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Los Angeles is suchhhh a big city and there’s so much to explore. After paying my probably tenth (!!) visit there this past week, I’ve narrowed it down to 10 unique things to do in Los Angeles. These are uniquely LA things to do and it’s best for those who have either been to LA and done the touristy things already or those who would like to experience the city more like a local.
From hiking to beach activities and where to eat in Koreatown, I’ve got you covered!
1. Go on an Urban Hike
Urban hikes might not be unique to Los Angeles, but the views on these hikes certainly are.
During my visit to LA last week, I hiked Runyon Canyon for the first time, and I couldn’t stop every few steps to soak in the breathtaking view. I had long been wanting to stay at an Airbnb in Hollywood Hills to enjoy the city views, and now I feel like I can just come back to Runyon Canyon whenever I want to do that, for free 🙂
2. Do Yoga On a Stand-Up Paddle Board
There’s nothing more LA than yoga and time on the beach, especially when the weather is just the right amount of toasty.
We took our class with YogAqua and it was an awesome time! We not only got a workout in, our balance was also put to the test.
Wanderer Tip: You don’t have to be incredible at yoga but you should feel comfortable swimming back to your board if you do fall off
3. Take a Day Trip to Malibu
I like to think of Malibu as the Hamptons of the west coast, but more accessible. There are hikes, incredible restaurants and beautiful beaches. Taking a trip to Malibu is simply one of the best things to do in LA!
Malibu is also not as far as you’d think. When we drove from Pico Robertson to Malibu one Saturday morning, it only took us about 40 minutes to drive to our hike at Malibu Creek State Park.
If you do end up visiting Malibu, I also highly recommend you stop by Duke’s for a Mai Tai. The restaurant has good vibes and good drinks. But most of all, your chances of spotting a dolphin are high!
4. Eat KBBQ Outdoors
The Korean food in Los Angeles is out of this world. You won’t regret paying a trip to Koreatown and spending an evening eating Korean BBQ outdoors.
Two of my favorite restaurants in Ktown are:
- DaeBuDo – seafood bbq served in a parking lot with string lights! And the only restaurant’s name which I remember that serves kbbq outdoors
- Hae Jang Chong – I don’t believe they do outdoor KBBQ but this place is good nonetheless
5. Bike at the Santa Monica Boardwalk
Santa Monica might be a touristy spot, but biking along the Santa Monica boardwalk is something that visitors and locals both enjoy.
The bike trail that runs through Santa Monica is called the Marvin Braude Bike Trail is 22-miles long. Rent bikes from Santa Monica Bike Rentals for just $20/day and spend as much time biking along the boardwalk as you want.
Wanderer Tip: Go at sunset for guaranteed vibes
6. Spend a Day at Manhattan Beach
Manhattan Beach is hands down one of my favorite beaches in LA. The sand is pristine and the neighborhood is filled with beautiful homes.
7. Try Asian Street Food at the 626 Night Market
Due to its proximity to Asia, Los Angeles has a ton of good Asian food. And Korean BBQ isn’t the only thing you should try to eat while you’re visiting.
The 626 Night Market takes place in Santa Monica, Orange County, and Arcadia, with the one in Arcadia being the biggest. More than 250 food vendors show up to this night market, so you can imagine the scale!
The night market does require a $5-6 admission fee to enter and parking is free.
8. Go to a Rooftop Bar Any Time of Year
One of the beauties of being in Los Angeles is the weather is (almost) always sunny. This makes going to a rooftop bar in Los Angeles pretty feasible any time of year.
Top Rooftop Bars in Los Angeles:
- Bar Lis: panoramic views of Los Angeles – you can even see the Hollywood sign!
- Perch: located in downtown LA. Beautiful space inside and drinks are delish!
- Bar Bohemian: a part of the Citizen Public Market
- Bar Flores: Live music every Tuesday at 8pm
No matter where you go, the chances of spotting a celebrating at one of these rooftop bars is high. I have a 100% success rate after going to 2 bars. So keep your eyes peeled.
9. Eat the Best Street Tacos Outside of Mexico
Last but not least, while you’re in LA, get a some street tacos. It’ll be as if you’ve teleported to Mexico City or Cabo for a day.
Because of how close Southern California is to Mexico, the street tacos in LA or pretty authentic. Don’t miss your chance while you’re there!
Uniquely LA Things to Do
Los Angeles is truly a gem of a city. Try experiencing LA like the locals do by checking off one of the things on this list while you’re visiting.