If you’re not from Los Angeles, the first thing that will likely pop into your mind is Hollywood. However, this city has so much more to offer than just tours around Hollywood Boulevard in hopes of seeing a celebrity. Our guide will help you make the most of your 48 hours in LA from a local’s perspective as we highlight all of the best’s places to stay, eat, drink, see and more.


Los Angeles is by no means a walking city, nor does it have the public transportation that other cities offer. After flying into LAX, you’ll want to take an Uber or Lyft from the airport to your next destination.



Whether you’re staying at Hotel Erwin (mid) in Venice or the Viceroy (mid) in Santa Monica, you’ll be close to all that the Westside has to offer. Escape to the beach, enjoy the boardwalk and discover Los Angeles’ hidden gems.

Hotel Erwin (via Hotel Erwin)/Viceroy (via Viceroy Hotels and Resorts)


If you’re looking to escape the beachside crowds, checkout the Beverly Hills and West Hollywood areas. Home to beautiful accommodations like Le Petit Ermitage (mid) and the Beverly Hills Hotel (high), you’ll be a short drive from West Hollywood’s lively nightlife.

Le Petit Ermitage (via La Petit Ermitage)/Beverly Hills Hotel (via Dorchester Collection)


If Downtown Los Angeles and Silverlake is more your style, you’ll definitely want to check-in to Ace Hotel (mid), JW Marriott (mid) or Hotel Covell (mid) depending on your budget. Be sure to take advantage of the Ace’s amazing roof top bar that’s always drawing a good looking crowd.

Ace Hotel (via Expedia)/JW Marriott (via Expedia)/Hotel Covell (via LA Times)




Head over to Blue Daisy in Santa Monica or Gjusta in Venice where they have a delicious selection of breakfast items. A local’s favorite, Gjusta has just about everything from pastries to fresh baked bread.

Blue Daisy (via Yelp)/Gjusta (via Habit and Home)


If you’re planning a lunch on the Westside, you can’t go wrong with Bay Cities Deli, Gjelina or even making the trek to Nobu in Malibu. Each option is iconic of West LA with Bay Cities Deli having close to 4,000 reviews on Yelp.

Bay Cities Deli (via Yelp)/Gjelina (via Food Network)/Nobu Malibu (via Nobu Restaurants)


End your night on a good note with an unforgettable meal at a restaurant like Giorgio Baldi, Scopa or Capo. You’ll definitely have to be in the mood for Italian, but these are some of the best in the entire city.

Giorgio Baldi (via Giorgio Baldi)/Scopa (via the Infatuation)/Capo (via Capo Restaurant)



You don’t have to go far from your hotel to get a quality cup of coffee or something for breakfast. Head to the Fountain Coffee Room at the Beverly Hills Hotel or swing by Alfred Coffee in the Alley for delicious bagels and drinks.

Fountain Coffee Room (via Purple Passport)/Alfred Coffee in the Alley (Alfred Coffee)


Mauro’s Cafe at Fred Segal, La Scala and Gracias Madre are all viable options if you looking for something quick or a place to just and relax.

Mauro’s Cafe (via Yelp)/La Scala (via Yelp)/Gracias Made (via Bella Mag)


Get a taste of some of West Hollywood’s best restaurants including Madeo, Dan Tana’s and Sushi Park. Between classic Italian fare and sushi, these are two Los Angeles staples.

Madeo (via Utrip)/Dan Tana’s (via Yelp)/Sushi Park (via @jonsplates)



Get up early and enjoy one of the most popular eateries in all of Los Angeles, Bottega Louie. Most people come here for their pastries and macarons, but they have plenty more to choose from. If you’re looking to explore Silverlake, Sqirl is a hot new restaurant, they’re food is beyond comparable.

Bottega Louie (via Love Lux Life)/Sqirl (via Food Network)


In the mood for ramen? Checkout Daikokuya in Little Tokyo. Craving Spanish cuisine? Head over to Bäco Mercat. Traveling with a group and want to please everyone? Find variety of cuisines at Grand Central Market.

Daikokuya (via Happening in DTLA)/Baco Mercat (via LA Times)/Grand Central Market (via LA Times)


Treat yourself to a fine dining experience at one of Los Angeles hottest restaurants like Bestia, Otium or L & E Oyster Bar. Located next to the Broad Museum, Otium is a beautiful space with the food to match.

Bestia (via The Infatuation)/Otium (via The Infatuation)/L & E Oyster Bar (via Timeout)



Cap off your night with a drink at The Lincoln or Old Lightning in Venice or at Soho House Malibu, a place reserved for an exclusive crowd. Step back in time with 50’s decor at Old Lightning as you forego your cell phone and enjoy the company of your group.

The Lincoln (via Eater)/Soho House Malibu (via Soho House)


Speaking of exclusive, rub shoulders with A-listers at LA hot spots like Delilah, Nice Guy and Chateau Marmont. Delilah is the new “it” venue for special occasions, so be sure to make your reservations or know somebody at the door.

Delilah (via Haper’s Bazaar)/Nice Guy (via Racked)/Chataeu Marmont (via Table8)


Downtown and Silverlake are definitely a popular place for bar hopping and among the local favorites are and Bar Covell, Tenants of the Trees and Bar Stella.

Bar Covell (via Timeout)/Tenants of the Trees (via Vogua)/Bar Stella (via Timeout)



Venice’s Abbot Kinney offers a row of boutiques like Kit and Ace and STAG Provisions all in walking distance.

Kit and Ace (via Kit and Ace)/STAG Provisions (via CSocial Front)


Find Los Angeles’ best contemporary and luxury stores within a few blocks from each including at Melrose Place where you’ll find stores like A.P.C., Marc Jacobs Man and RRL. H. Lorenzo and Maxfield also top the best stores along this popular shopping street. For even more shopping, make your way to La Brea to stop into and Union and American Rag or FourTwoFour Fairfax.

If you haven’t found what you are looking for yet, try your luck on 3rd St. for trendy boutiques or at the Grove for well known department stores and retailers.

A.P.C (via Haute Living)/American Rag (via Racked)/Maxfield (RSVP Gallery)/FourTwoFour Fairfax (High Snobiety)


If you’re not shopping in the areas mentioned above, Silverlake is a great place to find great retailers like Mohawk General Store and independent labels like Buck Mason.

Mohawk General Store (via Monocle)/Buck Mason (via Racked)



Located off the 405, the Getty Center is the perfect place to take in some culture and appreciate priceless works of art.

Image via Getty


An icon of Los Angeles, LACMA is a photographer’s dream come true with special works of art inside and out.

The 48 Hour City Guide: Los Angeles

Image via LACMA


Los Angeles is filled with an array of museums and unique architecture in Downtown including the Broad, MOCA, Disney Concert Hall and Griffith Observatory

Broad (via Curbed)/Moca (via Moca)/Disney Concert Hall (via Sandra Esprinet)/Griffith Observatory (via Canyon News)



Break a sweat, not the bank, the Santa Monica Stairs and beaches are sure to get your heart racing.

Santa Monica Stairs (via Stylish Travel Girl)/Santa Monica Beach (via Fine Art America)


Take a spin class at Cycle House, climb at a wall at Rise Nation, attend a class at Barry’s Bootcamp and hike through Runyon Canyonyour options are endless.

Cycle House (via Gilt)/Rise Nation (via LA Times)/Barry’s Bootcamp (via LAX Magazine)/Runyon Canyon (via Burn This)


You will also find a number of places to choose in DTLA including gyms like City Athletix and Equinox, yoga studios and more.

City Athletix (via 15sport)/Equinox (via Yoga Downtown)

48 hours is a short amount of time in this sprawling city, but we picked out the best of the best in every part of town to make the most of it.