Combined Suggestions, Hollywood
Go to Rodeo Drive!
Every visitor to Beverly Hills ends up in Rodeo Drive at some point. Highend designer shops and celebrity-watching are the draws of this walk. Along the way it's easy to tell the locals from the visitors, for the fermer emerge from luxury vehicles.
Fondest memory: Like I said I don't know much about Hollywood. I spent some time at The walk of fame. I found it very cool and interesting. I guess everybody do...
In the picture there's me with the foot and hand prints of Mel Gibson.
do the Universal Studios thing. it's hokey to natives but i've never known an out of towner who didn't get a bang out of it.
Fondest memory: I love how it seems practically everybody is in the business here and shares a passionate loves for movies. there's nothing like going to the Grauman's Chinese theatre on opening nite of a highly anticipated movie- the charge in the audience is palpable.
Favorite thing: Grauman's Chinese Theater is a must. Please visit the Chinese Theater Travelogue. There you'll see hand and footprints of famous stars of the past and present. Walk the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Visit Fredrick of Hollywood's Lingerie Museum. Enjoy beautiful people watching while lounging by the pool of your hotel or at nearby Santa Monica beach.
Hollywood does not just offer the "Russian Pharoah", Yul Brenner, and Russian espionage films, but it has everyday Russian culture on its streets. One can encounter some Russian restaurants, shops, convenience stores and Russian owned businesses in the same town of the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Mann's Chinese and the other well-known venues of Tinseltown.
Note: Parts of neighboring West Hollywood are heavily Russian and similarly East European.
List of Some Russian Stores in Hollywood:
Ariel Market- 7512 W Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90046
Robert's Russian Cuisine- 1603 N La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028
Russian Media Group- 7706 Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90046
Russia (Restaurant)- 1714 North Ivar, Los Angeles, 90028
Russian Community Church- 1711 North Van Ness, L.A. 90028
Jon's Market (lots of Russian food featured)- 5311 Santa Monica Blvd, L.A. 90028
Golden Fish store- 7324 Santa Monica Blvd, L.A. 90028
Try a bit of Thai in Hollywood- not just in a restaurant but at various points, especially along Hollywood Blvd. Thai Town is the official tourist strip to experience Thai culture but throughout the L.A. pocket of Hollywood, Thai presence can be felt. Outside of Thailand, would you believe that Tinseltown is home to the biggest population of Thai people? Believe that!
Pics to come!
This ethnic enclave took root especially in the 1920s.
Go to this site where there is good transit info and on where to go for a beginner Thai experience.
Ride the Metro Red Line, get off at the Hollywood/Western stop and arrive straight to Thai Town