Guidebook for Los Angeles

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Guidebook for Los Angeles

Sightseeing
This is an amazing place to see. In 1954, oil tycoon J. Paul Getty opened a gallery adjacent to his home in Pacific Palisades. Quickly running out of room, he built a second museum, the Getty Villa, on the property down the hill from the original gallery. The villa design was inspired by the Villa of the Papyri at Herculaneum and incorporated additional details from several other ancient sites.
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The Getty Villa
17985 Pacific Coast Highway
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This is an amazing place to see. In 1954, oil tycoon J. Paul Getty opened a gallery adjacent to his home in Pacific Palisades. Quickly running out of room, he built a second museum, the Getty Villa, on the property down the hill from the original gallery. The villa design was inspired by the Villa of the Papyri at Herculaneum and incorporated additional details from several other ancient sites.
Parks & Nature
Will Rogers State Beach extends one and three-quarters mile along the shore. The beach features swimming and skin diving. Facilities include volleyball courts, playground and gymnastic equipment, as well as a bike path and walkway. A number of movies and TV shows have been filmed at this beach.
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Will Rogers State Beach
17000 Pacific Coast Highway
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Will Rogers State Beach extends one and three-quarters mile along the shore. The beach features swimming and skin diving. Facilities include volleyball courts, playground and gymnastic equipment, as well as a bike path and walkway. A number of movies and TV shows have been filmed at this beach.
Located in Pacific Palisades, Temescal Gateway Park is one of the most popular parks in the Santa Monica Mountains. The park encompasses 141 acres of oak and sycamore canyons, ridgetop views, and access to miles of trails in Topanga State Park, Will Rogers State Historic Park, and the 20,000-acre “Big Wild.”
Temescal Canyon Park
224-396 Temescal Canyon Rd
Located in Pacific Palisades, Temescal Gateway Park is one of the most popular parks in the Santa Monica Mountains. The park encompasses 141 acres of oak and sycamore canyons, ridgetop views, and access to miles of trails in Topanga State Park, Will Rogers State Historic Park, and the 20,000-acre “Big Wild.”
Great beach. Clean and with all necessary amenities. Beach volleyball. Parking is convenient. There is hourly parking option. Marion Davies Guest house is a great place for the community. They put on free tours.Everything is restored and it is definitely worth a visit when you're at Santa Monica Beach. The pool was restored from the original estate which is next door.
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Annenberg Community Beach House
415 Pacific Coast Hwy
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Great beach. Clean and with all necessary amenities. Beach volleyball. Parking is convenient. There is hourly parking option. Marion Davies Guest house is a great place for the community. They put on free tours.Everything is restored and it is definitely worth a visit when you're at Santa Monica Beach. The pool was restored from the original estate which is next door.
Drinks & Nightlife
Known for its bohemian spirit, Venice is a buzzing beach town with upscale commercial and residential pockets. Free-spirited Venice Boardwalk is the site of funky shops, street performers and colorful murals. There’s also a skate park and Muscle Beach outdoor gym. Abbot Kinney Boulevard features foodie hot spots, stylish boutiques and coffee bars. A picturesque enclave of canals is surrounded by modernist homes.
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Venice
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Known for its bohemian spirit, Venice is a buzzing beach town with upscale commercial and residential pockets. Free-spirited Venice Boardwalk is the site of funky shops, street performers and colorful murals. There’s also a skate park and Muscle Beach outdoor gym. Abbot Kinney Boulevard features foodie hot spots, stylish boutiques and coffee bars. A picturesque enclave of canals is surrounded by modernist homes.
One of the best concert venues currently in Los Angeles. Sound is excellent. The place is the size of a double living room, so it is very small and intimate, like The Troubadour or The Roxy but sound is way better. General admission-only live-music venue with multiple bars presenting big-name rock & indie bands. Standing only.
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The Teragram Ballroom
1234 W 7th St
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One of the best concert venues currently in Los Angeles. Sound is excellent. The place is the size of a double living room, so it is very small and intimate, like The Troubadour or The Roxy but sound is way better. General admission-only live-music venue with multiple bars presenting big-name rock & indie bands. Standing only.
Food Scene
This chic, candlelit spot is a local favorite for sushi, burgers & creative cocktails. Families and kids welcome. Great food.
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Pearl Dragon
15229 Sunset Boulevard
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This chic, candlelit spot is a local favorite for sushi, burgers & creative cocktails. Families and kids welcome. Great food.
Overflowing with colorful produce from California’s rich agricultural land, Santa Monica’s farmers markets are a literal feast for the senses. Better yet, strolling the open-air gatherings is a quintessential slice of genuine Southern California life—which, around here, happens to mean bagging your berries alongside A-list celebs and lauded chefs. And with easy bus access and bike-friendly options like bike valets, arriving is easy.
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Santa Monica Sunday Main Street Farmers Markets
2640 Main Street
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Overflowing with colorful produce from California’s rich agricultural land, Santa Monica’s farmers markets are a literal feast for the senses. Better yet, strolling the open-air gatherings is a quintessential slice of genuine Southern California life—which, around here, happens to mean bagging your berries alongside A-list celebs and lauded chefs. And with easy bus access and bike-friendly options like bike valets, arriving is easy.
Designed as a communal gathering place, this restaurant offers a unique experience around delicious, health-conscious food, in the flowing indoor-outdoor setting distinctive of the space. The 70 seat restaurant evokes friendly backyard dinner parties in sunny Southern California, complete with olive trees and blossoming greenery. A private dining and wine room, located across from the outdoor area permits more intimate gatherings. Open for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch, Plant Food + Wine will offer a cutting-edge approach to plant-based meals, an ever-evolving menu guided by the seasons and locally-sourced ingredients.
PLANTLAB
1009 Abbot Kinney Blvd
Designed as a communal gathering place, this restaurant offers a unique experience around delicious, health-conscious food, in the flowing indoor-outdoor setting distinctive of the space. The 70 seat restaurant evokes friendly backyard dinner parties in sunny Southern California, complete with olive trees and blossoming greenery. A private dining and wine room, located across from the outdoor area permits more intimate gatherings. Open for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch, Plant Food + Wine will offer a cutting-edge approach to plant-based meals, an ever-evolving menu guided by the seasons and locally-sourced ingredients.
Everything Else
While Venice's claim to fame may be its laid-back beach culture, from Dogtown to the Venice Boardwalk, the 'hood's most Stylish street is home to some of the city's best boutiques, galleries, coffee shops, restaurants and bars. Abbot Kinney is one of the Westside's hippest havens, offering a day's worth of beach-adjacent exploration that's one of L.A.'s quintessential must-dos.
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Abbot Kinney Boulevard
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While Venice's claim to fame may be its laid-back beach culture, from Dogtown to the Venice Boardwalk, the 'hood's most Stylish street is home to some of the city's best boutiques, galleries, coffee shops, restaurants and bars. Abbot Kinney is one of the Westside's hippest havens, offering a day's worth of beach-adjacent exploration that's one of L.A.'s quintessential must-dos.
Essentials
More expensive than Ralph's and Von's but still a neighborhood favorite.
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Gelson's Market
15424 Sunset Boulevard
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More expensive than Ralph's and Von's but still a neighborhood favorite.
A neighbor staple.
Ralphs
15120 Sunset Boulevard
A neighbor staple.
A large grocery store at the corner of PCH and Sunset
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Vons
17380 Sunset Boulevard
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A large grocery store at the corner of PCH and Sunset
Shopping
If you want to make it over to Hollywood California, here is one of the great record stores with an unmatched selection of vinyl and CDs. Live free concerts, the best crate-digging in the world....and so much more. Amoeba Experience has a personality (and inventory) all its own.
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Amoeba Music
6400 Sunset Blvd
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If you want to make it over to Hollywood California, here is one of the great record stores with an unmatched selection of vinyl and CDs. Live free concerts, the best crate-digging in the world....and so much more. Amoeba Experience has a personality (and inventory) all its own.