Between Third Street Promenade, the pier and even the beach, the city is rife with overpriced, highly commercialized money traps. In fact, the further south you go, the trendier and more eclectic Santa Monica becomes. This quirky district lies just south of Third Street Promenade but north of Venice. But there is much more to Venice than merely the skater-filled boardwalk or the body builders that line Muscle Beach.
The only Westside haven for the weird, Venice stands out on this side of town as the funky, younger cousin of preppy Brentwood and Santa Monica. Venice is an amalgam of several cities.
Venice is high-end, grungy — elite, but also very warm. In effect, Venice is representative of Los Angeles as a whole — a mishmash of people, economic classes, desires and opportunities. In Venice, the Range Rover moms eat at the same mom-and-pop pizza joints as the surfer dudes. As always, prime is here to offer you the best that this neighborhood enclave has to offer. Take a Sunday and explore — you won't be sorry. West Hollywood West Hollywood is an enclave all its own.
The colorful neighborhood is nestled comfortably between the ultra-affluent Beverly Hills and Tinseltown itself, Hollywood. The Beverly Hills glamour manifests in the trendy boutiques and eateries lining Melrose Avenue, blending seamlessly into the wild nightlife of the Sunset Strip and the sex shops along Santa Monica Boulevard. Where else could you find some of the most storied music venues in history — like the Troubadour — mere doors away from some of the most important LGBT cultural landmarks and educational centers?
But finding the more accessible parts of WeHo takes research, skill and a little bit of luck. Spend a weekend immersing yourself in the different elements that make WeHo weird, charming and exciting. Once dismissed as the New Jersey of Los Angeles County, downtown is now filled with hipsters — young and old — moving from gallery to cafe to bar and back again.
Equipped with entertainment, Culver City offers activities for any morning, afternoon or evening jaunt. Silver Lake One of the most quintessential hipster experiences in all of Los Angeles is drinking a steaming hot latte at Intelligentsia Coffee in Silver Lake. The cafe is the epicenter of the neighborhood, which boasts everything from quality nightlife to quirky shopping and fresh eats.
Famous for being a hipster haven the world over, Silver Lake routinely beats out other well-known indie neighborhoods such as Williamsburg in Brooklyn in international surveys of trendiness. But Silver Lake is more than its hype. Nevertheless, it caters to your Asian food cravings on the Westside, so what more can you ask for? From a hot bowl of ramen to a frosty bowl of shaved ice to the rare soup dumpling sighting west of the , here is a quick rundown of Sawtelle treasures. Downtown Los Angeles Cars honking, loud chatter, unexpected sights and smells.
Downtown Los Angeles is much more than a crowded place full of cars — it is a hub made up of one of the most diverse populations in California. Walking through the streets, you might stumble upon enthusiastic photographers, aspiring artists and, of course, the occasional tourist making their way through the streets. Filled with restaurants, cafes, street vendors and markets around every corner, downtown Los Angeles is an easy place for newcomers and native Angelenos to find home.
Although the transportation system in Los Angeles is still expanding, taking the subway is necessary in order to become fully immersed in the downtown experience. Union Station, historically the largest railroad terminal in the West, is the gateway to Los Angeles. Union Station is also a stage for daydreamers and lovers of people-watching.
Musicians and artists are constantly performing at some corner of the station, providing a delightful experience of free music and performances for passersby.