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Sarah’s Recommendations

Sarah

Sarah’s Recommendations

Food scene
Something close by is El Cholo, a longstanding Mexican Restaurant, with a lot of history, an easy low key atmosphere, good food and excellent drinks. It’s right on Western Avenue just a couple of miles from my place.
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El Cholo - The Original
1121 South Western Avenue
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Something close by is El Cholo, a longstanding Mexican Restaurant, with a lot of history, an easy low key atmosphere, good food and excellent drinks. It’s right on Western Avenue just a couple of miles from my place.
Almost directly across the street from Union Station is Olvera Street, the first street in Los Angeles! Located there is Casa Golondrina, one of my favorite Mexican restaurants with great food and delicious drinks!
Casa La Golondrina Mexican Cafe
W-17 Olvera Street
Almost directly across the street from Union Station is Olvera Street, the first street in Los Angeles! Located there is Casa Golondrina, one of my favorite Mexican restaurants with great food and delicious drinks!
Sonoratown Tacos is another favorite at 208 East 8th Street, with handmade tortillas: you can’t beat that! Some of my friends really love the fish tacos here!
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Sonoratown
208 E 8th St
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Sonoratown Tacos is another favorite at 208 East 8th Street, with handmade tortillas: you can’t beat that! Some of my friends really love the fish tacos here!
More in the downtown area is Rhythm Room at 206 East 8th street, a jazz bar with great atmosphere, board games and billiards.
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Rhythm Room L.A.
206 W 6th St
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More in the downtown area is Rhythm Room at 206 East 8th street, a jazz bar with great atmosphere, board games and billiards.
Grand Central Market on South Broadway is always a hit because there are so many choices of food in such a little area! It is has bit of a large loft type feel to it (It’s been around since 1917!) but as it is so casual, it is fun to just take it all in and try all it has to offer. The soups at China Express are fantastic and I’ve had some really good pizza there!
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Grand Central Market
317 S Broadway
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Grand Central Market on South Broadway is always a hit because there are so many choices of food in such a little area! It is has bit of a large loft type feel to it (It’s been around since 1917!) but as it is so casual, it is fun to just take it all in and try all it has to offer. The soups at China Express are fantastic and I’ve had some really good pizza there!
The Melrose Umbrella Company is a small hip bar on Melrose Avenue with great cocktails where they REALLY do mixology, lots of herbs, house made syrups etc and the staff isn’t pretentious or off putting, they’ll make you a drink just based off of flavors you tell them you like.
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Melrose Umbrella Co.
7465 Melrose Ave
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The Melrose Umbrella Company is a small hip bar on Melrose Avenue with great cocktails where they REALLY do mixology, lots of herbs, house made syrups etc and the staff isn’t pretentious or off putting, they’ll make you a drink just based off of flavors you tell them you like.
In Culver City, Roberta’s just opened up so if you like pizza, they have some really good selections. They also have some fine choices in alcohol at the bar!
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Roberta's
8810 Washington Blvd
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In Culver City, Roberta’s just opened up so if you like pizza, they have some really good selections. They also have some fine choices in alcohol at the bar!
There is Equelecua, Cuban food and vegan (they also deliver!) located at 1120 Florence Street in Inglewood. Everything we have ordered from there has been so tasty!
Equelecua Cuban Cafe
1120 West Florence Avenue
There is Equelecua, Cuban food and vegan (they also deliver!) located at 1120 Florence Street in Inglewood. Everything we have ordered from there has been so tasty!
Another restaurant that delivers is Northern Cafe great Chinese food, really fresh and flavorful, on 2904 South Figueroa Street.
Northern Cafe
2904 S Figueroa St
Another restaurant that delivers is Northern Cafe great Chinese food, really fresh and flavorful, on 2904 South Figueroa Street.
And then if you’d like to go and just hang out, maybe do some work and have a coffee, Sip and Sonder is right at 108 South Market Street in Inglewood, about 15 minutes away.
Sip & Sonder
108 S Market St
And then if you’d like to go and just hang out, maybe do some work and have a coffee, Sip and Sonder is right at 108 South Market Street in Inglewood, about 15 minutes away.
Downtown, also close by, is Imperial Western Beer Company at Union Station. It is gorgeous inside, the floors are beautiful, they have great beers, food and shuffleboard! I love to go to Union Station just to take in the exquisite architecture.
Imperial Western Brewing Co.
800 North Alameda Street
Downtown, also close by, is Imperial Western Beer Company at Union Station. It is gorgeous inside, the floors are beautiful, they have great beers, food and shuffleboard! I love to go to Union Station just to take in the exquisite architecture.
This place has the best waffles and chicken ever! There are plenty of choices on how to have your chicken and the waffles come with three different types of butter and real maple syrup! They also have a great drink selection! Low key and down home!
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Sweet Chick
448 N Fairfax Ave
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This place has the best waffles and chicken ever! There are plenty of choices on how to have your chicken and the waffles come with three different types of butter and real maple syrup! They also have a great drink selection! Low key and down home!
I am told that this has been a local favorite for a long time! They have a couple of locations ( the one on Manchester has been here since 1975!) so depending on what you are doing, you can go to the one closest. There is no dine in at the moment due to Covid but take out is always an option.
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Roscoe's Chicken & Waffles - Hollywood
1514 North Gower Street
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I am told that this has been a local favorite for a long time! They have a couple of locations ( the one on Manchester has been here since 1975!) so depending on what you are doing, you can go to the one closest. There is no dine in at the moment due to Covid but take out is always an option.
This is a rather large marijuana dispensary that is good for buying edibles.
COOKIES MELROSE
8360 Melrose Ave
This is a rather large marijuana dispensary that is good for buying edibles.
If you want to hang outside and drink some outrageously delicious home brewed beer then this is the place! Relaxed atmosphere and fab beer! If you want to go all in try a Black and Tan with their knotty ale and deep hollow stout! Unbelievable! There is usually a food truck there or you can order tumbos pizza delivered right to your table! Great place but like everywhere, check the hours of operations.
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Three Weavers Brewing Company
1031 West Manchester Boulevard
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If you want to hang outside and drink some outrageously delicious home brewed beer then this is the place! Relaxed atmosphere and fab beer! If you want to go all in try a Black and Tan with their knotty ale and deep hollow stout! Unbelievable! There is usually a food truck there or you can order tumbos pizza delivered right to your table! Great place but like everywhere, check the hours of operations.
If you’ve never had an In N Out burger and you are an omnivore, then you owe it to yourself to check this place out. I was told when I first moved here that it is a SoCal local favorite! A true Los Angeles treat!
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In-N-Out Burger
9149 South Sepulveda Boulevard
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If you’ve never had an In N Out burger and you are an omnivore, then you owe it to yourself to check this place out. I was told when I first moved here that it is a SoCal local favorite! A true Los Angeles treat!
They have the best home made onion rings I’ve ever had and the burgers are quite tasty! Another local favorite!
Fatburger & Buffalo's Express
5817 Crenshaw Boulevard
They have the best home made onion rings I’ve ever had and the burgers are quite tasty! Another local favorite!
Sightseeing
And if you like to dress up, The Edison on Second and Main is a fabulous place for music, a 20’s decor and absinthe drinks, like no other!
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The Edison
108 West 2nd Street
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And if you like to dress up, The Edison on Second and Main is a fabulous place for music, a 20’s decor and absinthe drinks, like no other!
Want to see where the film Blade Runner was shot? Here it is in all its architectural glory!
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Bradbury Building
304 S Broadway
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Want to see where the film Blade Runner was shot? Here it is in all its architectural glory!
A beautiful place to visit. There is a great view of Los Angeles from here and always a fabulous garden.
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The Getty Center
1200 Getty Center Drive
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A beautiful place to visit. There is a great view of Los Angeles from here and always a fabulous garden.
Great to visit while downtown, it has an unusual layout, some stores within it as well and some amazing books.
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The Last Bookstore
453 S Spring St
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Great to visit while downtown, it has an unusual layout, some stores within it as well and some amazing books.
If this is your first time visiting Los Angeles I highest recommend visiting the Pacific Ocean at least once! The pier is currently closed but the beaches remain open and there is a bike path that goes on for miles.
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Santa Monica Pier
200 Santa Monica Pier
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If this is your first time visiting Los Angeles I highest recommend visiting the Pacific Ocean at least once! The pier is currently closed but the beaches remain open and there is a bike path that goes on for miles.
This is one of my favorite places along the beach here in LA. It is home to many venues, stores, artists, a skate board park not to be missed, and an informal drum circle on the beach Sunday afternoons. And always the beach!
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The Venice Beach Boardwalk
1800 Ocean Front Walk
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This is one of my favorite places along the beach here in LA. It is home to many venues, stores, artists, a skate board park not to be missed, and an informal drum circle on the beach Sunday afternoons. And always the beach!
This is a great spot just above Malibu on Route One and offers beautiful views. Migrating whales are often seen from here.
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Point Dume
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This is a great spot just above Malibu on Route One and offers beautiful views. Migrating whales are often seen from here.
I don’t know about you but I think the La Brea Tar Pits are pretty cool! It is a fascinating look back to the ice age right in the middle of Los Angeles!
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Rancho La Brea
5801 Wilshire Boulevard
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I don’t know about you but I think the La Brea Tar Pits are pretty cool! It is a fascinating look back to the ice age right in the middle of Los Angeles!
This is very close by, about three miles, and is simply beautiful to walk around in.
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Exposition Park Rose Garden
701 State Drive
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This is very close by, about three miles, and is simply beautiful to walk around in.

Consejos para los viajeros

Desplazamientos
Transportation
I always recommend a car if possible when visiting LA. The public transport is getting better but still has a ways to go. It usually takes twice as long than a car. If not a car then either Uber or Lyft will get you around faster and cheaper than a taxi. The taxi service here is spotty at best if nonexistent.
Costumbres y cultura
In General
Some, when visiting Los Angeles for the first time, have commented on how many homeless people there are here. Sadly there are homeless people wherever you go in this country, but LA has so many because of the temperate climate and how tolerant many of us are here. Nobody wants to be homeless and due to the pandemic making things so much worse for us, it is virtually here in every neighborhood of LA. LA is constantly working on making things better but it too is a work in progress.