Unlike the many favorites for New York City, opinions are still very disparate on Los Angeles, the city of angels. The city is very large, so is its traffic! Don’t worry, some areas are very cool and I’m sure you’ll enjoy your stay in this gigantic city where the sun shines all year round.
- Moving from point A to point B by car can quickly take you time due to traffic (to be considered if you book activities).
- I recommend using Uber for your travels.
- If you rent a car, download the Waze app to navigate (or another GPS) it is a must in LA.
- Keep your ID with you, you will need it to access bars, restaurants…
MUST SEE :
Venice Beach & Santa Monica (½ day) :
- Stroll through Venice and soak up the Californian vibe. You will discover the excitement of its original inhabitants (green doctors, body builders of Muscle Beach and many others…)
- Take a trip to the canals of Venice or the cool district of Abbott Kinney.
- Rent a bike from Venice Beach to the Santa Monica pier (20 min) and walk down its pedestrian and shopping street. If you are slightly hungry, you will find many possibilities to eat on site.
- Back on Venice beach by bike, a quick jump into the ocean and chill by the beach will really be enjoyable.
- After this short trip, a good cocktail is well deserved in front of a magical sunset from the rooftop High of the Hotel Erwin.
- For your evening, direction Downtown LA, nothing beats a roof top in the heart of the city with a 360-degree view of the sparkling buildings. I recommend the Standard or the Perch.
- If you want to continue the night and set the dancefloor on fire, the lively neighborhoods of West Hollywood, Hollywood and Downtown LA will offer you many options in terms of bars and nightclubs. I really enjoyed le Clifton’s for a friend’s birthday party. A huge club with a gigantic tree in the entrance hall, composed of several atmospheres (50’s, hip-hop, Latin…).
Universal studio (1 day) :
Tickets are expensive, but you’ll have a great day at Universal Studio! You’ll discover behind the scenes of the studios of the greatest Hollywood movies and access attractions worthy of the greatest parks. A special mention for the village of Harry Potter. A word of advice, come in for the opening.
Griffith Observatory > Hollywood Boulevard > Grand Central Market > Little Tokyo > Art district > Olvera street (1 day) :
- A short sightseeing day in perspective with the Griffith Observatory to start where you will find a superb view of Los Angeles and its mythical letters “Hollywood” (the Hollywood sign).
- Take a walk on Hollywood Boulevard if you want to admire these famous pink stars on the floor in the names of movie stars and discover the famous Grauman’s Chinese Theatre (a tourist spot that I don’t particularly like to be honest).
- A short lunch break is in order, heading to a place I love, the Grand Central Market where many international culinary choices will be available to you.
- For a good digestion, nothing beats a nice walk in the Little Tokyo and/or Art district where you can discover street art throughout your walk. If you want to freshen up, stop for a local beer at Angel city Brewery.
- Last spot I also like, the Mexican districton Olvera streetwhere you will find souvenir stands, food in the style of a small market, many restaurants, music… in short, a Latin atmosphere as we like it in the heart of LA.
Malibu : (1 day – optional)
Malibu is more a legendary name known for its TV series rather than an absolute must-see. The coastal road from LA to Malibu is SoCal, with a view of some very pretty villas and beaches, but once you get there, you won’t have much choice of activities.
MORE IDEAS OF THINGS TO DO:
- Sports games (basketball, baseball, hockey)
- Cultural outing in the city’s museums
- Wine testing in Malibu