Los Angeles

Los Angeles Travel Guide

Everything you need to know on where to eat, stay and play in Los Angeles.

Otherwise known as The City of Angels, Los Angeles has suffered something of a bad rap in the past, sometimes decried as one big, smoggy, permanent traffic jam filled with strip malls and vacuous locals addicted to plastic surgery.

While many people still see Los Angeles as a mere stopover on their way to somewhere else – usually the endless buzz and culture of New York or the eternal happiness of Disneyland – this sprawling city of over 3.8 million people is a compelling, fascinating, rewarding destination in its own right.

With its abundant sunshine (it has an average of about 292 days of sun a year), close proximity to beaches (try Venice, Santa Monica, Manhattan, El Matador or Malibu) and nature (the stunningly rugged Runyon County Park is a Mecca for the local outdoorsy types, complete with rattlesnakes and mountain lions), the city has a little of something for everyone to see and do thanks to a startling array of distinctive local neighbourhoods: Beverly Hills with its money and flashy cars, the more down-to-earth design-driven West Hollywood (call it WeHo), the canals and hipster vibe of Venice, the well-heeled but relaxed Brentwood area, and Downtown with its ethnic enclaves (Koreatown and the Latino barrio are here), and where a revival of sorts is taking place thanks to the arrival of funky new hotels and eateries.

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