Los Angeles is the most populous city in California and the second most populous city in the United States. Nicknamed the “City of Angels”, it is known for its Mediterranean climate, ethnic diversity, Hollywood and entertainment industry and sprawling metropolis. The city is divided into over 80 districts and neighborhoods. It is often described as the “Creative Capital of the World” as one out of six of its residents work in a creative industry and there are more artists, writers, filmmakers, actors, dancers and musicians living and working in LA, than any other city at any time in history. Famous attractions you can visit here include; the Hollywood Sign, Universal Studio of Hollywood, Disney land, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Hollywood Boulevard, Santa Monica State Beach and LA County Museum of Art. Read on to know about the coolest neighborhoods to stay in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Looking for quality beach time? Visit Venice, a beachfront neighborhood known for its canals, beautiful beach, boardwalk and the shopper’s paradise of Abbot Kinney Boulevard. Venice Breeze Suites, a studio apartment with an amazing beach view, is just 0.5 km (0.3 miles) from the famous Venice Beach Boardwalk which is a must see. The Eastside of the ‘walk’ has; specialty shops (tattoo parlors, piercing shops and T-shirt vendors for an LA souvenir), restaurants and uniquely designed residences. On the Westside, enjoy watching a myriad of street performers; spoken word artists, dancers, contortionists, acrobats, jugglers, broken-glass walking, fortune tellers, mimes and musicians. Admire the public art or engage in sporting activities such as gymnastics, skating, swimming, surfing, basketball, volleyball, handball and biking on the beach.
Los Feliz is a hillside neighborhood in the central region of LA. There are plenty of old-school watering holes, hip shops, and cafes, and it borders sprawling Griffith Park. Stay at PodShare Los Feliz, a hostel which comes highly recommended as a low budget accommodation that is safe and comfortable. It offers a continental breakfast. Get to explore Griffith Park, a municipal park at the eastern end of Santa Monica Mountains. Attractions in the park include; the Hollywood sign, nature trails, horse riding, Bronson caves, a zoo, stargazing at Griffith Observatory and concerts at Greek theatre. Stay at Los Feliz and get to explore this park with all its unique attractions. This neighborhood presents a haven for nature lovers.
Woodland Hills is a neighborhood bordering the Santa Monica Mountains in the San Fernando Valley region of Los Angeles. It has lush vegetation and is a great place to hike, bike and enjoy nature. Stay at Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites whose elegance provides great comfort to its guests. Walking along Ventura Boulevard, experience lively bars and gastropubs with delicious food and live music. Get in shape while enjoying views from various vantage points as you hike towards Topanga Overlook. Set with picnic sites, marvel at the amazing scenery of San Fernando Valley and Santa Monica Mountains from the Top of Topanga Overlook.
Hollywood Hills is a hillside neighborhood of Hollywood district in the central region of LA. Hollywood district is known as the motion picture capital of the world. Encounter celebrities in a star tour or around Hollywood & Highland shopping complex. Stay at Loews Hollywood Hotel, a luxurious hotel that features a rooftop pool and a sun terrace. Adjacent to this hotel, capture the glitz and glamour at an awards show at the Dolby Theatre or watch a movie at TCL Chinese Theatre, where there are celebrity handprints, footprints and autographs in the concrete of the theater’s forecourt. Walk of Fame is also less than one minute away. Visit this neighborhood and experience the celebrity world.
Van Nuys is a relatively high-density neighborhood in the central San Fernando Valley region of Los Angeles, California. Its streets are lined with continuous businesses making it an ideal place to shop and eat different cuisines from various parts of the World. While here, you can stay at Motel 6 Van Nuys, which is centrally located in the San Fernando Valley and features an outdoor pool. Visit attractions like Art Deco style Valley Municipal Building (Van Nuys City Hall), a Japanese Garden which demonstrates a positive use of reclaimed water in what is usually considered a delicate environment and Lake Balboa Park that offers waterside relaxation, a range of water-sport activities and jogging and cycle tracks.
Sherman Oaks is a San Fernando Valley neighborhood that is popular with families seeking suburban comforts. Enjoy a quiet retreat right in the heart of San Fernando Valley with lots of green spaces. Bordered by busy freeways, it features shopping malls, the most renowned being the open-air Sherman Oaks Galleria and charming restaurants. Find unique desserts at Crème Caramel LA, Buttercelli Bakeshop and Happy Days Cafe bakeries. Visit this neighborhood for an amazing shopping experience and stay at 777 Motor Inn, a cozy hotel in Sherman Oaks.
Echo Park is a densely populated neighborhood centered on Lake Echo Park. It is a scruffy and hippie Eastside neighborhood with colorful street murals and a lively nightlife scene. Indie music venues, trendy bars and taco trucks can be found along Sunset Boulevard, along with coffee shops, vegan eats and quirky boutiques. Echo Park Lake offers paddle boating among lotus flowers. Nearby is Dodger Stadium and Elysian Park. Angelino Heights is a picturesque nook with Victorian homes. Stay at Super 8 by Wyndham Los Angeles/Alhambra that is within driving distance of downtown Los Angeles. It offers a free continental breakfast. This neighborhood exposes one to the downscale parts of Los Angeles.
Bel-Air is an upmarket neighborhood on the Westside of Los Angeles, California, on the foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains. The winding streets are lined with lavish mansions on large properties with lush vegetation. Stay at the glamorous Hotel Bel-Air, which is at the heart of this community, and be among celebrities and entertainment industry elite. Tour the Hannah Carter Japanese Garden whose structures (main gate, garden house, bridges, and shrine) were built in Japan and reassembled here. It features streams, a waterfall, a tea house, and blooming magnolia and camellia trees. Stay among the elite in this neighborhood.
Pacific Palisades is a coastal, affluent residential neighborhood in the Westside of the city of Los Angeles, tucked between the Santa Monica Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. Stay at Channel Road Inn, a luxurious hotel in the area near the water. In addition to a hearty breakfast buffet, this hotel also offers complimentary afternoon wine. Explore attractions such as Temescal Gateway Park that has hiking trails with a sweeping coastline that leads to a waterfall. The thick, sandy shores of Will Rogers State Beach, provide access to a 35-kilometer (22-mile) beachfront bike path. Landmarks include Getty Villa museum that showcases Greek and Roman antiquities and the mid-century modern Eames House. This neighborhood offers access to a private beach that is less congested.
Koreatown is a neighborhood in Central Los Angeles in which, despite its origins of Korean culture, residents are a mix of Latino and Asian. It is the most densely populated district. It offers a busy late-night scene with its many bars and casual 24/7 dining. Experience Korean barbecue restaurants with tabletop grills, karaoke nights, hip speakeasies and flashy clubs and Wiltern Theatre, an art deco music venue. In the historic buildings and contemporary complexes are traditional spas, bubble tea cafes and specialty grocery stores. Stay at Libra hotel, a hostel rated for best value, and explore Koreatown’s vibrant nightlife.
Unique neighborhoods to choose from
Los Angeles, California, has several neighborhoods to choose from. These neighborhoods vary from upscale to downscale, primarily residential or commercial, with a variety of attractions in each and varied culture of the people there. All these distinct characteristics make each neighborhood unique and a cool place to stay. Visit Los Angeles, California, and experience the different neighborhoods.
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