a special place to have a few beers and maybe a delicious sausage platter. It can get a little noisy on weekend nights, but has great outdoor ambiance for any sized group to spread out and enjoy the LA weather. On a weeknight, when it's a little quieter, I think the patio would count as "romantic".
It's within walking distance and it's a really great little brewery with good beer and on the quieter side if you just want to have a few beers with friends in a relaxed environment. It closes earlier than you would expect so be sure to check the hours before you go. Also, the walk home could be a little sketchy after dark.
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Frogtown Brewery
2931 Gilroy St
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It's within walking distance and it's a really great little brewery with good beer and on the quieter side if you just want to have a few beers with friends in a relaxed environment. It closes earlier than you would expect so be sure to check the hours before you go. Also, the walk home could be a little sketchy after dark.
Full bar with great beer selection and solid happy hour. Indoor is dark and divey and the outdoor patio is perfect to enjoy a nice afternoon, complete with board games.
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Verdugo Bar
3408 Verdugo Rd
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Full bar with great beer selection and solid happy hour. Indoor is dark and divey and the outdoor patio is perfect to enjoy a nice afternoon, complete with board games.
One of the best beer selections in the area. No liquor and no frills. There's pool and peanuts available.
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Glendale Tap
4227 San Fernando Rd
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One of the best beer selections in the area. No liquor and no frills. There's pool and peanuts available.
It's a nice upscale bar that turns into a nightclub some nights. If all you want are some drinks, it's still a good stop.
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Zebulon
2478 Fletcher Dr
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It's a nice upscale bar that turns into a nightclub some nights. If all you want are some drinks, it's still a good stop.
The beer is pretty good, but it's the atmosphere that makes this place special. There's always at least one food truck parked outside and the games and artwork inside make for a fun time with a group. They also do pretty quick tours you can jump into. It's in the arts district so there's plenty else to do and the Arts District Brewing Co. is just down the street if you need a 2nd brewery option.
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Angel City Brewery
216 S Alameda St
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The beer is pretty good, but it's the atmosphere that makes this place special. There's always at least one food truck parked outside and the games and artwork inside make for a fun time with a group. They also do pretty quick tours you can jump into. It's in the arts district so there's plenty else to do and the Arts District Brewing Co. is just down the street if you need a 2nd brewery option.
Inexpensive music venue to check out local bands and quality touring acts that haven't broken big yet.
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The Satellite
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Inexpensive music venue to check out local bands and quality touring acts that haven't broken big yet.
It's an iconic music venue with big name talent and big ticket prices to go with it. If a musician you like is playing here, this is definitely a great place to see them perform.
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The Greek Theatre
2700 N Vermont Ave
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It's an iconic music venue with big name talent and big ticket prices to go with it. If a musician you like is playing here, this is definitely a great place to see them perform.
Technically it's a restaurant (good for families & brunch), but I'm listing it under bar because I think that's what makes it special. It's a converted fire station and now you can drink in that fire station, at the looooong bar, or out back on the patio. Later in the evening, the food is put away and it's just a great place for good drinks, atmosphere, and mingling.
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Edendale Restaurant and Bar
2838 Rowena Ave
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Technically it's a restaurant (good for families & brunch), but I'm listing it under bar because I think that's what makes it special. It's a converted fire station and now you can drink in that fire station, at the looooong bar, or out back on the patio. Later in the evening, the food is put away and it's just a great place for good drinks, atmosphere, and mingling.

Parks & Nature

The trail around the reservoir is a nice walk with views of the reservoir and nice houses in the area. Even after dark, this is a relatively safe area to walk and usually has a pretty steady group of fellow walkers and joggers. There's a nice park area to plan a picnic and a dog park to let the furrier guests stretch their legs.
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Silver Lake Reservoir
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The trail around the reservoir is a nice walk with views of the reservoir and nice houses in the area. Even after dark, this is a relatively safe area to walk and usually has a pretty steady group of fellow walkers and joggers. There's a nice park area to plan a picnic and a dog park to let the furrier guests stretch their legs.
The trail around the lake is nice and short. Renting a pedal boat to roam around the small lake is a great way to spend an hour. The shops and restaurants along Sunset can complete the day.
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Echo Park Lake
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The trail around the lake is nice and short. Renting a pedal boat to roam around the small lake is a great way to spend an hour. The shops and restaurants along Sunset can complete the day.
Griffith park is the largest city park in the country, so it's hard to pinpoint just one point of interest. But here's the merry-go-round. Also check out pony rides and the famous observatory. This area is good for picnics and some outdoor walking.
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Griffith Park Merry-Go-Round
4730 Crystal Springs Dr
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Griffith park is the largest city park in the country, so it's hard to pinpoint just one point of interest. But here's the merry-go-round. Also check out pony rides and the famous observatory. This area is good for picnics and some outdoor walking.
Nice views of the area from a hidden park on a hill. The Hollyhock house is also a Frank Lloyd Wright historic building that offers tours. There is also an art gallery to wander through. It's a nice retreat that usually has plenty of parking up the hill so you don't have to hike to the top if you don't want to.
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Barnsdall Art Park
4800 Hollywood Blvd
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Nice views of the area from a hidden park on a hill. The Hollyhock house is also a Frank Lloyd Wright historic building that offers tours. There is also an art gallery to wander through. It's a nice retreat that usually has plenty of parking up the hill so you don't have to hike to the top if you don't want to.
This is a bike & running path along the somewhat scenic LA river. Since the iconic chase scene from Terminator 2, it now has water and greenery growing in it. There are also some people who call this area home, so it's best to keep your visits to daylight hours. Renting a bike at the Spoke cafe is a nice way to explore this trail.
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Los Angeles River Bike Path
Los Angeles River Bike Path
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This is a bike & running path along the somewhat scenic LA river. Since the iconic chase scene from Terminator 2, it now has water and greenery growing in it. There are also some people who call this area home, so it's best to keep your visits to daylight hours. Renting a bike at the Spoke cafe is a nice way to explore this trail.
A little more hidden with views of the Hollywood sign.
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Lake Hollywood Park
3160 Canyon Lake Dr
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A little more hidden with views of the Hollywood sign.
Under appreciated park with 360 views from downtown to hollywood. You can even peek down into dodger stadium. Lots of bbq pits and open grass for outdoor games.
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Elysian Park Trail
Elysian Park Trail
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Under appreciated park with 360 views from downtown to hollywood. You can even peek down into dodger stadium. Lots of bbq pits and open grass for outdoor games.

Sightseeing

This is possibly the most visited tourist destination in Los Angeles. Go on a weekday if possible to avoid the crowds, but definitely go. On a clear day, the view of downtown is spectacular and you can see the Hollywood sign if you hike around the hill a little bit. On a nice day, wear your hiking clothes so you can explore the many trails. On a rainy day, the exhibits inside and planetarium are a fun way to spend a half day. After dark, the view of downtown is a great addition to any date night. Parking can be difficult.
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Obserwatorium Griffith
2800 E Observatory Rd
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This is possibly the most visited tourist destination in Los Angeles. Go on a weekday if possible to avoid the crowds, but definitely go. On a clear day, the view of downtown is spectacular and you can see the Hollywood sign if you hike around the hill a little bit. On a nice day, wear your hiking clothes so you can explore the many trails. On a rainy day, the exhibits inside and planetarium are a fun way to spend a half day. After dark, the view of downtown is a great addition to any date night. Parking can be difficult.
Here are all the stars on the ground with famous people's names. If this is on your list of things to do, here's where they are.
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Hollywood Walk Of Fame HQ
6255 Sunset Blvd
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Here are all the stars on the ground with famous people's names. If this is on your list of things to do, here's where they are.
This historic street is full of shops representing LA's Mexican American heritage. The entire area is full of historic buildings from LA's earliest days.
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Olvera Street
Olvera Street
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This historic street is full of shops representing LA's Mexican American heritage. The entire area is full of historic buildings from LA's earliest days.
It's a beautiful historic train station that still operates as the hub for LA's rail and bus system. If you're traveling to the airport, this is one way to get there with the "fly away" shuttle, but mostly it's just a cool old building that's near the Olivera Street historic neighborhood that is all worth exploring.
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Union Station
800 N Alameda St
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It's a beautiful historic train station that still operates as the hub for LA's rail and bus system. If you're traveling to the airport, this is one way to get there with the "fly away" shuttle, but mostly it's just a cool old building that's near the Olivera Street historic neighborhood that is all worth exploring.
It's a scenic pier with a ferris wheel, tiny roller coaster, arcade, and beautiful views of Santa Monica and the ocean. Stop by for sunset after walking or riding along the beach.
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Santa Monica Pier
200 Santa Monica Pier
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It's a scenic pier with a ferris wheel, tiny roller coaster, arcade, and beautiful views of Santa Monica and the ocean. Stop by for sunset after walking or riding along the beach.

Shopping

This is an upscale outdoor shopping mall with high end shops and restaurants. The fountains in the park area put on a show every now and then and walking through here is definitely a relaxing way to spend an afternoon. Plenty of food and drinks nearby. And an entire indoor mall across the street at the Glendale Galleria.
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The Americana at Brand
889 Americana Way
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This is an upscale outdoor shopping mall with high end shops and restaurants. The fountains in the park area put on a show every now and then and walking through here is definitely a relaxing way to spend an afternoon. Plenty of food and drinks nearby. And an entire indoor mall across the street at the Glendale Galleria.
If you're into wine, this is a great little shop to browse. The staff is super helpful and there are even tastings on Sundays, Mondays, and Thursdays.
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Silverlake Wine
2395 Glendale Blvd
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If you're into wine, this is a great little shop to browse. The staff is super helpful and there are even tastings on Sundays, Mondays, and Thursdays.
It's a great place to find unique clothes at a bargain price. There are over priced used clothing stores all around Hollywood, but this is where you can actually hunt for hidden treasures. It's also in the heart of Atwater Village and close to lots of other cool shops, bars, and coffee shops.
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Out of the Closet - Atwater
3160 Glendale Blvd
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It's a great place to find unique clothes at a bargain price. There are over priced used clothing stores all around Hollywood, but this is where you can actually hunt for hidden treasures. It's also in the heart of Atwater Village and close to lots of other cool shops, bars, and coffee shops.

Getting Around

This is the closest subway station. It's on the red line but can connect you with all the other lines. There are also buses that can drop you off or pick you up from this station. Traveling by subway is a great way to stay out of the LA traffic and see many spots without having to worry about parking.
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Vermont / Santa Monica Station
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This is the closest subway station. It's on the red line but can connect you with all the other lines. There are also buses that can drop you off or pick you up from this station. Traveling by subway is a great way to stay out of the LA traffic and see many spots without having to worry about parking.
The closest bus stop, if you don't mind taking a series of "hidden stairs" down to Riverside. It's a little remote, so late at night you may want to explore other options. There is also a bus stop in front of the Whole Foods on a busier street with more shops and foot traffic. It really depends on where you're headed. https://www.metro.net/
Riverside / Gilroy
The closest bus stop, if you don't mind taking a series of "hidden stairs" down to Riverside. It's a little remote, so late at night you may want to explore other options. There is also a bus stop in front of the Whole Foods on a busier street with more shops and foot traffic. It really depends on where you're headed. https://www.metro.net/
This bus stop is easy to find and close to lots of shops and food options to make the wait easier and safer. There's a closer stop on Riverside that is a little more remote, but really it all depends on where you're going and what bus you need. https://www.metro.net/
Glendale / Fletcher
This bus stop is easy to find and close to lots of shops and food options to make the wait easier and safer. There's a closer stop on Riverside that is a little more remote, but really it all depends on where you're going and what bus you need. https://www.metro.net/
Bicycle rental along the LA river bike path. It's also a great little cafe, perfect for brunch or coffee.
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Spoke Bicycle Cafe
3050 N Coolidge Ave
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Bicycle rental along the LA river bike path. It's also a great little cafe, perfect for brunch or coffee.