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The real Los Angeles

The words ‘Los Angeles’ conjure up typical images; the Hollywood sign, the walk of fame and the Oscars, to name a few. LA and celebrity culture go hand in hand, but the city is so much more than this. The beaches are spectacular, the food is varied and delicious and the people are friendly and active. Los Angel-ites are a healthy bunch and many of the activities revolve around this kind of lifestyle. The real LA lies behind its celebrity facade, so here are 10 alternative activities to the standard tourist options

Abbot Kinney

Located near Venice Beach, Abbot Kinney is an area packed to the rafters with hipster shops and cool cafes. Head to Café Gratitude for a healthy and delicious brunch, options such as cashew crepes making up their 100% plant based menu.

gratitude

Venice Beach

Near the aforementioned Abbot Kinney, Venice Beach does draw in the tourist crowds but for good reason. Stroll along the boulevard and check out the hippy shops, street performers and rollerbladers that line the boardwalk to the beach.

venice beach

Venice Canals

Another spot in this area, LA’s very own little Venice is comprised of houses backing on to the banks of the canals. It’s a good spot for people watching and it’s fun to walk around this area on a sunny day, checking out the modern architecture.

canals

Third Street Promenade

Another popular LA spot, third street promenade is a great place for shopping. Grab a pressed juice and check out the shops. Head there early to avoid the crowds!

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Photo by Kent Kanouse
https://www.flickr.com/photos/kkanouse/

Westwood and UCLA

Populated with students, it’s fun to spend time wandering around UCLA’s campus, checking out the Greek Row for a taste of real American college life. Head to In-N-Out for their famous burgers before grabbing dessert at Diddy Riese – an ice cream parlour famous for it’s ice cream sandwiches.

Diddy Riee

Temescal Canyon

A popular LA activity is hiking, and Temescal Canyon near Pacific Palisades is a great place for this. Head into the canyon for exercise and views of the city, but make sure you take plenty of water to keep you hydrated under the warm Californian sun.

temescal

Malibu

The name might be famous, but fewer tourists head up the coast than you would expect. Head to Malibu Country Mart, grab food for a picnic and drive to Point Dume, a beautiful, unspolit beach. You may even run into Matthew McConaughey strolling along the sand.

dume

The Getty Villa

LA is about celebrity culture, but its art scene is thriving as well. Pay a visit to the Getty Villa and look at the variety of art that adorns its walls. The building itself is enough reason to pay a visit.

getty

Brentwood

This LA neighbourhood lies between the beach suburbs and downtown LA. It’s a hotspot for food, and a great place to head for dinner. Head to Katsuya or Sugarfish for sushi or the Tavern for a heartier meal.

Photo by Elise https://www.flickr.com/photos/edblcrl/

Photo by Elise https://www.flickr.com/photos/edblcrl/

Beverly Hills:

Ok, so this area is well known, but you can’t visit LA without heading to Beverly Hills and checking out the expensive shops that make up Rodeo Drive. Its unashamedly LA, but great all the same.

Photo by Chris Brown https://www.flickr.com/photos/zoonabar/

Photo by Chris Brown
https://www.flickr.com/photos/zoonabar/

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