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Coffee
Coffee shop walking distance from the Hillside Studio!
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Holy Grounds Coffee and Tea
5371 Alhambra Avenue
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Coffee shop walking distance from the Hillside Studio!
Third wave coffee roaster in a beautiful modern space.
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Verve Coffee Roasters
833 S Spring St
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Third wave coffee roaster in a beautiful modern space.
Historic third wave coffee shop
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Intelligentsia Coffee Silver Lake Coffeebar
3922 Sunset Boulevard
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Historic third wave coffee shop
Nice neighborhood coffee shop in highland park
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Civil Coffee
5629 N Figueroa St
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Nice neighborhood coffee shop in highland park
Nationally recognized as one of the premier coffee shops in the nation, GGT is a must visit for coffee aficionados!
Go Get Em Tiger
5916 N Figueroa St
Nationally recognized as one of the premier coffee shops in the nation, GGT is a must visit for coffee aficionados!
Food scene
Beautiful Italian restaurant in downtown Los Angeles with a great wine list. I highly recommend reservations!
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Terroni
802 South Spring Street
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Beautiful Italian restaurant in downtown Los Angeles with a great wine list. I highly recommend reservations!
Beautiful farm to table restaurant with lots of veggie options surrounded by art galleries
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Manuela
907 E 3rd St
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Beautiful farm to table restaurant with lots of veggie options surrounded by art galleries
Lovely fine dining restaurant focused on fresh produce and unique culinary concepts. Amazing wine program too! Definitely need a reservation.
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Redbird
114 E 2nd St
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Lovely fine dining restaurant focused on fresh produce and unique culinary concepts. Amazing wine program too! Definitely need a reservation.
Vegan restaurant that will impress the most hardcore carnivores. Great happy hour!
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Café Gratitude
300 S Santa Fe Ave
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Vegan restaurant that will impress the most hardcore carnivores. Great happy hour!
Amazing fresh produce along with some of the best new food spots in the city.
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Grand Central Market
317 S Broadway
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Amazing fresh produce along with some of the best new food spots in the city.
Fine dining Mexican with an awesome cocktail program
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Broken Spanish
1050 Flower St
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Fine dining Mexican with an awesome cocktail program
Tiny Thai restaurant with a hidden bar that hosts live music.
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Sticky Rice Echo Park
1801 Sunset Blvd
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Tiny Thai restaurant with a hidden bar that hosts live music.
Fantastic Tex-mex! One of our favorite breakfast spots.
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HomeState
5611 N Figueroa St
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Fantastic Tex-mex! One of our favorite breakfast spots.
If you’re on the west side, it’s hard to beat their happy hour, and even the staunchest carnivores will have to admit this all-vegan restaurant is one of the best in town
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Gracias Madre West Hollywood
8905 Melrose Ave
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If you’re on the west side, it’s hard to beat their happy hour, and even the staunchest carnivores will have to admit this all-vegan restaurant is one of the best in town
By far one of the best restaurants in Venice and likewise all of Los Angeles
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Gjelina
1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd
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By far one of the best restaurants in Venice and likewise all of Los Angeles
Go for the Oysters. One of the best wine lists in the city
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A.O.C.
8700 W 3rd St
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Go for the Oysters. One of the best wine lists in the city
Home to world-renowned chef Nancy Silverton and the best Italian restaurant in LA. Reservations are a must and you’ll likely see a celebrity seated next to you. If you can’t get into Osteria try the Pizzeria Mozza next door, a more casual, pizza-focused restaurant with the same ownership
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Osteria Mozza
6602 Melrose Avenue
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Home to world-renowned chef Nancy Silverton and the best Italian restaurant in LA. Reservations are a must and you’ll likely see a celebrity seated next to you. If you can’t get into Osteria try the Pizzeria Mozza next door, a more casual, pizza-focused restaurant with the same ownership
If you want a private, beautiful beach day, visit manhattan beach and eat at the beach post, Manhattan Beach’s best restaurant housed in its old post office.
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Manhattan Beach Post
1142 Manhattan Avenue
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If you want a private, beautiful beach day, visit manhattan beach and eat at the beach post, Manhattan Beach’s best restaurant housed in its old post office.
Possibly the best oysters in the city
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Fishing With Dynamite
1148 Manhattan Avenue
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Possibly the best oysters in the city
Great tamales and Mexican food in El Sereno!
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Tamale Man
3320 North Eastern Avenue
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Great tamales and Mexican food in El Sereno!
One of the hidden local favorites in El Sereno, I highly recommend it as a lunch spot
Pisces Poke & Ramen
5587 Huntington Drive North
One of the hidden local favorites in El Sereno, I highly recommend it as a lunch spot
Beautiful space at the line hotel, we love it for breakfast!
Openaire
3515 Wilshire Blvd
Beautiful space at the line hotel, we love it for breakfast!
Their vegetarian tacos are their best! The butternut squash tacos + potato taquitos are epic!
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Guerrilla Tacos
2000 Washington Boulevard
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Their vegetarian tacos are their best! The butternut squash tacos + potato taquitos are epic!
Lovely local cafe close to the hillside studio that specializes in coffee and pastries.
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La Terraza Cafe
4017 City Terrace Dr
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Lovely local cafe close to the hillside studio that specializes in coffee and pastries.
Neighborhoods
Downtown LA is one of the most exciting parts of the city, with tons of great restaurants and nightlife, along with beautiful museums and art installations.
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Downtown Los Angeles
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Downtown LA is one of the most exciting parts of the city, with tons of great restaurants and nightlife, along with beautiful museums and art installations.
Along with having some of the best authentic Japanese street food, little Tokyo also features the Japanese-American museum and some fun public art exhibits
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Little Tokyo
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Along with having some of the best authentic Japanese street food, little Tokyo also features the Japanese-American museum and some fun public art exhibits
Cute downtown area that’s easy to walk
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South Pasadena
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Cute downtown area that’s easy to walk
Great restaurants, coffee, and shopping, very walkable
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Silver Lake
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Great restaurants, coffee, and shopping, very walkable
A beautiful, private beach community with gorgeous beaches and barely any people around. If you want to visit the beach, visit manhattan beach, park on the street and walk down to the serene coast. Make dinner reservations at Beach Post or sit at the bar at Simsy’s for the full experience.
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Manhattan Beach
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A beautiful, private beach community with gorgeous beaches and barely any people around. If you want to visit the beach, visit manhattan beach, park on the street and walk down to the serene coast. Make dinner reservations at Beach Post or sit at the bar at Simsy’s for the full experience.
If you had to name one neighborhood to find where all the 20-somethings go out, this would be the one. Stop by Gold Line and listen to a DJ spin live vinyl, and go across the street to ETA to hear a live band. Play a round of bowling while drinking a craft tequila cocktail at highland park bowl or try a natural wine at Hippo
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Highland Park
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If you had to name one neighborhood to find where all the 20-somethings go out, this would be the one. Stop by Gold Line and listen to a DJ spin live vinyl, and go across the street to ETA to hear a live band. Play a round of bowling while drinking a craft tequila cocktail at highland park bowl or try a natural wine at Hippo
If you want to go vintage shopping, los Feliz is your neighborhood!
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Los Feliz
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If you want to go vintage shopping, los Feliz is your neighborhood!
Sightseeing
Beautiful new modern art museum in downtown LA
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The Broad
221 South Grand Avenue
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Beautiful new modern art museum in downtown LA
Lovely views of the entire city, plus a crazy transparent skyslide you can ride over downtown.
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OUE Skyspace LA
633 W 5th St
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Lovely views of the entire city, plus a crazy transparent skyslide you can ride over downtown.
Beautiful historic museum of contemporary art
The Museum of Contemporary Art
250 South Grand Avenue
Beautiful historic museum of contemporary art
Breathtaking views and nice little space exhibit
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Griffith-observatoriet
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Breathtaking views and nice little space exhibit
Fun, easy hike that takes about 2-3 hrs to complete
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Hollywood Sign
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Fun, easy hike that takes about 2-3 hrs to complete
Lovely peaceful, hidden neighborhood garden and park.
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Self-Realization Fellowship International Headquarters
3880 San Rafael Avenue
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Lovely peaceful, hidden neighborhood garden and park.
Great museum with lots of dinosaurs bones, an insect zoo and a beautiful gem collection. Free the first Tuesday of every month!
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Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (NHM)
900 West Exposition Boulevard
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Great museum with lots of dinosaurs bones, an insect zoo and a beautiful gem collection. Free the first Tuesday of every month!
Fun historic museum!
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The La Brea Tar Pits and Museum
5801 Wilshire Boulevard
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Fun historic museum!
Beautiful museum and garden space
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Getty Center
1200 Getty Center Drive
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Beautiful museum and garden space
Giant, breathtaking outdoor garden with different areas modeled after different countries and regions.
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The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
1151 Oxford Road
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Giant, breathtaking outdoor garden with different areas modeled after different countries and regions.
A very fun alternative to Disneyland with more focus on film.
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Universal Studios Hollywood
100 Universal City Plaza
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A very fun alternative to Disneyland with more focus on film.
Shopping
Fun, eclectic wine store with natural wines from around the world.
Arts District Wine
1948 E 7th St
Fun, eclectic wine store with natural wines from around the world.
Cute outdoor shopping mall right next to the Glendale Galleria
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The Americana at Brand
889 Americana Way
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Cute outdoor shopping mall right next to the Glendale Galleria
Giant shopping mall
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Beverly Center
8500 Beverly Boulevard
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Giant shopping mall
Amazingly well curated book store on Vermont in Los Feliz. Great thrift/vintage shopping on this street too!
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Skylight Books
1818 North Vermont Avenue
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Amazingly well curated book store on Vermont in Los Feliz. Great thrift/vintage shopping on this street too!
Eclectic vintage clothing. There are vintage shops and boutiques all along this street.
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Squaresville
1800 N Vermont Ave
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Eclectic vintage clothing. There are vintage shops and boutiques all along this street.
Eclectic record store that turns into a bar in the evening with live vinyl
Permanent Records Roadhouse
1906 Cypress Avenue
Eclectic record store that turns into a bar in the evening with live vinyl
Nightlife
Places of the night
Rooftop bar with amazing views of the city. It gets very crowded at night so order a happy hour drink and take the elevator up to the roof to take in the view
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Perch
448 S Hill St
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Rooftop bar with amazing views of the city. It gets very crowded at night so order a happy hour drink and take the elevator up to the roof to take in the view
Lively cocktail bar with DJs playing live vinyl every night.
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Gold Line
5607 N Figueroa St
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Lively cocktail bar with DJs playing live vinyl every night.
Historic whiskey bar in downtown LA with a huge whiskey selection
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Seven Grand
515 West 7th Street
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Historic whiskey bar in downtown LA with a huge whiskey selection
Awesome, historic speakeasy. Enter through Coles’s French Dipped restaurant and walk straight to the back and an unmarked door to find the bar
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The Varnish
118 East 6th Street
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Awesome, historic speakeasy. Enter through Coles’s French Dipped restaurant and walk straight to the back and an unmarked door to find the bar
Casual wine bar with a huge selection and a great cheese plate. You’ll be greeted with Lambrusco and popcorn and probably won’t want to leave
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Pour Haus Wine Bar
1820 Industrial Street
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Casual wine bar with a huge selection and a great cheese plate. You’ll be greeted with Lambrusco and popcorn and probably won’t want to leave
Amazing speakeasy Rum-bar. Live music and salsa dancing on the weekends. Have a cigar while sipping a Mai Thai in the back lounge
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La Descarga
1159 N Western Ave
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Amazing speakeasy Rum-bar. Live music and salsa dancing on the weekends. Have a cigar while sipping a Mai Thai in the back lounge
Rad cocktail bar and beautiful decor makes the bowling alley a great spot for groups or date night.
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Highland Park Bowl
5621 N Figueroa St
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Rad cocktail bar and beautiful decor makes the bowling alley a great spot for groups or date night.
Local favorite bar. Live music on the weekends and a solid happy hour
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ETA
5630 N Figueroa St
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Local favorite bar. Live music on the weekends and a solid happy hour
The best part about LA Nomad is the rooftop bar, which also serves snacks and is open until 7pm Sunday-Thursday and until 12am on the weekends. Go early to get a seat outside and enjoy the sunset!
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The NoMad Hotel Los Angeles
649 S Olive St
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The best part about LA Nomad is the rooftop bar, which also serves snacks and is open until 7pm Sunday-Thursday and until 12am on the weekends. Go early to get a seat outside and enjoy the sunset!
Beautiful cocktail bar in downtown. Large outdoor space in the back for larger groups
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Everson Royce Bar
1936 E 7th St
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Beautiful cocktail bar in downtown. Large outdoor space in the back for larger groups
The world famous NYC bar just opened a new location in the arts district in downtown. From the beautiful decor to the legendary drinks, this upscale bar screams old school, classy LA. Tip: while there’s almost always a wait, there are 2 bars in the building, and you can put your name for a table while you get a drink at the “standing room” bar, which you can almost always get into right away.
Death & Co.
810 East 3rd Street
The world famous NYC bar just opened a new location in the arts district in downtown. From the beautiful decor to the legendary drinks, this upscale bar screams old school, classy LA. Tip: while there’s almost always a wait, there are 2 bars in the building, and you can put your name for a table while you get a drink at the “standing room” bar, which you can almost always get into right away.
Probably the most underrated wine bar in LA and one of our favorite neighborhood bars.
Holcomb
5535 York Boulevard
Probably the most underrated wine bar in LA and one of our favorite neighborhood bars.
Local bar with a nice outdoor patio and great cocktails and bar food
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The Airliner
2419 North Broadway
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Local bar with a nice outdoor patio and great cocktails and bar food
One of the premier jazz bars in the city!
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bluewhale
123 Astronaut Ellison S Onizuka St
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One of the premier jazz bars in the city!
Modeled after the Japanese “Kissatens” or hi-fi bars, In Sheep’s Clothing is a speakeasy inside Lupetti pizzeria. The concept is to listen to and enjoy live vinyl while enjoying cocktails or a glass of wine, and people keep conversation down below the volume of the music, providing for a very relaxing and unique experience.
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In Sheep's Clothing
710 E 4th Pl
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Modeled after the Japanese “Kissatens” or hi-fi bars, In Sheep’s Clothing is a speakeasy inside Lupetti pizzeria. The concept is to listen to and enjoy live vinyl while enjoying cocktails or a glass of wine, and people keep conversation down below the volume of the music, providing for a very relaxing and unique experience.

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Getting around LA
LA doesn’t have the best public transit in terms of cost, routes, or times, but it’s quite useable especially when you augment the routes with a ride-share like Uber or Lyft. From Union station (downtown) you can get to almost every neighborhood in LA and trains run every 5-10 min. If bringing or renting a car, know that parking is always terrible, and parking costs average from $15-$20 for valet/paid lots, although apps such as SpotHero or ParkMe can be helpful in reserving a parking spot in advance.