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Where are the best local spots in LA?

Where are the best spots in Los Angeles to hang out? I'm looking for hangout spots where I can find plenty of locals. 

4 Answers

answered by
Jillian from Los Angeles

Hey Marcela,

On the Westside, I'd stick to Abbot Kinney in Venice, and probably Montana Avenue or Main Street in Santa Monica. Definitely avoid areas around the Santa Monica pier. As for the beach, I'd recommend going south of the Venice Fishing Pier on the Marina Del Rey side. One of my favorite new restaurants in Venice is Dudley Market. It's only been open a few months and is a total local gem.

As for West Hollywood, you can't really go wrong at farmers markets, try Melrose Trading Post on the weekends. Also, Hillhurst Ave in Los Feliz has a lot of locals.

Hope this helps!

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Abbot Kinney (attraction)
  2. Montana Avenue (attraction)
  3. Main Street (attraction)
  4. Venice Fishing Pier (attraction)
  5. Dudley Market (restaurant)
  6. Melrose Trading Post (attraction)
  7. Hillhurst Ave (attraction)
  8. Los Feliz (neighborhood)
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answered by
Lila from Jupiter

The beach at Santa Monica Pier. Also, a lot of locals hang out on the lawn at The Getty Center.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Santa Monica Pier (attraction)
  2. The Getty Center (attraction)

answered by
Supun from Carson (California)

I totally misread your question the first time as "Best Local sports Spots in LA" and just now noticed that my mind was playing tricks on me :o)

Here's a better answer to what you actually want to know. To answer this question properly I'd have to ask "which LA?" since "LA" sprawls out to all different parts, so I'll give you some places in the main spots that people go.

Gallery Row is a good place downtown, especially when the city starts up the Art Walks. Even without the art walks the area has people walking around til 10pm-11pm on most nights. There's a cool little desert shop, Syrup Desserts, that's pretty popular. They have a loft where you can play board games. Go up there and join into a game. The employees there are nice and they'll tell you about what's going on in the area. This area is public transportation accessible and great to go to with a bike during the day. Also check out the art displays on the 2nd floor of The Last Bookstore. If you like poetry readings, old books and records, this is a cool hang out spot.

If you're up north near Pasadena go to the area that Bird Pick Tea and Herbis in. The tea bar is a good first date kind of place or a place to chill out with a friend, and if you're into unique tea and herbs they got jars of them. You'll find a lot of people walking around and mom & pop businesses to explore in this part of Old Pasadena all along Colorado.

If you're into trying all kinds of Asian cuisine go out to Alhambra (California). If you'd like to find a nice relaxing spot check out Hsi Lai Temple. Even if you're not there for religious reasons, they are welcoming, the view is superb and they have a pretty cool tea room.

Speaking of views, go up to Griffith Observatory. It's a great spot to meet people hiking around. You can also start exploring the park at The Trails Cafe. The Greek Theatre has some pretty cool performances from time to time.

If you're wanting to check out what the locals do in Hollywood check out the area by The Groundlings Theatre (booking a show here is worth it) or go to a free show at the Hollywood Bowl. This area is also public transportation accessible too.

Jillian covered some good spots for the West Side. And Andrea's suggestion of Hermosa is a good spot by a beach.

Down in Long Beach, people are out and about on the weekends around 2nd Street during the day and Pine Ave (which we have as Downtown Core) at nights. You can get here by train if you take the Blue Line to the end. If you want to meet like 100 people doing yoga, go to Bluff Park at 11am on almost any day where they do free yoga.

And if you're looking for a quiet spot where you can meet just a few people at a time Malaga Cove, The Village in Redondo and the little beach areas near Sacred Cove are nice quiet spots that you can meet people at a slow pace.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Gallery Row (attraction)
  2. Syrup Desserts (restaurant)
  3. The Last Bookstore (attraction)
  4. Bird Pick Tea and Herb (attraction)
  5. Alhambra (California) (city)
  6. Hsi Lai Temple (attraction)
  7. Griffith Observatory (attraction)
  8. The Trails Cafe (restaurant)
  9. The Greek Theatre (attraction)
  10. The Groundlings Theatre (attraction)
  11. Hollywood Bowl (attraction)
  12. 2nd Street (attraction)
  13. Downtown Core (attraction)
  14. Bluff Park (attraction)
  15. Malaga Cove (attraction)
  16. The Village (attraction)
  17. Sacred Cove (attraction)

answered first by
Andrea from Los Angeles

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Hermosa Beach Pier (attraction)

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