Other Recommendations in Los Angeles
by izzy
Los Angeles, CA
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The Pink Wall
Kicking off the list with the most iconic one of them all, the pink wall at Paul Smith is, without question, an IG favorite amongst many. Keep in mind that no professional cameras are allowed. They actually have a security guard there all day and will make you leave if you attempt to whip out your fancy camera.
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Santa Monica, CA
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Santa Monica Pier
This was the first thing I saw on my very first LA trip in 2015 and has become a personal favorite over the years. I highly recommend going for a spin on the ferris wheel at Pacific Park to get that nice aerial view of LA’s gorgeous coastline.
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Los Angeles, CA
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The Broad
Famous for its Yayoi Kusama exhibits, The Broad (pronounced like bro with a “d” at the end, not brawd) museum is every Instagrammer’s dream. The original Infinity Mirrored Room – The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away has been on display since 2015. Last December, they added an additional exhibition titled Longing for Eternity. Both are permanent exhibits and the original Infinity Room remains my most regrammed shot to date.
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Los Angeles, CA
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OUE Skyspace LA
Being California’s tallest open air observation deck, OUE claims that their observatory is “the only way to view LA”. True or not, find out for yourself!
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CA, United States
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Rodeo Drive
Ahh Beverly Hills. Nothing screams luxury like Rodeo Drive. Treat yourself to some retail therapy here and even if you can’t afford these designer goods, it’s a beautiful spot for a photo walk.
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Los Angeles, CA
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Urban Light
Yet another classic photo spot in LA not to be missed. I’ve been on two different occasions – first time at sunset and second during broad daylight. Sunset was more crowded although with this being such a popular tourist attraction, it’s basically mission impossible to take photos without anyone in the background. You either gotta have the patience to wait around for that perfect moment or I’d advise you to visit super early in the morning. The installation is outdoors so it’s accessible regardless of whether or not the museum is open.
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Los Angeles, CA
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Griffith Observatory
Another one of my faves. Parking here can be a bitch. I suggest you either take an Uber up or park near the bottom and hike up by foot. And I know I know, if you’ve been doing some homework for your LA trip already, it may seem like I’m simply quoting TripAdvisor. Keep on reading to uncover more hidden places to take pictures in LA.
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Los Angeles, CA
outdoors
Hollywood Sign
Can’t say you’ve been to LA until you’ve seen the Hollywood Sign. Griffith Observatory has a nice view of it although it’s a bit distant hence the sign’s smaller. Otherwise, 3000 Canyon Lake Drive is also a good spot. You could always do the actual hike up to the back of the sign as well. (More info can be found here.) Even better yet, take a helicopter tour!
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Los Angeles, CA
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Stahl House
This has been on my list for the longest time and I’ve still never gotten around to checking it off despite having been to LA four times now. It’s a historic-cultural landmark that is known for its modern architectural design. More importantly, it has phenomenal views of the LA horizon. Perhaps one of the best even! Visits can only be done by tours (if I remember correctly). Visit their website for more info.
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Los Angeles, CA
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The Getty
I used to always think The Getty Museum was just one, single museum. As it turns out, there is The Getty Center and then there is The Getty Villa. Funny enough, the two are located about a 25-minute drive away. You’d think they’d be close together, but no.
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Los Angeles, CA
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The Last Bookstore
Being California’s largest used (and new) bookstore, you can expect to find some pretty amazing stuff here for dirt cheap. I came with my dad and we wanted to take their entire art section home. Definitely more than just a cute Los Angeles photo spot.
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Los Angeles, CA
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Cisco Home Melrose
Switching gears back to wall art, this is another LA icon. There are actually a bunch of really cute murals all along Melrose Avenue. My tip to you is to park somewhere along Melrose (or off to the side streets, not sure if that would be cheaper) and take a relaxing stroll around. Besides murals, there are a ton of adorable cafés and clothing shops here as well. Great spot to spend an afternoon!
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Los Angeles, CA
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Alfred Tea Room
I’m a tea over coffee type of gal so Alfred Tea has been on my radar for quite some time now. I mean punny slogans and all pink everything? They’re essentially the embodiment of Instagram!
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Los Angeles, CA
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Micheltorena Stairs
Bright and happy vibes. What’s not to love! Throw in some puppies and you got the secret formula to Instagram success.
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Los Angeles, CA
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Los Angeles
This came out in promotion for Sam Smith’s new “Too Good at Goodbyes” track. My friend and I saw this in September so it’s probably not there anymore. That’s the thing with LA… These murals and pop-up displays are constantly changing. You might read about this or that today, but the next day you go to see it, it’s already gone. Flower Gypsies do partner with a lot of brands for events though. Maybe you’ll run into another one of their stunning creations next time you’re visiting LA.
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Los Angeles, CA
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The Container Yard
It was unfortunately closed for construction during my visit in February, but I did get a glimpse of a couple murals that were on the outside. Needless to say this is for sure on my list for my next revisit.
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Newcastle upon Tyne, England
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Clayton Street
This is still sorta around The Container Yard area, but here is what’s generally called the “Arts District”. There are quite a few murals around here and there’s also a pre cool pop-up style shop right at the end of Clayton before E 5th. I couldn’t find the exact name or address on Google/Google Maps, but like Melrose, this is a fun little neighborhood to explore. During daylight of course. DTLA doesn’t exactly have the best rep for safety.
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Los Angeles, CA
outdoors
Venice
Continuing with the mural theme, Venice Beach has some amazing artwork too. And well, beach days are always a good idea period.
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Los Angeles, CA
outdoors
Venice Canals
While you’re in the Venice Beach neighborhood, you might as well head on over to the Venice canals. I’ve honestly been dying to see this Venice replica but I’ve somehow never made it there for some strange reason. Let me know in the comments section below if you visit after reading this so I can live vicariously through you!
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Beverly Hills, CA
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The Beverly Hills Hotel
I remember first seeing this from @ohhcouture’s IG feed and all of a sudden this became the “it” spot for most Instagrammable places in LA. I personally never understood the hype and haven’t stepped foot in the hotel myself, but I’ll admit that it’s cute.
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Los Angeles, CA
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Eastern Columbia Lofts
Designed by Claud Beelman, the Eastern Columbia Building is slowly on the rise to becoming one of the most Instagrammed spots in LA.
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Los Angeles, CA
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Walt Disney Concert Hall
In the mood for an orchestra performance? This LA Phil concert hall will blow you away. (Get it? Wind orchestra instruments… Blow… Okay sorry that was too forced.)
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Los Angeles, CA
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Hollywood Walk of Fame
This is a dead given. Who doesn’t want to see their favorite celebrity’s star and take a picture with it!?
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Los Angeles, CA
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Petersen Automotive Museum
Prime LA photo spot if you’re into urban landscape photography.
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Los Angeles, CA
outdoors
Jerome C. Daniel Overlook above the Hollywood Bowl
Hollywood Bowl Overlook – short for Jerome C. Daniel Overlook above the Hollywood Bowl. I attempted to visit during my February road trip, but there was too much to see, too little time. Remember to bring your tripod for some epic light trail shots.
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Los Angeles, CA
restaurants
Republique
’ve come to know about this restaurant as early as 2015, but again, still haven’t been. (The list of things to do in LA simply never ends!) The food is supposedly heavenly and their décor is on point. Half of dining is about the restaurant’s ambiance. I can see why Republique is so well-liked!
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Los Angeles, CA
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The Hollywood Roosevelt
In my “A Local’s Guide to Hollywood’s Best Nightlife” post, I mentioned how friggin’ adorable The Rosy Oyster is. They recently opened summer of 2017 and even the hotel itself is #aestheticgoals.
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Los Angeles, CA
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Restaurant at Mama Shelter
Yet another bar (that I haven’t been), but this one has a rooftop view. Nothing and I mean nothinggggg beats a panoramic view. And can we please talk about how vibrant and colorful it is !??!?!?! Love love love!
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Los Angeles, CA
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Bradbury Building
Known for its skylit atrium, this five-story office building is a hit for urban photography.
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Los Angeles, CA
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The Grove
I highly recommend getting your Christmas shopping done here because boy do they dress up these retail spaces for the holidays!
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Malibu, CA
restaurants
Mastro's Ocean Club
Okay okay, one last restaurant, I promise. Even though Mastro’s is really located in Malibu, not in LA, the drive honestly isn’t even that bad and wait until you see the stellar sights here! Ocean view dining? Yes please! More info can be found in my “9 Must-Try Restaurants in Los Angeles” guide.
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Los Angeles, CA
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Los Angeles
This piece by Oakland-based artist Allison Torneros, aka Hueman, is probably one of my favorite murals in LA. I just love how murals can transform a simple, blank space into the canvas of a creative mind.
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Los Angeles, CA
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Los Angeles
This is a collaboration piece between local LA artist Vyal and graffitist RISK. I couldn’t find the exact name for this mural, but I’ve decided to call it the “Watching Eyes”. The eyes are Vyal’s signature and they are meant to be watching passersby, which I guess is a genius idea because EightyTwo is sorta an arcade/bar. Gotta keep an eye out for the popo if shit goes down hahaa.
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West Hollywood, CA
restaurants
Catch LA
Shifting gears to food, LA hands down has one of the world’s most Instagrammable restaurant scenes. For detailed information on dining at Catch LA,
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Anaheim, CA
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Disneyland Park
Technically not in LA, but it’s the happiest place on earth! We could all spread a little joy and positivity here and there.
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