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Essential Seven Guide: Los Angeles

Get the ESSENTIAL SEVEN GUIDE for exploring LA. From where to stay in the city of angels to grabbing that perfect coffee and everything in between
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Essential Seven Guide: Los Angeles

LA, The city of Angels. It’s one of the most popular destinations in America yet is often misunderstood by travelers who touchdown at the infamous LAX, expecting the same sheen Hollywood has been glamorizing in TV and movies since forever. Once you get past the grit, grime and unbearable traffic, LA has it all. Its vibe ranges from hip to surf to upscale and everything in between. This Essential Seven Guide to LA is curated for those who want to get the most out of this city. It was our hometown for nearly a decade, so we know a thing or two about the right and wrong ways to experience this vast expanse. Here are some of our key essentials so you can focus on the experience.

1. Where to Stay
The Proper Hotel, Santa Monica
Pendry Hotel, West Hollywood
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Several areas comprise Los Angeles.There’s Downtown (DTLA), the “Westside” (Santa Monica/Venice etc.), West Hollywood (WeHo), Hollywood, “The Valley” and the beach cities (Manhattan Beach etc.). Best options for newbies to stay is WeHo or Westside. 

Are you a bar hopper, love rooftop views and great restaurants? WeHo is for you. If you’re more after a beach vacation with a more chilled socal vibe, go Westside. Don’t stay in DTLA unless you’ve been before and know what to expect. Airbnb is a great option in LA but if you’re more into room service, in WeHo stay at The Pendry and if you’re in Santa Monica (SaMo), stay at The Proper 

There's a lot of ground to cover and so much to see so our top tip is to rent a car. Don’t rely on public transport. Locals rarely use it (and there’s a reason for that, trust us). By having wheels, you'll get to experience different neighborhoods, and you'll save time getting around.

2. Where to Grab Coffee
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Sticking with the WeHo vs. Westside trend we have going here, we’ve picked two great must-try coffee bars. These craft locations are for when you’re desperate for a cup that isn’t Starbucks. 

GoGetEm Tiger is one of the most popular craft coffee bars in Los Angeles and now with various locations from east to west, it should be on your list. 

For an australian-vibe coffee and breakfast, Great White is the shit. Order a cortado and brekkie burrito with tater tots and go for a stroll down Venice beach.

3. Must Eats List
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Several areas comprise Los Angeles.There’s Downtown (DTLA), the “Westside” (Santa Monica/Venice etc.), West Hollywood (WeHo), Hollywood, “The Valley” and the beach cities (Manhattan Beach etc.). Best options for newbies to stay is WeHo or Westside. 

Are you a bar hopper, love rooftop views and great restaurants? WeHo is for you. If you’re more after a beach vacation with a more chilled socal vibe, go Westside. Don’t stay in DTLA unless you’ve been before and know what to expect. Airbnb is a great option in LA but if you’re more into room service, in WeHo stay at The Pendry and if you’re in Santa Monica (SaMo), stay at The Proper 

There's a lot of ground to cover and so much to see so our top tip is to rent a car. Don’t rely on public transport. Locals rarely use it (and there’s a reason for that, trust us). By having wheels, you'll get to experience different neighborhoods, and you'll save time getting around.

4. Must Do Experiences
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Several areas comprise Los Angeles.There’s Downtown (DTLA), the “Westside” (Santa Monica/Venice etc.), West Hollywood (WeHo), Hollywood, “The Valley” and the beach cities (Manhattan Beach etc.). Best options for newbies to stay is WeHo or Westside. 

Are you a bar hopper, love rooftop views and great restaurants? WeHo is for you. If you’re more after a beach vacation with a more chilled socal vibe, go Westside. Don’t stay in DTLA unless you’ve been before and know what to expect. Airbnb is a great option in LA but if you’re more into room service, in WeHo stay at The Pendry and if you’re in Santa Monica (SaMo), stay at The Proper 

There's a lot of ground to cover and so much to see so our top tip is to rent a car. Don’t rely on public transport. Locals rarely use it (and there’s a reason for that, trust us). By having wheels, you'll get to experience different neighborhoods, and you'll save time getting around.

5. Vibey Bars
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Several areas comprise Los Angeles.There’s Downtown (DTLA), the “Westside” (Santa Monica/Venice etc.), West Hollywood (WeHo), Hollywood, “The Valley” and the beach cities (Manhattan Beach etc.). Best options for newbies to stay is WeHo or Westside. 

Are you a bar hopper, love rooftop views and great restaurants? WeHo is for you. If you’re more after a beach vacation with a more chilled socal vibe, go Westside. Don’t stay in DTLA unless you’ve been before and know what to expect. Airbnb is a great option in LA but if you’re more into room service, in WeHo stay at The Pendry and if you’re in Santa Monica (SaMo), stay at The Proper 

There's a lot of ground to cover and so much to see so our top tip is to rent a car. Don’t rely on public transport. Locals rarely use it (and there’s a reason for that, trust us). By having wheels, you'll get to experience different neighborhoods, and you'll save time getting around.

6. Coolest Stores
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Several areas comprise Los Angeles.There’s Downtown (DTLA), the “Westside” (Santa Monica/Venice etc.), West Hollywood (WeHo), Hollywood, “The Valley” and the beach cities (Manhattan Beach etc.). Best options for newbies to stay is WeHo or Westside. 

Are you a bar hopper, love rooftop views and great restaurants? WeHo is for you. If you’re more after a beach vacation with a more chilled socal vibe, go Westside. Don’t stay in DTLA unless you’ve been before and know what to expect. Airbnb is a great option in LA but if you’re more into room service, in WeHo stay at The Pendry and if you’re in Santa Monica (SaMo), stay at The Proper 

There's a lot of ground to cover and so much to see so our top tip is to rent a car. Don’t rely on public transport. Locals rarely use it (and there’s a reason for that, trust us). By having wheels, you'll get to experience different neighborhoods, and you'll save time getting around.

7. What to do When it Rains
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Several areas comprise Los Angeles.There’s Downtown (DTLA), the “Westside” (Santa Monica/Venice etc.), West Hollywood (WeHo), Hollywood, “The Valley” and the beach cities (Manhattan Beach etc.). Best options for newbies to stay is WeHo or Westside. 

Are you a bar hopper, love rooftop views and great restaurants? WeHo is for you. If you’re more after a beach vacation with a more chilled socal vibe, go Westside. Don’t stay in DTLA unless you’ve been before and know what to expect. Airbnb is a great option in LA but if you’re more into room service, in WeHo stay at The Pendry and if you’re in Santa Monica (SaMo), stay at The Proper 

There's a lot of ground to cover and so much to see so our top tip is to rent a car. Don’t rely on public transport. Locals rarely use it (and there’s a reason for that, trust us). By having wheels, you'll get to experience different neighborhoods, and you'll save time getting around.

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