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Landing in LA, there are a few directions to head straight away to experience some of the best that the city has to offer. From the South Bay to the Westside to Culver City and even Inglewood, there are spots to hit without having to drive into the heart of Hollywood.
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401 Manhattan Beach Blvd, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266, USA
As if the location of Pitfire Artisan Pizza wasn’t enough of a summertime setting, its seasonal menu capitalizes on everyone’s favorite time of year. Located in downtown Manhattan Beach, where brightly colored bathing suits are the norm, the...
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919 Manhattan Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266, USA
Just off the Manhattan Beach Strand there is a small nook tucked in between boutique stores called Paradise Bowls. They serve one of the best Acai Bowls in town with some exotic flavors like Goji berries and other spices. You can grab your healthy...
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34 Washington Blvd, Venice, CA 90292, USA
This hole-in-the-wall joint near the Venice Pier is sort of like the Cheers of coffee houses: It’s where the locals go for no-nonsense joe. You can also score classic deli sandwiches, with Boar’s Head brand meats, too. Strike up a conversation...
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14045 Panay Way, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292, USA
You can rent a paddle board or kayak at this location, conveniently nestled by the calm waters of Mother’s Beach, about 15 minutes from LAX, in Marina Del Rey. If you’re feeling collegiate, take a lesson in a Whitehall Spirit Boat—a specially...
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6300 Hetzler Rd, Culver City, CA 90232, USA
The Baldwin Hills Overlook affords some of the most unusual views in Los Angeles. From 511 feet high, not only can you see the entire L.A. basin with the downtown skyline, Hollywood sign, Santa Monica Mountains, and Pacific Ocean, but you get the...
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13717 Fiji Way, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292, USA
Spend a day at the beach in Venice or Santa Monica and you are sure to see a bright yellow happy face floating across the blue sky. What you won’t see are the happy faces of those under it who are undoubtedly enjoying the serene experience of...
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4129001902, Playa Del Rey, CA 90293, USA
Biking the boardwalk is the best way to experience the beaches and coastline of L.A. Rent a bike in the middle at Dockweiler Beach and either go the 10 miles north through Marina Del Rey, Venice, and the Santa Monica Pier (or keep going to Malibu)...
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1205 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291, USA
It's said that the best pizza in the United States is made in Cafe Bianca in Phoenix, AZ and as a pizza aficionado I can stand behind that statement. Enter Local 1205. When asked how Local 1205 created a pizza as good as Bianca they responded, "We...
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513 Rose Ave, Venice, CA 90291, USA
For quality quick eats on the Westside, Flake on Rose Ave. is a cheap and cheerful delight. Breakfast is their bread and butter with pieces of toast literally hanging on the walls. Okay, they are actually art; the toast slices are framed and burnt...
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805 W Manchester Blvd, Inglewood, CA 90301, USA
Randy’s massive donut sign atop the roof of its drive-thru and walk-up bakery has been an L.A. landmark since it opened in 1953. It even reached celebrity status and was featured in films, including Iron Man 2 and Mars Attacks! While the giant...
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9149 S Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045, USA
Like Five Guys in DC, Whataburger in Texas, and Shake Shack in NYC, In-N-Out is the West Coast burger joint for those in the know. It’s been a SoCal staple since it first opened in 1948 and has since developed a cult-like following...
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1331 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291, USA
At the intersection of Hyperion and Sunset is the heart of Silver Lake, the source of the pulse; Intelligentsia Coffee. Fueling the neighborhood with crafted cups of caffeine, Intelligentsia has become the east side center of community and...
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1344 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291, USA
The TOMS flagship store on Abbot Kinney in Venice is less of a shop and more of a grownup Little Rascals clubhouse, complete with a patio, backyard, and coffee bar. Founded by Blake Mycoskie out of a nearby apartment in 2006, TOMS has helped...
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1409 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291, USA
Firefly is a whimsical one-stop-shop for a variety of eclectic gifts, decorations, and accessories; a cuter, yet more mature Urban Outfitters, if you will. They carry boutique brands for a hodgepodge of items including soaps, candles, jewelry,...