3 Days of Savoir Faire in LA

Millennium Biltmore Hotel Galleria
Millennium Biltmore Hotel Galleria  |  Photo:  Yuri Hasegawa

You need a quick getaway that's not the same old, same old. Let us reveal a few hidden gems, some can't-misses and even one or two I-can't-believe-it's. Bookmark away.

NOTE: Hours and opening dates change frequently. Check individual websites for updated information.

Day 1

"Let's go where we're happy and I'll meet you at the cemetery gates"... Morrissey may have something there. Certainly if he's singing about Hollywood Forever. Take an extended tour of the grounds, hear the stories, and visit with the peacocks. Continue your trek in the Historic Core of DTLA. The sunset becomes extraordinary when viewed from a rooftop in the heart of Hollywood. Spend the rest of the evening over courses at Osteria Mozza. Wow, what a first day in L.A. You killed it.

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Hollywood Forever Cemetery

Tour the final resting place of Hollywood legends.

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Los Angeles Conservancy - Historic DTLA Walking Tour

Explore some of LA's most famous and historic buildings.

Hale House at Heritage Square Museum
Heritage Square Museum

There's nothing in LA like this "living history museum."

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Stahl House

Book ahead for a tour of this Mid-Century Modern icon.

Rooftop at Mama Shelter in Hollywood
Mama Shelter

Sunset cocktails on a rooftop in the heart of Hollywood.

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Osteria Mozza

All of the courses, plus wine.

Day 2

You're in Little Tokyo where the shopping is fun and there's something interesting around every corner. After lunch at the bustling Mercado La Paloma, explore Leimert Park, which the late John Singleton described as "the Black Greenwich Village." Then it's back to the Arts District for dinner and a nightcap.

Patio at Zinc Cafe in the Arts District
Zinc Cafe & Market Los Angeles Arts District

Start the day with breakfast beneath the olive trees.

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Little Tokyo

Shop for unique Japanese gifts and goods.

Yellowtail & uni ceviche at Holbox in South LA
Mercado La Paloma

Lunch is served up by Holbox, Chichen Itza and more.

Supa Lowery Brothers perform outside the Vision Theatre in Leimert Park
Leimert Park

John Singleton called it “the black Greenwich Village.”

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Harun Coffee

Refuel with coffee and vegan donuts.

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Eso Won Books

Barack Obama and Maya Angelou have signed books here.

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Rooftop drinks and Peruvian cuisine from Stephanie Izard.

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Death & Co.

End the night with craft cocktails in an underground bar.

Day 3

You've covered a lot of ground so far, but there's more to see. Fuel up at Grand Central Market and then set out for the Valley, where you'll find a stunning Japanese Garden on the grounds of a water reclamation plant. After strolling Lake Balboa, visit Sawtelle Japantown for sushi and pop culture. Then it's an easy hike to an MLK Memorial before an Italian dinner and a nightcap. See you next time.

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Grand Central Market

But first, coffee at G&B.

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Japanese Garden

Visit this stunning garden at a water reclamation plant.

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Lake Balboa

Stroll one of the Valley's most beautiful parks.

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Valley Relics Museum

Take a pop culture trip through the history of the Valley.

Sushi Tsujita in Sawtelle Japantown
Sushi Tsujita

Yes, you want fresh fish from Japan for your sushi.

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Giant Robot

Don't miss this mecca for Asian pop culture.

MLK Memorial Tree Grove at Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area
Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area

Easy hike to the MLK Memorial before dinner.

Nonna's Tagliatelle Al Ragu Bolognese at Rossoblu

Bolognese-style dinner from one of LA's best chefs.

Here & Now in the Arts District
Here & Now

A nightcap in the Arts District, yes please!