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 Home of Universal Studios, Hollywood, Beverley Hills, Sunset Strip and the Walk of Fame, Los Angeles has long lured people into its glittering fantasy world. With endless sunshine, palm trees, shopping malls and beautiful people, this city is like no place you’ve ever been before, and yet is strangely familiar. Los Angeles is a wonderful, vibrant, exhilarating multi-cultural hub with a plethora of things to do and see.

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Shops are generally open Monday to Saturday from 10a.m. or 11a.m. to 5p.m. or 6p.m. Many shops usually open later on Sundays than on weekdays, and close earlier. Malls tend to stay open longer hours.

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Discover Los Angeles Visitor Information Centers
6801 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood
Phone: 1 (323) 467-6412

Monday - Saturday: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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The City

The sprawling metropolis of Los Angeles is spread across four thousand square miles of desert between the mountains and the ocean. It consists of several mini-cities bound by a network of freeways. LA is divided into five main districts: Downtown, Hollywood, The Valley, Westside, and the Beaches - each a world in themselves.

The size of the place may be a source of confusion to a first-time visitor, but don’t give up! It all soon falls into place. Tourists tend to concentrate in the western part of the city, where beach hotels and attractions are located. However, it is worth venturing Downtown for a bit more grit and less glitz, as well as for some great eating and drinking, Downtown is home to the magnificent Walt Disney Concert Hall, an experience in itself.

Los Angeles will always be associated with movies and movie stars. The huge Hollywood sign on the hill to Universal Studios, the glamour of Beverly Hills and the unavoidable celebrity spotting in bars and restaurants... You cannot help but be lured into this surreal and magical world. However, if you fail to look beyond this celluloid culture, you will be missing some of the most fabulous art collections and galleries in the world. The Getty Center, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Norton Simon Museum all house spectacular permanent collections.

With most days of the year being sunny and warm, outdoor life is a large part of the Los Angeles lifestyle. Santa Monica, Venice and Malibu beaches offer some great urban beach culture with roller skating on the promenades and shopping on the boulevards. Griffith Park is one of the largest city parks in the country and offers all manner of outdoor pursuits (including the LA Zoo).

With a population as diverse as its geography, Los Angeles has become a multicultural hub, which is reflected in the food, art, and streets themselves. Both Chinatown and Koreatown offer some great food, interesting shopping, and, when it comes to the latter, some top karaoke!

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Do & See

With so much to see and do, Los Angeles can be overwhelming to the first time visitor, especially if time is tight. Don’t expect to cover everything in one trip! The following is a selection of the most popular attractions, with a little something for everyone.

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Universal Studios & Universal City Walk

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Venice Beach

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Disneyland

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Griffith Park

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Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)

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Sunset Strip

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Getty Center

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La Brea Tar Pits

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Norton Simon Museum

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Downtown Art Walk

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Walt Disney Concert Hall

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Los Angeles County Museum Of Art

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Hipcooks West Los Angeles

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Rose Bowl Loop

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Battleship USS Iowa BB-61

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Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

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California Science Center

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Nethercutt Museum

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Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park

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Madame Tussauds Hollywood

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Dining

With its huge multi-ethnic community, Los Angeles is a veritable melting pot of culinary culture. Whatever food you are in the mood for, this town has it. Although the well-known restaurants tend to attract most attention, it is worth exploring the small neighborhood eateries which sometimes provide the most rewarding dining experiences. The list below names a few restaurants that are popular, interesting and reputable.

Reservations are necessary for popular restaurants, especially at the weekend. Most kitchens close around 10pm, so go out early and enjoy your meal!

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Original Pantry Café

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The Palm Los Angeles

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Electric Lotus Kitchen of India

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Nate'n Al Delicatessen

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Ricky's Fish Tacos

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Rainbow Bar and Grill

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Sushi Roku

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Chateau Marmont

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Musso And Frank Grill

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Chinois On Main

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The Ivy

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Madeo

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Bäco Mercat

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Bestia

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Marugame Monzo

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Sushi Gen

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Tocaya Organica

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Pink's Hotdog

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A.O.C.

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Cafés

L.A. is awash with great breakfast spots, diners, and coffee houses that offer good value for the huge portions they serve. Finding café options is relatively easy and the variety is impressive. Settle in, order up, and enjoy!

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Rose Café

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Konbi

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Alcove Café And Bakery

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Joan's On Third

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Stumptown Coffee Roasters

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The Cow's End Cafe

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Tiago Coffee Bar & Kitchen

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Kings Road Café

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Bars & Nightlife

L.A. nightlife is as diverse as its sprawling population, and there is definitely something for every taste. From flashy celebrity bars with high prices to down and dirty drive bars, you could spend months exploring this city by night and never exhaust its possibilities. Bear in mind that you need to be 21 to drink. Smoking is banned in all restaurants and bars in California.

L.A. has one of the most cutting-edge music scenes in the world. If you are looking for live music, there is always something on at one one of the many LA locations.

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The Hollywood Improv

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Roof Bar At The Standard Hotel

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Library Bar

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Viper Room

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Elevate Lounge

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The Edison

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Seven Bar Lounge

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Tiki-Ti

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The Mayan

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Far Bar

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Sound Nightclub

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Good Times at Davey Wayne's

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La Cita Bar

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No Vacancy

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Mondrian's Skybar

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Le Jardin

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The Varnish

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Veranda Bar

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Shopping

Los Angeles has a diverse array of shopping areas. Whether you are looking for haute couture, trendy or vintage, ethnic, chic or designer, this city has you covered. Each area is distinct in its vibe, clientele and wares. The following list gives an idea of what to expect in some of the main shopping areas. Tax is generally not included in the marked price, so be prepared to add 8 percent.

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Rose Bowl Flea Market

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Westside And Beverly Hills

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Santa Monica And The Beaches

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Silver Lake And Los Feliz

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L.A. Farmer’s Market

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Downtown

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Hollywood Boulevard

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The Grove

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La Brea Avenue

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Citadel Outlets

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Hollywood & Highland

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OK

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Skylight Books

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Ontario Mills

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Amoeba Music

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Tourist Information

Passport / Visa

Citizens of the Schengen countries, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and the Kingdom of Brunei can visit the United States for up to 90 days without applying for a visa (as well as citizens of Andorra, Lichtenstein, Monaco and San Marino). Citizens of these countries must obtain an ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) before traveling. All other travelers must obtain a visa before visiting the United States. International travelers need a passport that is valid for at least 3 months after the end of their intended trip in order to enter the country.

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Best Time To Visit

The warm and sunny weather in Southern California makes Los Angeles an enjoyable city practically all year round, but in general, the best time to visit L.A. would be from March to May, when there are fewer tourists and the temperatures are more pleasant.

Summer can be unbearably hot. It also brings more tourists and that's when the smog levels and room rates peak. However, during this period, L.A. is booming with music festivals, free summer concerts, and outdoor movie screenings.

The rain falls mostly during the winter. In January, Pasadena’s historic Rose Parade takes place and most awards shows such as the Academy Awards, the Golden Globes and the Grammys.

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Los Angeles International Airport

Los Angeles International Airport, or LAX, as it is locally known, is the third busiest airport in the world. It is located about 30 km (19 miles) southwest of Downtown L.A. Public transport from LAX is slow, but cheap. The “C” shuttle leaves from the LAX Shuttle & Airline Connections sign on the Lower/Arrival Level islands in front of each terminal and brings passengers to the Metro Bus Center, where they can catch city buses serving the Los Angeles area.

Information on city bus services is available by telephone on the Information Display Board in the baggage claim area in each terminal. In addition, passengers can obtain local transit information by calling +1 800 266 6883. L.A. city’s easily navigable website also gives routes and timetables for public transport to and from the city.

Private shuttle buses do hotel drop-offs right to the door, cheaper than a taxi and quicker than the public bus. These can be found on the Lower/Arrival Level islands in front of each terminal under the red sign Hotel & Parking Lot Shuttles.

Taxis are readily available but expensive (they add a service charge from the airport). They can be found on the Lower/Arrival Level islands in front of each terminal. Passengers are given a ticket stating typical fares to major destinations.

There are also plenty of car rental agencies at the airport with competitive prices.

Address: Los Angeles International Airport

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Phone: +1 855 463 5252

Website: www.lawa.org/welcomeLAX.aspx

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Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport

Smaller airports in the Los Angeles area avoid the LAX gridlock and provide connections to almost anywhere within the US. Check the individual websites for details on flights and ground transport. Also check www.mta.net for public transport routes and timetables.

Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport is located 25km (15 miles) northwest of Downtown.

Address: Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport

Email: answers@bur.org

Phone: +1 818 840 8830

Website: www.burbankairport.com

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Long Beach Airport

Long Beach Airport is located 40 km (25 miles) south of Downtown.

Transportation network companies such as Lyft, Opoli, See Jane Go and
Uber are available on the outer curb in front of the terminal.

The bus service is run by Long Beach Transit and they have four routs that are connected to the airport.

Taxis are offered at the Taxi stand outside the terminal.

You will find the car rental offices in the Airport Ground Transportation Center.

Address: Long Beach Airport

Email: lgbarpt@longbeach.gov

Phone: +1 562 570 2600

Website: www.lgb.org

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Time Zone

Los Angeles is in the Pacific time zone, and all times are reflected in Pacific time.

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Public Transport

Los Angeles is a city designed for cars. Getting around without one is generally slow and complicated. Most visitors rent a car for their stay, but if you decide not to, there are options. Buses, trains and trams are run by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transit Authority.

The Metro, which runs both over and under ground, is sometimes handy for getting from Downtown outwards. The Transit Authority’s website is easily navigable and provides all necessary information on routes, timetables and fares (www.mta.net).

The Downtown Area Short Hop (DASH) shuttle system operates buses throughout Downtown, Hollywood and the west side of L.A. Service runs roughly every 5 to 20 minutes. Contact the Department of Transportation for routes and timetables.

Address: Los Angeles

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Website: www.ladottransit.com

More Information: www.mta.net

Taxi

Cabs do not usually stop when hailed down. There are cab stands at all major hotels and stations. Check that your cab has the official City of Los Angeles Taxicab Seal, which ensures that it is insured, inspected and driven by a trained driver. If not, it is illegal. The website below provides all the necessary information, with company listings, phone numbers and service areas.

To order a cab in advance:
Taxi Yellow Cab LA County
+1 323 792 9494

United Taxi
+1 800 822 8294

Other options for lower fares are the rideshare companies Uber, Lyft, and Curb. For airport services: Jayride and Wingz.

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Post

Post offices are located throughout the city. Call to find the post office closest to you, or simply drop your mail in one of the multiple bright-yellow post boxes scattered around town.

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Phone: +1 800 275 8777

Website: www.usps.com

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Pharmacy

The most common chain pharmacies in LA are Walgreens, Rite Aid and Horton and Converse. Some pharmacies operate 24/7, so make sure to locate one in your neighborhood. Stand-alone pharmacies are common, but some can be found inside larger department stores.

The centrally-located (and world-famous) Cedars-Sinai Medical Center has a 24-hour emergency room.

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Address: 460 South Broadway - Los Angeles, CA

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Phone: +1 213 572 0127

Website: www.walgreens.com

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Electricity

110v / 60HzHz. Plug details: American style plug with two perpendicular flat blades.

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Telephone

Country code: +1

Area code: L.A. now has Seven Area Codes. Downtown uses the original 213. The rest of the city is divided into 310 (West of La Cienega Boulevard), 818 (San Fernando Valley), 626 (East), 562 (some areas in the South and East) and 323.

For directory inquiries call 411.

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