Los Angeles has so much visual ambition it’s hard to know where to start. The dream-like hotels and restaurants of Beverly Hills and West Hollywood. The impossible rides and theme-park attractions of Universal City and Anaheim. The unrivalled Pacific-coast sunsets from the palm tree-lined hills of Griffith Park. It’s a city to be savoured, rather than rushed around, revealing its very best only when you know where to go.
Rise early and leave breakfast until later to avoid the crowds at the TCL Chinese Mann Theatre. You’ll be able to soak up the Walk of Fame in a rare moment of peace and quiet.
Walk down Hollywood Boulevard to Groundwork Coffee Co. (1501 North Cahuenga Boulevard) for better breakfast burritos, bagels, and egg muffins than you’ll find at any hotel buffet.
Directly across the road is Amoeba Records (6400 Sunset Boulevard), the world’s largest independent record store. Check out its schedule in advance for one-off gigs and record-signings.
Make a beeline for the famous In-N-Out Burger (7009 Sunset Boulevard), a West Hollywood institution where even the likes of Paris Hilton eat. Go off-menu and order ‘animal style’ for extra sauces and pickles.
The California Science Center(700 Exposition Park Drive) is the stuff of dreams for kids. It has nearly four hectares of hands-on exhibits, an IMAX Theatre, and is home to the Space Shuttle Endeavour.
Perspective: that’s what a trip to the Griffith Park Observatory (2800 E. Observatory Road) gives you. The walk up is hard, but you’ll be rewarded with a 360° panorama as the sun bids its Hollywood farewell.
Reserve ahead for POT at The Line Hotel. It’s the hot-pot brainchild of Korean-American Roy Choi, who has gone from LA food-truck king to restaurant mogul in a matter of years.
The Rooftopat the Standard Downtown LA used to be a hangout for the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio. You’ll be treated to an open-air pool bar and the hippest kids in all of Downtown.
Whizz to The Comedy Store for a late-night show at California’s best stand-up showcase. It’s that good, it’s hosted the likes of David Letterman, Jim Carrey, Chris Rock, and Robin Williams.
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