The City of Angels is known to the locals for the traffic, and for tourists it feels like a world of glitz and glamour. From Rodeo Drive to the Hollywood Hills, there is something for everyone in LA; you just need to know where to turn for the authentic LA experience. Luckily we’ve got you covered:
Due to its status as a celebrity haven, and the wealth of movie stars that grace LA with their presence, there are a huge amount of restaurants which demand a visit. However, if you fancy something really special, why not try Osteria Mozza. Nancy Silverton is the owner of this LA institution, and the food will not disappoint. Silverton’s pursuit of perfection has brought her to an Italian restaurant which serves the simplicity of Naples with the elegance of fine dining. All dishes are based around serving the perfect mozzarella on the best pizza base, which Nancy travelled around Italy to source before opening the restaurant. Before taking a backseat role, Nancy could be found in the kitchen tasting every dish that left the pass. Of course, you will have to book or wait for a table, but Osteria Mozza will not disappoint.
Of course, even the most jet-setting of stars need downtime, and where better to go than a Lakers game? Of course, you’ll probably spot a host of famous faces in centre court, but basketball games are where the people of LA come together. Whether or not you like basketball, the Lakers are a must see if you are visiting LA. Whilst the team hasn’t had the best time recently, the arrival of Magic Johnson has had a few people talking, and has handed the loyalist fans some positivity once again. The latest bet365 NBA odds had them at 9/1 to win the playoffs, and whilst they can be an unpredictable team to watch, they surely put the showmanship into basketball that everyone expects.
Of course, being the home of the movie star, and by design, out of work actors, LA also has a fair few bars, and we’re talking cocktail, not juice. When it comes to cocktails, there are thousands of places to try in LA. However, if you want something cutting edge, then you should head to The Roger Room. Tucked away underneath an old neon sign for a psychic parlour, The Roger Room brings you classic cocktails with a twist, such as the Habanero Thug. Scientists reckon that chillis can lift your mood and speed up the metabolism so, if the LA lifestyle is getting to you, sink a Thug and put the city in its place. If you like a bit of education with your drink, bartenders will be more than happy to give you an impromptu lesson on Japanese whiskey, so you can leave feeling warm and smug.
How would the people of LA look so good if there weren’t places to shop? There are an array of malls and shopping complexes, but when it comes to LA shopping, Rodeo Drive is your street. Whilst it may seem a little like a tourist destination, and may have gained a less than exceptional reputation from Julia Roberts’ visit in Pretty Woman, it’s worth visiting so that you can feel the heat of LA luxury and maybe even buy a little for yourself.
If you’ve always been a bit nervous of LA, there’s no need. Jump in at the deep end and find your own favorite LA spots.
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