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HIK­ING LA is known for its canyons and you can get spec­tac­u­lar views from the hik­ing trails. This does not have to be an all-day thing, con­sider it more as your daily ex­er­cise. dis­cov­er­losan­ge­les.com/blog/ hik­ing-los-an­ge­les-las-best-trails

BROAD MU­SEUM Yet an­other rea­son to hang out Down­town. This new mu­seum needs to be booked in ad­vance lest you fancy a very long wait – un­less you have an elec­tric car as they of­fer free plug-in and pri­or­ity park­ing. It houses the 2000+ pri­vate col­lec­tion of post-war and con­tem­po­rary art of phi­lan­thropists Eli and Edythe Broad. the­broad.org

LACMA If you just can’t face an­other shop/gallery, visit the out­side of LACMA (the largest art mu­seum in the US) any time of the day, but at dusk it is bril­liant with the vin­tage street lights shin­ing from Ur­ban Light, an art in­stal­la­tion by Chris Bur­den that con­sists of 202 re­stored street lamps from the 1920s and 1930s. lacma.org

ROSE BOWL FLEAMARKET On the sec­ond Sun­day of ev­ery month this mar­ket re­port­edly has more than 2000 stalls. Get there early be­fore it gets too hot and you’ll soon find your stride among the vin­tage cloth­ing and tex­tiles, fur­ni­ture and bric-a-brac. There are smaller flea mar­kets all over LA, just keep an eye out in Sil­ver Lake, Mel­rose and be­yond. rgc­shows.com/rose­bowl.aspx

and lunch with much of the pro­duce com­ing from the Santa Monica Farm­ers Mar­ket. pal­i­hous­esan­ta­mon­ica.com

THE SURFRIDER A new ho­tel housed in an iconic build­ing, the re­mod­elled old Surfrider Beach Club, has re­cently opened, suf­fused with the nos­tal­gia of the by­gone days of 60s beach life. Con­ve­niently lo­cated on Pa­cific Coast High­way op­po­site Mal­ibu Farm. thesurfri­d­er­mal­ibu.com

MAL­IBU FARM I love that a farm cafe is housed on a his­toric wooden pier on the Pa­cific Ocean with views of long board­ers rid­ing the fa­mous peel­ing waves at Surfrider Beach. Swedish owner, He­lene Hen­der­son grows and of­fers fresh lo­cal pro­duce from her two-acre or­ganic farm in Mal­ibu, and serves de­li­cious healthy meals in two spa­ces stylishly kit­ted out by lo­cal de­signer, Vanessa Alexan­der who seam­lessly mar­ries Swedish and Cal­i­for­nian aes­thet­ics. mal­ibu-farm.com

THE AN­CHOR The ul­ti­mate spot to en­joy fresh de­li­cious seafood and a glass of wine in a cool set­ting imag­ined by de­signer Sally Breer. Try the lob­ster roll and oys­ters that get ev­ery­one su­per ex­cited. thean­chor­venice. squares­pace.com

GJUSTA This is the per­fect place to start your LA ad­ven­tures as it’s a short ride from LAX and the per­fect in­tro to Cal­i­for­nia. Good healthy fresh fod­der that makes you feel all the bet­ter for eat­ing it! Find it first (it has no sign), then nav­i­gate the or­der­ing sys­tem (grab a ticket) and soak up the sun­shine out back. You will come back again and again. gjusta.com

GEN­ERAL STORE This shop made wall hang­ings, macramé, pot­tery and in­cense cool again. Its aes­thetic is in­ter­twined with what we think of as the essence of mod­ern Cal­i­for­nia, with a sim­ple store fit-out of pine shelv­ing, tie-dyed change room cur­tains, and lo­cally made table­ware, jew­ellery, art, books, ob­jets and cacti. Check out the food at Su­perba across the road, and Trades­men next door for great men’s clothes. shop-gen­er­al­store.com; su­per­bafoodand­bread.com; trades­men­losan­ge­les.com

ABBOT KIN­NEY BOULE­VARD Take a stroll along Abbot Kin­ney Boule­vard, there’s plenty of gems. Look for Tor­toise, The Butcher’s Daugh­ter and Toms – the cafe here is re­ally cool, as are the shoes. tor­toisegen­er­al­store. com; the­butch­ers­daugh­ter.com; toms.com

GEN­ERAL AD­MIS­SION What’s a visit to a surf beach without check­ing out some surf­boards! This store has some­thing for ev­ery­one, boards and more. With their own range of cloth­ing, caps and shoes you can walk out look­ing like a lo­cal. gen­er­al­ad­mis­sion.us

EAMES CASE STUDY HOUSE For de­sign and ar­chi­tec­ture buffs this is a must – the house and stu­dio of Charles and Ray Eames that they de­signed and built in 1949. Known as Case Study House No.8 it sits nes­tled among eu­ca­lyp­tus trees with views to the ocean in Pa­cific Pal­isades. Book­ings are es­sen­tial. eames­foun­da­tion.org/visit/how-to-visit

THE GETTY VILLA Built in the early 1970s, the Getty Villa is mod­elled af­ter a first­cen­tury Ro­man coun­try home with an im­pres­sive gar­den of foun­tains, ar­bours and re­flect­ing ponds. In­spi­ra­tion is in its pat­terns, colour and spa­tial flow. getty.edu/visit/villa

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