Day 1: Stars in their eyes
Morning: Start with breakfast at Urth in leafy West Hollywood. Sit on the outside patio and watch shoppers zigzag between stores on Melrose Avenue. Time to swap the designer gear for gymwear ready for a hike up Runyon Canyon. Not only does this offer an amazing bird’s eye view over LA but there’s also every chance of running into movie stars such as Emma Stone, Channing Tatum or Natalie Portman.
Afternoon: A stay in La La Land wouldn’t be complete without ticking off the Hollywood Walk of Fame where over 2,500 stars line the street on Hollywood Boulevard. Continue the celeb spotting with a drive around Beverley Hills and marvel at the grand mansions or take a pit stop at Mondrian Los Angeles for a chic poolside drink with views of the city.
Evening: Start a music-themed evening with a stop at Amoeba Music, the world’s largest independent record store with over one million new and used items and free weekly live music. Then take in the buzzing atmosphere of the Sunset Strip before grabbing a red vinyl booth at Rainbow Bar & Grill – a favourite of Led Zeppelin and Alice Cooper – and tuck into American or Italian fare. Then head over to historic music venue Whiskey a Go-Go for more rock and roll.
Day 2: Art at its heart
Morning: Offering more than 50 food stalls, the Grand Central Market has been a hub of bustling activity since 1917. Grab an egg sandwich from Eggslut before heading to the Broad, home to world-renowned collection of contemporary art including two Infinity Mirror Rooms by Yayoi Kusama.
Afternoon: Leave the city behind for an afternoon at Venice beach and watch rollerbladers zip along the famous Ocean Front Walk. Or head north to Santa Monica beach, home to the historic Santa Monica Pier and the perfect setting for a bike ride before stopping for a lunch of fresh seafood.
Evening: Discover LA’s street art scene with a self-guided walking tour of Shepard Fairey’s most iconic murals or pay homage at memorial walls for Kobe Bryant and Nipsey Hussle.
Creative types will love The Arts District, which has transformed from an industrial district to a buzzing neighbourhood home to art galleries, ceramic studios and cultural attractions as well as bustling bars, breweries and eateries. Head to Arts District Brewing Company, an expansive beer hall with over 30 rotating beers, cocktails and wine, to try unique beers paired with house burgers. There’s also bar games and Skee ball.
Book it with… Intrepid Travel
An 11-day Real LA to San Francisco tour includes time spent in LA. The trip is priced from £1,615pp and includes accommodation and transport. Fly direct to LA from London Heathrow with Delta from £442pp.