As largely aware-of by many, Los Angeles is known for its many staples that curate the face for lifestyle in California (in support of the popular term “California livin’ ”). Some can identify with the ultra-popular (Instagram haven) Runyon Canyon or the legendary signage that acts as the city’s unofficial flag, the Hollywood sign. There are numerous amounts of gems in LA that are worth experiencing. Some are aesthetically pleasing, while others provide an authentic experience you won’t find anywhere else. Take a look at our seven LA picks you must experience.
In 1929, a landslide in San Pedro, California, caused a neighborhood of exclusive homes to tumble into the ocean. Today, the area is called “Sunken City” by locals, and consists of the broken foundations of houses, abandoned streetcar tracks, buckled sidewalks, and empty streets. The area is perfect for hiking,a cool photoshoot set, and the ultimate chill spot for a day with friends.
Hollywood Forever is the final resting place for more Hollywood heavy-hitters and celebrities than any other cemetery in the world. It features a lush green landscape, classical architecture, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Sites. Since 2000, Hollywood Forever has teamed up with film organization Cinespia to feature “cemetery screenings” each summer. Thousands of people gather at the site with lawn chairs, blankets, and picnic baskets, where they lie out under the stars and watch classic Hollywood films projected onto the side of a mausoleum.
Down a creepy back alley off Hollywood Boulevard, you’d come across an old-fashioned hotel entryway beneath a flickering ‘No Vacancy’ sign. After walking up a flight of stairs, three doors await you in a lushly decorated hallway—behind one of them lies the secret entrance to Hollywood’s coolest speakeasy-style cocktail bar. Inside, you’ll find antique bookshelves, tightrope walkers, fire-breathing dancers, live music, handmade cigars, a photo booth inside a phone booth, a variety of hidden corners and staircases, and the best cocktails in town, in authentic-feeling speakeasy style.
One of the coolest yet kind of secret places to venture to at night is The Lash. Once you’ve secured drinks at the bar in this mod-tech themed, coldly-artistic space, you proceed onto the dance floor equipped with an industrial chrome disco ball, a series of cracked mirrors, and space seasoned heavy with the “who’s who” in the creative atmosphere of LA. The DJ is known to spin the perfect combination of beat-heavy dance hits and tracks you can sing along to, and the dim spot provides a notoriously ideal (and sweaty) stage for all night dancing.
Hailing from New York, with outposts around the globe, this hot spot is known for its celebrity sightings, colorful cocktails and enviable rooftop set in the heart of the West Hollywood Design District. The room sits under a retractable roof and filled with big circular seating booths, is the stage for massive shellfish towers, loaded sushi rolls, whole wok-fired lobsters and huge plates of meat, with a sizable price tag to match. If you are looking for a trendy restaurant full of beautiful people, this is the place for you. This rooftop restaurant is decorated beautifully and has a buzzy packed bar.
Every Sunday, hundreds of stylish Angelenos and visitors head over to Fairfax High School for the beloved Melrose Trading Post, otherwise known as the ‘Fairfax Flea Market’. It has become an LA staple for a Sunday of people-watching and treasure-hunting among nearly 200 vendors selling used clothes, fine reworked vintage, handmade jewelry, rare ethnic-inspired furniture, records and more. Also, the food court selling crêpes and snow cones with live music is the perfect addition.
As one of the most popular rooftops in LA due to it’s (usually packed) dance floor, lounging pods outfitted with water beds, and heated pool. The rooftop at The Standard is the epitome of Downtown LA glam, space often gets packed (especially when popular DJs stop by).
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