The Griffith Observatory

The Observatory in Griffith Park sits above Los Feliz in its stunning art-deco building and offers one of the best vantage points for seeing the city below. The Observatory can be reached on foot through one of Griffith Park’s lovely hiking trails or by car, where you can pay to park at the top. The planetarium offers educational shows and its telescopes are open to the public where you can ponder the universe and watch the sunset.

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  • 2800 East Observatory Road
    Los Angeles
    90027

Silver Lake Reservoir

The Silver Lake Reservoir combines two man-made reservoirs that are positioned at the center of the Silver Lake neighborhood. There is a meadow ideal for picnicking and sunbathing, two paths that curve around the reservoir for a casual walk or jog with your dog, and even a dog park. The tree lined paths keep the hot sun away during the day and provide a cooling breeze at night.

  • 1854 - 2246 Silver Lake Boulevard
    Los Angeles
    90026

Barnsdall Art Park

Barnsdall is home to the Hollyhock House (one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s designs), a theatre, and community art center where the public can take classes in any medium. Nestled behind the Hollyhock House is a field where people gather for picnics, playdates, and wine tastings. With views of the Observatory and Hollywood, the hillside gives off great views of the sunset and provides a sense of quiet among the bustle of the city.

Hollywood Bowl

The Hollywood Bowl is an outdoor amphitheatre built into the hills of Los Angeles where it first opened in 1922. Under the silhouette of its arched bandshell legends of music have played into the night beneath the stars, including everyone from The Beatles, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Florence and the Machine and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. The acoustics are sublime so there’s no bad seat in the house.

The Vista

The 1923 independent movie palace is adorned with neon lights and Egyptian accents that cover the walls of this one-screen theater. Showing the latest independents and blockbuster movies, the Vista is also home to the Secret Movie Club, where classic films are shown on 35mm every weekend at midnight. The seats have ample legroom and every seat in the house offers a great view. It is one of the best places to see a movie.

Runyon Canyon

Rivalled with Paul Smith’s pink wall and the Santa Monica pier for the most Instagrammed image of Los Angeles is the view from the Runyon Canyon hike. Downtown is spread out in front of you (when it’s not concealed in smog) and the Hollywood sit above, just close enough for you to capture it on camera. Seasoned travellers will know that a hike to the notorious Hollywood sign is the only way to cure jet-lag and those eager to celebrity spot won’t be disappointed as you repeatedly sight what’s-his/her-name-again? and their dog.

Shape House

It’s certainly not the most extreme of novelty exercise regimes to come out of LA, but it’s definitely one we’re happy to get in bed with. Snuggle into a heated sleeping bag, switch on your favourite Netflix series and sweat out up to 800 calories as your body is heated to 70 degrees for a whole hour. Selena Gomez is a fan.

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  • 653 N Robertson Boulevard
    West Hollywood
    90069

Rehab Wellness

When you’re feeling under the weather you’d probably stock up on cold and flu remedies and feel a bit sorry for yourself – but not in LA honey. Pumping yourself full of vitamins from an IV while receiving a heavenly facial is the only way to do pre/post Coachella/Burning Man/Award season.

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  • 1106 N La Cienega Boulevard Site 207
    West Hollywood
    90069

The Troubadour

On the border of Beverly Hills lies an underground music-led nightclub that has seen everyone from Elton John to Bob Dylan take to the stage. Immortalised in history, both James Taylor and Neil Diamond performed their debut gigs here. The décor is dark, the beer is warm and the crowd is lively, but the sound system is deafening and you’re guaranteed to be head banging with the mixed bag of patrons by the time the chorus kicks in.

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