How to make the most of 24 hours in Los Angeles

Hollywood Boulevard at dusk. Photo: istock

Hollywood Boulevard at dusk. Photo: istock

The first thing you need to know about visiting Los Angeles is that it’s huge. The second thing is that you’ll need a car, or at least a Lyft or Uber account.

From Santa Monica to Silver Lake, West Hollywood to Downtown, there are many different areas to explore, each with their unique vibe.

Whether it’s shopping, fine dining, relaxing poolside or exploring the impressive art galleries and museums, there really is something for everyone.

Here is our guide on how to spend 24 hours in LA, while avoiding the tourist traps.



Kreation Organic Kafe


It’s horrendously early, your long-haul flight is over and you’ve managed to get through LAX.

You’re probably feeling a little tired and slightly stuffy from the plane so head to Kreation for a burst of vitamins.

Grab a freshly made salad and juice from the fridge or take a seat and order from the iPad menu (yes the menu is on an iPad). You’ll even get a shot of chlorophyll in your water.

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There are many great shopping destinations in LA but Melrose Avenue is definitely the most eclectic. From high-fashion haunts to cheap and cheerful favourites, to vintage treasure troves. There’s something for even the fussiest fashionista.

If it’s local labels you want, you can’t go past Reformation. With most of the items manufactured in Downtown LA with a focus on sustainable practices and materials, Reformation is the label you can look good and feel even better in.

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Knuckle and Claw


Is there really anything better than a lobster roll? We don’t think so.

Knuckle and Claw is a quaint little spot offering lobster and crab sandwiches, grilled cheese, clam chowder and freshly shucked oysters.

It’s the perfect place to grab a quick bite before you move on to the next activity.

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It would be a real shame to travel all the way to Los Angeles and not indulge a little at the Milk shop.

The ice-cream macs – filled with delicious ice-cream, encased in a macaron shell and dipped in a selection of topping from fruity pebbles to chocolate – are a foodie’s dream.

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The Broad


Anyone who thinks LA is lacking in the arts and culture department really hasn’t looked deeply enough.

With so many museums and galleries to choose from, why not check out new contemporary art museum The Broad? Founded by philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad, the museum opened in September 2015.

If you’re heading there in the next couple of months, make sure you see Cindy Sherman: Imitation of Life, The Broad’s first special exhibition.

Last week, Adele was filmed performing her song "When We Were Young" in the immersive artwork by artist Yayoi Kusama's "Infinity Mirrored Room" at The Broad. The resulting film was featured spectacularly at her performance at the BRIT Awards 2016. Hear why she chose this artwork and the role museums have played in her life by watching the video linked in our bio. [Video by @ladowntowner + @freight_house] [#Regram via @Adele]

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If you’re feeling fancy tonight, then there’s no better spot than Cecconi’s.

Serving delicious modern Italian food, there’s no wonder this West Hollywood restaurant is a favourite of the area.

Enjoy a cocktail or two at the marble bar before you take a seat in the elegant outdoor area.

It's Monday. You deserve this. #cecconiswh #lobster

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The Mondrian


If there’s anything you must consider when booking your LA accommodation, it’s a great pool area – and the Mondrian has that in spades.

Located on the iconic Sunset Boulevard, this luxury boutique hotel boasts chic white rooms, cloud-like beds and a glamorous rooftop pool. It really is the perfect home away from home.

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If you’re looking for sophisticated spot to enjoy a cocktail, we recommend checking out Perch.

The French-inspired rooftop bistro offers unobstructed views of Downtown Los Angeles that make it feel as though you are floating at the skyline. With an extensive cocktail list named after iconic films (Lolita, My Fair Lady, Midnight in Paris) and live jazz-inspired music, Perch is the perfect spot to wind down after a busy day exploring the city.

An oasis in the sky

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