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58 years in LA allows me to share some of the insights of this city of 4 million people. It is for sure, one of the most diverse, multi ethnic, cultures and communities in the U.S.

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16 Places

Palace Seafood and Dim Sum

Restaurants

Daily Grill on Century

Restaurants

The Proud Bird Food Bazaar & Events Center

Restaurants

Napa Valley Grille

Restaurants

Panini Cafe

Restaurants

Santa Monica Bay

Beaches, Bodies of Water

Venice Beach

Beaches

Universal Studios Hollywood

Theme Parks

Hollywood Walk of Fame

Historic Walking Areas, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Gladstones

Restaurants

Griffith Observatory

Observatories & Planetariums

Sunset Boulevard

Points of Interest & Landmarks

TCL Chinese Theatres

Historic Sites, Movie Theatres, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Venice Beach Boardwalk

Piers & Boardwalks, Beaches

Walt Disney Concert Hall

Theatres, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Architectural Buildings

Hollywood Boulevard

Historic Walking Areas, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Victor H's City Tips

  • Where to stay will depend on your interest and pocket books... from $45 to $500 or more a night in hotels.
  • Pick a spot (hotel, friend's house) and stay for few days exploring the area is the only way to get to know a part of LA.
  • Palace Seafood and Dim Sum
    Restaurants (Chinese, Asian, Seafood)
    Victor H Says:

    One of best Chinese restaurant in West LA. Best Dim Sum.

    Good for
    • Family
    • Friends
    Tips
    • Dim Sum is the best west LA!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 793 of 7 256 restaurants in Los Angeles
    • Average Dim Sum 17/10/2018
    • Best Chinese restaurant with private rooms in West Los Angeles 09/09/2018
    • Palace Seafood and Dim Sum
    Address:
    11701 Wilshire Blvd
    Second Floor
    Los Angeles, CA 90025-1546
    Phone:
    +1 310-979-3377
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    11:00 - 22:00
    Sat - Sun
    10:00 - 22:00
    Other:
  • Daily Grill on Century
    Restaurants (American)
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    Victor H Says:

    A quality setting with good food and service, 10 minutes from LAX. First choice after getting off the plane, if you are looking for a restaurant.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    Tips
    • Self parking in the back and with validation.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #175 of 7 256 restaurants in Los Angeles
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Relaxing environment with excellent food 08/11/2018
    • Good fish and chips 26/10/2018
    • Daily Grill on Century
    Address:
    5400 W Century Blvd
    Los Angeles, CA 90045-5975
    Phone:
    +1 310-665-0149
    Price range:
    US$30 - US$30
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    06:00 - 22:00
    Fri - Sat
    06:00 - 23:00
    Other:
  • The Proud Bird Food Bazaar & Events Center
    Restaurants (American, Pub)
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    Victor H Says:

    For good steak and air plane history, this is a must. 15 minutes from LAX, free parking.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • Very popular place for lunch and dinner near the LAX airport
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #556 of 7 256 restaurants in Los Angeles
    • Hole-in-the-wall with great ambiance and food; albeit a bit pr 14/11/2018
    • A fun place to get good food! 23/10/2018
    • The Proud Bird Food Bazaar & Events Center
    Address:
    11022 Aviation Blvd
    Los Angeles, CA 90045-6105
    Phone:
    +1 310-670-3093
    Price range:
    US$10 - US$30
    Hours:
    Sun
    11:00 - 15:00
    Mon - Thu
    17:00 - 20:30
    23:30 - 14:30
    Fri
    23:30 - 15:00
    Fri - Sat
    17:00 - 21:00
    Other:
  • Napa Valley Grille
    Restaurants (American, Seafood)
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    Victor H Says:

    This is very good place to go with friends and business associates. A excellent bar, indoor and patio dining.

    Good for
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Friends
    • Couples
    Tips
    • Reservation recommended on peak hours.
    • Has valet parking
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #122 of 7 256 restaurants in Los Angeles
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Enjoyable experience 11/11/2018
    • Excellent restaurant with California wine 11/11/2018
    • Napa Valley Grille
    Address:
    1100 Glendon Ave
    Los Angeles, CA 90024-3503
    Phone:
    +1 310-824-3322
    Price range:
    US$12 - US$60
    Hours:
    Sun
    11:00 - 23:00
    Mon - Thu
    11:30 - 23:00
    Fri
    11:30 - 00:00
    Sat
    11:00 - 00:00
    Other:
  • Panini Cafe
    Restaurants (Mediterranean, Cafe, Greek, Middle Eastern)
    Victor H Says:

    Good healthy lunch and dinner. Family style, not fancy.

    Good for
    • Family
    • Friends
    Tips
    • Street parking. May need to walk a little.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #516 of 7 256 restaurants in Los Angeles
    • Excellent food 27/06/2017
    • Meh 01/06/2017
    • Panini Cafe
    Address:
    10861 Lindbrook Dr
    Los Angeles, CA 90024-3028
    Phone:
    +1 310-443-2100
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    08:00 - 22:00
    Other:
  • Santa Monica Bay
    Beaches, Bodies of Water
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    Victor H Says:

    This is one of the most popular beaches in Southern California.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Beach Goer
    • Family
    Tips
    • Be prepared to spend at least a whole day and night.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #33 of 553 things to do in Los Angeles
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Fun spot 11/11/2018
    • Good beach 07/11/2018
    • Santa Monica Bay
  • Venice Beach
    Beaches
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    Victor H Says:

    Known its "Broadwalk" and "Muscle Beach", Venice Beach has everything of a real mixture of life...surfer, bums, pot-smokers, to beautiful girls in bikini on bikes to Midwest, or Middle East tourists.

    Good for
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Friends
    • Beach Goer
    Tips
    • Anything goes!
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #84 of 553 things to do in Los Angeles
    • Beautiful but economic effects visually present. 14/11/2018
    • Always a good time! 12/11/2018
    • Venice Beach
  • Universal Studios Hollywood
    Theme Parks
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    Victor H Says:

    This is "Hollywood" at its best....with theme parks and fun.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    Tips
    • Wear comfortable cloth and shoes
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 553 things to do in Los Angeles
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Fantabulous Place 14/11/2018
    • Excellent 14/11/2018
    • Universal Studios Hollywood
    Address:
    100 Universal City Plaza
    Los Angeles, CA 91608-1002
    Phone:
    +1 800-864-8377
    Other:
  • Hollywood Walk of Fame
    Historic Walking Areas, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Victor H Says:

    This is Hollywood history...with all "Stars", movie goers worshipped, and can actually step on!

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Trendsetter
    Tips
    • Take all the pictures...its all there!
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #87 of 553 things to do in Los Angeles
    • Surprisingly disappointing! 14/11/2018
    • Wow!!! 14/11/2018
    • Hollywood Walk of Fame
    Address:
    Hollywood Blvd at Vine St
    Los Angeles, CA 90028
    Phone:
    +1 323-469-8311
    Other:
  • Gladstones
    Restaurants (American, Seafood, Soups)
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    Victor H Says:

    One the favorite local and visitor seaside restaurant!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Family
    Tips
    • Great for special occasions and parties.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #433 of 7 256 restaurants in Los Angeles
    • Best clam chowder ever 11/11/2018
    • Wow what terrible food 25/10/2018
    • Gladstones
    Address:
    17300 Pacific Coast Hwy
    Los Angeles, CA 90272-4169
    Phone:
    +1 310-454-3474
    Price range:
    US$35 - US$50
    Hours:
    Sun
    10:00 - 20:00
    Mon - Fri
    11:30 - 20:00
    Sat
    10:00 - 20:30
    Other:
  • Griffith Observatory
    Observatories & Planetariums
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    Victor H Says:

    Worth seeing the panorama view of Los Angeles from its Observation deck.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 553 things to do in Los Angeles
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great 1/2 day attraction close-in 14/11/2018
    • Movie Magic in Real Life 13/11/2018
    • Griffith Observatory
    Address:
    2800 E. Observatory Rd.
    Los Angeles, CA 90027-1299
    Phone:
    +1 213-473-0800
    Hours:
    Tue - Fri
    12:00 - 22:00
    Sat - Sun
    10:00 - 22:00
    Other:
  • Sunset Boulevard
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Victor H Says:

    Good to walk and feel the Hollywood hangouts of many stars.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Trendsetter
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Be prepared to walk the whole "Stripe"
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #85 of 553 things to do in Los Angeles
    • Long, long drive 25/10/2018
    • Long Stretched Route 13/10/2018
    • Sunset Boulevard
    Address:
    Doheny Drive to Vine Street
    Beverly Hills and Hollywood
    Los Angeles, CA
  • TCL Chinese Theatres
    Historic Sites, Movie Theatres, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Victor H Says:

    This is a must for Hollywood star visit. There foot and hand prints on concrete.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Family
    Tips
    • Take picture, video to your content.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #13 of 190 Fun & Games in Los Angeles
    • Good Hollywood Point of Interest - Not great tour! 10/11/2018
    • Chinese Theater Hollywood 06/11/2018
    • TCL Chinese Theatres
    Address:
    6925 Hollywood Blvd
    Hollywood
    Los Angeles, CA 90028-6103
    Phone:
    +1 323-465-4847
    Other:
  • Venice Beach Boardwalk
    Piers & Boardwalks, Beaches
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    Victor H Says:

    A mixture of the hi's and low's of every walk of life...bikini-clad girls, roller skaters, graffiti artists, muscle builders, homeless.

    Good for
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    Tips
    • Be open minded, there are things you see that may make you uncompfortable...but appreciate your life better!
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #81 of 553 things to do in Los Angeles
    • Funky 11/11/2018
    • Tacky, tatty and you get harassed!! 08/11/2018
    • Venice Beach Boardwalk
    Phone:
    +1 888-527-2757
    Other:
  • Walt Disney Concert Hall
    Theatres, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Architectural Buildings
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    Victor H Says:

    A standout architecture among the concrete block buildings in Downtown LA.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Best to attend a concert event, dress up and enjoy the finer things in LA
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #13 of 553 things to do in Los Angeles
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • White Christmas Sing-A-Long 13/11/2018
    • Go - just go! 07/11/2018
    • Walt Disney Concert Hall
    Address:
    111 S Grand Ave
    Los Angeles, CA 90012-3034
    Phone:
    +1 323-850-2000
    Other:
  • Hollywood Boulevard
    Historic Walking Areas, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Victor H Says:

    Hollywood history at your pleasure...Star walk and landmarks.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Lots of tourist traps... be ware...watch your pockets
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #195 of 553 things to do in Los Angeles
    • Not What I Expected 05/11/2018
    • I had higher expectations 03/11/2018
    • Hollywood Boulevard
    Phone:
    1
    Other:
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