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Joey & Adam’s guidebook

Joey & Adam
Joey & Adam
Lid sinds 2014
Joey & Adam

Joey & Adam’s guidebook

Practical Stuff
Basic needs in our immediate area
This is the nearest grocery store to us, 5 min drive or 15 min walk. You can get all food basics and there is an attached cafe for coffee/beer/wine as well as a casual vegan restaurant - by CHLOE. How to walk there (15 min): Walk downhill to dead end culdesac of Corralitas. This is the entry to our canyon. Walk up into canyon on the dirt path, walking to the right, towards the trees. Continue past some fencing. You'll see a preschool on the left. A bit further down you'll see a staircase on your LEFT, go UP the stairs to Lake View Ave. Make a right and walk along Lake View until the fork. Take the left street of the fork, India St. India will dead end on Silver Lake Blvd. You will see the back side of the shopping center. Cross the street and head right on Silver Lake Blvd and you will see the driveway into the complex.
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Whole Foods Market 365
2520 Glendale Blvd
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This is the nearest grocery store to us, 5 min drive or 15 min walk. You can get all food basics and there is an attached cafe for coffee/beer/wine as well as a casual vegan restaurant - by CHLOE. How to walk there (15 min): Walk downhill to dead end culdesac of Corralitas. This is the entry to our canyon. Walk up into canyon on the dirt path, walking to the right, towards the trees. Continue past some fencing. You'll see a preschool on the left. A bit further down you'll see a staircase on your LEFT, go UP the stairs to Lake View Ave. Make a right and walk along Lake View until the fork. Take the left street of the fork, India St. India will dead end on Silver Lake Blvd. You will see the back side of the shopping center. Cross the street and head right on Silver Lake Blvd and you will see the driveway into the complex.
Same shopping center as the 365 market. Nearest pharmacy/drug store which you can walk to in 15 minutes. How to walk there (15 min): Walk downhill to dead end culdesac of Corralitas. This is the entry to our canyon. Walk up into canyon on the dirt path, walking to the right, towards the trees. Continue past some fencing. You'll see a preschool on the left. A bit further down you'll see a staircase on your LEFT, go UP the stairs to Lake View Ave. Make a right and walk along Lake View until the fork. Take the left street of the fork, India St. India will dead end on Silver Lake Blvd. You will see the back side of the shopping center. Cross the street and head right on Silver Lake Blvd and you will see the driveway into the complex.
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CVS
2530 Glendale Boulevard
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Same shopping center as the 365 market. Nearest pharmacy/drug store which you can walk to in 15 minutes. How to walk there (15 min): Walk downhill to dead end culdesac of Corralitas. This is the entry to our canyon. Walk up into canyon on the dirt path, walking to the right, towards the trees. Continue past some fencing. You'll see a preschool on the left. A bit further down you'll see a staircase on your LEFT, go UP the stairs to Lake View Ave. Make a right and walk along Lake View until the fork. Take the left street of the fork, India St. India will dead end on Silver Lake Blvd. You will see the back side of the shopping center. Cross the street and head right on Silver Lake Blvd and you will see the driveway into the complex.
Lovely not to big but not too small farmers market that happens in nearby Atwater Village neighborhood that happens every Sunday 10am -2pm. Grab some fresh fruit and some lunch. Our favorite fish taco guy is here, or get freshly made pupusas and an aqua fresca from the very popular pupusa stall there.
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Atwater Village Farmers’ Market
3528 Glendale Boulevard
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Lovely not to big but not too small farmers market that happens in nearby Atwater Village neighborhood that happens every Sunday 10am -2pm. Grab some fresh fruit and some lunch. Our favorite fish taco guy is here, or get freshly made pupusas and an aqua fresca from the very popular pupusa stall there.
Neighborhood Food scene
I tried to stick to places that were within 15 min from our house and most are fairly inexpensive. Let us know if you are looking for something specific or fine dining/special occasion recommendations.
Really delicious coffee and pastries in a beautiful space with nice outdoor seating right on the LA River. Grab a coffee and take a walk along the river path from there over to Lewis McAdams Riverfront Park.
La Colombe Frogtown Cafe and Roastery
2828 Newell St
Really delicious coffee and pastries in a beautiful space with nice outdoor seating right on the LA River. Grab a coffee and take a walk along the river path from there over to Lewis McAdams Riverfront Park.
Rent Bikes here! This is a great funky place to grab a coffee, enjoy brunch or lunch (really delicious food!), some board games, and they are right on the LA River bike path so rent some bikes and explore!
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Spoke Bicycle Cafe
3050 N Coolidge Ave
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Rent Bikes here! This is a great funky place to grab a coffee, enjoy brunch or lunch (really delicious food!), some board games, and they are right on the LA River bike path so rent some bikes and explore!
Cult favorite LA style burger pop up. 15/20 min walk from our house! https://la.eater.com/2019/2/13/18223483/burgers-never-say-die-silver-lake-restaurant-opening-new
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Burgers Never Say Die
2388 Glendale Blvd
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Cult favorite LA style burger pop up. 15/20 min walk from our house! https://la.eater.com/2019/2/13/18223483/burgers-never-say-die-silver-lake-restaurant-opening-new
Great independently owned wine shop considered one of the best in LA. Walk here in 15/20 min! Super fun inexpensive unpretentious wine tastings weekly! Mon 5-9pm is cool because super trendy (and really good!) Triple Beam Pizza has a pop up oven set up outside. You order be the inch and they will bring it in to you to enjoy with your wine. The $15 tasting includes wine, cheese, bread, dip etc. Thursday 5-9pm there are $15 flights with brea and butter and there is a food truck outside! https://www.silverlakewine.com/index.php/tastings/
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Silverlake Wine
2395 Glendale Boulevard
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Great independently owned wine shop considered one of the best in LA. Walk here in 15/20 min! Super fun inexpensive unpretentious wine tastings weekly! Mon 5-9pm is cool because super trendy (and really good!) Triple Beam Pizza has a pop up oven set up outside. You order be the inch and they will bring it in to you to enjoy with your wine. The $15 tasting includes wine, cheese, bread, dip etc. Thursday 5-9pm there are $15 flights with brea and butter and there is a food truck outside! https://www.silverlakewine.com/index.php/tastings/
Inexpensive and casual spot for really amazing authentic Mexican tacos. Order a sampler plate of minis to try them all. Gets crowded before Dodger games.
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Guisados
1261 Sunset Boulevard
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Inexpensive and casual spot for really amazing authentic Mexican tacos. Order a sampler plate of minis to try them all. Gets crowded before Dodger games.
Higher end chef-driven contemporary Italian place in the neighborhood. After your meal, walk across the street and get a drink at L&E Oyster Bar's upstairs bar.
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Alimento
1710 Silver Lake Boulevard
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Higher end chef-driven contemporary Italian place in the neighborhood. After your meal, walk across the street and get a drink at L&E Oyster Bar's upstairs bar.
Mid priced seafood restaurant (obviously) specializing in oysters. Book in advance, it gets crowded. If there are no tables go upstairs to the bar. Oyster specials available up there too.
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L&E Oyster Bar
1637 Silver Lake Blvd
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Mid priced seafood restaurant (obviously) specializing in oysters. Book in advance, it gets crowded. If there are no tables go upstairs to the bar. Oyster specials available up there too.
Sceney chic Silver Lake coffee institution just down from the reservoir. They have a full menu for brunch, lunch etc and for is always good. Sit out side for people watching.
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LAMILL COFFEE Boutique
1636 Silver Lake Boulevard
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Sceney chic Silver Lake coffee institution just down from the reservoir. They have a full menu for brunch, lunch etc and for is always good. Sit out side for people watching.
This place is quite a scene. All the seating is pretty much outdoors and its gorgeous space that used to be an auto body shop! Mexican grill. Great cocktails. Often a long wait for a table so book ahead if you can. If there is a wait there is a large bar where you can have drinks to kill the time!
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Salazar
2490 Fletcher Dr
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This place is quite a scene. All the seating is pretty much outdoors and its gorgeous space that used to be an auto body shop! Mexican grill. Great cocktails. Often a long wait for a table so book ahead if you can. If there is a wait there is a large bar where you can have drinks to kill the time!
Unique handmade soft serve in classic and unusual flavors. Many vegan options.
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Magpies Softserve
2660 Griffith Park Blvd
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Unique handmade soft serve in classic and unusual flavors. Many vegan options.
Great gourmet ice cream shop in Atwater Village which is a fun, walkable area with lots of stores and restaurants. All the ice cream here is inspired by countries around the world and its ALL SO GOOD! Try Mango Sticky Rice flavor...
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Wanderlust Creamery
3134 Glendale Blvd
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Great gourmet ice cream shop in Atwater Village which is a fun, walkable area with lots of stores and restaurants. All the ice cream here is inspired by countries around the world and its ALL SO GOOD! Try Mango Sticky Rice flavor...
Really delicious baked goods and coffee!
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Proof Bakery
3156 Glendale Blvd
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Really delicious baked goods and coffee!
Mid to higher end stylish, modern Italian restaurant.
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All'Acqua
3280 Glendale Boulevard
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Mid to higher end stylish, modern Italian restaurant.
OK so this is not exactly in our neighborhood but 10 min away and one of our favorites in LA! Really unique modern interpretation of Filipino food in a very unpretentious, hospitable space in a funky Chinatown strip mall. The people who run this spot are so nice and the food will blow you away. They were named a 2018 Food & Wine Restaurant of the Year.
LASA
727 N Broadway
OK so this is not exactly in our neighborhood but 10 min away and one of our favorites in LA! Really unique modern interpretation of Filipino food in a very unpretentious, hospitable space in a funky Chinatown strip mall. The people who run this spot are so nice and the food will blow you away. They were named a 2018 Food & Wine Restaurant of the Year.
Great Japanese spot featuring sushi, sake, beer, noodles, grilled skewers. Very high quality and flavorful.
Osen Izakaya
2903 Sunset Blvd
Great Japanese spot featuring sushi, sake, beer, noodles, grilled skewers. Very high quality and flavorful.
This place is very popular, often a wait but its worth it! There's a second location in Highland Park with less crowds.
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Silverlake Ramen
2927 Sunset Boulevard
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This place is very popular, often a wait but its worth it! There's a second location in Highland Park with less crowds.
Small hip restaurant serving seasonal type of farm to table American food, on a stretch of Sunset with lots of bars and restaurants to walk around and check out.
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Ostrich Farm
1525 Sunset Boulevard
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Small hip restaurant serving seasonal type of farm to table American food, on a stretch of Sunset with lots of bars and restaurants to walk around and check out.
Order at the counter type restaurant in the Silver Lake junction area. Very delicious Taiwanese small plates. Inexpensive but high quality in a nice space with some communal seating.
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Pine and Crane
1521 Griffith Park Blvd
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Order at the counter type restaurant in the Silver Lake junction area. Very delicious Taiwanese small plates. Inexpensive but high quality in a nice space with some communal seating.
Cult-favorite hipster spot for surprisingly authentic street food-inspired Thai. Can be very spicy!!
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Night + Market Song
3322 Sunset Blvd
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Cult-favorite hipster spot for surprisingly authentic street food-inspired Thai. Can be very spicy!!
Great place to check out for food lovers! A mix of both traditional food vendors and hipster food concepts. You can get good beer here at the Golden Road outpost and wine in many of the others. Adams favorite burger is at Bel Campo here! There's a paid parking garage attached. Across the street on Hill, there is "Angels Flight" which is a kinda odd but fun historic landmark... and it takes only 4 min! https://www.angelsflight.org
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Grand Central Market
317 S Broadway
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Great place to check out for food lovers! A mix of both traditional food vendors and hipster food concepts. You can get good beer here at the Golden Road outpost and wine in many of the others. Adams favorite burger is at Bel Campo here! There's a paid parking garage attached. Across the street on Hill, there is "Angels Flight" which is a kinda odd but fun historic landmark... and it takes only 4 min! https://www.angelsflight.org
Even if you are not vegan (we aren't) this place is great spot to eat a bit healthier. Offers a very large menu with tons of riffs of typical comfort foods in an attractive space. Organic wine list. Save room for a scoop of kind-creme vegan ice cream for dessert! Joey 'd favorite is the 'goatless greek' salad.
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Sage Plant Based Bistro and Brewery Echo Park
1700 Sunset Blvd
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Even if you are not vegan (we aren't) this place is great spot to eat a bit healthier. Offers a very large menu with tons of riffs of typical comfort foods in an attractive space. Organic wine list. Save room for a scoop of kind-creme vegan ice cream for dessert! Joey 'd favorite is the 'goatless greek' salad.
Have you ever had Peruvian? We just tried this place the other night and it was great! No liquor license yet so BYOB. Friendly service in a casual laid back space in Highland Park. We loved the ceviche, Lomo Saltado, and rotisserie chicken (PERFECTLY COOKED) with Peruvian beans and plantains.
Rosty Peruvian food
5511 N Figueroa St
Have you ever had Peruvian? We just tried this place the other night and it was great! No liquor license yet so BYOB. Friendly service in a casual laid back space in Highland Park. We loved the ceviche, Lomo Saltado, and rotisserie chicken (PERFECTLY COOKED) with Peruvian beans and plantains.
OH MY, so good, it's actually well worth the exorbitant price on your bill... This is a downtown Arts District hot spot that you should reserve in advance for. Middle Easter small pates bliss. If you are looking for a celebratory meal, this is the place!
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Bavel
500 Mateo St
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OH MY, so good, it's actually well worth the exorbitant price on your bill... This is a downtown Arts District hot spot that you should reserve in advance for. Middle Easter small pates bliss. If you are looking for a celebratory meal, this is the place!
Old school Echo Park diner great for breakfast! Walk over to the Echo Park Lake after your meal.
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Brite Spot
1918 Sunset Boulevard
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Old school Echo Park diner great for breakfast! Walk over to the Echo Park Lake after your meal.
Most delicious creamy hummus I've ever had! Really fresh, middle eastern food perfect for a quick lunch or brunch. Its a small space but has more tables out front. You can also order to go.
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Dune
3143 Glendale Boulevard
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Most delicious creamy hummus I've ever had! Really fresh, middle eastern food perfect for a quick lunch or brunch. Its a small space but has more tables out front. You can also order to go.
Parks, Hikes & Nature
Being in nature is one of the best things to do in LA. In addition to these favorites below, definitely check out the "Secret Stairs" book in the guest room. There are tons of great 'hikes' though the surrounding neighborhoods that are a work out and also just a great way to take in the local flavor.
This is the closest major park to us. You can do some beautiful, fairy easy hikes here with good views. Hike by dodger stadium. We like to park near Grace E. Simmons Lodge and hike the trails up behind there.
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Elysian Park
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This is the closest major park to us. You can do some beautiful, fairy easy hikes here with good views. Hike by dodger stadium. We like to park near Grace E. Simmons Lodge and hike the trails up behind there.
Lush, shaded easy (no incline) walk that takes you into Griffith. Looks like something out of Snow White with little creeks and bridges everywhere you turn! At the end of the Fern Dell trails you'll find the "Trails Cafe" which is a popular spot for coffee/drinks, gourmet baked goods, sandwiches etc. Lines can get long on weekends. Closed Mondays. From there if you want a more rigorous hike you can continue up the mountain on the Firebreak trail that goes to the Griffith Observatory. It's about a 30 min each way to observatory. Bring water!!
Fern Dell Nature Trail
Lush, shaded easy (no incline) walk that takes you into Griffith. Looks like something out of Snow White with little creeks and bridges everywhere you turn! At the end of the Fern Dell trails you'll find the "Trails Cafe" which is a popular spot for coffee/drinks, gourmet baked goods, sandwiches etc. Lines can get long on weekends. Closed Mondays. From there if you want a more rigorous hike you can continue up the mountain on the Firebreak trail that goes to the Griffith Observatory. It's about a 30 min each way to observatory. Bring water!!
Short easy hike from parking lot up to natural caves that were famously used as a location for the original 1960s Batman TV show, among other film credits. You can get a view of the Hollywood sign from the caves or you can double back and take the longer more strenuous hike up toward the Hollywood sign if you are feeling more adventurous.
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Bronson Canyon / Caves
3200 Canyon Dr
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Short easy hike from parking lot up to natural caves that were famously used as a location for the original 1960s Batman TV show, among other film credits. You can get a view of the Hollywood sign from the caves or you can double back and take the longer more strenuous hike up toward the Hollywood sign if you are feeling more adventurous.
This is slightly strenuous but manageable hike in Griffith Park with big payoff in the really unexpectedly stunning, oasis like garden at the top. Bring a picnic and enjoy it at one of the tables tucked away in the garden. How to get there: https://www.hikespeak.com/trails/amirs-garden-griffith-park/
Amir's Garden
This is slightly strenuous but manageable hike in Griffith Park with big payoff in the really unexpectedly stunning, oasis like garden at the top. Bring a picnic and enjoy it at one of the tables tucked away in the garden. How to get there: https://www.hikespeak.com/trails/amirs-garden-griffith-park/
Popular place for runners. There's a fairly flat path around the reservoir that is just over 2 miles with water fountains etc. Bathrooms in the rec center. The Silver Lake Meadow is a wide open grassy area where people come enjoy a picnic or play frisbee etc.
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Silver Lake Reservoir
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Popular place for runners. There's a fairly flat path around the reservoir that is just over 2 miles with water fountains etc. Bathrooms in the rec center. The Silver Lake Meadow is a wide open grassy area where people come enjoy a picnic or play frisbee etc.
This is one of our family's favorite hikes. 1 mile to the waterfall and back. The waterfall looks like something you'd find in Hawaii. If it's been many months without rain, the flow less but we've never been when its dry. About a 20 min drive from our house.
Millard Falls
This is one of our family's favorite hikes. 1 mile to the waterfall and back. The waterfall looks like something you'd find in Hawaii. If it's been many months without rain, the flow less but we've never been when its dry. About a 20 min drive from our house.
You really get the flavor of LA when you walk around the lake. You can rent the swan boats to paddle around. There's a nice cafe to grab a bite or check out the local food vendors for some Elote corn, pupusas, or get a bag of fresh fruit sprinkled with chili and lime (if you have never had this its a must try!). People love to picnic on the grass and you'll see outdoor yoga classes before noon. The lake is filled with turtles, ducks, cranes and geese. Parking can be hard but there are also public lots off Sunset.
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Echo Park Lake
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You really get the flavor of LA when you walk around the lake. You can rent the swan boats to paddle around. There's a nice cafe to grab a bite or check out the local food vendors for some Elote corn, pupusas, or get a bag of fresh fruit sprinkled with chili and lime (if you have never had this its a must try!). People love to picnic on the grass and you'll see outdoor yoga classes before noon. The lake is filled with turtles, ducks, cranes and geese. Parking can be hard but there are also public lots off Sunset.
These are really some of the best botanical gardens in the USA, well worth the entry cost and the short drive to San Marino (basically Pasadena). Wear comfy shoes, you can easily spend a day here walking around. There are multiple dining options available depending on what day you visit. Some you should make advance reservations for, like the Rose garden Tea room if that is your sort of thing I hear its memorable!
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The Huntington
1151 Oxford Road
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These are really some of the best botanical gardens in the USA, well worth the entry cost and the short drive to San Marino (basically Pasadena). Wear comfy shoes, you can easily spend a day here walking around. There are multiple dining options available depending on what day you visit. Some you should make advance reservations for, like the Rose garden Tea room if that is your sort of thing I hear its memorable!
Nightlife / Bars
Very pretty new upstairs cocktail bar with a "Vacation in Mexico" vibe. Delicious pretty drinks, nice music, great back patio...and a small menu of tamales/tacos as well (not tried those yet... next time!)
Popular trendy nightlife spot very near by. Full bar, full Mediterranean, live music and events. Check their website. Some are free, some concerts are ticketed.
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Zebulon
2478 Fletcher Dr
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Popular trendy nightlife spot very near by. Full bar, full Mediterranean, live music and events. Check their website. Some are free, some concerts are ticketed.
Laid back local bar with great happy hour and pinball.
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The Friend
2611 Hyperion Ave
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Laid back local bar with great happy hour and pinball.
Unique restaurant with a full arcade of vintage video games and pinball machines. The food is really good, kinda Asian fusion drinking food-- try the chicken wings or the garlic noodles. Lots of vegan choices too. Great list of craft beer and wines. You'll find families with kids there on the earlier side and then its adults only after 9pm. http://buttonmashla.com
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Button Mash
1391 Sunset Blvd
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Unique restaurant with a full arcade of vintage video games and pinball machines. The food is really good, kinda Asian fusion drinking food-- try the chicken wings or the garlic noodles. Lots of vegan choices too. Great list of craft beer and wines. You'll find families with kids there on the earlier side and then its adults only after 9pm. http://buttonmashla.com
This is a low key craft cocktail lounge "hidden" behind Cafe Birdie (a great spot for dinner). Access from the back of the space or walk through Cafe Birdie. This stretch of Figueroa offers tons of bars and restaurants and is a great hip neighborhood to visit.
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Good Housekeeping HLP
5635 N Figueroa St
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This is a low key craft cocktail lounge "hidden" behind Cafe Birdie (a great spot for dinner). Access from the back of the space or walk through Cafe Birdie. This stretch of Figueroa offers tons of bars and restaurants and is a great hip neighborhood to visit.
Very fun unpretentious neighborhood beer garden featuring a very elaborate beer list, some wine. Huge outdoor seating area with shuffleboard. Great music and good vibes. You can bring in your own food or order from the trucks outside.
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Block Party Highland Park
5052 York Blvd
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Very fun unpretentious neighborhood beer garden featuring a very elaborate beer list, some wine. Huge outdoor seating area with shuffleboard. Great music and good vibes. You can bring in your own food or order from the trucks outside.
Like bowling? Like eating? Like history? This place combines it all in a masterfully restored 1920s bowling alley that is actually the oldest in LA! They have multiple spaces, outside of the main area with the lanes. There's a full menu of Italian food, pizzas. Really great meatballs! There are several bar areas, some rooms with live music, open mic, karaoke etc. Make reservations for bowling, it fills up. It's also fairly expensive for bowling but its a destination kind of place. It's 21+ after 8pm and located on a very bustling stretch of Figuroa with lots of other spots to check out. https://www.highlandparkbowl.com
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Highland Park Bowl
5621 N Figueroa St
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Like bowling? Like eating? Like history? This place combines it all in a masterfully restored 1920s bowling alley that is actually the oldest in LA! They have multiple spaces, outside of the main area with the lanes. There's a full menu of Italian food, pizzas. Really great meatballs! There are several bar areas, some rooms with live music, open mic, karaoke etc. Make reservations for bowling, it fills up. It's also fairly expensive for bowling but its a destination kind of place. It's 21+ after 8pm and located on a very bustling stretch of Figuroa with lots of other spots to check out. https://www.highlandparkbowl.com
A fun alternative to the bars and clubs... go see a classic film under the stars downtown! Also a second location in Hollywood. Tickets include deck chairs and blankets, but bring a jacket! You get headphones for the audio and they serve drinks and food as well.
Rooftop Cinema Club
888 S Olive St
A fun alternative to the bars and clubs... go see a classic film under the stars downtown! Also a second location in Hollywood. Tickets include deck chairs and blankets, but bring a jacket! You get headphones for the audio and they serve drinks and food as well.
A great place to see improv and more up-and-coming comics. Very inexpensive shows. Also check out the listings for the theater on Sunset which is really close. On Franklin, there are lots of bars and restaurants within a 1 block radius of the theater. it can be hard to park here though!
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Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre
5919 Franklin Avenue
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A great place to see improv and more up-and-coming comics. Very inexpensive shows. Also check out the listings for the theater on Sunset which is really close. On Franklin, there are lots of bars and restaurants within a 1 block radius of the theater. it can be hard to park here though!
Stylish Mexican cocktail bar nearby in Echo Park. Also serves some food though we've only come for drinks.
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Bar Caló
1498 Sunset Blvd
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Stylish Mexican cocktail bar nearby in Echo Park. Also serves some food though we've only come for drinks.
Ticketed Wine tastings (21+) happen here May through August every Friday night 5:30-8:30 pm. There is a DJ and when is provided by Silver Lake wine. Bring a blanket and some food or order from the food trucks that set up there. This is a public park high on a hill overlooking East Hollywood with incredible sunset views. The property centers around the Hollyhock House, a famous residence built by Frank Lloyd Wright and you can also buy tickets to tour it. More info: https://barnsdall.org/wine-tastings
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Barnsdall Art Park
4800 Hollywood Boulevard
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Ticketed Wine tastings (21+) happen here May through August every Friday night 5:30-8:30 pm. There is a DJ and when is provided by Silver Lake wine. Bring a blanket and some food or order from the food trucks that set up there. This is a public park high on a hill overlooking East Hollywood with incredible sunset views. The property centers around the Hollyhock House, a famous residence built by Frank Lloyd Wright and you can also buy tickets to tour it. More info: https://barnsdall.org/wine-tastings
If you can get a chance to see something at the Hollywood Bowl, do it! Such a beautiful and unique venue. Orchestral music, world music, popular concerts, campy sing-a-longs... If you get boxed seats you can order dinner and eat it right there at the table in your box. Tons of great dining and food and drink options on site but you can also bring in a picnic, and at certain shows you can bring your own alcohol. See their site for rules. Get there early and enjoy the
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Hollywood Bowl
2301 N Highland Ave
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If you can get a chance to see something at the Hollywood Bowl, do it! Such a beautiful and unique venue. Orchestral music, world music, popular concerts, campy sing-a-longs... If you get boxed seats you can order dinner and eat it right there at the table in your box. Tons of great dining and food and drink options on site but you can also bring in a picnic, and at certain shows you can bring your own alcohol. See their site for rules. Get there early and enjoy the
Bar Flores
1542 Sunset Boulevard
Sightseeing / Museums
I am not going to include the really obvious tourist spots here because you can find that info online easily and never really do that stuff so I will stick to what I know best! :)
Famous architectural landmark you've seen in the movies. Park near the Trails Cafe and hike up, or drive up and pay to park in the lot. This is a key spot to come take some stunning LA selfies! Great 360º views and if you like space, definitely go inside and check out the museum which is FREE (tickets to the planetarium shows are additional).
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Griffith-observatorium
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Famous architectural landmark you've seen in the movies. Park near the Trails Cafe and hike up, or drive up and pay to park in the lot. This is a key spot to come take some stunning LA selfies! Great 360º views and if you like space, definitely go inside and check out the museum which is FREE (tickets to the planetarium shows are additional).
This is a historic cultural district in Downtown LA that features some of the oldest pueblo in LA. It's very touristy but I think a great short outing to experience some of LA's Mexican influence and history. There is often dancing or performers in the plaza, tons of souvenir shopping in the Mexican style marketplace, many traditional Mexican restaurants, historic churches, museums, adobes and more... https://www.discoverlosangeles.com/things-to-do/discover-olvera-street-and-historic-el-pueblo-de-los-angeles
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Olvera Street
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This is a historic cultural district in Downtown LA that features some of the oldest pueblo in LA. It's very touristy but I think a great short outing to experience some of LA's Mexican influence and history. There is often dancing or performers in the plaza, tons of souvenir shopping in the Mexican style marketplace, many traditional Mexican restaurants, historic churches, museums, adobes and more... https://www.discoverlosangeles.com/things-to-do/discover-olvera-street-and-historic-el-pueblo-de-los-angeles
The next best thing to visiting Japan! Stroll around the Japanese Village Plaza (an outdoor mall) for fun knick knacks, or a delicious Japanese take on french pastry at Cafe Dulce, and lots of restaurant options. There's also a Japanese American Museum nearby that always has interesting exhibitions.
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Little Tokyo
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The next best thing to visiting Japan! Stroll around the Japanese Village Plaza (an outdoor mall) for fun knick knacks, or a delicious Japanese take on french pastry at Cafe Dulce, and lots of restaurant options. There's also a Japanese American Museum nearby that always has interesting exhibitions.
Not sure what is up with this photo, AirBNB, this is a big contemporary art museum, not a cafe.... This is a world class collection of some of the biggest names in contemporary art all housed in an architectural landmark of a building and general admission is FREE! Book tickets in advance or wait in the standby line if you want to be impulsive. You can check out the wait time on their website before you go. Paid parking available undertake museum. This is in Downtown LA (DTLA) across the street from the famous Frank Gehry designed Walt Disney Concert Hall. Across the other direction is the MOCA museum, another great spot for contemporary art. MOCA complex there is a Lemonade Cafe which is a great easy place to grab some lunch. Or walk to the Grand Central Market in under 10 min for so many great options! The broad also has a fancy restaurant Otium on its grounds.
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The Broad
221 South Grand Avenue
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Not sure what is up with this photo, AirBNB, this is a big contemporary art museum, not a cafe.... This is a world class collection of some of the biggest names in contemporary art all housed in an architectural landmark of a building and general admission is FREE! Book tickets in advance or wait in the standby line if you want to be impulsive. You can check out the wait time on their website before you go. Paid parking available undertake museum. This is in Downtown LA (DTLA) across the street from the famous Frank Gehry designed Walt Disney Concert Hall. Across the other direction is the MOCA museum, another great spot for contemporary art. MOCA complex there is a Lemonade Cafe which is a great easy place to grab some lunch. Or walk to the Grand Central Market in under 10 min for so many great options! The broad also has a fancy restaurant Otium on its grounds.
If you like contemporary art, a good place to check out. There are free admission nights Thursdays 5-8pm and they do nice tours. Lemonade cafe near the entrance is a good place to grab a bite.
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The Museum of Contemporary Art
250 South Grand Avenue
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If you like contemporary art, a good place to check out. There are free admission nights Thursdays 5-8pm and they do nice tours. Lemonade cafe near the entrance is a good place to grab a bite.
A bit more of a drive but there's SO much to see here and its well worth it! During the summer, on Fridays starting at 6pm there is free live Jazz in the plaza. Bring a blanket and some dinner or order from the food trucks that are nearby.
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Los Angeles County Museum of Art
5905 Wilshire Blvd
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A bit more of a drive but there's SO much to see here and its well worth it! During the summer, on Fridays starting at 6pm there is free live Jazz in the plaza. Bring a blanket and some dinner or order from the food trucks that are nearby.
Go to a Dodgers game! 5 min away from our house. You can get cheap tickets fairly easily online.
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Dodger Stadium
1000 Vin Scully Ave
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Go to a Dodgers game! 5 min away from our house. You can get cheap tickets fairly easily online.
Beaches
This is a great beach to visit for a really unique Malibu vibe. A bit further drive but very Instagram worthy scenery! You park off the road and hike down a small path in the cliffs to the beach. The beach itself has beautiful caves and rock formations. You will see a lot of people doing wedding photoshoots and the like.
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El Matador State Beach
32350 Pacific Coast Highway
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This is a great beach to visit for a really unique Malibu vibe. A bit further drive but very Instagram worthy scenery! You park off the road and hike down a small path in the cliffs to the beach. The beach itself has beautiful caves and rock formations. You will see a lot of people doing wedding photoshoots and the like.
This is a very well appointed family friendly beach in Santa Monica, you can get here in 35 min if you avoid high traffic times. They have an easy parking lot $12 all day but it fills up early. It often says LOT FULL but go in anyway and circle around because they usually are lying. If its full, make a right back onto PCH and turn into the next public lot on the right, lot "9 North"-- it's also accessible to the facilities. This beach has hands down the cleanest and best smelling bathroom facilities!!! There is a full restaurant (reserve, its popular) but they also have a cafe window for burgers, hot dogs, salads, wraps fries etc. There is a lovely pool open to the public but you must make advance reservations and pay admission but it has hotel-like amenities like lounge chairs and locker rooms. AMAZINGLY CLEAN! Check website for hours and reservation: https://www.annenbergbeachhouse.com/activities/pool.aspx
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Annenberg Community Beach House
415 Pacific Coast Hwy
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This is a very well appointed family friendly beach in Santa Monica, you can get here in 35 min if you avoid high traffic times. They have an easy parking lot $12 all day but it fills up early. It often says LOT FULL but go in anyway and circle around because they usually are lying. If its full, make a right back onto PCH and turn into the next public lot on the right, lot "9 North"-- it's also accessible to the facilities. This beach has hands down the cleanest and best smelling bathroom facilities!!! There is a full restaurant (reserve, its popular) but they also have a cafe window for burgers, hot dogs, salads, wraps fries etc. There is a lovely pool open to the public but you must make advance reservations and pay admission but it has hotel-like amenities like lounge chairs and locker rooms. AMAZINGLY CLEAN! Check website for hours and reservation: https://www.annenbergbeachhouse.com/activities/pool.aspx
Manhattan beach is a great place to check out that is a 40 drive from our house and has both nice beaches and tons of walkable beach adjacent streets with restaurants, shops, cafes, ice cream, bars etc. Simmzy's is a fun casual spot for burgers/tacos. For something fancier, ocean side try The Strand.
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Manhattan Beach Pier
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Manhattan beach is a great place to check out that is a 40 drive from our house and has both nice beaches and tons of walkable beach adjacent streets with restaurants, shops, cafes, ice cream, bars etc. Simmzy's is a fun casual spot for burgers/tacos. For something fancier, ocean side try The Strand.
Shopping
If you like the mall, then you might want to check out the Americana. It's one of the most popular outdoor malls in LA. Our favorite place to eat is Din Tai Fung, famous Taiwanese restaurant chain. The lines are insane but you can get on their waitlist via Yelp.com and also if you eat here you get free valet at the mall! Also check out the Sprinkles cupcake ATM, Apple store, nice H&M, Barneys Coop, Nordstrom, etc. There is also a nice movie theater.
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The Americana at Brand
889 Americana Way
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If you like the mall, then you might want to check out the Americana. It's one of the most popular outdoor malls in LA. Our favorite place to eat is Din Tai Fung, famous Taiwanese restaurant chain. The lines are insane but you can get on their waitlist via Yelp.com and also if you eat here you get free valet at the mall! Also check out the Sprinkles cupcake ATM, Apple store, nice H&M, Barneys Coop, Nordstrom, etc. There is also a nice movie theater.