Go behind the scenes on the world famous Studio Tour to explore where Hollywood movies are made. Then, enjoy thrilling rides, shows and attractions that put you inside some of the world’s biggest movies. End your day at Universal CityWalk® with acres of L.A.’s hottest entertainment – from indoor skydiving to live music, movies, clubs and mouth-watering food – why would you go anywhere else?
Street performers, tattoo artists, novelty vendors, Gen-X nomads, hippies, people-watchers and freaks of all kinds come together to create this unique bazaar you have to explore at least once. And don´t forget the three-mile beach or the streets that are lined with edgy boutiques. No wonder why this is one of the most popular visitor attractions in Southern California!
Being the first theme park in the world, Disneyland materializes every sugary, colorful fantasy there is. As you step into this magical land you will be meet by famous Disney characters such as Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy, Tinker Bell, Aladdin, Anna & Elsa, Cinderella, Peter Pan just to name a few. Welcome to the happiest place on earth – homage to an imagination.
Spread over 4,000 acres, Griffith Park is the largest urban park in the United States and has been used as the backdrop for several movies, including "Batman" and "Jurassic Park." It houses the Griffith Park Observatory, and the Los Angeles Zoo. Also within the park are the Autry Museum of Western Heritage and the Travel Town Transportation Museum. Fifty-three miles of picturesque hiking trails as well as swimming, biking and horseback riding ensure something for everyone. Griffith Park is also home to the Hollywood sign, which stands on Mt. Lee.
Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) has one of the finest permanent collections of contemporary art, as well as rotating exhibitions. There are two different centers, the main one being on Grand Avenue, which has a great gift shop and café. The Geffen Contemporary, situated in Little Tokyo, houses larger works and installations.
Between Crescent Heights Boulevard and Doheny Drive, you can indulge in all the glitz, glamour and spectacle of L.A. without traveling more than a few blocks. Sip a poolside or rooftop drink at exclusive bars, or hear live music at rock clubs like the Viper Room and House of Blues.
One of the world's largest arts organizations, The Getty has two locations in Los Angeles and one of them is The Getty Centre. The Getty Center houses a stunning art collection in beautiful surroundings with a breath-taking view over the city. It invites critical thinking and questioning of the world’s artistic legacy.
La Brea’s tar pits have thousands of animal bone and plant remains. Some of the fossils have been dated back to 40,000 years ago. Many of these are on view in this fascinating museum, including the remains of a 9,000-year-old woman! During the late summer, the outdoor excavation pits can be visited with experts demonstrating how the remains are recovered.
With its Frank Gehry-designed interior and wonderful collection of masterpieces by Degas, Picasso, Rembrandt, Goya and Rodin, the Norton Simon is the best-kept secret in Los Angeles. The house is set in beautiful gardens and exhibits one of the most impressive private collections of American, European and Asian art in the world.
One of the cultural symbols of Los Angeles, Walt Disney Concert Hall is said to have the most 'acoustically sophisticated' concert halls in the world. Home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestra and the Los Angeles Master Chorale, this downtown building truly is an architectural wonder not to be missed.
One of the largest art museum in the western United States, this cultural mecca houses a superb permanent collection of pieces from all over the world and maintains a vibrant program of events, exhibitions, art house films and jazz concerts. LACMA attracts almost a million visitors annually and displays more than 150,000 works spanning from ancient times to the present.
Why not spend an evening with Hipcooks, learning to create exciting new dishes in a funky downtown loft and afterwards the class ends with a dinner party? A great way to make new friends and you get the chance to bring out that inner chef within you. Hipcooks East Los Angeles 642 Moutlon Ave Unit E21 +1 323 222 3663 Hipcooks West Los Angeles 2833 S Robertson Blvd +1 310 841 2738
The Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena was built in 1922 and is known mostly for its football games. No fewer than five NFL Super Bowl games have been played here. The stadium is open to the public and is a popular place for exercise, walking or running. Day or night, get your cardio workout in this beautiful location.
Iowa is an authentic war ship that is now open to tourist visits. History buffs will enjoy the guided tours and learning about the ship's glory days, while kids will be kept occupied by treasure hunts. Join the "Full steam ahead tour" where you get access to areas of the ship that is usually not shown to the general public.
With an impressive collection of nearly 35 million specimens and artifacts, this is the largest natural and historical museum in the western United States. A family-friendly museum that has something for everyone - apart from the dinosaur fossils and gems there is also the Los Angeles discovery zone in the basement with live animals and interactive exhibits.
Through interactive exhibits, ground-breaking programs, live demonstrations and exciting films, both grownups and kids can explore the wonder of science at California Science Center. The STS Endeavor and IMAX cinema are only a couple of must-sees - bring a lot of time along, as you will most probably want to wander around for hours.
Located in the Westwood Village area of Los Angeles, this memorial park is a resting place for some of greatest names in the entertainment business. Marilyn Monroe, Truman Capote, Dean Martin and Ray Bradbury - among others - rest beneath the ground of this LA park.
The LA installment of this legendary wax figure museum is worth a visit if you don't have much luck spotting movie stars elsewhere. It is located right next to the TCL Theatre and displays some of the biggest name in Hollywood. Get up-close and prepare to strike a pose next to your favorite celebrities!
Sushi Roku offers sushi made with the finest, freshest fish from pristine waters, all cooked by knowledgeable chefs. Traditional Japanese dishes combined with modern twist is the key ingredients, making a visit here into a unique culinary experience. Try the yellowtail with jalapeno or the popcorn shrimp tempura.
Opened its doors in 1919, this famous place is Hollywood's oldest restaurant. Proper old-fashioned food is served in dimly lit private booths. The menu is a la carte with a variety of garnitures. Charlie Chaplin was one of the regulars, in fact he dined at the restaurant so often, so they gave him his own booth that still stands in the corner of the restaurant.
Chinois is a Los Angeles classic and one of the famous chef Wolfgang Puck’s first restaurants, serving a fusion of French and Chinese food. In a colorful and exotic interior, you can taste Asian dishes served with California’s fresh products combined with French culinary skills.
This famous restaurant and bar was founded in early 1972, and is located on the Sunset Strip. Here they offer you a broad menu where you can choose from pizza, chicken, fresh fish, vegetarian delights and meat. On the walls you can see pictures of celebrities and rock stars throughout the restaurant.
Serving quality and affordable sushi since 1980, Sushi Gen is a popular restaurant located in Little Tokyo. With a menu offering a wide and unique variety, everything from traditional sushi to a fine selection of more exotic fish, there are plenty of choices and it is all prepared by expert sushi chefs. Come early before they open since the place gets easily crowded.
With several locations in Los Angeles, Tocaya Organica was founded in 2016 and serves modern and organic Mexican food. The skillful chefs prepare food like tacos, salads, burritos and bowls with the highest quality ingredients and with locally sourced organic produce. Vegan and vegetarian options are also included in the menu.
Alcove is a café and bakery housed in a historic bungalow, surrounded by garden patios. Here, they serve American classics, artisan baked goods, hand-roasted coffee and their own made chocolate. Pop in for breakfast, lunch or dinner or just for something sweet like a cake.
Celebrated as one of the top places in downtown LA to get coffee, this former warehouse turned coffee shop boasts a huge selection of drinks and snacks, including quite a few experimental and unique ones. If you have a sweet tooth, do not worry, they serve pastries and cookies too.
This family owned business has been serving coffee, sandwiches, smoothies and more since 1989. It has become an institution where locals like to hang out and sip a coffee made with world's most sought-after beans from Hawaii's Kona Coast. Also, a place to pop by for all-day breakfast, wraps and salads.
Grab a coffee and have a break from the bustling Hollywood Blvd at this spacious art decorated venue with plenty of indoor and outdoor seating. Healthy breakfast, innovated sandwiches, soups served with crostini, fresh salads including warm and cold drinks are served by friendly and attentive staff.
Described as sleek, stylish and unique, Elevate Lounge is a sophisticated LA nightclub with a fairly strict dress code. Enjoy the city view on the 21st-floor penthouse with a cocktail or hit the dance floor. Elevate offers a couple of bars and elegant VIP/private seating including secluded areas with ambient background music.
You will find Seven Bar Lounge in the heart of the business financial district in downtown Los Angeles. This is an upscale nightspot with a wide selection of whisky, cocktail and wine. Here you can enjoy Happy Hour and dance late into the night in a cool and relaxed atmosphere.
This gastropub is the place to visit if you would like to catch some sport on the multiple screens throughout here. Various games are also provided here like pool tables, foosball and arcade games. Happy hour every day from 3–7pm, but beware it can get pretty crowded here.
When entering at Tiki-Ti you might think you have come to a museum of Pop Polynesian culture. This family-owned bar has colorful and exotic items from all over the world on display. Here you can enjoy tropical drinks in a very small but cozy bar, in fact there are 94 tropical drinks on offer, most of which can´t be found anywhere else.
With three levels of dance floors and seven bars, The Mayan is one of the city's hottest dancing destinations. Fridays, the DJs are spinning house, trance, tribal and Latin dance music, combined with Spanish rock. On Saturday nights you can dance salsa and meringue and listen to live salsa bands downstairs while the upper level and basement offers mixed music.
This huge nightclub is situated in the heart of Hollywood and is a high class club. Inside you will see a luxurious modern design featuring expensive table and bottle services. The crowd is very intriguing and the atmosphere is vibrant and luxurious. This club also features an expansive patio where you can mingle around.
Offering some of the finest views of Los Angeles, Skybar is a chick rooftop bar with a poolside lounge. From the bar, pick an impeccably fresh cocktail and enjoy the beautiful sunset while the pulse is getting more vibrant as evening fall. Hollywood glamour and world-class Djs only adds to the seductive energy the place is oozing.
Inspired by the south of France, Le Jardin is an elegant and hip outdoor lounge with plush sofas and large patio with olive trees. Sip a glass of rose wine while listing to live band or when celebrity DJs play eclectic music anthems. A romantic place that attracts A-list celebrities and socialites.
For something different, check out the world-famous Rose Bowl Flea Market. With more than 2,500 vendors selling everything from apparel, crafts, old furniture to vintage clothes and accessories, you will basically find everything here. The market attracts bargain hunters, collectors and antique aficionados.
The famous Rodeo Drive sits at the center of the ‘Golden Triangle’ – Santa Monica Boulevard to the north, Wilshire Boulevard to the south and Canon Drive to the east. This is where the big people buy big names for big money. A familiar backdrop in lots of movies, it is certainly worth a look – even if you can’t afford anything. Some of the streets off Rodeo Drive are slightly more affordable. West Third Street (between Fairfax and Robertson Boulevards) is a fun shopping street and one of the most popular in the city, with great boutiques, some gorgeous antique shops and trendy cafés.
If the attitude is getting to you in LA’s ultra trendy shopping spots, check out the more chilled out streets around the beaches. Main Street (between Pacific Street and Rose Avenue, and Santa Monica and Venice Boulevards), which connects Santa Monica and Venice, combines trendy with beach bum chic and has all the mall standards as well as some individual boutiques. The street is dotted with laid back cafés and restaurants. Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice is another great place for a stroll with its vintage clothes, galleries and antique furniture. Montana Avenue in Santa Monica (between 17th and 7th Streets), is full of specialty shops with home furnishings, fashion and gourmet food.
Located east of Hollywood and populated with artists and musicians, Silver Lake and Los Feliz have become centers for the "bohemian chic." This is a great area to explore for its excellent music shops, vintage clothes and furniture among other offerings. Several designers have set up shop here too, with small individual boutiques.
Opened in July 1934, this sprawling marketplace with over 100 grocers, shops and eateries has been a Los Angeles institution for over 60 years. The stalls are providing fresh local produce, ethnic food stalls and carnival-style entertainment to Angelenos and visitors alike.
Downtown L.A. is an eclectic mix of bargain stores, markets and ethnic enclaves and is well worth a bit of exploration. A good place to start is Santee Alley, between Santee and Maple Streets and Olympic Boulevard and 12th Street, where designer clothing can be found at very low prices. Olvera Street is a wonderfully lively pedestrian street near Union Station (www.olvera-street.com), where stalls selling Mexican goods and food of all sorts line the sidewalks and musicians wander up and down making nice sounds. Another spot worth checking out is the covered Grand Central Market (317 South Broadway, between 3rd and 4th Streets), which has been open since 1917. For a bargain price, you can pick up all manner of ingredients, both usual and unusual, and eat your way through the ethnic food stalls.
Hollywood Boulevard is one of Los Angeles’ most famous streets, and it has become a bit of a tourist Mecca with souvenir, T-shirt and poster shops lining its sidewalks. Melrose Avenue, between Fairfax and La Brea, is one of L.A.’s most exciting shopping streets, and great for people-watching. The latest fashions in everything can be found on this street, as well as a great selection of trendy restaurants. Even the storefronts are works of art. A true LA experience.
The Grove is a one-stop shopping destination which is like an adult Disneyland – complete with a trolley to transport shoppers from one end to the other. Here you will find everything from clothes, accessories to beauty and more. There are some great eateries, too, and the rooftop car park has a superb view of the city. Michael Kors, Nordstrom, Banana Republic, Barneys New York, GAP, Swarovski, MAC cosmetics, Tiffany & Co. are just some examples of stores located here.
You will find Citadel Outlets just 10 minutes south of Downtown Los Angeles and this huge mall boasts 130 brand name stores and offers 30%-70% off retail prices. A variety of fashion stores are located here such as Michael Kors, H&M, Kipling, Perry Ellis, Juicy Couture, Calvin Klein, Banana Republic Factory Store, Tommy Hilfiger and many more.
California’s largest outlet, Ontario Mills is an indoor mall that offers the ultimate shopping experience. With over 200 stores housing some of the biggest names in men's, women's and children's fashion including jewelry, sporting goods, footwear and more, you will probably not leave this mall empty handed. Stores include Nike, Old Navy, The North Face, Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom Rack, Forever 21 and much more. When needed of a break, do not worry there are great restaurants and cafés where to rest your feet.
Los Angeles International Airport, or LAX, as it is locally known, is the third busiest airport in the world. It is located about 30 km (19 miles) southwest of Downtown L.A. Public transport from LAX is slow, but cheap. The “C” shuttle leaves from the LAX Shuttle & Airline Connections sign on the Lower/Arrival Level islands in front of each terminal and brings passengers to the Metro Bus Center, where they can catch city buses serving the Los Angeles area. Information on city bus services is available by telephone on the Information Display Board in the baggage claim area in each terminal. In addition, passengers can obtain local transit information by calling +1 800 266 6883. L.A. city’s easily navigable website also gives routes and timetables for public transport to and from the city. Private shuttle buses do hotel drop-offs right to the door, cheaper than a taxi and quicker than the public bus. These can be found on the Lower/Arrival Level islands in front of each terminal under the red sign Hotel & Parking Lot Shuttles. Taxis are readily available but expensive (they add a service charge from the airport). They can be found on the Lower/Arrival Level islands in front of each terminal. Passengers are given a ticket stating typical fares to major destinations. There are also plenty of car rental agencies at the airport with competitive prices.
Smaller airports in the Los Angeles area avoid the LAX gridlock and provide connections to almost anywhere within the US. Check the individual websites for details on flights and ground transport. Also check www.mta.net for public transport routes and timetables. Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport is located 25km (15 miles) northwest of Downtown.
Long Beach Airport is located 40 km (25 miles) south of Downtown. Transportation network companies such as Lyft, Opoli, See Jane Go and Uber are available on the outer curb in front of the terminal. The bus service is run by Long Beach Transit and they have four routs that are connected to the airport. Taxis are offered at the Taxi stand outside the terminal. You will find the car rental offices in the Airport Ground Transportation Center.
Los Angeles is a city designed for cars. Getting around without one is generally slow and complicated. Most visitors rent a car for their stay, but if you decide not to, there are options. Buses, trains and trams are run by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transit Authority. The Metro, which runs both over and under ground, is sometimes handy for getting from Downtown outwards. The Transit Authority’s website is easily navigable and provides all necessary information on routes, timetables and fares (www.mta.net). The Downtown Area Short Hop (DASH) shuttle system operates buses throughout Downtown, Hollywood and the west side of L.A. Service runs roughly every 5 to 20 minutes. Contact the Department of Transportation for routes and timetables.
Cabs do not usually stop when hailed down. There are cab stands at all major hotels and stations. Check that your cab has the official City of Los Angeles Taxicab Seal, which ensures that it is insured, inspected and driven by a trained driver. If not, it is illegal. The website below provides all the necessary information, with company listings, phone numbers and service areas. To order a cab in advance: LA Yellow Cab Co +1 424 222 2222 United Taxi +1 323 653 5050
The most common chain pharmacies in LA are Walgreens, Rite Aid and Horton and Converse. Some pharmacies operate 24/7, so make sure to locate one in your neighborhood. Stand-alone pharmacies are common, but some can be found inside larger department stores. The centrally-located (and world-famous) Cedars-Sinai Medical Center has a 24-hour emergency room. www.walgreens.com www.riteaid.com www.hortonandconverse.com
Country code: +1 Area code: L.A. now has Seven Area Codes. Downtown uses the original 213. The rest of the city is divided into 310 (West of La Cienega Boulevard), 818 (San Fernando Valley), 626 (East), 562 (some areas in the South and East) and 323. For directory inquiries call 411.