My Top Three Cool Things to do in LA
So I wasn’t born and raised in LA, but having lived here for over eight years has given me a good sense of what’s really worth doing (as opposed to all the things that get hyped up to unreasonable proportions because they seem like LA bucket list essentials!). The first of those cool things to do in LA: take a stroll up and down Abbott Kinney, located in historic Venice Beach. Second on tap: hike to Griffith Park Observatory (accessible by Los Feliz Blvd) and take in the view. Third: hit Korea Town for some authentic dim sum in a town with the second largest Korean population outside of Korea!
Think Outside the Box: Jazzy Happenings in Los Angeles
The most important thing about finding hip LA happenings is learning to avoid thinking like a tourist. Better to think like a historian, or for all those movie lovers, thinking like a location scout could afford you with an authentic tour of Hollywood without having to board a double decker bus. One of the greatest things about the Internet is that fun facts (ie: where all the scenes in the movie Chinatown were shot) are at your fingertips. Get creative about what inspires you and before long, you’ll find that Los Angeles has lots of gems just waiting to be re-discovered.
The Definition of Cool: LA Chill Out Activities
Go. Go. Go. Laundry, bills, dishes, work, cook, clean, pick-ups, drop-offs, birthday parties, cocktail parties, an endless list of emails still to write. Sometimes the best things to do are all about finding ways to un-do the stress of everyday. In LA the hustle is practically the city’s heartbeat, but luckily there are ways to unwind with cool happenings in LA, specifically geared towards relaxing. If you’ve ever wanted to try acupuncture but aren’t sure if your insurance covers it, check out the acupuncture school on De Soto in downtown LA that offers accredited treatment for a steal.
Hip Activities in Los Angeles for Uncool Types
I am not a cool person. I have rituals that involve unnecessary repetition and seemingly meaningless logic. When I decide to do something other than work (which also excludes any activity that can be directly related to work, including socializing), it takes a lot to actually make the thing happen. However, I’ve recently discovered the coolest of the interesting activities in LA: attending talks at public libraries. The talks are very often interesting. When they’re not, I wander to the DVD section and rent a movie with my library card, which always feels like I’m getting something for free (because I am).