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Guidebook for Los Angeles

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Guidebook for Los Angeles

Food Scene
Great happy hour from 4 to 7 PM each day. Good brunch.
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The Fat Dog
801 North Fairfax Avenue
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Great happy hour from 4 to 7 PM each day. Good brunch.
Best Thai food in the area.
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Summer Buffalo (Melrose)
7275 Melrose Ave
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Best Thai food in the area.
A bit of a scene, but excellent food and people-watching.
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Laurel Hardware
7984 Santa Monica Boulevard
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A bit of a scene, but excellent food and people-watching.
Best seafood in the area. Weekday happy hour with food specials until 7 PM.
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Connie and Ted's
8171 Santa Monica Blvd
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Best seafood in the area. Weekday happy hour with food specials until 7 PM.
Only recommended for their Wednesday evening "drag queen bingo," which can be really fun.
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Hamburger Mary's
8288 Santa Monica Blvd
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Only recommended for their Wednesday evening "drag queen bingo," which can be really fun.
Best Middle Eastern food in the area.
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Open Sesame
7458 Beverly Boulevard
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Best Middle Eastern food in the area.
Excellent ramen place. Kind of trendy.
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Tatsu Ramen
7111 Melrose Ave
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Excellent ramen place. Kind of trendy.
Level of food and service can be very mixed, but fun place to people watch. They also have a weekday evening and late night happy hour. A place to maybe visit, if you are in the area.
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kitchen 24
8575 Santa Monica Boulevard
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Level of food and service can be very mixed, but fun place to people watch. They also have a weekday evening and late night happy hour. A place to maybe visit, if you are in the area.
Excellent Texas-style BBQ.
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Bludso's
609 N La Brea Ave
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Excellent Texas-style BBQ.
Excellent, authentic taco joint. A better place for late-night food than the pizza places (although it is a little spicy).
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Guisados
8935 Santa Monica Blvd
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Excellent, authentic taco joint. A better place for late-night food than the pizza places (although it is a little spicy).
A total scene for lunch/brunch. A very long wait on weekends, but the food is good, the portions are huge and the people-watching is fun. Might be easier to get in on a weekday morning.
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The Griddle Cafe
7916 Sunset Boulevard
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A total scene for lunch/brunch. A very long wait on weekends, but the food is good, the portions are huge and the people-watching is fun. Might be easier to get in on a weekday morning.
Classic, "family style" Mexican restaurant, with flaming margaritas and live Mariachi band.
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El Compadre
7408 Sunset Boulevard
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Classic, "family style" Mexican restaurant, with flaming margaritas and live Mariachi band.
Great brunch. Easier to get into than a lot of brunch places. Walking distance.
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The Hart and the Hunter
7950 Melrose Avenue
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Great brunch. Easier to get into than a lot of brunch places. Walking distance.
Huge farmer's market on Sunday mornings/afternoons.
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Hollywood Farmers’ Market
1600 Ivar Ave
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Huge farmer's market on Sunday mornings/afternoons.
Nice quiet coffee shop.
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CAFE IF
7962 Fountain Avenue
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Nice quiet coffee shop.
Essentials
Excellent studio for "hot yoga."
Earths Power Yoga
7901 Melrose Avenue
Excellent studio for "hot yoga."
LA's most FUN "boot camp" style workout. Lower intensity than some, only 45 minutes. Fun, enthusiastic trainers.
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Training Mate Weho
7825 California State Route 2
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LA's most FUN "boot camp" style workout. Lower intensity than some, only 45 minutes. Fun, enthusiastic trainers.
Closest Trader Joe's. Inexpensive, unique grocery store. Great wine selection.
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Trader Joe's
8000 Sunset Boulevard
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Closest Trader Joe's. Inexpensive, unique grocery store. Great wine selection.
Expensive, but closest grocery store. Their food bar has a discount on Wednesdays.
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Whole Foods Market
7871 California State Route 2
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Expensive, but closest grocery store. Their food bar has a discount on Wednesdays.
Best cycle studio in the area.
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Cycle House
8511 Melrose Avenue
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Best cycle studio in the area.
Very nice modern gym. Great selection of fitness classes.
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Crunch Fitness - Sunset
8000 Sunset Boulevard
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Very nice modern gym. Great selection of fitness classes.
No frills corporate gym. Not the greatest, but if you have a membership, this is the closest location.
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24 Hour Fitness
8612 Santa Monica Blvd
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No frills corporate gym. Not the greatest, but if you have a membership, this is the closest location.
One of the first "boot camp" style workouts in LA, and one of the best. Try Astrid, or Chris Tye-Walker's classes.
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Barry's Bootcamp
1106 N La Cienega Blvd
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One of the first "boot camp" style workouts in LA, and one of the best. Try Astrid, or Chris Tye-Walker's classes.
Seriously well-run Crossfit gym (if that is your thing). Walking distance.
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Brick Fitness Los Angeles
7811 Santa Monica Boulevard
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Seriously well-run Crossfit gym (if that is your thing). Walking distance.
Nicest "corporate" grocery store in the area. This is a fancy "Safeway."
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Pavilions
8969 California State Route 2
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Nicest "corporate" grocery store in the area. This is a fancy "Safeway."
I've never been here, and I understand it is a bit pricey, but I've also heard and read that this is one of the best day spas in the area. http://www.yelp.com/biz/the-gendarmerie-boutique-and-spa-
The Gendarmerie Boutique and Spa
9069 Nemo St
I've never been here, and I understand it is a bit pricey, but I've also heard and read that this is one of the best day spas in the area. http://www.yelp.com/biz/the-gendarmerie-boutique-and-spa-
Fantastic selection of beer, wine and spirits (and everything to go with them).
BevMo!
7100 Santa Monica Boulevard
Fantastic selection of beer, wine and spirits (and everything to go with them).
Monday mornings. Small Farmer's market.
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Helen Albert Certified Farmers' Market
1200 N Vista St
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Monday mornings. Small Farmer's market.
Closest drugstore.
CVS
7500 Melrose Ave
Closest drugstore.
Drinks & Nightlife
"The world's most famous bar." Touristy, and often crowded, but a fun place to visit.
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The Abbey
692 N Robertson Blvd
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"The world's most famous bar." Touristy, and often crowded, but a fun place to visit.
No frills, gay sports bar. Cheap "2 for 1" happy hour until 9 PM on weekdays.
Gym Sportsbar
8737 California State Route 2
No frills, gay sports bar. Cheap "2 for 1" happy hour until 9 PM on weekdays.
Saturday night "80's" night is fun. Gay bar.
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Revolver Video Bar
8851 Santa Monica Blvd
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Saturday night "80's" night is fun. Gay bar.
Fun gay dive bar.
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Mother Lode
8944 Santa Monica Blvd
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Fun gay dive bar.
Dark gay bar with go-go dancers. "Mike and Teddy comedy hour" on Fridays at 8 PM can be very fun (free).
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Fubar
7994 California State Route 2
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Dark gay bar with go-go dancers. "Mike and Teddy comedy hour" on Fridays at 8 PM can be very fun (free).
Wine bar in West Hollywood with fantastic atmosphere. A bit pricey, but try their "$8 open bottle" night on Mondays, where you can try more expensive wines at $8 a glass.
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V Wine Room
903 Westbourne Drive
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Wine bar in West Hollywood with fantastic atmosphere. A bit pricey, but try their "$8 open bottle" night on Mondays, where you can try more expensive wines at $8 a glass.
Famous comedians.
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Hollywood Improv Comedy Club
8162 Melrose Avenue
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Famous comedians.
Cool bar, great atmosphere, many beers on tap. Great pub food menu, at reasonable prices.
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Snake Pit Alehouse Whiskey Bar & Kitchen
7529 Melrose Avenue
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Cool bar, great atmosphere, many beers on tap. Great pub food menu, at reasonable prices.
Arts & Culture
Gorgeous library. A great place to hang out, or work.
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West Hollywood Library
625 North San Vicente Boulevard
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Gorgeous library. A great place to hang out, or work.
World famous theater on Hollywood Blvd. Celebrity handprints, one of the best auditoriums in the city.
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TCL Chinese Theatre
6925 Hollywood Blvd
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World famous theater on Hollywood Blvd. Celebrity handprints, one of the best auditoriums in the city.
Closest multi-plex movie theater, with assigned seating. A bit pricey (but most movie theaters in the city are).
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Pacific Theatres at The Grove
189 The Grove Drive
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Closest multi-plex movie theater, with assigned seating. A bit pricey (but most movie theaters in the city are).
Famous comedians.
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Laugh Factory
8001 Sunset Boulevard
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Famous comedians.
World class art museum.
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Museu de Arte do Condado de Los Angeles
5905 Wilshire Blvd
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World class art museum.
Parks & Nature
A unique public park, which includes a mansion, garden, and enormous park space. Lots of movies filmed here. Check their web site for hours and other info: http://www.beverlyhills.org/exploring/gre
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Greystone Mansion
905 Loma Vista Drive
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A unique public park, which includes a mansion, garden, and enormous park space. Lots of movies filmed here. Check their web site for hours and other info: http://www.beverlyhills.org/exploring/gre
Great hiking, with fantastic views of the city.
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Runyon Canyon Park
2000 N Fuller Ave
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Great hiking, with fantastic views of the city.
Great view of DTLA and the Hollywood Sign.
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Observatório Griffith
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Great view of DTLA and the Hollywood Sign.
Shopping
Closest mall, outdoors, with a movie theater, Apple Store, clothing stores, etc.. Can be crowded at times, but the setting and decor are very fun. Try the food stalls in the "farmer's market" section.
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The Grove
189 The Grove Drive
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Closest mall, outdoors, with a movie theater, Apple Store, clothing stores, etc.. Can be crowded at times, but the setting and decor are very fun. Try the food stalls in the "farmer's market" section.
Closest Target.
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Target
7100 California State Route 2
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Closest Target.
Largest mall in the area. Indoor, three stories. Macy's, clothing stores, etc..
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Beverly Center
8500 Beverly Boulevard
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Largest mall in the area. Indoor, three stories. Macy's, clothing stores, etc..
Large, trendy, outdoor mall with AMC movie theater, shops, restaurants and food court.
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Westfield Century City
10250 Santa Monica Boulevard
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Large, trendy, outdoor mall with AMC movie theater, shops, restaurants and food court.
Sightseeing
Famous Hollywood Blvd, with celebrity stars. Something one has to see at least once, if visiting Hollywood. Very touristy.
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Hollywood Walk Of Fame HQ
6255 Sunset Boulevard
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Famous Hollywood Blvd, with celebrity stars. Something one has to see at least once, if visiting Hollywood. Very touristy.
Touristy, but fun to walk the famous Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills (location on map is WRONG, try south of Santa Monica Blvd).
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North Rodeo Drive
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Touristy, but fun to walk the famous Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills (location on map is WRONG, try south of Santa Monica Blvd).