A few days in Los Angeles can be quite overwhelming, so here are a few things-to-do and where-to-eat places to consider!

Photos taken with iPhone.

Recommended: We spent four days in Los Angeles and thankfully had my wonderful cousin as our tour guide. Here are some highlights from our visit including art, the beach, famous sites, quiet canals, and ethnic towns. I would recommend finding an AirBnB near downtown, from which you can walk into the city. For farther-away sites like the Getty Museum, Ubers are quite reasonable. At the end I’ve added some of our favourite places to eat. It’s quite a long post, so here we go!

Explore downtown art and architecture. Marvel at the exterior of the Walt Disney Concert Hall, then go next door to the Broad Museum for iconic contemporary art:

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Walt Disney Concert Hall
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Takashi Murakami at the Broad Museum
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Roy Lichtenstein at the Broad Museum
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Jeff Koons at the Broad Museum
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Glenn Ligon at the Broad Museum

Explore the various ethnic towns including Little Tokyo (you’ll find lots of anime/manga stores and kawaii merchandise), and Historic Filipinotown where the largest mural celebrating Filipino history and culture in the USA can be found:

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Little Tokyo
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Mural at Historic Filipinotown
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Los Angeles September 2018 by travelandreverie.com

Meander through the peaceful bridges and pathways found in the Venice Canals, (and envy the gorgeous homes!):

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We were able to stop by a few beaches, but we really enjoyed Manhattan Beach:

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Los Angeles September 2018 by travelandreverie.com

Take a ride out to the stunning Getty Museum. Their collection of artwork that spans centuries is impressive and there would be too many favourites to post here. The centre’s grounds are vast and beautiful, with a lovely garden:

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Los Angeles September 2018 by travelandreverie.com
Los Angeles September 2018 by travelandreverie.com

Don’t forget to take a stroll down the Avenue of Stars (made more interesting by the many people dressed up as various characters) and the TCL Chinese Theatre. You’ll also be able to catch a view of the Hollywood sign in the distant hills.

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Los Angeles September 2018 by travelandreverie.com
Los Angeles September 2018 by travelandreverie.com

At night, visit the strikingly austere ‘Urban Lights’ public art installation by Chris Burden at the LA County Museum of Art:

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And if you’re looking for a bookstore with a huge range of all kinds of print material as well as vinyl (and a great collection of rare books and a handful of indie shops), head to the Last Bookstore in downtown LA:

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Los Angeles September 2018 by travelandreverie.com
Los Angeles September 2018 by travelandreverie.com

So you’ve made it this far! Now where to eat in LA? Here are a few of our favourites:

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In-and-Out Burger – of course!
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Chego by Roy Choi for Asian Fusion
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Grand Central Market in downtown LA – we loved Sari Sari!

And finally check-out the Grove for a bit of shopping and eating. We loved the sweets at Dominique Ansel’s bakery here. Also a highlight was the Original Farmer’s Market, filled with a range of delicious snacks and food:

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Los Angeles September 2018 by travelandreverie.com
Los Angeles September 2018 by travelandreverie.com

Got a question about this post? Feel free to leave it in the comments!