Los Angeles: Our Pick Of The Precincts

30 August 2016
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Los Angeles is much more than just the iconic Hollywood sites. There are neighbourhoods most visitors have yet to explore. From laidback beachside locales and eclectic enclaves to arty hots pots in formerly grungy surrounds and as-seen-on-screen sites, with the Hollywood sign presiding over them all, get to know the neighbourhoods of LA. For those with a ticket to Los Angeles, read on for our guide to what’s good in each 'hood to help you plan your LA trip.

West Hollywood

Sunset Boulevard

The Sunset Boulevard street sign in Los Angeles, with palm trees and sunset in the background. Sunset Boulevard is all about the vibe. Picture: Getty Images

Cruise along Sunset Boulevard for a glimpse of well-known establishments such as Whisky a Go Go, The Roxy, The Viper Room and 1Oak; Laugh Factory with emerging and established comedians; and the legendary Chateau Marmont, the home of the famous and infamous.

Hollywood

Hollywood Walk of Fame

Lights, camera, action – you’re in Hollywood! This is Tinseltown’s shrine to fame and fortune, where you can size up celebrities’ handprints outside TCL Chinese Theatre, stroll the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and see the home of the Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre.

Los Feliz

Ennis House

Two notable examples of the city’s historic architecture are in Los Feliz. See Hollyhock House and Ennis House from legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright.

Santa Monica

Santa Monica Pier

A Ferris wheel and amusement rides at Santa Monica pier, Los Angeles. Santa Monica Pier is all about the fun. Picture: Getty Images

The young and young at heart will love Santa Monica Pier, with its amusement park, historic carousel, distinctive Ferris wheel and playful seaside atmosphere.


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Silver Lake

Sunset Junction

Silver Lake’s urban heart is Sunset Junction, where you’ll discover the area’s hipster cafes, unique boutiques and no-boundaries culture like nowhere else.

Beverly Hills

Rodeo Drive

Two women emerge with shopping bags on Rodeo Drive in Los Angeles. Rodeo Drive is all about the glam. Picture: Getty Images

Roll down Rodeo Drive or head to Bel Air to see examples of the city’s glitz and glam. This exclusive enclave offers an insight into a world of luxury labels, sky-high property prices and gated communities that only the city’s wealthiest can enjoy.

Koreatown

Hae Jan Choon

You only need to scratch the surface before coming face to face with some of the best Korean barbecue around, including spots like Hae Jang Choon or Oo Kook. Hit up Commissary at The Line Hotel for gourmet pan-Asian fare in an Instagram-ready interior greenhouse.

Downtown

Staples Center

Get tickets for a game at the Staples Center, then head across the road to LA LIVE, the city’s premier entertainment district that’s all about arcades, live music, dining and movies.

Venice

Venice Beach

A woman rides a skateboard in Venice Beach, Los Angeles. Venice Beach is all about the people. Picture: Getty Images

People-watch to your heart's content in Venice Beach to spot unique species like the bodybuilders of Muscle Beach, hipsters on Abbot Kinney, beach bums on the boardwalk and street performers.


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Laura Carlin

Give me big cities and culture over nature and wide open spaces any day, with the exception of a white sandy beach of course. Consider me a traveller with champagne tastes on a beer budget; I'd love my time overseas to be more glamorous than it often is. When in a new city you'll find me exploring the back streets to discover hidden gems by day and chatting with the locals with a drink in hand by night.