I’ve been in LA for about a month or so now, and am loving it here.
LA is a city with pleasant weather consisting of a wide variation of food and culture. Below are the reasons why you should visit LA at least once in your lifetime.
- The weather
Southern California is constantly sunny almost the whole year long. The highest average temperature is approximately 70 to 80⁰F (21-27⁰C) while the lowest average is around 40 to 60⁰F (8-17⁰C). On the cool night, only a jacket is needed and it is easy to sleep well.
This city offers foods from various cultures such as Japanese food from Little Tokyo, Chinese food from Chinatown, Ethiopian food from Little Ethiopia and Korean food from Koreatown. These neighbourhoods also have museums, galleries, educational centres and shopping centres.
- The beaches
This city has beaches like Santa Monica beach and Venice beach. Apart from that, Malibu and Orange County have beaches as well for leisure purposes.
This city has renowned clubs like The Laugh Factory and The Comedy Store. It also has two Upright Citizens Brigade theatres- a small one in Franklin Village and a larger one on Sunset Boulevard which are both affordable. The theatre at Meltdown Comics and The Virgil enables one to enjoy great shows and open mics are available at different bars and cafes around town. Popular comedians also tend to perform if they are available.
- Live theatres
This city has a variety of different theatres like traditional theatres taking place in areas like the Geffen Playhouse, The Wallis Annenberg Centre for the Performing Arts and the Mark Taper Forum. The Pantages in Hollywood also offer Broadway shows. Places like Zombie Joe in North Hollywood, Bootleg Theatre in Echo Park, Theatre Row in Hollywood located along Santa Monica have experimental and indie theatre shows. This city has theatre shows located in secret places.
This city consists of a variety of food from different cultures. Providence offers fine dining by Chef Michael Cimarusti. Places like Beverly Hills’ Spago and Santa Monica’s Melisse offer fine dining as well. Hip spots like Hot Hot Food offer various types of specialised fried rice. Other hip spots include Silver Lake Thai favourite Same Same and Echo Park’s Winsome. Thai Town is also well-known for its Jitlada. Other areas like Salazar in Silver Lake offer delicious shrimp quesadilla while roadside carts and hidden backyard gems like Dona Mary in Watts serves delicious Mexican food. New restaurants are also constantly opening every week.
This city is also well-known for its cocktails. Well-known cocktail joints are L>A.’s The Varnish and Faith & Flower, Koreatown’s Lock & Key and West Hollywood’s Salt’s Cure. Bars specialising in draft cocktails are Idle Hour in North Hollywood and Slipper Clutch.
Fans interested in Magic can visit the seminal Magic Castle, a private club for magicians. Non-magicians can enjoy a dinner and a show if they can secure an invitation from a member. Going on a trip to Universal Studios Hollywood enables one to visit the town of Hogsmeade from Harry Potter. The place has butter beers, photo opportunities, two rides which are dark Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey as well as coaster Flight of the Hippogrif. Black Rabbit Rose, a new magic-themed bar from the Houston Brothers also has plenty of magic to offer.
Tourists visiting L.A. who are enthusiastic in music have come to the right spot. The Sunset Strip has various musicians performing multiple times within a week. Independent places like Silver Lake, Echo Park, Westlake and Highland Park also offer new and local bands while big names perform at the Hollywood Bowl, the Greek Theatre and The Staples Centre. Various bars are also available for people who just want to enjoy live music.
People who love hiking can visit Griffith Park, a 4000-plus-acre park in the middle of the city consisting of various trails and recreational opportunities. Urban hikes offer adventurers to get a great workout without deeply exploring nature. Visitors can also travel to places like Malibu State Park, the Angeles National Forest, Eaton Canyon or other beautiful areas. Visitors can go hiking and have dinner after as well.
- Embrace your inner nerd
People who want to embrace their inner nerd can visit comic book shops, board game cafes or nerdy art shows. Galleries like iam8bit, Creature Features and Gallery 88 offer nostalgic exhibits drawing from video games, TV and movies. Guests can also choose from a selection of board games from Game Haus in Glendale and Art Major in Koreatown. Game Haus also offers coffee, tea, food and desserts while Art Major offers beer, wine and snacks.
Bars like Eighty Two in the Arts District, The One Up in Sherman Oaks, Blipsy in Koreatown and Button Mash in Echo Park offer video games. Shops like meltdown, Golden Apple Comics, Secret Headquarters and A Shop Called Quest sell products like games, comic books, graphic novels, apparel and other items. Special studio tours are also available at Universal Studios and Warner Brothers Studios.
L.A. has different festivals annually like Vegan Food & Beer Fest, L.A. Food and Wine, theatre-centric Fringe Fest, the L.A. Book Fair as well as CatConLA- a festival dedicated to cats and cat lovers. These festivals take part in all over in the city from places like parks, stadiums and conference centres.
L.A. has art museums like the Getty Centre, The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), The Broad and The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA. Various large and small galleries offering shows from established and up-and-coming artists are also available. Some good galleries are like La Luz de Jesus (lowbrow), Hauser & Wirth (contemporary) and L.A. Louver (contemporary).
This city is also rich in history with historic studios creating TV and film legends, local venues launching the career of rock stars and the Olympics being hosted in 1984. Historical-themed tours like Estouric’s The Birth of Film Noir and Museum of Neon Art’s Neon Cruise are also available.
This city also has Art Deco architectures in neighbourhoods like downtown L.A., Koreatown and Mid-Wilshire consisting of Eastern Central Building, the former Bullocks Wilshire department and The Wiltern. Broadway also has beautiful architecture with marquees taking the form of beautiful theatres. These theatres are also open annually every October for the public called nights on Broadway.
L.A. also has various case study houses as important as people like Frank Lloyd Wright and John Lautner. Paul Williams also designed homes for stars like Frank Sinatra.
- Appreciate things from movies and TV shows
This city has greatly contributed to film and television culture with places like hotels, restaurants, homes and bars being shot there. Well-known locations are Bradbury Building (Blade Runner), Rosenheim Mansion (American Horror Story & Buffy The Vampire Slayer) and Korean Restaurant The Prince (Chinatown, New Girl).