Top 6 Things To Do In Los Angeles Vol. 2

Make your first time in the city of angels a memorable stay, to say the least.

As I mentioned in my last article, there are simply way too many things to see and do in Los Angeles that hand picking a small selection of things to do is almost impossible. For this list, I’ve selected a variety of top must-do’s that will surely make your first time in the city of angels a memorable stay, to say the least.

As promised, here are six more exciting things to do in Los Angeles!

1. LACMA

5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036 (map, website)

Hours: Mon-Tue & Thu 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Friday 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-7 p.m. 

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The Los Angeles Country Museum of Art, better known as LACMA, is a world-renowned museum featuring some of world’s greatest artworks. Founded in 1961, it’s the largest museum in the western U.S. attracting more than one million annual visitors.

The museum boasts an impressive array of collected artwork from Latin American and pre-Columbian collections housed in its Art of the Americas building and unique Chinese and Korean artwork from antiquity can be found in nearby Hammer Building, to ancient Greek, Roman, and Etruscan sculptures and more than 1,700 beautiful Islamic works from ceramics to carved stone and wood-etched pieces。

But one of the most exciting, and one of my favorite, things about LACMA are the permanent art installations and temporary exhibitions the museum has on display. Not to mention, the museum hosts temporary exhibitions that are quite excellent, including Guillermo del Toro’s At Home with Monsters exhibition from late last year and the just recently ended exhibit of James Turrell’s Breathing Light, which, when you step inside the empty space of the exhibit, feels disarmingly free yet curiously interconnected at the same time.

And permanent art installations like Michael Heizer’s Levitated Mass is simply breathtaking, to say the least, and a can’t-miss while here. When you stand underneath that massive boulder, it’s incredible to think that the two pieces of thick steel plates and bolts on either side is enough to support the entire weight of the rock. If you venture to the other side of the museum near Wilshire Blvd, you find Chris Burden’s Urban Light. It’s beautiful to view in the daytime, but absolutely gorgeous to experience it at night, when the 1920s and 1930s-era gas lamps are lit up and provide a lovely hue to L.A.’s streets at night.

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2. Grand Central Market

317 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013 (map, website)

Hours: Mon-Sun 8 a.m.-10 p.m.

Call: (213) 624-2378

Formerly located in the Homer Laughlin Building in Downtown Los Angeles, Grand Central Market is the city’s oldest and largest public market. Opened in 1917, this food and goods market has been serving some of L.A.’s best and most popular local eats for one hundred years now!

Today, the market is a major tourist magnet and top destination for local culinary dishes. The market hosts many unique food stalls and amazingly delicious meals covering a wide variety of cultural dishes from around the world.

The variety of food options here are seemingly endless: for delicious Israeli cuisine, falafels and sumac-beet soda (it’s actually pretty tasty) visit Madcapra; Sticky Rice serves some of the best Thai food in the city (the panang curry is superb); for Mexican food there are many options, but Tacos Tumbras a Tomas is hard to beat for its delicious variety of tacos and carnitas; pastrami lovers will no doubt be pleased with a sandwich at Wexler’s Deli; China Café has been serving amazingly tasty Chinese-American dishes at GCM since 1959 (the wonton soup is a definite must-try dish); as perhaps the most famous food stall (just check their Instagram), eggslut has been serving delicious yolk-covered burgers to great fan fare and for good reason (try The Gaucho burger); if you’re in need of a tasty pint of beer, stop by Golden Road Brewing, which has more then 20 beers on tap to choose from; and if you’re sweet tooth is calling, grab a cone of delicious ice cream from McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams.

3. Rodeo Drive

Beverly Hills, California; Los Angeles, California (map, website)

For shopping enthusiasts and fashionistas, a stroll through L.A.’s Rodeo Drive will definitely need to be on your list. This upscale shopping street, stretching from Wilshire Blvd to Santa Monica Blvd, is located in the city of Beverly Hills and features world-renowned brands, private small boutique shops and some of the most exclusive clientele you can possibly imagine. With over 100 boutiques and brands featured on this one street alone, such as Chanel, Hermès, Cartier, Louis Vuitton, Harry Winston, Saint Laurent, Gucci and others, it’s little wonder why it’s a top shopping destination for L.A.’s top spenders.

On any given day it’s not uncommon for celebrities or wealthy shoppers to stop by Rodeo Drive and shut down the store to do some “private” shopping. Some boutiques even require advanced appointments in order to enter and shop there, which means it’s not usually accessible by normal tourists. Nonetheless, Rodeo Drive remains one of L.A.’s most visited and popular destinations for tourists hoping to catch a glimpse of their favorite celebrity or do a little shopping themselves. It’s a great place to visit to do some people watching and absolutely free to visit any time of day.

For more tips on great hidden gem shopping spots in Los Angeles, check out our exclusive guide to L.A.’s top shopping neighborhoods here.

4. Venice Beach

1800 Ocean Front Walk, Venice, CA 90291 (map, website) 

Hours: Mon-Sun 9 a.m.-7 p.m. 

Call: (310) 396-6764

Nothing says Los Angeles like the beach and Venice Beach is arguably the most famous beach on the West Coast. Named after the famous canals in Italy, Venice Beach is a beautiful boardwalk located in Venice, CA, that exudes boho chic and classic California vibes like no other spot in L.A.

Similar to Santa Monica Pier’s boardwalk, Venice Beach offers its own unique mix of eccentric locals selling anything and everything, beautiful beachgoers and sunbathers, and, of course, tons of tourists soaking in the whole experience. If you like a more chill, laid back vibe and into small mom-and-pop shops looking for cool accessories and gifts, then this is definitely your spot. And don’t’ forget to visit Venice’s famed Muscle Beach, which is like the outdoor mecca for fitness warriors.

Located some 18 miles (29 kilometers) southwest of Los Angeles, Venice Beach is free to enter and open 24 hours a day, though many of the shops, bars and restaurants close around 7 p.m. There’s plenty of parking available but if you come during the summer or certain times of the day, you’ll need to search for parking (be sure to reach the street signs carefully in order to avoid a parking ticket).

5. Hollywood Bowl

2301 Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90068 (map, website) 

Call: (323) 850-2000

For an unforgettable concert experience, Hollywood Bowl is the most iconic venue in Losa Angeles. First opened in 1922, this iconic outdoor amphitheater seats 17,500 people and has been a cultural mainstay of L.A. for a long time. Some of music’s greatest acts have all graced its stage, from Madonna, Elton John, The Beatles, Rolling Stones and many others.

The unique architecture of the bowl offers superb sound quality for a truly unforgettable concert experience, so every seat is a great seat no matter where you happen to be. There’s even a Hollywood Bowl Museum and Hall of Fame that you can visit on site, and there are walking tours available throughout the year.

There are 14 picnic grounds where you can lounge and eat on the grass; a couple of restaurants, gift shop and several food and beverage concession stands to grab a quick bite during a performance. Summer is the best time to catch a show here, though parking at the Bowl is incredibly limited here and expensive. It’s best to arrive early, pre-pay your parking space online or use public transportation, like a nearby shuttle lot where you can park for free, to get dropped off at the venue.

6. Universal Studios Hollywood

100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608 (map, website)

Hours: Monday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Tue & Fri-Sun 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Wednesday 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Thursday 9 a.m.-7 p.m. 

Call: (800) 864-8377

For an unforgettable concert experience, Hollywood Bowl is the most iconic venue in Losa Angeles. First opened in 1922, this iconic outdoor amphitheater seats 17,500 people and has been a cultural mainstay of L.A. for a long time. Some of music’s greatest acts have all graced its stage, from Madonna, Elton John, The Beatles, Rolling Stones and many others.

The unique architecture of the bowl offers superb sound quality for a truly unforgettable concert experience, so every seat is a great seat no matter where you happen to be. There’s even a Hollywood Bowl Museum and Hall of Fame that you can visit on site, and there are walking tours available throughout the year.

There are 14 picnic grounds where you can lounge and eat on the grass; a couple of restaurants, gift shop and several food and beverage concession stands to grab a quick bite during a performance. Summer is the best time to catch a show here, though parking at the Bowl is incredibly limited here and expensive. It’s best to arrive early, pre-pay your parking space online or use public transportation, like a nearby shuttle lot where you can park for free, to get dropped off at the venue.

Photos: Jerry Leon

What’s your favorite must-do in L.A.? Share with us in the comments.

Jerry Alonzo Leon

Contributor

Jerry's favorite country to travel to is Spain. When he's on the road, he keeps it real simple with a pen and a pad. His travel style is spontaneous, easygoing, and always in search of a great adventure.

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