Los Angeles is a city for dreamers. For Doers. For the adventurous. For the comfortable. For the ambitious. For the relaxed. It’s the place that’s home to both Marilyn Monroe and Sheryl Sandberg. Oprah and Leonardo Dicaprio. Emma Stone and Kim Kardashian. So in a city that offers something for everyone – what can it do for you? Where do you even start?
We pulled together the ultimate “24 hours in LA” list to help you answer this question. Whether you’re a newbie walking the famous stars of Hollywood for the first time, or a vet looking to squeeze every inch of that signature LA magic out of your day– we’ve included something for everyone.
- Get your caffeine fix in style by stopping by Alfred Coffee for some IG worthy latte art & coffee that packs a punch. This spot offers a decadent ambiance, and a coffee so pretty you almost won’t be able to drink it (almost).
- Don’t let the name scare you. Eggslut is a self-proclaimed favorite for both newbies and experienced foodies, but that’s not the only reason we’ve included it on this list. If you’re a “savory” morning person who loves a good egg sandwich, this is the place for you! They’ve taken the breakfast staple and given it a modern twist. Just beware of long lines with everyone who has the same idea on Saturday morning.
Republic of Pie
- If you’re taking it easy in the Valley, head on over to Republic of Pie in North Hollywood. Although they may be known for their pies (and trust us, they’re amazing!), they actually have yummy coffee, breakfast foods & Kombucha on tap – for the full “LA” experience.
Blu Jam Café on Melrose
- Okay, so this two-time “Best Breakfast in LA” spot may be hidden in plain sight, but it still isn’t dominating the scene the way it should. A little dash of European fare, with a twist of healthy and a side of creativity is what awaits you at Blu Jam Café.
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Hike to the Hollywood sign
- There truly is nothing quite like getting close to the Hollywood sign- the iconic, timeless, signature emblem of the city. The 2-3 mile hike in Griffith Park will take you directly behind the sign, to a place where you can see all of LA and everything feels conquerable.
Runyon Canyon Yoga
- While most Angelites flock to Runyon Canyon for the chance to run into Ryan Gosling and his dog on their weekend hike, you can also squeeze a double workout in by finishing your hike with a free yoga class in the park with a professional instructor.
Bar Belle by Marnie Alton
- Bring your vacation-food guilt and a positive attitude for a refreshing, full-body workout at Bar Belle. Leave the hour-long class feeling energized from their fat-burning, strength-building classes set in a dance/barre format.
- Den Meditation
- Den Meditation creates a peaceful, zen atmosphere for all levels of experience. Leave feeling centered, relaxed, inspired, and ready to tackle your day. And be prepared for your friends to tell you that meditating is “so” LA.
Grand Central Market
- Grand Central Market is an almost-hidden bustling, hip marketplace in the middle of DTLA. Satisfy literally any craving at one of their dozens of vendors. The food is incredible, unique, and it’s a perfect gathering place to take a quick break on your LA adventure.
- Kismet is a new, casual, bright spot, focusing on reimagining Mideast flavors for modern SoCal. Hop over for a satisfying salad, broccoli toast, and scone for a delicious lunch that won’t leave you feeling guilty after.
- If you’re the kind of person that sees Ashton Kutcher & Mila Kunis eating hamburgers in sweatpants and thinks “couple goals,” then this place is for you. This cozy little spot in North Hollywood will satisfy all your guilty cravings with creatively crafted hot dogs they make their own.
- Joan’s on Third
- This bright, yummy spot doubles as a marketplace, so you can grab a casual bite with your friends, and shop for some organic and gourmet eats while you do it! It’s like Whole Foods meets your favorite brunch place- at your mother’s kitchen table.
Santa Monica Pier
All of your friends Instagram it for a reason. When you step onto the infamous Santa Monica boardwalk, it’s like stepping back into old-time America, complete with street music and festival stands. Channel your inner child and get an ice cream cone, take a trip up the neon Ferris Wheel, or soak up some rays at the beach.
Hollywood Walk of Fame
- Hit those daily step goals while feeling like a superstar. People from all over the world come to Hollywood to walk the same steps as Marilyn, Sinatra, Streep & Clooney and check out plenty of cool studios & shops along the way. Be sure to channel your best red carpet pose & snap a pic in front of the Chinese Theatre!
The Last Bookstore
- One little-known gem almost hidden in Downtown LA is “The Last Bookstore” – a haven for book lovers looking to get lost in the magic of the pages. Literally. There are structures of art made out of books, and it’s home to every genre you can imagine. It’s a great place to get zen for a couple hours, listen to a live speaker, or find your new favorite book. Just be careful not to lose track of time!
- Echo Park
- If the crowded beaches and boardwalks of Santa Monica & Venice aren’t really your vibe, head on over to their more laid-back cousin beach, Echo Park. Located in the chill LA east side, it’s a great hip spot for some small live music shows, checking out art galleries or pedal boating with a loved one.
- This French-inspired spot will transport you from the streets of LA to a romantic Parisian café. Take your time to enjoy a gourmet dinner, delectable dessert & a glass of wine, and reflect on your day in a relaxing, magical ambience.
- If you’re feeling fancy and in the mood for seafood that tastes like the chef plucked it from the ocean before your eyes, Providence is the dinner experience for you. Hailed as one of the top 50 restaurants in the U.S., there’s a reason this one should be on your bucket list.
- For when you’re feeling that “hometown” comfort food, but still want to try something new and creative. Nickel Diner serves you homemade, uniquely crafted food that will outshine even your favorite hole-in-the-wall spot back home.
- Whether you’re a certified vegan, dabble a bit in vegan foods, or just like to eat with a conscious– trust us. Suncafe won’t disappoint. Using only the freshest ingredients made in-house, you won’t even know you’re eating vegan after tasting these amazing dishes (especially the 2x award winning mac & cheese). Bonus: they were also voted the most Ecologically Sustainable Restaurant in Los Angeles.
Salt & Straw
- “I really don’t like a good ice cream cone” – said no one ever. Not only does Salt & Straw dazzle with social media-worthy scoops, but they’ll keep you guessing with their innovative and admittedly bizarre flavors. Who knows, maybe “Ramen ice cream” will be your new favorite flavor? You can’t miss this LA staple!
- Sweet Lady Jane on Melrose
- This blink-and-you’ll-miss-it spot on Melrose is the perfect little escape from the craziness of LA into your grandmother’s kitchen. Between their specialty cakes, pies and other mouth-watering treats, this dazzlingly decadent, unassuming spot is the one of the best places in LA to satisfy your sweet tooth.
The Pie Hole
- Although we’d argue it’s kind of hard to come upon pie that’s NOT good, The Pie Hole takes it to another level. Their unique and rich flavors with complementary coffees make way the perfect dessert experience from beginning to end.
- Diddy Riese
- We all know cookies and ice cream are their own art form alone, but what about when they’re put together? UCLA’s delicious little secret, Diddy Riese, is tucked away in the heart of the charming Westwood Village. Pick your favorite cookie & ice cream combo to make the ice cream sandwich of your dreams. And the $2 price point doesn’t hurt either.
- It’s impossible not to feel like Hollywood royalty when you say you’re staying at The Chataeu Marmont. You can stay in impeccable luxury with a very strong chance of seeing mega-watt stars - from John Mayer to Jennifer Aniston (sometimes together!)- roaming the halls.
- Hotel Bel-Air
- Whether your goal is to feel like a queen or a Fresh Prince, the Hotel Bel-Air is the perfect sunny & swanky LA oasis. Tucked inside the beautiful hills of Bel Air, this vintage Spanish-style pink hotel is an amazing getaway out of the chaos and into the peace & sun.
The Line Hotel
- As a trendy cousin to the creators’ famed secret Hollywood bars, The Line Hotel offers a creative, modern atmosphere, meant to reflect the eclectic city of LA itself. You’ll be dazzled by the views in and out of your room.
- Sunset Marquis
- For everyone that remembers when MTV actually showed music videos. This hotel has as many stories as the rockers who used to rule its halls – from Steven Tyler to the Foo Fighters. This upscale, fabled hub for the creators and dreamers of LA sits right in Sunset Strip, offering a relaxed, irreverent vibe in an amazing location.