Top 10 Things to Do in LA

Updated: May 12, 2020

I’m a Hollywood Location Scout, Spotted by Locals LA Writer, and I love Los Angeles. I was born in the City of Angels, and I'm back here to live my sun shining days out in Los Angeles. My life and job are one big adventure, and I'm excited to share my favorite places to go in LA with you!

Here's my list of the Top 10 Things To Do in LA


Beverly Hills

Beverly Hills is #10 because it’s boojie, and worth checking out. The palm trees are lush and the burger joint cushions are softer than my queen size mattress. I love the elegance of the shops, the cleanliness of the parks, and getting my makeup done at Sephora.

There‘s a high concentration of celebrities, and even higher concentration of people pretending to be rich. *The safest place for the middle class in Beverly Hills is Greystone Mansion, The Beverly Hills Library, The Beverly Hills Sign park, and Coffee Bean.


City Hall

Aka: The Superman Building

I’m going to tell you how to navigate this like a boss: Enter the building off Main St (on the east side). Pass through security, and tell them you’re there for the 26th floor. Take the elevator to the 22nd floor. Change elevators (across) and take that elevator to the 26th floor. Hike one flight of stairs, open the doors, and you're on top of the world. 360 views of Los Angeles, Hollywood, and the valley.

Another Observation deck option with major views of Los Angeles is OUE Skyspace.

Tickets cost $20-$45.

City Hall is free.


Flower District

Who doesn't love flowers?!

BETTER YET, who doesn't love flowers at wholesale prices?! YAY!!! Flowers! Flowers! Flowers!!!

The Flower District is a burst of color and creativity. You can really wow your wife with a dozen 18“ roses from Guatemala for $12.99 or a badass bouquet for $7-10. Ever wonder where to get a crucifix of flowers for a funeral arrangements?!

This is the place.

I love to shop at Lee's Orchids, The Los Angeles Flower Mart, or search the little side shops for $1 succulents. I’m a simple gal ; ) My patio is filled with money trees from the flower distinct and against my husband‘s better judgement, I’m looking for an excuse to go back!



Grand Central Market. Who doesn't love food?! Grand Central Market is the “mezcla“ of food. That’s mixture for all the Gringos. You'll find every genre and smell every savory scent under the sun. I’m all for Egg Slut and any place serving cupcakes.

In the same city block, you'll find Angel's Flight (historic landmark) to the west, and the Bradbury Building (legendary film location - Bladerunner) on the east.

Olvera St. is home to the best Mexican food in Los Angeles. It's the oldest and most vibrant neighborhood in Los Angeles full of Mexican culture. Eat, shop, and enjoy the music. Come on a Saturday and be prepared to dance in the town square! There's so much color, life, delicious Mexican food and culture on Olvera St!

Watch our adventure here!


Exposition Park

The California Science Center. African American Museum. Natural History Museum. Olympic Memorial . Rose Garden.Coliseum

This place is a gold mine for every one. Singletons, families, dates - every one. If you have a fascination for science, arts, and culture, this is the spot. The California Science Center offers so much to the imagination and learning of children and adults. Best of all, it's free. Right there's the King Tut exhibit that costs money, but girl I'm payin' for it! The Endeavour Spacecraft is parked here and it's home to the '88 Olympics.


Hollywood Walk of Fame I'd love to put this #1, but the golden area is no more. I honestly don't know what's worse... The stink meat sausage carts, the emotional trace music, or the dirty Mickey Mouse that just ruined my childhood dreams.

Go for the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Chinese Grauman's Theatre (with the cement hand and foot prints) Pantages, and El Capitan (kid friendly screenings Tuesdays at 10am).

Get lost in the magic of the stars by finding your favorite entertainer.



Los Angeles County Museum Art

There's a lot of incredible art collections in LA from The Getty, Broad, to MoCa, but I've got to give it up to LACMA. It captures the pulse of our city's expression and brings in world class exhibits.

LACMA is a mix of everything from classic to modern to contemporary works of art. The exhibits are always changing. Their permanent collections you'll find the iconic " Urban Lights". Friday nights in the summer boast free Night Jazz concerts @ The Lights.


Griffith Park

Griffith Park is where Michael Meyers would go to bury a body. It’s actually a film location for the Halloween saga and has a lot of creepy space to wander. There’s honestly something for everyone.

The views are incredible. You can hike around the observatory, take pictures with the Hollywood sign, picnic in a secluded green space or let your kids run around.

There's so much to do! There's a train and pony rides! You can take your kids to the Travel Town Museum. Griffith Observatory is by far the most fascinating thing to see here. The park is free and open to the public.


Universal Studios Hollywood

Universal Studios is the most magical place in the world. It is home to legendary film sets and Harry Potter World Hollywood. Universal Studios Hollywood is the best place to get a firsthand look at the movie making industry.

The studio tour is a classic behind-the-scenes adventure. It has the movie sets from Back to the Future, Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, War of the Worlds, Jaws and all the hit new NBC shows.

There's a replica of Hogwarts and Hogsmeade in Harry Potter World and it's just as magical as the book describes it. Tickets are $100/day and are worth it. I go here at least 1-2xs a week.

I'll warn you: There's something different about the rides at Universal Studios. They use this robocoaster technology that highjacks your senses. I never get sick on thrills, but here, it just makes me sick. I like to keep a low profile, people watch, take my youngin' to the playground, and visit Hello Kitty.

How cute is she?

You'll find classic Hollywood characters here like Marilyn Monroe, Lucille Ball, The Simpsons, Shrek, Puss in Boots, Dora the Explorer, Beetlejuice, Frankenstein, Dracula, the cast from Despicable Me, Kung Fu Panda, Hello Kitty and more! They're all over the park and the Universal employees are more than happy to help you take a picture with them on your own phone.


The Beach

#1 is always the unique geography of a location.

Super unique to LA is the beaches. When you're here, you have to hear the waves, smell the fresh sea salty air, and gaze at the sunset on an endless horizon. Malibu has the most gorgeous, pristine beaches in LA. Zuma and Point Dume ($7-10 parking) are great for families. El Matador is where all the "fine art photographers" and plein air painters go. Paradise Cove is the most Mediterranean sea beach we have in LA. It has chairs, umbrellas, and a cafe to order drinks and food ($20 parking).

Private beach.

If you want the quintessential Los Angeles experience, walk the Santa Monica pier. Classic Route 66. Ride the ferris wheel, take in the view and pretend you're on top of the world. Near this beach, you'll find the Annenberg Community Beach House which is a beautiful public space for families. Great place to refresh.

Here's a Google map of all the locations (hidden treasures included)!

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