Hidden Gems of Los Angeles

We all love LA and the most well-known spots in this world-famous city, but there comes a time and place that we wanna do as the locals do.

Bring in the Hidden Gems of Los Angeles—we here at Stuff in LA know that the places off the beaten path are often the best. We've gathered a bunch of awesome hidden gems in all the different parts of Los Angeles.



Hidden Gems of Hollywood

  • The Ritz Paris’ Chef François Perret to stop by Grand Central Market for FREE desserts

      LOS ANGELES, CA — Grand Central Market is one of DTLA and Los Angeles’s hottest spots for its vibrant atmosphere and choice foods. It’s about to get even more exciting on Thursday, March 14; then, François Perret, Pastry Chef at The Ritz Paris, will be at Grand Central Market for a unique event. All […]

  • fun shui pop up event art decor Fun Shui: A Grand Central Market pop-up marketplace for art, design, and home decor

      LOS ANGELES, CA — Grand Central Market has some of Los Angeles’ most storied history, interesting food, and unique sights. Joining the fun is the appropriately named Fun Shui, a marketplace that will showcase some of the area’s top designers as they sell their art, photography, home decor, plants, candles and aromatherapy and records. […]

  • israeli consulate mural don rimx Hollywood High School Celebrates Diversity with New Mural led by the Israeli Consulate in LA

      LOS ANGELES, CA — Los Angeles is known for its impressive wall art scene, and entering the fray is a new mural that not only seeks to be an awesome photo op, but also an opportunity to spread the ideals of promoting diversity and peace. Representatives of Hollywood High School, the Israeli Consulate in […]

  • domes wisdome la Wisdome LA: Arts District’s immersive art and musical experience all housed in 5 huge domes

    LOS ANGELES, CA — The LA Arts District has a new kid on the block: Wisdome LA, which is an impressive 35,000 square feet space filled with 5 huge immersive domes featured at the likes of Coachella, Burning Man, and Lightning in a Bottle. What’s inside? It’s tough to explain in words, but we’ll do […]

  • Larchmont Village: The Coolest Small LA Neighborhood You’ve Never Heard Of

    One of the most gratifying feelings is being in such a large, well-known city such as Los Angeles and discovering a hidden location well-known to those in the immediate area, but virtually unknown outside of it. Larchmont Village is one of those. Where: Larchmont Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90004 What: Hidden gem, cozy community, fun […]

  • Cute and Cozy Brunch (and Everything Else) Spot: Alcove Cafe and Bakery

    Cute little cafe in Los Feliz for breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, and midnight snackin’? YES. STUFF TO DO IN LOS ANGELES | THINGS TO DO | HOLLYWOOD | LOS FELIZ | ALCOVE CAFE AND BAKERY WHERE: Alcove Cafe, 1929 Hillhurst Ave Los Angeles, CA 90027 WHAT: Cute, hipster, cafe, brunch, dinner, trendy, hip, happy hour, […]

  • The Vintage Yet Modern Architecture of the Carroll Ave Victorian Houses

    WHERE: Carroll Ave and Douglas St, Los Angeles, CA 90189 WHAT: Victorian houses, old-style homes, photo op, date spot, hidden gem, unique, romantic, quirky, hipster WHEN: Year-round! HOW MUCH: Absolutely free! PARKING: Tons of free street parking! STUFF TO DO IN LOS ANGELES | HOLLYWOOD | CARROLL AVENUE VICTORIAN HOUSES Now this is a hidden […]

  • Hidden Exercise in the Neighborhood: Los Feliz Heights Steps

    WHERE: Cromwell Ave and Bonvue Ave; Los Angeles County Monument 657; Los Angeles, CA 90027 WHAT: Workout steps, steps, hidden gem, LA County monument, walk, good dog walk area WHEN: Year-round HOW MUCH: Free!!! PARKING: In the neighborhood (street parking); check signs Up the secret Steps between the eccentric mansions around Mount Hollywood. #losangeles #losfeliz […]

  • Los Feliz Hidden Gem: Shakespeare Bridge

    WHERE: Franklin Ave & St George St Los Angeles, CA 90027 WHAT: Beautiful bridge, romantic, date spot, cute, photo op, jogger location, landmark, photography WHEN: Year-round HOW MUCH: Free PARKING: You can drive across or park nearby (street parking) STUFF TO DO IN LOS ANGELES | HIDDEN GEM | HOLLYWOOD | LOS FELIZ | SHAKESPEARE […]

  • The Amazing Views of the Awesome Mulholland Drive

    WHERE: From the 405 to the 101 Los Angeles, CA 90189; Beverly Crest WHAT: Awesome scenic drive, beautiful, view of LA, La La Land view, city lights, photo op, date spot, makeout point WHEN: Year-round HOW MUCH: FREE PARKING: You can park along the road in certain areas to stop Mulholland Drive is a BEAUTIFUL […]

Hidden Gems of Pasadena/SGV

  • The Hidden Pasadena Gem: Arlington Garden

    Who knew such a cute garden existed in Pasadena? WHERE: 295 Arlington Dr, Pasadena, CA 91105 WHAT: Cute, romantic, photo op, photo shoots, peaceful, calming WHEN: Year-round HOW MUCH: FREE PARKING: Free street parking Guest writer: Tremaine Tremaine likes to find 10-minute spots and make them 2-hour spots. Serenity. Tough to find that in LA, […]

  • Best Ice Cream in Alhambra?: Fosselman’s Ice Cream

    Best ice cream in Alhambra and maybe the San Gabriel Valley. Disagree? Prove it with free scoops. WHERE: 1824 W Main St, Alhambra, CA 91801 WHAT: Ice cream, old-timey, candy, taro ice cream (!!!) WHEN: Year-round HOW MUCH: $3-5 per scoop PARKING: Free parking lot Guest writer: Tremaine Tremaine’s favorite flavor of ice cream is […]

  • The Great Waterfall of Pasadena: Eaton Canyon Natural Area

    There’s a waterfall you can hike to in Pasadena, Los Angeles. No, we’re serious. WHERE: 1750 N Altadena Dr, Pasadena, CA 91107 WHAT: Hiking, waterfall, not too difficult, trail WHEN: Year-round HOW MUCH: Free!! PARKING: Lots, ALSO FREE!!!!! Guest writer: Tremaine Tremaine wears SPF 80+. https://www.instagram.com/p/BQ7Zi4olRTP You want to do something fun. …Like maybe with […]

  • The Weird and Wacky Pasadena Hidden Gem: Fork in the Road

    WHERE: 200 Bellefontaine St, Pasadena, CA 91105 WHAT: Statue, funny, cute, literal fork in the road, punny, photo op, date spot WHEN: Year-round HOW MUCH: Free PARKING: Street parking STUFF TO DO IN LOS ANGELES | PASADENA | SAN GABRIEL VALLEY | SGV | FORK IN THE ROAD Forkin’ around in Pasadena. 🍴 #AdventureTime #ForkInTheRoad […]

Hidden Gems of Santa Monica

  • LA Nesquik Pop-Up Milk Stop: Delicious drinks, fun photo ops, and best of all, free

    2/17/2020 – UPDATE: Of course, since this was a pop-up shop, it is no longer open. This article remains for historical purposes. SANTA MONICA, CA — Walking around Santa Monica’s Third Street Promenade, visitors have come to love all of its classic sights and sounds: the lines of trendy shops, the ivy-lined dinosaurs gushing water […]

  • seas cafe snacks ucla SEAS Cafe at UCLA Boelter Hall is Every Student’s Dream Spot

    UCLA hidden gem, student-run, super cheap snacks and coffee and ramen, study spot in Westwood. Oh SEAS Cafe, is there anything you don’t have, that you don’t provide? The short answer is no. The long answer is nooooooooo. WHERE: University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Boelter Hall, 5th Floor, in the back WHAT: Student-run quick […]

  • omusubi onigiri japanese rice ball seaweed nori Sunny Blue: Japanese Onigiri and Omusubi Rice Balls in Santa Monica

    Fresh, filling, and light Japanese onigiri (also known as omusubi or rice balls with filling) in a hip joint in Santa Monica. Definitely a nice place to go to if you like Japanese food, if you’re a foodie in general, or if you just want a nice snack while you’re walking down the fun Main […]

  • tsujita restaurant storefront japanese ramen tsukemen Sawtelle Blvd: West LA’s Asian Food Mecca

    Whether you’re craving sushi, tofu soup, ramen, dumplings, cream puffs, smoothies, and…well, everything else, Sawtelle is the place to be if you’re looking for amazing Asian food in West LA. Tsujita LA Artisan Noodles, a staple of Sawtelle Blvd. (Daily Bruin) Where: Sawtelle Japantown, Los Angeles, CA What: Food, dessert, date spot, shopping When: Year-round […]

  • holmby short golf course par 3 Holmby Park and Armand Hammer Golf Course (Pony / Par 3)

    A little neighborhood golf in a nice little Beverly Hills neighborhood that’s absolutely perfect for beginners or for experienced players working on their short game. Oh yeah, and it’s also great for bocce ball and for walking dogs–just look out for golf balls! WHERE: 601 Club View Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90024 WHAT: Chip (pitch) […]

  • Atticus Creamery & Pies: Complete Flavor Review of Ice Cream and Pies

    Awesome pies and awesome flavors of ice cream all in West LA and with great service to boot, Atticus Creamery and Pies knocks it out of the park. WHERE: 10893 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064 WHAT: Fun flavors of ice cream, awesome pies, dessert place, date spot WHEN: Year-round HOW MUCH: Expect to […]

  • Old School Pharmacy Ice Cream Shop: Thrifty Ice Cream

    The best ice cream in Westwood could be in RITE AID! WHERE: Westwood, Los Angeles, CA; 1001 S Glendon Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90024 WHAT: Ice cream, bang for your buck, old school, within a Rite Aid, cylindrical shape, foodie WHEN: Year-round HOW MUCH: $3-$5/person PARKING: Street parking, assorted lots STUFF TO DO IN LOS […]

  • A Beautiful Photo Op at the Beverly Hills Sign and Gardens

    The 90210 like you’ve never seen before–actually, you’ve probably seen this place in the movies or something. WHERE: North Santa Monica Blvd and North Beverly Drive; Beverly Hills, CA 90210 WHAT: Cute, romantic, photo op, photo shoots, peaceful, calming, Hollywood, typical LA, bougie WHEN: Year-round HOW MUCH: FREE PARKING: Free street parking Guest writer: Tremaine […]

  • Marina Del Rey Holiday Boat Parade

    Marina Del Rey has an amazing Christmas light boat and yacht parade every year—and it’s completely free. ALSO, fireworks! WHERE: 13755 Fiji Way Marina Del Rey, CA 90292 WHAT: Boat parade, Christmas, holiday cheer, fun, family, photo op, fireworks WHEN: December every year HOW MUCH: Free!! PARKING: Lots, ALSO FREE!!!!! Guest writer: Tremaine Tremaine used […]

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