Complete Itinerary For A Weekend in Los Angeles
A weekend in Los Angeles is just about the perfect amount of time to experience a quick taste of what the city has to offer. Our itinerary and guide covers a bit of entertainment, art, nature and a whole lot of good food and relaxation for you to enjoy the perfect getaway weekend in Los Angeles.
Day 0: Checking In
Live like a celebrity during your weekend in Los Angeles by checking into a suite of one of the many world-class hotels in the city. The classics like Hotel Bel-Air, Beverly Hills Hotel, Mondrian and SLS Hotel are some of Suiteness favorites – and celeb favorite hangout places too!
The next thing you should do when in Los Angeles is rent a car. Yes, despite the popular horrible L.A. traffic, driving a car is the best way to get around town.
Day 1: Life’s a Beach
Los Angeles is as famous for it many beaches as it is for Hollywood. From the ultra rich Malibu to the casual and Boho Venice Beach, options are plenty – as long as you make the time!
Kick off your long weekend in Los Angeles slowly and relaxed along the casual and carefree neighborhood of Venice. A must go spot for fun and quirky shopping and some good deals if you know the art of negotiation, Venice is lined with quirky shops and boutiques. You will not find any retail chains or big brands here. Head over to Abbot Kinney Blvd, the hip city street for more art, food trucks and boutiques and grab breakfast from the popular bakery, Gjelina. If you’re here on a long weekend and if it is the first Friday of the month, you can catch the Abbot Kinney First Fridays: a free to attend event that supports local businesses. Pick up some unique and artsy home ware, clothing and more. A 10 minute walk from there is the beautiful Vince Canals Walkway to enjoy a light stroll passing by beautiful homes and boats. Since we are talking Venice, it is worth mentioning the Venice Art Crawl hosted quarterly on third Thursdays, that celebrates the creative neighborhood’s independent artists. You could check out the non-profit’s site to see what spots are covered, and explore them for yourself if you can’t make it to one of their events.
Santa Monica is another destination you can cover the same day. Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica is Los Angeles Westside’s prominent shopping destination and great for some spontaneous shopping with plenty of restaurants and bars nearby. The Santa Monica Pier is within walking distance (you can rent bikes to get around Santa Monica too) and is more family friendly than Venice. Grab a drink at The Penthouse – the rooftop restaurant and bar at the Huntley Hotel at Santa Monica Beach. Relax with a signature cocktail in a beach cabana while indulging in fantastic culinary creations while enjoying a stunning, panoramic oceanfront view of Los Angeles. And if you’re still charged up, brave the commute to Downtown L.A. for some more nightlife at Seven Grand or Perch or head to Hollywood for some partying at popular nightclubs like GreyStone Manor or The Sayers Club.
Day 2: Hangout like a celebrity
And no we’re not saying Hollywood Walk of Fame (although if you’re a first time visitor, walking down Hollywood Blvd and checking out the Walk of Fame, Chinese Theater, Dolby Theater and pointing to the Hollywood sign atop Hollywood Hills are all things you should do!). Day 2 is for Beverly Hills and West Hollywood, to stroll along streets lined with designer mansions, high-end retail stores, art galleries, museums and trendy cafes and restaurants.
For early starters, a hike on Runyon Canyon is a great way to energize on your fabulous weekend in Los Angeles. Known for the sweeping views of the city and celebrity spotting, the trail is also an off-leash dog park. Hit up The Polo Lounge in Beverly Hills Hotel for brunch, if you don’t mind the slightly long commute. The celebrity-favorite intimate restaurant was constructed in 1941 and has a bar, a dining room and one of the most beautiful flowered patios. Another equally beautiful option, and probably closer is The Ivy on the celeb favorite boutique district, Robertson Blvd. Follow brunch with a visit to the Museum Row, Miracle Mile on Wilshire Blvd. You could go to Kayne Griffin Corcoran – the contemporary art gallery featuring works by James Turrell, David Lynch and Daniel Knorr or the Los Angeles County Museum of Art – the world-class attraction that features more than 128,000 works of art from Vincent Van Gogh to David Hockney.
For those of you not interested in historic and contemporary art, perhaps retail art would impress? Hit upg Rodeo Drive – the high-end fashion store hub with the likes of Prada and Chanel. Even if you don’t intend to buy anything, it’s a great place to people watch. While you’re in Beverly Hills, try and drive past Spadena House, also known as The Witch’s House – a charming little storybook house that’s a popular offbeat attraction in L.A. You could also head over to Bel-Air if you have the time. The high-end residential neighborhood is worth a visit, but if you would rather chill with a drink, then head on over to The Bazaar by José Andrés to enjoy their Smoke on the Water, or for people who dare the traffic, The Upright Citizens Brigade Theater – a comedy club in Hollywood is a great idea to laugh the night away.
Of course, 2 days just isn’t enough time to explore the entire city and everything it has to offer. But this itinerary should give you a good start to what should be a series of recurring visits to the City of Angels. If you would like to explore more options, popular neighborhoods, off-beat things to do and best places to stay, check out our City Guide: Los Angeles.