Hollywood, despite what it may look like on the surface, isn’t all tourist traps and sketchy smoke shops. Nor is it only filled with over-the-top glitz and glamour. Played right, it can be the perfect combination of cool, cultural, and classy. With its small size, Hollywood is easy to navigate, and its dining and entertainment options are star-worthy. If you have 24 hours, you can have the best time of your life in Tinseltown.
Runyon Canyon (1) may be incredibly close to the hustle and bustle of Hollywood, but it feels miles away. The oh-so-hip park is a great place to partake in free yoga classes and soak up amazing views of LA and beyond.
After a calf-burning hike up Runyon, treat yourself to a hearty breakfast at Sycamore Kitchen (2), called the best brunch spot in town by Time Out LA. Make sure you don’t leave before trying some of their award-winning baked goods.
Haven’t had enough scenery yet? Hit the trail and visit Sunset Ranch (3) They’ll lead you on a leisurely, guided horse tour through the hills of Griffith Park, with views of the Observatory, downtown and the Hollywood sign.
Katsuya’s (4) located at the legendary corner of Hollywood and Vine, and with good reason – the famed sushi bar, headed by Katsuya Uechi, is legendary itself. You may not see Lana Turner here, but you may see Tina Turner.
Amoeba Music (5) fills an entire city block with new and used vinyl, CDs, DVDs and beyond. With millions of titles in their inventory, you’re sure to find your next favorite band or movie.
Located across the street from Amoeba, Space 15 Twenty, isn’t your typical shopping center. In addition to a collection of shops like Urban Outfitters, Hennessey + Ingalls Books and Umami Burger (6), it also features revolving pop-up stores, selling wares made by small, niche brands.
During the vintage-inspired Next Door Lounge’s (7) happy hour, from 5-8, you can get a Moscow Mule for the insane price of $6 and wash down pulled pork sliders with a $4 Abita draft. Live jazz music adds to the Lounge’s speakeasy vibe.
From orchestra to pop, no matter where your musical tastes lie, the Hollywood Bowl (8) always has something amazing to enjoy. Pickup a picnic basket from Cleo or Katsuya with nibbles like hummus and lamb kefta, and delicious desserts and spend the rest of the night under the stars.
Ready to finally relax after a long day? Cab on back to your room at The Redbury (9) and listen to some vintage vinyl before finally hitting the hay in one of our many bohemian flats.
By Megan Koester