We would’ve told you that Los Angeles has beautiful beaches, rolling hills and marvellous architecture if those were the only things that defined this bustling metropolis that defies homogenisation. The city’s maddening traffic, its curious writers and directors, and even its home celebrities contribute to its constant redefinition. But like life itself Los Angeles refuses to be bind to associations and to be defined by them.
Because it is different things for different people, we bring you top five experiences that will help you get under the skin of the city:
Shop at a Flea Market
Los Angeles has some of the world’s oldest and most interesting flea markets. The best-known ones are in the Pasadena and Long Beach areas. The Rose Bowl Flea Market operates from an eponymous stadium, and you can visit here the second Sunday of every month. Around 2500 vendors and 20,000 buyers meet here to partake in one of the biggest exchange of goods and services.
Watch a ballgame
Head to Dodgers Stadium in Downtown LA and catch a live baseball match. The home team is one of the best, and the atmosphere during the match is electric. Thousands gather to support their favourite teams and fans bond over colas, tacos, and potato fingers. To understand the nerve of the city better and its passion for baseball, there’s no better place than the Dodgers Stadium.
Watch a film in the open air
There are some experiences that transpose you to a particular place in your mind. Watching a film in the open air in Los Angeles is going to be an experience that will always bring fonder memories from the city. Latest and popular movies are featured regularly at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery on the Santa Monica Boulevard. Hundreds of people come together to watch their favourite movies under the night sky. Snack and popcorn vendors line around to serve to an eager audience. Book early as tickets remain sold for most shows way in advance.
Explore the Mexican food scene in LA
There are only a few places in the US where you can find Mexican food as tasty as in the Los Angeles. You will find tacos in many varieties as well as in varied price ranges here. The taco food trucks that are dotted around the city are ideal for some quick snacking. Taco Zone in the Echo Park is one of the best places for tacos and burritos in LA. Don’t forget to experiment with authentic Oaxacan cuisine at Guelaguetza in Koreatown. One of the most recommended places for your tryst with Mexican food in LA is Guisado’s, s family-run chain that serve the best chuleta (pork chop), bistec (steak) and chicharrón tacos.
Explore the beaches
With close proximity to Abbott Kinney Boulevard known for its great restaurants and shops, the Venice Beach is one of the most happening beaches in the LA. The sun-kissed golden sands of the beach receive millions of visitors every year and boast a promenade, a few handball courts, the paddle tennis courts, Skate Dancing Plaza, the numerous beach volleyball courts as well as a bike trail. If you want to spend your time away from the crowds, make way to the Malibu beachfront, at about half an hour’s distance from the Venice Beach. Oxnard beach is preferred by families for picnics and barbecues.