Los Angeles at a glance
Why visit Los Angeles?
It’s the land of swimming pools and movie stars and now’s the time to see Tinseltown – before it falls into the ocean or totally runs out of water.
Olvera Street, where the block-long, shaded Mexican Marketplace gives a flavour of old Los Angeles. Many of today’s vendors are descendants of the original merchants from the 1930s.
You probably didn’t know
Los Angeles is situated on the third largest oil field in the world, which, when it was discovered in 1932, contained 3 billion barrels of oil.
Suggested reading about Los Angeles
LA Confidential (James Ellroy, 1990), The Tortilla Curtain (TC Boyle, 1995)
Los Angeles facts
- Population: 3.8 million
- Annual visitors: 42.2 million (2013)
- January mean temperature: 15°C
- August mean temperature: 23°C
Things to do in Los Angeles
Kogi Korean BBQ
Before food trucks roamed seemingly every square inch of Los Angeles, the Kogi Korean BBQ truck started the city’s mobile food movement in 2008. Now, Kogi’s four food trucks traverse Los Angeles, tweeting out their locations so those craving Kogi’s classic short-rib taco will never have to venture far.
Located only 135 miles from the Mexican border, there’s no shortage of Mexican restaurants in Los Angeles, but only El Cholo, which has dished up tamales and tacos since 1923, claims to have introduced nachos to the City of Angels in 1959, and upscale margaritas in 1967. Now with six locations throughout Southern California, the original El Cholo on Western Ave. remains the mothership.
Nate 'n Al Deli
A favorite breakfast spot for behind-the-scenes Hollywood power players for more than 50 years, Nate ‘n Al Deli in Beverly Hills serves bagels and blockbuster deals at reasonable prices. Rumor has it that the staff is forbidden from discussing any deals they may overhear, including the latest sales of the Dodgers and Clippers. Discreet eavesdropping mandatory.
Instead of staying at Shutters on the Beach, where rooms start at $550, check in to Coast, the Santa Monica hotel’s casual beachfront restaurant for Sunday brunch while you are staying in los angeles or for a sunset dinner on the water. Only a block away, the Santa Monica Pier offers free concerts during its summer Twilight Concert series and panoramic views from atop the world’s only solar-powered Ferris Wheel.
Almost as famous as the artists who played their first U.S. solo shows there – James Taylor, Neil Young and Elton John, to name a few – the Troubadour remains the gold standard for seeing singer/songwriters. The standing room-only floor at the West Hollywood club gets jammed, but there is no better place for seeing the next big thing up close and for soaking in Los Angeles’ rich musical history.
Downtown landmarks Cole’s and Phillippe The Original both opened in 1908 and lay claim to the best French Dip sandwich in Los Angeles, but only Cole’s leads into secret speakeasy, The Varnish. Marked by a door with a cocktail glass etching, The Varnish serves Prohibition-era cocktails in its dark, intimate setting prepared by knowing and friendly mixologists.
In many ways, The Dresden’s dimly lit lounge and restaurant haven’t changed much since it opened in 1954 in Los Angeles: the steaks are still prepared to order and delivered by old-school waiters to the leather booths. Just as they have since 1982, married duo Marty & Elayne continue to amaze with their ability to turn any song, from disco to metal, into a jazz standard during their Tuesday-Saturday sets.
Grand Central Market
Los Angeles’s melting pot of cultures converge at Grand Central Market, a downtown staple since 1917. More than 90 food vendors sell their wares in the 30,000-square foot indoor space, including the cheekily named Eggslut, dedicated to all things egg, and McConnell’s Fine Ice Cream because there’s always room for dessert.
Billed as a “megastore for the pop connoisseur,” Wacko/Soap Plant has an inventory of more than 2 million items including soaps, kitschy pop culture curiosities, and clothing. When you travel to Los Angeles, visit La Luz de Jesus Gallery, the birthplace of the lowbrow art movement, shares the complex and hosts art opening parties the first Friday of every month.
The Melrose Trading Post
Not as overwhelmingly gargantuan as the Rose Bowl Flea Market 20 miles east, the Melrose Trading Post, held every Sunday at Fairfax High School, still promises collectibles from more than 200 vendors brimming with estate jewelry, knick knacks, artwork, vinyl albums, plants, clothing, furniture and other hidden treasures. People-watching and haggling welcome.
The Museum of Jurassic Technology
Despite its name, The Museum of Jurassic Technology boasts no dinosaurs. Instead the west side museum, founded in 1988, features an odd assortment of exhibits. Some are science-based, others are offbeat or fantastical. Among the most unusual items are the micro-miniature sculptures created out of human hair that fit into a needle’s eye.
Hollywood Forever Cemetery
The final resting place for Johnny and Dee Dee Ramone, Rudolph Valentino, Douglas Fairbanks and Looney Tunes’ vocal actor extraordinaire Mel Blanc (“That’s All, Folks”), Hollywood Forever Cemetery is also a prime site for outdoor movie viewing and concerts by artists like Annie Lennox and Tame Impala.
Malibu Creek State Park
With moderate temperatures year-round, there’s never a bad time to check out the city’s more than 100 hiking trails. Malibu Creek State Park’s 4.75-mile round-trip hike features mountain and sea vistas. Once leased by 20th Century Fox, Robert Altman filmed “M*A*S*H” on the land and the 4077th’s exteriors, complete with rusted-out ambulance and destination sign, bring Hollywood to the hills.
The Bradbury Building
Los Angeles boasts several architectural masterpieces, including the Bradbury Building, the oldest commercial structure downtown. Built in 1893, its open, interior Victorian courtyard, elaborate iron railings, cage elevators, and ornate stairways will be instantly recognizable to fans of “Blade Runner”, “Chinatown” and “(500) Days of Summer”, all of which filmed there.
Events to look out for when you fly to Los Angeles:
- Tournament of Roses Parade (January)
- Grammy Awards (February)
- Academy Awards (February)
- Los Angeles Marathon (March)
- Blessing of the Animals (March)
- LA Times Festival of Books (April)
- LA Gay Pride (June)
- Watts Summer Festival (August)
- LA Greek Festival (September)
- AFI Los Angeles International Film Festival (November)
- Hollywood Christmas Parade (November)
- Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade (December)
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