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My Recommendations (Not on Your Typical Travel Guidebook)

Sightseeing
I think this beach is really beautiful and off the beaten path. The scenery is spectacular, and you can see beautiful California coast line. This place is not frequently listed on the travel guide, but it is really popular among locals.
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El Matador State Beach
32350 Pacific Coast Highway
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I think this beach is really beautiful and off the beaten path. The scenery is spectacular, and you can see beautiful California coast line. This place is not frequently listed on the travel guide, but it is really popular among locals.
The reason why I recommend this place is because it is iconic in the entertainment industry. Examples of movies that are filmed at the Sunset Strip are "A Star is Born" and "La La Land." The famous Chateau Marmont is located at the Sunset Strip. There are a lot of restaurants, bars, and vintage stores that you could visit at this place, and the best time to visit would be Friday or Saturday nights when all the crowds come out. The place gets really lively. You definitely don't want to miss out this area. This is the icon of LA
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Sunset Strip
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The reason why I recommend this place is because it is iconic in the entertainment industry. Examples of movies that are filmed at the Sunset Strip are "A Star is Born" and "La La Land." The famous Chateau Marmont is located at the Sunset Strip. There are a lot of restaurants, bars, and vintage stores that you could visit at this place, and the best time to visit would be Friday or Saturday nights when all the crowds come out. The place gets really lively. You definitely don't want to miss out this area. This is the icon of LA
This is one of the places that you must visit in LA. It's a section in the west Hollywood area with famous landmarks, restaurants, and bars. One of the landmarks that you cannot miss is the Kodak theater where the annual academy awards is held. There is also the Grauman main Chinese theater, which is a historical landmark in LA. In front of this theater, you can see famous actors & actresses hand imprint on the ground with their autographs. Another landmark that you don't want to miss is the Roosevelt Hollywood hotel. A very historical hotel where Marilyn Monroe and Shirley Temple used to stay regularly
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Hollywood & Highland
6801 Hollywood Boulevard
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This is one of the places that you must visit in LA. It's a section in the west Hollywood area with famous landmarks, restaurants, and bars. One of the landmarks that you cannot miss is the Kodak theater where the annual academy awards is held. There is also the Grauman main Chinese theater, which is a historical landmark in LA. In front of this theater, you can see famous actors & actresses hand imprint on the ground with their autographs. Another landmark that you don't want to miss is the Roosevelt Hollywood hotel. A very historical hotel where Marilyn Monroe and Shirley Temple used to stay regularly
Neighborhoods
If you are into bohemian and hippie life style, I would really recommend this neighborhood. There is also the famous Venice beach in this neighborhood where you can find cool shops, bars, and restaurants. The beach is also cleaner than Santa Monica beach, and if you like swimming at the beach, I would recommend you this beach. Please keep in mind that because this is a more bohemian and very liberal neighborhood, the crowd can get rowdy sometimes.
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Venice
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If you are into bohemian and hippie life style, I would really recommend this neighborhood. There is also the famous Venice beach in this neighborhood where you can find cool shops, bars, and restaurants. The beach is also cleaner than Santa Monica beach, and if you like swimming at the beach, I would recommend you this beach. Please keep in mind that because this is a more bohemian and very liberal neighborhood, the crowd can get rowdy sometimes.
Food scene
The best fried chicken in LA. There is usually one hour wait, but the fried chicken is amazing. There is 6 level of spiciness, and I usually pick the medium level. The chicken breast is so juicy, tender, and flavorful. You gotta try this place.
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Howlin' Ray's
727 N Broadway
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The best fried chicken in LA. There is usually one hour wait, but the fried chicken is amazing. There is 6 level of spiciness, and I usually pick the medium level. The chicken breast is so juicy, tender, and flavorful. You gotta try this place.
A very unique American restaurant with rich history. It used to be frequented by well known celebrity legends such as Charlie Chaplin, Earnest Hemingway, and Marilyn Monroe, and as of today, famous celebrities such as Brad Pitt, George Clooney, and Harrison Ford still likes to dine at the restaurant. I have dined at this restaurant before, and I like their old school vibe, service, and food.
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Musso & Frank Grill
6667 Hollywood Blvd
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A very unique American restaurant with rich history. It used to be frequented by well known celebrity legends such as Charlie Chaplin, Earnest Hemingway, and Marilyn Monroe, and as of today, famous celebrities such as Brad Pitt, George Clooney, and Harrison Ford still likes to dine at the restaurant. I have dined at this restaurant before, and I like their old school vibe, service, and food.
This is one of the best Chinese food restaurant in LA. The place is very well known among the Asian community. Their house special lobster is truly one of a kind, and it is probably the most talked about dish from this restaurant. This restaurant usually have a long wait, and they don't take reservation.
Newport Seafood Restaurant
518 West Las Tunas Drive
This is one of the best Chinese food restaurant in LA. The place is very well known among the Asian community. Their house special lobster is truly one of a kind, and it is probably the most talked about dish from this restaurant. This restaurant usually have a long wait, and they don't take reservation.
If you like all you can eat Korean BBQ place, you gotta try this place. The place is very clean and have good service. The waiters are very attentive, and they changed your grill and refill your water often. The quality of meat is superb, and they have wide variety of meat dish to choose including Bulgogi, Kalbi, spicy pork and chicken, etc. They even have a "30 day aged beef." I tried this one, and it taste amazing. They also provide free parking on site without valet
Bulgogi Hut
3600 Wilshire Blvd
If you like all you can eat Korean BBQ place, you gotta try this place. The place is very clean and have good service. The waiters are very attentive, and they changed your grill and refill your water often. The quality of meat is superb, and they have wide variety of meat dish to choose including Bulgogi, Kalbi, spicy pork and chicken, etc. They even have a "30 day aged beef." I tried this one, and it taste amazing. They also provide free parking on site without valet
One of the best Indian food restaurants in LA. They have an all you can eat lunch option, which typically cost around $14. Their Samosas, chicken Tandoori, chicken Tikka Massala and lamb curry are excellent.
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India's Oven
11645 Wilshire Boulevard
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One of the best Indian food restaurants in LA. They have an all you can eat lunch option, which typically cost around $14. Their Samosas, chicken Tandoori, chicken Tikka Massala and lamb curry are excellent.
Hiking
If you are staying in LA, and you just want a short scenic hike, I would recommend you to do the Runyon Canyon hike. The hike is of moderate difficulty, and once you get to the top, you can see the entire city of LA.
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Πάρκο Ράνιον Κάνιον
2000 N Fuller Ave
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If you are staying in LA, and you just want a short scenic hike, I would recommend you to do the Runyon Canyon hike. The hike is of moderate difficulty, and once you get to the top, you can see the entire city of LA.
Shopping
This is a very trendy and upscale shopping mall. They have Gucci, Chanel, Boss, Salvatore Ferragamo, Louis Vuitton, and many more. I found that the stores at this mall carry trendier and better quality items compared to the other malls. Although the mall is located in Orange County, I think it is work the drive if you are really into shopping.
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South Coast Plaza
3333 Bristol Street
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This is a very trendy and upscale shopping mall. They have Gucci, Chanel, Boss, Salvatore Ferragamo, Louis Vuitton, and many more. I found that the stores at this mall carry trendier and better quality items compared to the other malls. Although the mall is located in Orange County, I think it is work the drive if you are really into shopping.

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