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Neighborhoods
Use Chinchikurin (350E E 1st St) as your starting point. Fun restaurant, but so many options around it as well.
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Little Tokyo Historic District
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Use Chinchikurin (350E E 1st St) as your starting point. Fun restaurant, but so many options around it as well.
Start at either Yang Chow (819 N Broadway) for great Chinese food or Howlin Rays if you like lines (in the Far East Plaza, 727 N Broadway #128).
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Chinatown
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Start at either Yang Chow (819 N Broadway) for great Chinese food or Howlin Rays if you like lines (in the Far East Plaza, 727 N Broadway #128).
Start out at HomeState (727 N Broadway #128) for great tacos and walk around Figueroa for bars, antiques, bowling.
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Highland Park
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Start out at HomeState (727 N Broadway #128) for great tacos and walk around Figueroa for bars, antiques, bowling.
Start out at the Dresden (1760 N Vermont Ave) and there's plenty more restaurants and bars around it. Also, from here you can walk into Griffith Park.
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Los Feliz
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Start out at the Dresden (1760 N Vermont Ave) and there's plenty more restaurants and bars around it. Also, from here you can walk into Griffith Park.
Start out at Gym Sportsbar (8737 Santa Monica Blvd) for a wild night out.
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West Hollywood
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Start out at Gym Sportsbar (8737 Santa Monica Blvd) for a wild night out.
Great row of antique shops - start out at Revival Antiques (on Fair Oaks Blvd, north of California Blvd). There's plenty more to do around downtown Pasadena as well.
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Pasadena
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Great row of antique shops - start out at Revival Antiques (on Fair Oaks Blvd, north of California Blvd). There's plenty more to do around downtown Pasadena as well.
For a Westside visit, start at the Ballona Wetlands Ecological Reserve. Then walk around the hamlet of Marina del Rey, maybe grabbing a bite at Playa Provisions before heading to the beach. When you hit the beach, if you turn right (north) you'll be heading towards Venice and Muscle Beach and the shopping corridor of Abbot Kenney.
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Marina del Rey
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For a Westside visit, start at the Ballona Wetlands Ecological Reserve. Then walk around the hamlet of Marina del Rey, maybe grabbing a bite at Playa Provisions before heading to the beach. When you hit the beach, if you turn right (north) you'll be heading towards Venice and Muscle Beach and the shopping corridor of Abbot Kenney.
Sightseeing
One of the oldest streets in LA and full of activity and food.
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Olvera Street
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One of the oldest streets in LA and full of activity and food.
One of the greatest outdoor gardens and collection of museums.
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The Huntington
1151 Oxford Road
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One of the greatest outdoor gardens and collection of museums.
One of LA's largest free museums and in downtown.
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The Broad
221 South Grand Avenue
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One of LA's largest free museums and in downtown.
Closest hike from our house. You can walk to the entrance to Audobon Center at Debs Park, which is 0.6 miles from our house. From there, it's a 1.0 mile hike to Debs Pond. All these markers are on any mapping app. Please let me know if you'd like more information on directions though.
Debs Pond
4023a Paige St
Closest hike from our house. You can walk to the entrance to Audobon Center at Debs Park, which is 0.6 miles from our house. From there, it's a 1.0 mile hike to Debs Pond. All these markers are on any mapping app. Please let me know if you'd like more information on directions though.
Set your mapping app to Wonder View Trail Head The hike to the Wisdom Tree (aka Tree of Life) is only 0.5 miles, but very steep! From this ridgeline, you can walk to the Hollywood Sign (0.7 miles) and even Griffith Observatory (3.8 miles). If you decide to the full ridge to the Observatory, remember that you can hike down from there directly into Los Feliz (1.5 miles) or Thai Town (1.8 miles) and Little Armenia (2.2 miles) by way of Fern Dell, which is a truly amazing short stretch of canopy forest. Again, if you want more specifics, please don't hesitate to ask.
Tree of Life Trail
Set your mapping app to Wonder View Trail Head The hike to the Wisdom Tree (aka Tree of Life) is only 0.5 miles, but very steep! From this ridgeline, you can walk to the Hollywood Sign (0.7 miles) and even Griffith Observatory (3.8 miles). If you decide to the full ridge to the Observatory, remember that you can hike down from there directly into Los Feliz (1.5 miles) or Thai Town (1.8 miles) and Little Armenia (2.2 miles) by way of Fern Dell, which is a truly amazing short stretch of canopy forest. Again, if you want more specifics, please don't hesitate to ask.
We use the Eaton Canyon Nature Center as our launch point for this hike to a waterfall (2.0 miles each way). This is a great hike that isn't far from your guest suite (12 miles) and away from LA City central.
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Eaton Canyon Falls Trail
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We use the Eaton Canyon Nature Center as our launch point for this hike to a waterfall (2.0 miles each way). This is a great hike that isn't far from your guest suite (12 miles) and away from LA City central.
If you want to head up into the mountains, this is a great hike. The drive brings you up windy Angeles Crest Highway. It's about a 30 minute drive if you venture out early. The hike is through mid-elevation pine forest (1.5 miles to Switzer Falls). If you keep hiking along the ridge above the falls, you'll get to an intersection. One of the signs says "Altadena - 18 miles" (or maybe it's 16). Altadena is where Eaton Canyon is and is the town just north of Pasadena. So, yes, you could walk all the way up into the mountains, which becomes apparent once you notice that this amazing forest is in eye-shot of your guest suite in Montecito Heights.
Switzer Falls Trail
701 Angeles Crest Hwy
If you want to head up into the mountains, this is a great hike. The drive brings you up windy Angeles Crest Highway. It's about a 30 minute drive if you venture out early. The hike is through mid-elevation pine forest (1.5 miles to Switzer Falls). If you keep hiking along the ridge above the falls, you'll get to an intersection. One of the signs says "Altadena - 18 miles" (or maybe it's 16). Altadena is where Eaton Canyon is and is the town just north of Pasadena. So, yes, you could walk all the way up into the mountains, which becomes apparent once you notice that this amazing forest is in eye-shot of your guest suite in Montecito Heights.
During your Westside visit, walk along the houses along the Venice Canals.
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Venice Canals
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During your Westside visit, walk along the houses along the Venice Canals.
One of the few art deco, single-screen movie theaters left in town. It's really fun to see a movie here! Also, you could check out Downtown Independent, which screens independent films.
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Vista Theatre
4473 Sunset Drive
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One of the few art deco, single-screen movie theaters left in town. It's really fun to see a movie here! Also, you could check out Downtown Independent, which screens independent films.
Bar
One of the coolest bars in town. Deep underground in an old electric power plant.
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The Edison
108 West 2nd Street
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One of the coolest bars in town. Deep underground in an old electric power plant.
Lovely cocktails in a literary setting. Doesn't hurt that there is amazing pizza and pub right outside the door from this hidden gem.
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In Sheep's Clothing
710 E 4th Pl
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Lovely cocktails in a literary setting. Doesn't hurt that there is amazing pizza and pub right outside the door from this hidden gem.
Place to start your West Hollywood visit.
Gym Sportsbar
8737 California State Route 2
Place to start your West Hollywood visit.
Food scene
Great tacos of many styles
King Taco # 8
2904 North Broadway
Great tacos of many styles
Place to start your Chinatown visit.
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Yang Chow Restaurant
819 North Broadway
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Place to start your Chinatown visit.
Place to start your Little Tokyo visit.
Chinchikurin
350E E 1st St
Place to start your Little Tokyo visit.
Second place to start your Chinatown visit (for those standing-in- line-lovers!).
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Howlin' Ray's
727 N Broadway
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Second place to start your Chinatown visit (for those standing-in- line-lovers!).
Place to start your Highland Park visit.
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HomeState
5611 N Figueroa St
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Place to start your Highland Park visit.
Place to start your Los Feliz visit.
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The Dresden Restaurant & Lounge
1760 N Vermont Ave
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Place to start your Los Feliz visit.
The biggest taco stand you'll see! $1 tacos galore.
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Ave 26 Taco Stand
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The biggest taco stand you'll see! $1 tacos galore.
Good home-style mexican food close to the house (you may still want to take a car, especially at night).
Carnes Asadas Pancho Lopez
3328 Pasadena Ave
Good home-style mexican food close to the house (you may still want to take a car, especially at night).
El Buen Sabor Restaurant - closest restaurant to our house. Decent pupusas and other El Salvadorian food.
4306 Figueroa St
4306 Figueroa St
El Buen Sabor Restaurant - closest restaurant to our house. Decent pupusas and other El Salvadorian food.
Great brunch with bottomless mimosas. You can start a visit to Silverlake neighborhood here as well.
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Barbrix
2442 Hyperion Avenue
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Great brunch with bottomless mimosas. You can start a visit to Silverlake neighborhood here as well.
Coffee!
Great local spot for coffee - you must try some of their coffee drinks!
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Antigua
3400 North Figueroa Street
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Great local spot for coffee - you must try some of their coffee drinks!

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Verkehrsmittel
Heading out from Montecito Heights
While it's usually faster to simply hop in a cab, it is quite easy to access public transit. The 81 bus picks up on Figueroa and 43. The stop by Jack in the Box goes north into Highland Park. The stop across Figueroa brings you through Chinatown and into downtown. The Metro Gold Line - Southwest Museum stop - is 0.8 miles away. From Figueroa and 43, turn right on Figueroa. You'll pass the Superior Grocer and should be on that side of the street. A few blocks later, take a left on Woodside Dr (it's a small street) and you're at the Metro station.