Guidebook for Los Angeles

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Guidebook for Los Angeles

Food Scene

Gorgeous restaurant for the meat lover owned and operated by renowned Australian chef Curtis Stone. You have to try the Grinder sandwich, best sandwich in LA in my opinion! Also don't miss the happy hour, drink specials, and more importantly cheap oysters.
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Gwen
6600 Sunset Blvd
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Gorgeous restaurant for the meat lover owned and operated by renowned Australian chef Curtis Stone. You have to try the Grinder sandwich, best sandwich in LA in my opinion! Also don't miss the happy hour, drink specials, and more importantly cheap oysters.
Beautiful French restaurant, operating over 60 years, in hands down the most charming area of Los Angeles, Franklin Village. You'll feel like you've transported to a little piece of Paris. Fairy lights and outdoor seating where the people watching on a Saturday afternoon is eclectic. Indoors the ambiance is romantic with dim lighting and candles. Incredible happy hour 5-7:30 even on the weekends! Both food and drink specials.
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La Poubelle
5907 Franklin Avenue
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Beautiful French restaurant, operating over 60 years, in hands down the most charming area of Los Angeles, Franklin Village. You'll feel like you've transported to a little piece of Paris. Fairy lights and outdoor seating where the people watching on a Saturday afternoon is eclectic. Indoors the ambiance is romantic with dim lighting and candles. Incredible happy hour 5-7:30 even on the weekends! Both food and drink specials.
Known for its Italian menu of amazing pizzas and pastas, there's also something for everyone. Consider a late night happy hour from 10pm with both food and drink discounted. Great circular bar where you can strike up a conversation with a new friend. Charming dim lighting with an old Hollywood decor.
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Jones
7205 Santa Monica Blvd
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Known for its Italian menu of amazing pizzas and pastas, there's also something for everyone. Consider a late night happy hour from 10pm with both food and drink discounted. Great circular bar where you can strike up a conversation with a new friend. Charming dim lighting with an old Hollywood decor.
For the Vegan lovers! And the curious carnivore. The food is incredible and 100% Vegan. Mexican inspired. Incredible cocktail list with a lean toward Mezcal and Tequila of course, but still something for everyone. Outdoor seating is surrounded by Olive trees and incredibly gorgeous. Try your luck without a reservation but you may have a wait time. Best to make a reservation for this one.
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Gracias Madre
8905 Melrose Ave
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For the Vegan lovers! And the curious carnivore. The food is incredible and 100% Vegan. Mexican inspired. Incredible cocktail list with a lean toward Mezcal and Tequila of course, but still something for everyone. Outdoor seating is surrounded by Olive trees and incredibly gorgeous. Try your luck without a reservation but you may have a wait time. Best to make a reservation for this one.
For the family! Plus it's only a 5-10 minute walk from the apartment. This fun spot will take you back to the Hollywood of yesteryear. Imagine Happy Days. Booths with waiters in white hats and aprons. Menu's full of American classics like hamburgers and milkshakes. Fun 50's rock'n'roll tunes.
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Mel's Drive-In Hollywood
1660 North Highland Avenue
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For the family! Plus it's only a 5-10 minute walk from the apartment. This fun spot will take you back to the Hollywood of yesteryear. Imagine Happy Days. Booths with waiters in white hats and aprons. Menu's full of American classics like hamburgers and milkshakes. Fun 50's rock'n'roll tunes.
Gorgeous little cafe nestled into the scenic landscape of Griffith Park. Have some coffee, cake or lunch before setting out for a hike! You won't believe you're minutes from the heart of Hollywood.
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The Trails
2333 Fern Dell Drive
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Gorgeous little cafe nestled into the scenic landscape of Griffith Park. Have some coffee, cake or lunch before setting out for a hike! You won't believe you're minutes from the heart of Hollywood.
An LA legend. Enjoy some of the city's finest coffee and tea surrounded by LA's brightest screenwriters penning the next Oscar winner. Charming low light and an eclectic, bohemian decor. Definitely worth checking out, just beware you'll pay a dollar extra for your coffee than anywhere else.
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Bourgeois Pig
5931 Franklin Avenue
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An LA legend. Enjoy some of the city's finest coffee and tea surrounded by LA's brightest screenwriters penning the next Oscar winner. Charming low light and an eclectic, bohemian decor. Definitely worth checking out, just beware you'll pay a dollar extra for your coffee than anywhere else.

Drinks & Nightlife

Incredibly fun bar with its own Texan BBQ grill, regular live music nights and DJ spinning 60's and 70's classics. Themed around the owner's fathers den where he'd hang out it really is something you've gotta see, look for the fridge door entrance!
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Good Times at Davey Wayne's
1611 North El Centro Avenue
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Incredibly fun bar with its own Texan BBQ grill, regular live music nights and DJ spinning 60's and 70's classics. Themed around the owner's fathers den where he'd hang out it really is something you've gotta see, look for the fridge door entrance!
So many awesome things at once! A great, stylish bar with low light. It serves some of LA's finest Thai food and the cocktail selection is impressive, especially if you choose one that is presented to you flaming! Best of all they have a room out the back where they host regular magic and live music shows. Be prepared to pay for these, and when it comes to the magic show even book in advance, but they are well worth it!
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Black Rabbit Rose Magic
1719 N Hudson Ave
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So many awesome things at once! A great, stylish bar with low light. It serves some of LA's finest Thai food and the cocktail selection is impressive, especially if you choose one that is presented to you flaming! Best of all they have a room out the back where they host regular magic and live music shows. Be prepared to pay for these, and when it comes to the magic show even book in advance, but they are well worth it!
Best bar in LA in my opinion! Front section has low light and a great ambiance. Incredible mexcal cocktails as well as something for everyone. A tasty small menu if you're hungry. Out the back they have a brilliant live music venue where I saw one of my all time favorite bands, Dirty Projectors, recently. They often have high profile bands come through for a relatively affordable price. When there's no live music they have eclectic DJ's spin tunes. Often with a lean toward fun, dancey 80's music you won't always hear on the radio. A hipsterish crowd, but dancey hipsters, if that makes sense.
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Zebulon
2478 Fletcher Dr
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Best bar in LA in my opinion! Front section has low light and a great ambiance. Incredible mexcal cocktails as well as something for everyone. A tasty small menu if you're hungry. Out the back they have a brilliant live music venue where I saw one of my all time favorite bands, Dirty Projectors, recently. They often have high profile bands come through for a relatively affordable price. When there's no live music they have eclectic DJ's spin tunes. Often with a lean toward fun, dancey 80's music you won't always hear on the radio. A hipsterish crowd, but dancey hipsters, if that makes sense.
Gorgeous bar with unique, stylish interior design. A patio surrounded by charming olive trees. Separate whiskey room where you can unwind with some dark liquor. An extensive and creative cocktail list. A delicious menu ranging from fine dining to affordable pizzas. And a very stylish crowd.
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Laurel Hardware
7984 Santa Monica Boulevard
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Gorgeous bar with unique, stylish interior design. A patio surrounded by charming olive trees. Separate whiskey room where you can unwind with some dark liquor. An extensive and creative cocktail list. A delicious menu ranging from fine dining to affordable pizzas. And a very stylish crowd.
The Willy Wonka of distillery tours. Truly incerdible! They take you on a tour of their facility via boat rides and ferris wheels and jungle pathways, explaining their cutting edge distilling methods. You won't experience anything like it anywhere else. Plus their state of the art approach creates whiskeys that challenge 30 year old aged whiskeys in an astonishingly short time. All their products are affordable too.
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Lost Spirits Distillery
1235 E 6th St
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The Willy Wonka of distillery tours. Truly incerdible! They take you on a tour of their facility via boat rides and ferris wheels and jungle pathways, explaining their cutting edge distilling methods. You won't experience anything like it anywhere else. Plus their state of the art approach creates whiskeys that challenge 30 year old aged whiskeys in an astonishingly short time. All their products are affordable too.

Sightseeing

Three for one! This is where the Oscars were once held, and where every major premiere happened. Today you can still buy a ticket and watch a movie in the exquisitely designed theatre, and if you're lucky you may still see a premiere with the red carpet out for Hollywood stars. It's also the sight of the hand and footprints of Hollywood's royalty, and, being on Hollywood Blvd, you'll be treading over the world famous Walk of Fame!
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TCL Chinese Theatre
6925 Hollywood Blvd
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Three for one! This is where the Oscars were once held, and where every major premiere happened. Today you can still buy a ticket and watch a movie in the exquisitely designed theatre, and if you're lucky you may still see a premiere with the red carpet out for Hollywood stars. It's also the sight of the hand and footprints of Hollywood's royalty, and, being on Hollywood Blvd, you'll be treading over the world famous Walk of Fame!
The world famous Hollywood sign! Only a 5 minute drive from the apartment to get really close and get that great shot (can also be seen with a 5 minute walk from my apartment too). I'd recommend heading up Beachwood Canyon, or otherwise hike to the Bronson Caves where the 60's Batman TV show was filmed. Both locations give you an epic view.
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Hollywood Sign
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The world famous Hollywood sign! Only a 5 minute drive from the apartment to get really close and get that great shot (can also be seen with a 5 minute walk from my apartment too). I'd recommend heading up Beachwood Canyon, or otherwise hike to the Bronson Caves where the 60's Batman TV show was filmed. Both locations give you an epic view.
Exquisite architecture. This fully functional observatory has been around over 50 years. Inside is a science museum, fully equipped with a theatre where you can watch movies about how the Universe was formed. On certain nights they will allow you to look through their world class high powered telescope. Plus there is also an incredible view of the Hollywood sign. Also an iconic shooting location for Jimmy Dean's Rebel Without a Cause. Surrounded by the sublime nature of Griffith Park, it will give you a different perspective on LA, not to mention panoramic views!
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Griffith Observatory
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Exquisite architecture. This fully functional observatory has been around over 50 years. Inside is a science museum, fully equipped with a theatre where you can watch movies about how the Universe was formed. On certain nights they will allow you to look through their world class high powered telescope. Plus there is also an incredible view of the Hollywood sign. Also an iconic shooting location for Jimmy Dean's Rebel Without a Cause. Surrounded by the sublime nature of Griffith Park, it will give you a different perspective on LA, not to mention panoramic views!

Parks & Nature

As mentioned earlier, check out this great little hike that will bring you up to the caves where the 60's Batman TV show was shot, and also delivers an incredible view of the Hollywood sign. Once you've got your photo, try out the other hikes in that location and get lost in nature in the heart of LA.
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Bronson Canyon / Caves
3200 Canyon Dr
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As mentioned earlier, check out this great little hike that will bring you up to the caves where the 60's Batman TV show was shot, and also delivers an incredible view of the Hollywood sign. Once you've got your photo, try out the other hikes in that location and get lost in nature in the heart of LA.
Check out the iconic Santa Monica Beach! Jump on the 101 freeway only 2-5 mins from my apartment and follow your gps, should take 20-35 mins depending on traffic. Lay back on the expanse of white sand and work on the tan. Eat, drink and shop on 3rd St Promenade. And be sure to check out the world famous Santa Monica pier, complete with Ferris Wheel, amusements and places to eat and drink. The end point of historical route 66!
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Santa Monica Beach
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Check out the iconic Santa Monica Beach! Jump on the 101 freeway only 2-5 mins from my apartment and follow your gps, should take 20-35 mins depending on traffic. Lay back on the expanse of white sand and work on the tan. Eat, drink and shop on 3rd St Promenade. And be sure to check out the world famous Santa Monica pier, complete with Ferris Wheel, amusements and places to eat and drink. The end point of historical route 66!

Arts & Culture

The Getty Center is epic! Some of the worlds most iconic art nestled into picturesque mountains. Also gives one of the most incredible views of Los Angeles.
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The Getty
1200 Getty Center Drive
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The Getty Center is epic! Some of the worlds most iconic art nestled into picturesque mountains. Also gives one of the most incredible views of Los Angeles.
World renowned museum with iconic art works. The whole place is an architectural marvel in itself, get ready to add to your instagram collection. Also neighboring the La Brea tar pits where you can learn about LA's prehistoric past!
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Muzej moderne umjetnosti u Los Angelesu
5905 Wilshire Blvd
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World renowned museum with iconic art works. The whole place is an architectural marvel in itself, get ready to add to your instagram collection. Also neighboring the La Brea tar pits where you can learn about LA's prehistoric past!
Only a 10-15 minute walk from the apartment! Definitely worth getting a ticket to this arena that has hosted all the world's great acts. Incredible sound quality, provided you don't get tickets right up the back. It's also a public park! This means that during most days you can walk around the ampitheatre free of charge during the afternoon (can't get on stage). And if you're really lucky, sometimes bands allow the public to watch their rehearsal on the morning/ afternoon of the show! This is always at their discretion so no promises. And the only way to find out is to walk their and ask the staff, luckily you'll be close enough to do this!
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Hollywood Bowl
2301 N Highland Ave
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Only a 10-15 minute walk from the apartment! Definitely worth getting a ticket to this arena that has hosted all the world's great acts. Incredible sound quality, provided you don't get tickets right up the back. It's also a public park! This means that during most days you can walk around the ampitheatre free of charge during the afternoon (can't get on stage). And if you're really lucky, sometimes bands allow the public to watch their rehearsal on the morning/ afternoon of the show! This is always at their discretion so no promises. And the only way to find out is to walk their and ask the staff, luckily you'll be close enough to do this!
This legendary music venue has hosted many of the world's best acts. Smaller than the Hollywood Bowl but therefore relatively more intimate. An incredible way to see a great band. Awesome sound quality and nestled in the natural surrounds of Griffith Park. For the adventurous traveler you can hike up behind the ampitheatre, listen to a free concert, and become as Neil Diamond famously dubbed them, one of the 'tree people'!
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The Greek Theatre
2700 North Vermont Avenue
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This legendary music venue has hosted many of the world's best acts. Smaller than the Hollywood Bowl but therefore relatively more intimate. An incredible way to see a great band. Awesome sound quality and nestled in the natural surrounds of Griffith Park. For the adventurous traveler you can hike up behind the ampitheatre, listen to a free concert, and become as Neil Diamond famously dubbed them, one of the 'tree people'!

Shopping

The iconic Melrose Ave shopping district. Everything you could imagine for your fashion needs. High end labels. Indie, second hand treasures. Everything in between. Even find a spot to line up for hours for the next Yeezy's if that's your jam!
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Melrose Ave Shopping District
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The iconic Melrose Ave shopping district. Everything you could imagine for your fashion needs. High end labels. Indie, second hand treasures. Everything in between. Even find a spot to line up for hours for the next Yeezy's if that's your jam!

Essentials

Everything you could need to stock the apartment at an affordable price! Be sure to ask for a Ralph's card before paying to get the best discounts. Only a 5-10 min drive from the house.
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Ralphs
1233 North La Brea Avenue
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Everything you could need to stock the apartment at an affordable price! Be sure to ask for a Ralph's card before paying to get the best discounts. Only a 5-10 min drive from the house.
If you don't mind spending a buck or two extra, CVS is walking distance, 5-10 mins, and you can get pretty much all your basics for food and drink to stock the house. Also any medication you may need is available.
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CVS
7021 Hollywood Boulevard
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If you don't mind spending a buck or two extra, CVS is walking distance, 5-10 mins, and you can get pretty much all your basics for food and drink to stock the house. Also any medication you may need is available.
For those who want to stay fit on their trip, LA fitness is a 5-10 min walk away! As for a day pass and enjoy their extensive array of work out equipment and weights. Plus have access to a pool, sauna, basketball court and racketball courts!
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LA Fitness
7021 Hollywood Boulevard
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For those who want to stay fit on their trip, LA fitness is a 5-10 min walk away! As for a day pass and enjoy their extensive array of work out equipment and weights. Plus have access to a pool, sauna, basketball court and racketball courts!