Where to Go in Los Angeles - By Neighborhood

I met two college kids visiting LA who had no idea where to start for their spring break trip to Los Angeles. She liked art. He liked History. They both loved drinking and eating.

I’m the same way. Here’s the list of recommendations I made for them. Hope you like them.

Culver City


Blue Bottle Coffee

Loqui (order a jamaica, chicken taco and a mushroom taco)

Van Leeuwen or whatever ice cream OR boba guys (order: milk tea w boba)

Shop at Poketo

Downtown Culver City

Start at Museum of Jurassic Technology (don’t miss the space dog portraits and make sure to bring cash for some tea upstairs)

Lunch at The Wallace

Dinner a Public School 310

Drinks at the Culver Hotel - don’t miss the live music and projections of black and white films

Drinks at Seventy7 Lounge

Book and Feminist Gift Shopping at The Ripped Bodice

A Massage at Massage Garage (Book in Advance!)

Antique Wandering at Church Hill Antiques

If time, in Culver City Area

Samosa House Cheap Indian food (Any Location)

Kogi Taqueria (chicken quesadilla and 2 tofu tacos)

Venice Beach

Start at the Venice Boardwalk 

Don’t miss the famous Venice Sign

Make your way up the boardwalk and over to the Venice canals 

Then go to abbot Kinney or Main Street SANTA Monica 

Abbot Kinney (Venice)

coffee and a croissant at TOMS 

Medmen dispensary (buy a kiva bar with CBD)

Breakfast at Gjusta 

Or Lunch at Gjelina. If gjelina line too long, abbot Kinney pizza 

Dessert at salt and straw or the donut place 

Wander every store, but don’t miss tortoise general store


go see a movie. If you can, see The Room 

Diddy Riese Cookies (bring cash or a debit card for the ATM) (order 2 chocolate chips at the least, go big with an ice cream sandwich)

Dinner: BackHouse (also near a different but superior movie theater where you can take drinks inside 

Drinks: Wellesbourne 


get up early and go hike point Mugu : google Chumash trail near point Mugu

If time, gelato at GROM

must: cholada Thai (order: yellow curry with chicken and seafood soup)

Getty villa 

Santa Monica 

Santa Monica Pier

Ride the historic carousel and get some soft serve at the old timey cafe 

Walk to camera obscura (check the hours online)

Lunch/dinner: hummus bar 

Drinks or dessert: misfit (get a cookie)

Santa Monica: Main Street 

Urth cafe for coffee and breakfast 

buffalo exchange thrift shop 

Sunny blue rice balls 

Rent a bike 

West Hollywood

Ship around in Melrose street 

Go to buffalo exchange 

Eat at fig and olive (nice dinner)


Lake Hollywood park 

Walk of fame 

See a movie at El Capitan

Griffith park

breakfast or lunch at Trails Cafe (order an avocado sandwich and a lavender shortbread cookie)

Go to the la zoo or travel town (free)

Griffith park at night 

Universal studios (take the train)

Arts District (East LA)

two bit circus - VR Arcade

Intelligentsia for coffee 

Wurstkuche for lunch or dinner : order truffle fries and veal sausage 

East LA

California science museum or natural history museum 

Start at Korean church care 

Perch rooftop bar 

Culture triangle 

little Tokyo 

Olvera street

Chinatown (go to velveteria)

Beverly Hills

Cupcake ATM

The Grove (Farmers Market For Lunch)

Walk through Beverly Hills City Hall