Getty Center is the rich uncle of Los Angeles area museums. Several millions worth of art pieces, museum programs in the arts, including music, as well as education and building construction make the Getty quite a loaded institution. Although arguably, The Getty is eclipsed by LACMA (Los Angeles county museum) is presentation of overall art, there...more
Westwood Village is a central, popular Westside town center area frequented by UCLA students but is a hangout for any diner and shopper. Here, one may also catch a Hollywood premiere during the evening (as I did years back for an Eddie Murphy film) at one of the few quaint, classic small theater like the Mann Village.The iconic Westwood Building...more
If you want to experience West LA without the pretense and concern of fashion and celebrity come to the Museum of Tolerance. Here, one can explore an utter real (too real) human experience. Be prepared to contemplate the world and the perils of mankind, especially during the madness of the 20th century in the times of WW II and the Holocaust....more
The Westside Pavilion is the signature West Los Angeles mall. It is located at a few intersections along Pico Blvd, centrally at Westwood Blvd. You will find the usual mall fillings here- dept stores(Nordstrom and Robinson-May), boutiques, other shops, vendor carts food court...yada yada yada. What is unusual here and what is the best reason to...more
Skirball center is a wonderful place of cultural and the social scene in the West Los Angeles area. Though primarily an insititution of Jewish heritage, the center does extended itself rather impressively a global celebration of the arts, especially to sub-Saharan African expression. See an visual art exhibition, catch a concert and walk around the...more
Hammer Museum is a lovely, small museum in the heart of L.A. westside. Various media forms are represented and celebrated here. It is a strong center for intellectual and lighter artistic expression. Tours are conducted here, especially for students and other groups.Come on Thursdays here. All vistors get in free! If you are not so fortunate to...more
Mentioning health food and pizza together comparativelty is no longer such a farce to say in one sentence. D'amore plain cheese pizza alone is low-calorie (amazingly about 130 cal) and low-carb , if made with a thin crust. Expect nothing but fresh ingredients for toppings, including the buffalo cheese and pure olive oil. Special sodium-free Boston...more
Here's a non-fussy (or "fifi") place to eat in trendy local spot of Brentwood. Di Vita's is a Westside LA Italian eaterie that has a N.Y. mafia-esque parlor kinda feel. Despite the rise of pizza/pasta prices, expect to pay reasonable prices.What I love here:Though in trendy Brentwood, meals are affordable and crowd less pretentioussandwiches and...more
Great environment. Well, first thing you notice when you walk into the restaurant is the red lighting hehe, but your eyes will settle after a few seconds :) Very friendly staffs very good servers Favorite food is the anti pasto, spaghetti with meat sauce, and linguine with pesto sauce, more to come.more
If staying in West LA , you'll want to skip the concrete paradise and head off to that of the beach variety, namely to Santa Monica. An alternative and cost effiicent way to get there is to take an MTA bus, especially on Santa Monica Blvd. Route 4 or 304 ends just steps away from the shore, on Ocean Ave. Taking a bus cuts the price and headache of...more
If you find yourself without the car, the Metro Rapid bus 720 can get you around to some key points of West LA interest. The line runs along Wilshire, from as far west as Santa Monica and enters several different neighborhoods, including Beverly Hills, Westwood, and the small but elegant westside community of Brentwood. Warning: this is the busiest...more
If you are without the wheels, using the Culver City Bus #3 is very helpful for your West L.A trip. Instead of doing a grid-like travel on the street, the route crosses through major points of interests in the area, such as the Fox Hills Mall and Century City mall (or Westfield malls). By crossing the routes, some traffic time is cut. Any shortage...more
Oh my God! Retail heaven is here in West L.A. Two stories of fabulous merchandise! OK, Bed, Bath and Beyond is a basic chain for home decor items but this one is just simply gorgeous, stacked with luxurious- yet somewhat affordable goodies. It is very suitable the upscale West L.A. area and perhaps this is why this store has been modeled so impressively.
Anything goes for the most part of L.A.! In fashion, I have seen many wonderfully, unique and bizarre fashion. West LA is particularly hip when it comes to apparel!
or some kind of faster way of travelling on the Westside! The main complaint made over and over again about this area is the TRAFFIC! Unfortunately, this problem will continue to grow. There is much talk to extend the Red Line subway into the Westside- but for now, it is only talk! Judging the way of politics and non-action of LA government, this...more
along Avenue of the Stars in Century City! On this street, one is more likely to find a regular, white collar executive, especially during the work week, as this avenue is the financial heart of the Westside. Stick to catching a celeb in Westwood, during a Hollywood movie premiere night, or try your luck along Robertson or Wilshire, if not on 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica.
Luggage and bags:
For the girls especially, get a knock off designer purse.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: If you like to mix in with the West LA crowd, wear a black leather jacket and some cool looking shades. I know that leather seems a bit hot for the often hotter weather here but this is just a common fashion here and in the evenings, it can get rather cool.
Photo Equipment: If you love the idea of stargazing, always have a camera in this area. You'll never know what star you may spot!
Despite its share of the spotlight and being a centerpoint where a lot of action and hype occurs in West LA, Brentwood manages to stay quiet and be not noticed so much. Oh, how Brentwood likes it this way! This is a very desirable LA enclave, right up there with more notable neighbors of Beverly Hills and Santa Monica. Brentwood shares a zip code with parts of Bel Air-90049. Certainly, the upscale factor is easy to see here, with opulent buildings, shops and spectacular homes priced upwards of a million dollars of wealthy and notable figures including Hollywood-type celebrities. Perhaps, the most known and proud resident is "Governator" Arnold Schwarzenegger!
Brentwood is close to the dreafully packed 405 freeway & can claim the Getty center, which sits above in the mountains, as its own. Definitely, locals and tourists alike come into the area here- and yet, there is not much hype and attention about Brentwood which makes it a nice, tranquil place to visit.
Things to do in Brentwood:
Mainly, eat! Go for breakfast, grab lunch or have dinner at almost any of the many quaint cafes/restaurants. Most are semi-gourmet oriented. If you like Italian food, Brentwood has many Italian cuisine eateries, so many that it is known as a novo "Little Italy".
Go for scenic walks and hike in the park, near the Santa Monica Mountains.
Shop along San Vicente and Wilshire Blvd.
Maybe it's more like "an interesting thing" than favorite... It's quite peculiar and funny to me to make a West L.A. page , as I still am trying to figure out where exactly it begins or ends. Of course, this can be said of about any place in suburbanized southern California. Geographically and politically speaking, West L.A. is a zone among the...more
If you are visiting Los Angeles and want to feel very safe and be in town, Century City is perhaps the best place to stay. OK, this may seem odd to say , especially to locals who know about Century City. In the end, though, it makes perfect sense to stay here for your L.A trip...and why?Simply, Century City is well maintained in all senses and,...more
What's nice about the Westside is that there is a general attitude and strong urge to live, think and eat healthy. There are several health food stores , markets and restaurants, as well as quality yoga studios, wellness centers and gyms on the west part of the city than in the other parts. If only there was not as much smog and pollution in L.A....more