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Tip the world over on its side and everything loose will land in Los Angeles.
– Frank Lloyd Wright

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Arclight Cinemas

  • Hollywood, Cinema, $$$$ $$
  • 6360 W. Sunset Blvd.
  • Los Angeles, 90028
  • +1-323-464-1478
  • Website

Take your time buttering your popcorn or flipping through magazines in the gift shop: This deluxe movie theater has assigned stadium seats. Do remember the ushers are very serious about not letting anyone —  even those with a seat — into the theater after the ten-minute mark.

Barnsdall Art Park

  • Hollywood Hills, Parks and Gardens, $$$$ $
  • 4800 Hollywood Blvd.
  • Los Angeles, 90027
  • +1-323-660-4254
  • Website

Perched high above Los Feliz, the legendary Hollyhock House is a big reason to hike the hill. The year-round and dependably quirky municipal museum and rollicking summertime outdoor wine tastings are two more.

The Broad

  • Downtown , Gallery
  • 221 S. Grand Ave.
  • Los Angeles, 90012
  • +1-213-232-6200
  • Website

Eli and Edythe Broad, two of LA's most prolific philanthropists, founded the three-story museum to showcase their vast collection of nearly 2,000 pieces of postwar and contemporary art. The inaugural installation features works from recognizable names like Jasper Johns, Barbara Kruger, and Yayoi Kusama. The museum is free and tickets are in high demand. Make reservations as soon as you decide to visit, or show up early to wait in line for the limited number of onsite entries.

The Getty

  • Brentwood, Museum
  • 1200 Getty Center Dr.
  • Los Angeles, 90049
  • +1-310-440-7300
  • Website

The center's location atop a hill means that you'll get some of the city's best views from the iconic Richard Meier building. The line-up for visiting exhibitions is always excellent, as is the extensive permanent collection. Kids will love the large Central Garden by Robert Irwin with fun outdoor sculptures. Entrance is always free, parking isn't (go after 3 p.m. to save some money), but you do get to ride a cool tram up to the center. 

Griffith Park

  • Los Feliz, Parks and Gardens, $$$$ $
  • 4730 Crystal Springs Dr.
  • Los Angeles, 90027
  • +1-323-913-4688
  • Website

Home to the Hollywood sign, the observatory, and one of the best outdoor music venues in the city, this expansive park above Los Feliz is a green getaway in a concrete city. Post-hike stop for an avocado sandwich or a thick slice of freshly baked pie at the woodsy Trails Café.

Hollywood Farmers' Market

  • Hollywood, Market, $$$$ $$
  • Ivar & Selma Ave.
  • Hollywood, 90028
  • +1-323-463-3171
  • Website

Sunday mornings bring a crush of fresh fruit, vegetable, and specialty food vendors to the streets of Hollywood. If there is no fridge to stock, grab a cafécito organico coffee and a hunk of LA village bakery baguette and take in the scene.  

Hollywood Hills Hike

  • West Hollywood, Sports and Recreation, $$$$ $$$
  • 8250 Santa Monica Blvd.
  • Los Angeles, 90069
  • +1-323-796-8555
  • Website

Schedule a morning excursion to Hollywood Hills. It's an relatively easy hike just over two hours and an invigorating way to see the city from a different vantage point while taking in local icons like the Hollywood sign and Griffith Observatory.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

  • Wilshire, Museum, $$$$ $$
  • 5905 Wilshire Blvd.
  • Los Angeles, 90036
  • +1-323-857-6000
  • Website

Artifacts or experimental film — whatever your taste — one of the seven buildings across twenty acres makes the Renzo Piano-renovated compound likely to have something that speaks to you. It is the largest art museum in the western United States.

MAK Center for Art and Architecture

  • West Hollywood, Cultural Center, $$$$ $
  • 835 N. Kings Rd.
  • West Hollywood, 90069
  • +1-323-651-1510
  • Website

Call ahead for a tour of the iconic Schindler House or check the schedule for lectures, symposiums, and film screenings organized or lead by the artists-in-residency. Pop into the bookstore for a lesson in the history of California modernist architecture on the fly.

Malibu

  • Malibu, Neighborhood to Explore
  • Malibu
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A perfect day trip for a break from LA. Meditate at the enormous alabaster Malibu Hindu Temple or amble down a block-long western town at Paramount Ranch. End the day with seafood at Neptune's Net.

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Rose Bowl Flea Market

  • Pasadena, Market, $$$$ $$
  • 1001 Rosebowl Dr.
  • Pasadena, 91103
  • +1-323-560-7469
  • Website

On the second Sunday of the month, vintage dealers and junk peddlers set up shop around the stadium perimeter and across two large parking lots. Crisscross the aisles of furniture, tchotchkes, clothing, and accessories with shopkeeps, trend scouts, and bargain-hunters looking for a deal.

Santa Monica Farmers Market

  • Santa Monica, Market, $$$$ $$
  • 1685 Main St.
  • Santa Monica, 90401
  • +1-310-458-8411
  • Website | Email

No kitchen is no excuse for skipping this open-air market, especially when you can play the who's who of the restaurantscape Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8:30 a.m.–1 p.m. Spy on chefs as they find inspiration for the week's menu.

Satellite

  • Silver Lake, Music Venue, $$$$ $$
  • 1717 Silver Lake Blvd.
  • Los Angeles, 90026
  • +1-323-661-4380
  • Website

A neighborhood favorite for catching up-and-coming indie and local bands. There are frequent drink specials, a well-used pool table, and the Saturday "Dance Yourself Clean" parties are some of the city's best.

Skylight Theatre

  • Los Feliz, Theater, $$$$ $$$
  • 1816 1/2 N. Vermont Ave.
  • Los Angeles, 90027
  • +1-213-760-7061
  • Website

Before they hit the big screen or stage, emerging playwrights bring their shows here. Readings, held regularly, often revolve around hot-button topics (i.e. Obama-ology).

The Springs

  • Arts District, Wellness, $$$$ $$
  • 608 Mateo St.
  • Los Angeles, 90021
  • +1-213-223-6226
  • Website

A wellness center housed in a cavernous mixed-use space. The cafe and coffee bar sell vegan food and fresh juices, while the small boutique has a selection of locally made clothing and home goods. The in-house yoga studio offers ashtanga, power flow, and kundalini practices, and offers free meditation sessions on weekdays at 1 p.m.

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