Culture and Venues

Venues – L.A. isn’t referred to by many as “The Entertainment Capital of the World” for no reason. Whether one is interested in seeing a live play, musical performance, or a great film there is no shortage of venues to engage in the arts. In addition, Los Angeles has excellent Farmers Markets and several professional sports teams. Below is a list of some of the city’s best venues offering first-rate entertainment options.

  • Hollywood Bowl (2301 Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90068)
  • Greek Theatre (2700 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027)
  • The Original Farmers Market (333 W. 3rd St. Los Angeles, CA 90036)
  • Skirball Cultural Center (2701 N Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049)
  • The Pantages Theatre (6233 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028)
  • El Rey Theatre (5515 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036)
  • Hollywood Palladium (6215 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028)
  • The Dolby Theatre (6801 Hollywood Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90028)
  • The Troubadour (9081 Santa Monica Blvd. West Hollywood, CA 90069)
  • Bootleg Theatre (2220 Beverly Blvd. Silver Lake, CA 90057)
  • Walt Disney Concert Hall (111 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012)
  • The Staples Center (1111 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90015)
  • Dodger Stadium (1000 Elysian Park Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012)
  • UCLA Royce Hall (Royce Hall, 10745 Dickson Ct, Los Angeles, CA 90095)
  • Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts (9390 N Santa Monica Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90210)
  • The Annenberg Space for Photography (2000 Avenue of the Stars #10, Los Angeles, CA 90067)

Gardens – With average temperatures frequently residing in the 70s and 80s, it’s no wonder many Los Angeles residents and visitors enjoy spending time in gardens all over the city. Below is a list of some of the best gardens located in Los Angeles.

  • Virginia Robinson Gardens (1008 Elden Way Beverly Hills, CA 90210)
  • The Central Garden at The Getty Center (1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90049)
  • The Getty Villa Gardens (17985 Pacific Coast Highway, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272)
  • Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden at UCLA (405 Hilgard Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90095)
  • South Coast Botanic Garden (26300 Crenshaw Blvd, Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA 90274)
  • Gardens at The Lake Shrine Temple (17190 Sunset Blvd. Pacific Palisades, CA 90272)
  • Wattles Gardens Park (1850 N Curson Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046)
  • Manhattan Beach Botanical Gardens (1236 N Peck Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266)
  • James Irving Japanese Gardens at JACCC (244 S San Pedro St, Los Angeles, CA 90012)
  • Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden (301 N. Baldwin Ave. Arcadia, CA 91007)
  • The Huntington Botanical Gardens at The Huntington Library (1151 Oxford Rd, San Marino, CA 91108)
  • Exposition Rose Garden (701 State Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90037)

Libraries – Los Angeles libraries are some of the most distinguished in the country. Some libraries around the city feature rare book editions, significant historical archives, book collections not commonly found anywhere else, and one is even located in a city designated historical monument. If you reside in Los Angeles don’t miss an opportunity to visit one of the many notable libraries below.

  • Beverly Hills Public Library (444 N Rexford Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210)
  • Huntington Library (1151 Oxford Rd. San Marino, CA)
  • Los Angeles Public Central Library (630 W. 5th Street Los Angeles, CA 90071)
  • Santa Monica Public Library (601 Santa Monica Blvd. Santa Monica, CA 90401)
  • Westwood Branch Library (1246 Glendon Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90024)
  • Venice – Abbott Kinney Memorial Branch Library (501 S. Venice Blvd. Venice, CA 90291)
  • Robertson Branch Library (1719 S. Robertson Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90035)
  • Palisades Branch Library (861 Alma Real Dr. Pacific Palisades, CA 90272)

Museums – A little known fact about Los Angeles is the many museums located in the city. There are more than 20 museums presenting art, culture, natural history, and science located in Los Angeles and many are situated on the west side of town. Below is a list of some of the top-rated museums in Los Angeles.

  • The Getty Center (1200 Getty Center Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90049)
  • The Getty Villa (17985 Pacific Coast Highway Pacific Palisades, CA 90272)
  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art (5905 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90036)
  • Natural History Museum (900 Exposition Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90007)
  • Autry National Center (4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles, CA 90027)
  • Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits (5801 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90036)
  • Hammer Museum (10899 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90024)
  • Griffith Observatory (2800 E Observatory Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90027)
  • Norton Simon Museum (411 West Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena, CA 91105)
  • California Science Center (700 Exposition Park Dr. Los Angeles, CA 90037)
  • Petersen Automotive Museum (6060 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036)

RecreationSpending time outside is one of the best ways to explore Los Angeles. Between all of the beautiful parks and beaches there are plenty of ways to get outdoors and bask in sunshine. Below are some of the top-rated beaches and parks located in the City of Angels.

o   Beaches

  •  Venice Beach (1800 Ocean Front Walk Venice, CA 90291)
  • Zuma Beach (30050 Pacific Coast Hwy Malibu, CA 90265)
  • Point Dume State Beach (7103 Westward Beach Rd. Malibu, CA 90265)
  •  Santa Monica State Beach (415 Pacific Coast Hwy Santa Monica, CA 90402)
  • Manhattan Beach Downtown (104 Highland Ave. Manhattan Beach, CA 90266)
  • Redondo Beach Pier (100 Fisherman’s Wharf Redondo Beach, CA 90277)
  •  Hermosa Beach (517 Pier Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254)

o   Parks

  •  Holmby Park (601 Club View Dr. Los Angeles, CA 90024)
  •  Beverly Garden Park (North Santa Monica Blvd and North Beverly Drive)
  •  Century Park (2000 Avenue of the Stars Los Angeles, CA 90067)
  •  Clover Park (2600 Ocean Park Blvd. Santa Monica, CA 90405)
  •  Cheviot Hills Recreation Center (2551 Motor Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90064)
  •  Westwood Recreation Center (1350 S Sepulveda Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90025)
  •  Roxbury Memorial Park (471 S Roxbury Dr. Beverly Hills, CA 90212)
  •  Beverly Canon Gardens (218 N Beverly Blvd. Beverly Hills, CA 90210)
  •  Will Rogers Memorial Park (9650 Sunset Blvd. Beverly Hills, CA 90209)
  •  Westwood Park (9700 Jefferson Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232)
  •  Pacific Palisades Recreation Center (851 Alma Real Dr., Pacific Palisades, CA 90272)
  •  Temescal Gateway Park (15601 Sunset Blvd., Pacific Palisades)
  •  Loma Vista Parks (1051 Meadowgate Way Brentwood, CA 94513)
  • Barrington Dog Park* (333 S Barrington Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90049)
  •  Runyon Canyon Park* (2000 N. Fuller Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90046)
  • Laurel Canyon Dog Park* (8260 Mulholland Dr. Los Angeles, CA 90046)
  •  Lake Hollywood Park (GRIFFITH PARK)* (3160 Canyon Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90027)
  • William S. Hart Park* (8341 De Longpre Ave. West Hollywood, CA 90069)
  •  Kings Road Park (1000 N. Kings Rd. West Hollywood, CA 90069)
  • Note * = Off-Leash Dog Park

o  Trails

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ShoppingFrom shopping malls to trendy boutiques there are plenty of places to shop in Los Angeles. Exclusive merchandise, must-have items, designer clothing, and great customer service make the below locations some of the best places to engage in a little retail therapy.

  •  Hollywood & Highland Center (6801 Hollywood Blvd. Hollywood, CA 90028)
  •  Westside Pavilion (10800 W Pico Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90064)
  •  Century City (10250 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90067)
  •  Shops on Melrose Ave. (Between San Vicente & La Brea Avenues in Los Angeles, CA 90046)
  •  Shops on N. Robertson Blvd. West Hollywood, CA 90048
  •  Shops on Rodeo Dr. (Between Santa Monica and Wilshire Boulevards Beverly Hills, CA 90210)
  •  The Grove (189 The Grove Dr. Los Angeles, CA 90036)
  •  Third St. Promenade (1351 3rd Street Promenade Santa Monica, CA 90401)
  •  Santa Monica Place (395 Santa Monica Place Santa Monica, CA 90401)
  •  The Beverly Center (8500 Beverly Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90048)

Wellness – Los Angeles is known for being a very health-conscious town and as a result many amazing day spas are located all over the city. From world-class spas found in some of the city’s most exclusive hotels to trendy Korean day spas featuring elaborate saunas and an array of detoxifying treatments, there is truly something special for everyone. For a day of pampering, stop by one of the city’s top-rated spas listed below.

  • Tikkun Spa (Third Street Promenade, 1460 4th St, Santa Monica, CA 90401)
  • Ciel Spa at SLS Hotel (SLS Hotel, 465 South La Cienega Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90048)
  • The Beverly Hills Spa by La Prairie (The Beverly Hills Hotel, 9641 Sunset Boulevard, Beverly Hills 90210)
  • Four Seasons Spa at Four Seasons Hotel (300 S. Doheny Dr. Beverly Hills, CA 90211)
  • Beverly Hot Springs (308 N Oxford Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90004)
  • Wi Spa (2700 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90057)
  • Spa Montage at the the Montage Beverly Hills (225 N. Canon Dr. Beverly Hills, CA 90210)
  • Voda Spa (7700 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046)
  • Burke Williams Day Spa (8000 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046)

Sports and Fitness – With great weather year-round there are plenty ways to get outside and get some physical activity. In addition, there are also plenty of indoor fitness centers offering both traditional fitness classes and fun and unique workouts located all over Los Angeles. Below are some of the best locations to keep fit and engage in physical fitness.

  • Toluca Lake Tennis Club (6711 Forest Lawn Dr. Los Angeles, CA 90068)
  • Los Angeles Tennis Club (5851 Clinton St. Los Angeles, CA 90004)
  • Mulholland Tennis Club (2555 Crestview Dr. Los Angeles, CA 90046)
  • Roxbury Park Tennis Facility (401 South Roxbury Dr. Beverly Hills, CA 90212)
  • LA Tennis Center at UCLA (420 Charles E. Young Dr. Los Angeles, CA 90095)
  • Malibu Golf Club (901 Encinal Canyon Rd. Malibu, CA 90265)
  • Trump National Golf Club (1 Ocean Trails Dr. Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275)
  • Wilson at Griffith Park Golf Courses (4730 Crystal Springs Dr. Los Angeles, CA 90027)
  • Harding at Griffith Park Golf Courses (4730 Crystal Springs Dr. Los Angeles, CA 90027)
  • Rancho Park Golf Course (10460 W. Pico Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90064
  • De Bell Golf Course (1500 E. Walnut Ave. Burbank, CA 91501)
  • Soul Cycle (9465 Wilshire Blvd. Beverly Hills, CA 90212)
  • SpeedX (11755 Wilshire Blvd #40, Los Angeles, CA 90025)
  • Kinetic Cycling (11740 San Vicente Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049)
  • Cirque School (5640 1/2 Hollywood Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90028)
  • Bootcamp H20 (137 N. Harper Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90048)
  • Yoga Works (1256 Westwood Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90024)
  • Anti-Gravity Yoga (113 Sierra St. El Segundo, CA 90245)

Hotels & Restaurants – Los Angeles has always been ahead of the trends, and many it’s hotels and restaurants reflect that by offering a mix of modern, chic, and sophistication to guests. Whether one is looking for a unique culinary experience or a contemporary spot to accommodate them during their stay, it can be found in some of the top-rated hotels and restaurants featured below.

Hotels:

  • The Beverly Hills Hotel (9641 Sunset Blvd. Beverly Hills, CA 90210)
  • Beverly Wilshire, Beverly Hills (9500 Wilshire Blvd. Beverly Hills, CA 90212)
  • The Viceroy Santa Monica (1819 Ocean Ave.Santa Monica, CA 90401)
  • SLS Hotel, Beverly Hills (465 S La Cienega Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90048)
  • L’Ermitage Beverly Hills (9291 Burton Way Beverly Hills, CA 90210)
  • Hotel Bel Air (701 Stone Canyon Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90077)
  • The Standard, Downtown LA (550 S Flower St. Los Angeles, CA 90071)
  • Petit Ermitage (8822 Cynthia St. West Hollywood, CA 90069)
  • Hollywood Roosevelt (7000 Hollywood Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90028)
  • The London, West Hollywood (1020 N. San Vicente Blvd. West Hollywood, CA 90069)
  • Loews, Santa Monica (1700 Ocean Ave. Santa Monica, CA 90401)
  • Chateau Marmont (8221 Sunset Blvd. West Hollywood, CA 90046)
  • Mondrian Los Angeles (8440 Sunset Blvd. West Hollywood, CA 90069)
  • W Hotel Hollywood (6250 Hollywood Blvd. Hollywood, CA 90028)

Restaurants:

Beverly Hills

  • Spago (176 N Canon Dr. Beverly Hills, CA 90210)
  • Nate’n Al’s (14 N Beverly Dr. Beverly Hills, CA 90210)
  • Montage (225 N Canon Dr. Beverly Hills, CA 90210)
  • Bouchon (235 N Canon Dr. Beverly Hills, CA 90210)
  • The Roof Garden at The Peninsula Hotel (9882 S. Santa Monica Blvd. Beverly Hills, CA 90212)

Bel Air

  • Il Segreto (2932 Beverly Glen Cir. Los Angeles, CA 90077)
  • Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel Air* (701 Stone Canyon Rd. Los Angeles, CA 90077)
  • Shu (2932 Beverly Glen Cir. Los Angeles, CA 90077)

Sunset Strip

  • Sky Bar at the Mondrian Hotel (8440 Sunset Blvd. West Hollywood, CA 90069)
  • Bar 1200 at the Sunset Marquis (1200 Alta Loma Rd. West Hollywood CA 90069)

Brentwood

  • The Restaurant at The Getty Center (1200 N. Sepulveda Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90049
  • Kat-suya (11777 San Vicente Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90049)
  • Ristorante Peppone’s (11628 Barrington Ct. Los Angeles, CA 90049)
  • Baltaire Restaurant* (11647 San Vicente Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90049)

Century City

  • Clementine (1751 Ensley Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90024)
  • RockSugar Pan Asian Kitchen (10250 Santa Monica Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90067)
  • Pink Taco (10250 Santa Monica Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90067)
  • BreadBar (10250 Santa Monica Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90067)

Santa Monica

  • Melisse (1104 Wilshire Blvd. Santa Monica, CA 90401)
  • Ivy At The Shore (1535 Ocean Ave. Santa Monica, CA 90401)
  • Sugarfish by Sushi Nozawa (345 2nd St. Santa Monica, CA 90401)
  • Chinois Santa Monica (2709 Main St. Santa Monica, CA 90405)

Venice

  • Gjelina (1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd. Venice, CA 90291)
  • Tasting Kitchen (1633 Abbot Kinney Blvd. Venice, CA 90291)
  • Hama Sushi (213 Windward Ave. Venice, CA 90291)

West Hollywood

  • The Ivy (113 N Robertson Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90048)
  • Urth Caffé (8565 Melrose Ave. West Hollywood, CA 90069)
  • Sur (606 N. Robertson Blvd. West Hollywood, CA 90069)
  • Cecconi’s (8764 Melrose Ave. West Hollywood, CA 90069)
  • The Private Rooftop at The Petit Ermitage * (8822 Cynthia St. West Hollywood, CA 90069)

Westwood

  • STK Los Angeles (930 Hilgard Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90024)
  • Motteo’s Restaurant (2321 Westwood Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90064)

Malibu

  • Nobu Malibu (22706 Pacific Coast Hwy Malibu, CA 90265),
  • Geoffrey’s Malibu * (27400 Pacific Coast Hwy Malibu, CA 90265)
  • Duke’s Malibu (21150 Pacific Coast Hwy Malibu, CA 90265)
  • Moon Shadows (20356 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265)
  • Paradise Cove (28128 Pacific Coast Hwy Malibu, CA 90265)

Note: * = Great brunch location

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