Fathom Favorites : Los Angeles Sites

1. Rose Bowl Flea Market

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.

1001 Rosebowl Dr.
Pasadena, 91103

2. Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

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.

5905 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, 90036

3. Griffith Park

Griffith Park

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.

4730 Crystal Springs Dr.
Los Angeles, 90027

4. Santa Monica Farmers Market

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.

1685 Main St.
Santa Monica, 90401

5. Hollywood Farmers' Market

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.  

Ivar & Selma Ave.
Hollywood, 90028

6. MAK Center for Art and Architecture

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.

835 N. Kings Rd.
West Hollywood, 90069

7. Barnsdall Art Park

Barnsdall Art Park

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.

4800 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, 90027

8. Arclight Cinemas

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.

6360 W. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, 90028