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Los Angeles travel guide

The City of Angels

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You're Going to Love Los Angeles

If you love sunshine, showbiz, and shopping, Los Angeles is an unbeatable destination. The City of Angels has a unique appeal thanks to its superb climate, sandy beaches, and movie-making history.

You can tour showbiz sights and hear tales about the lives of celebrities, enjoy the thrills provided by rides at Universal Studios, or treat the kids to a trip to Disneyland California.

Fashion lovers also flock to LA for its boutiques. Hit the stores on Robertson Boulevard, and discover the latest designs by Chanel, Kitson, or Tommy Hilfiger, or head to malls like the Beverly Center.

It doesn’t matter whether you are there to shop, catch a glimpse of your favorite actor or perfect your tan, Los Angeles is a year-round destination like no other.

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What to do in Los Angeles

When to Visit Los Angeles

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Los Angeles has a wonderfully warm, sun-drenched climate, but the mid-summer temperatures can be too much for some visitors. If you want to walk between sights without feeling too hot, visiting between March and May makes sense. The fall is almost as pleasant, with temperatures rarely going above 70 degrees and hardly ever less than 60. For budget hotel deals, consider a trip in December or January. The weather will probably still be sunny (though rain is a possibility) and there are festive markets at Grand Cental and Pasadena to explore.

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Where to Stay in Los Angeles

Los Angeles is massive, and there are plenty of great districts to stay in (and some you should probably avoid). There’s also a huge variety of hotels to choose from. In the Downtown District, the Standard (550 S Flower St) is a stylish option with a rooftop pool and cocktail parties while the Biltmore (506 S Grand Ave) is a stunning luxury Art Deco hotel. In Hollywood, the Redbury (1717 Vine St) is a comfortable family-oriented hotel, and in Wilshire, the Kimpton (6317 Wilshire Blvd) is the finest place to stay. Budget travelers may also want to check out Backpackers Paradise Youth Hostel (4200 W Century Blvd), which is handy for Venice Beach and has a free airport shuttle.

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Los Angeles tends to be cheaper than most large American cities. You’ll probably pay around $20-30 for a medium-range meal, $4.00 for a cappuccino coffee or around $50 for a pair of jeans. There are also plenty of great places to shop for souvenirs and bargains. Beverly Boulevard is packed with boutique clothing, fragrance and furniture stores, with big fashion names like Stella McCartney and Erica Courtney. For works of art and crafts, visit La Brea Avenue. The ornaments at Mortise and Tenon will excite interior design fans, and La Brea Bakery is a wonderful spot to break up your shopping with a snack. Celebrities love to hit the stores on Robertson Boulevard where you’ll find boutiques like Lisa Kline and Kitson. But for the height of LA fashion, head to Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, where fans of high-end labels like Missoni, Dolce and Gabbana, and Louis Vuitton hang out.

Groceries and Other

Los Angeles has plenty of department stores like J.C. Penney, Macy’s and Saks Fifth Avenue as well as supermarkets like Ralph’s, Wal-Mart, Albertson’s and Safeway. There are also 7-Eleven convenience stores on every street, so finding places to shop for groceries shouldn’t be hard.

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Where to Eat in Los Angeles

Los Angeles has a constantly evolving dining scene, with superb chefs from every corner of the world. For great Thai, head to Jitlada (5233 Sunset Blvd) or Ruen Pair (5257 Hollywood Blvd). Crown of India is a fantastic Indian option near the coast (6755 Santa Monica Blvd), Sushi Komasa serves up fine Japanese cuisine (351 E 2nd St), and Angelini Osteria is an excellent Italian eatery (7313 Beverly Blvd). For an authentic American diner experience, head to Nickel Diner (524 S Main St) while for a budget meal that has gourmet appeal, try the Middle Eastern dishes available from the Halal Guys (3432 Wilshire Blvd). Foodies should also head to Grand Central Market (317 S Broadway), which hosts farmers’ markets, bars and restaurants.