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  • 41

    The Last Bookstore

    4.5
    12 reviews

    Really great bookstore-- huge. Though it may not have EVERY title, they have a damn lot. They sell used and new books, so you can find the same title with different versions, conditions, and prices. Upstairs is a dollar shop ($1/book), as well as a few shops that sell handmade goods. Great place to stop by if you're in DTLA.

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  • 42

    Travel Town Museum

    4
    8 reviews

    Travel Town Museum is a great activity spot for children and those young at heart! Admission is free, there’s plenty of parking, there’s tons of historical information and you can even walk through a train! Oh and dogs on leash are welcome too! There’s a train ride around the museum for a small fare that was a favorite for my ...

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  • 43

    Central Library

    4.5
    8 reviews

    OK, gushing over a library might seem odd, but have you... ...walked upstairs to the atrium outside the children's reading room and stared at that 10' glass globe light fixture floating under those windows, surrounded by that enormous 360 degree mural? ...visited the three small art and exhibit galleries (upstairs and under the escalators)? ...perused the exceptionally well curated gift ...

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  • 44

    Annenberg Space-Photography

    4.5
    12 reviews

    The Annenberg Space for Photography is a wonderful gift from the Annnenberg family to the city of Los Angeles. It's dedicated to photographic arts-- film and digital and located right by the Westfield in Century City. Came here on a day date with K-- it was a wonderful place to spend an hour or two and check out some seriously ...

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  • 45

    Chicken Boy

    5
    2 reviews

    Yup, 27 foot tall man with chicken head atop a histoirc building on old Route 66 in the heart of Highland Park (LA).... who wouldn't want to see that? !

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  • 46

    Walt Disney Concert Hall

    4.5
    76 reviews

    Came here to watch the Philharmonic play and to watch an Easter show. The acoustics of the room really help make the music more dynamic and beautiful. I love the structure of the concert hall and how it looks so unique. The seats are very comfortable, the hall is huge, but you're not at a disadvantage if you sit at ...

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  • 47

    Hollywood Museum

    4
    3 reviews

    Crammed full of memorabilia like your great-aunt's attic, this museum just off Hollywood Blvd. inside the historic Max Factor building is fun to poke around. Head shots of Old Hollywood stars, used film & TV sets, vintage posters and more are what you'll find inside. It's a spot of authenticity in Hollywood, away from the touristy souvenir shops and wax ...

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  • 48

    Merry Karnowsky Gallery

    4.5
    2 reviews

    Came here for the reception for the Vivian Maier exhibit hosted by Tim Roth. Here is more information about Vivian: http://www.vivianmaier.com/. Parking: Metered street parking. The rsvp line is extremely long for receptions. So be prepared to wait in the Ca winter. Pro-tip 1: Please rsvp with the gallery. The security guys would not let anyone in unless they were ...

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  • 49

    UCLA

    4.5
    29 reviews

    UCLA began as a teachers' college - the California State Normal School the year in which Los Angeles received its first recorded snowfall (1881). It was located downtown at the current site of the Central Los Angeles Public Library. In 1914 it relocated to Vermont Avenue and in 1927 it became the University of California at Los Angeles in Westwood. ...

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  • 50

    Garden of Oz

    4
    2 reviews

    hidden gem! here's the history http://www.historian4hire.com/garden_of_oz.html I've been wanting to see this place for years! Heard that the owner gave the keys to few of the children living in that are and those children passed it down to other children. Seemed like a magical place, especially because it's exclusive (no photos allowed inside!). I tried googling around for the location ...

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  • 51

    Grand Central Market

    4.5
    25 reviews

    Want to find something different? Something that I dont know a lot of people here in Los Angeles outside of downtown know about? Then you have to check this place out. It completely reminds me of a number of places that I have been to throughout Asia. The only place I have been to stateside that is similar but much ...

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  • 52

    LA Boulders

    4.5
    15 reviews

    Great bouldering gym in a cool spot in the art district.

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  • 53

    Griffith Park

    4.5
    50 reviews

    This is one of my favourite spots in LA for escaping the oppressive smog cloaking the city. Drive up, park the car and have a picnic, followed by a stroll up to the observatory. A rare green oasis in a city otherwise dominated by freeways and honking car horns.

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  • 54

    Amoeba Music

    4.5
    26 reviews

    One of the worlds most famous music stores. Amoeba is massive, and has cds and vinyl from any artist you could ever imagine. Its a music lover's dream!

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  • 55

    Abbot Kinney Blvd

    4.5
    47 reviews

    One of my favorite places to be. Day or night, there's always something to do down here. Great eateries (Gjelina, Zinque, Lemonade), good coffe (Intellegentsia) and last but not least, shopping. Don't feel weird for people watching - you only watch because *they're* weird.

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  • 56

    Chynna Dim Sum Lounge

    4.5
    15 reviews

    Not you typical Dim Sum, that's for sure. Kinda mix with bar and dim sum. This is good to hangout after or before dinner for smaller meat. Not idea to come here hungry, i love the artwork and the atmosphere is relax and cool.

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  • 57

    Seven Grand

    4.5
    23 reviews

    I'm not a whiskey lover nor a hater (but leaning toward the hating side) but I LOVE their whiskey sour and mint julep! yummmmm I prefer sweet drinks that hides the flavor of alcohol. Whiskey sour is different from the other ones I've tried at other bars. It's fluffy on top cuz of the egg white and it's not disgustingly ...

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  • 58

    Runyon Canyon Park

    4.5
    60 reviews

    For those in marginally fair physical shape, a walk down the fire road that begins at the top of 160-acre Runyon Canyon Park (using the northern entrance off the 7300 block of Mulholland Drive) offers an impressive view of the Los Angeles Basin ranging from the Hollywood Sign to downtown, to the Palos Verdes Peninsula and Santa Monica. It will ...

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  • 59

    Universal City Overlook

    4.5
    6 reviews

    Off Mulholland Drive, this Overlook provides a gorgeous view of the East San Fernando Valley, Universal City, the Warner Studios and Burbank.

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  • 60

    Los Angeles Flower Market

    4
    8 reviews

    This is the largest wholesale, cut-flower market in America. The district consists of two organizations, the Southern California Flower Market and the Los Angeles Flower Market, each organized in the early 1900s.In 1923 they both located to the 700 block of Wall Street where they continue to form the core of the Los Angeles Flower District and where, before dawn, ...

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