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From its laid-back Pacific Ocean beaches, to Hollywood’s red carpet glamour, to its dramatic mountain backdrop; Los Angeles is a seductive, sometimes maddening, but always fascinating city.
Early rise: THE CLIMB
Featured in almost every movie set in LA, the Hollywood sign is a symbol of TinselTown that’s well worth seeing. Rise up early and hike through the mountains to see the sign up close as well as fantastic views of the city.
Morning: SHOP TIL YOU DROP
For affordable, trendy or vintage clothing finds, visit Melrose Avenue where the Melrose Trading Post flea market runs every Sunday from 9am to 5pm; you’ll find quirky treasures like old typewriters and 1920s rings. If you’re looking to splurge, venture to Beverly Hills and walk down Rodeo Drive, home to luxury stalwarts such as Tiffany & Co, Chanel and Gucci.
Noon: FILL UP
Fancy a juicy burger? Check out UMAMIcatessen on South Broadway Street, a hip offshoot to popular chain Umami Burger – Umami burgers, truffle burgers and fried doughnuts are the highlights. For a fancier feast, go to Beverly Hills for Il Pastaio (400 North Canon Drive), a popular Sicilian that almost always has a queue.
Afternoon: BREATHTAKING VIEWS
Ride the Ferris wheel at the Santa Monica Pier and marvel at the view of the California coastline. If you’re in LA over the summer, the Pier features free concerts on Thursday evenings as part of the Twilight Dance Series. Otherwise, be sure to visit the small but cute Santa Monica Pier Aquarium, just below the merry-go-round.
Evening: STAY TUNED
Nobu in West Hollywood (903 North La Cienega Boulevard) is a notorious celeb hangout – come for the scene, stay for the black cod miso. If celeb-spotting isn’t your thing, try the original Matsuhisa branch and its low-key vibe instead. After dark, catch a show at The Roxy (9009 West Sunset Boulevard) or head to Create Nightclub (6021 Hollywood Boulevard) and dance the night away.
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