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

Hidden Gems of Pasadena/SGV

  • The Hidden Pasadena Gem with a Rock Spiral Maze: Arlington Garden

    Who knew such a cute garden existed in Pasadena? By Aesthetic Andie   Serenity. Tough to find that in LA, IMO. Come into a random Pasadena neighborhood, and you’ll find Arlington Garden. Lot of street parking around, which is serenity in and of itself. Oh, and it’s free–what more peace can you even want? Tons […]

  • 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, Fosselman’s. By Foodie Freddie I ALWAYS WANTED TO BE AN ARCHAEOLOGIST That’s why FOSSELman’s Ice Cream was so alluring to me. … Hold on…My boss is telling me over my earpiece…Oh…Oh. Apparently “fossil” and “fossel” are two different […]

  • Eaton canyon falls pasadena sgc arcadia Eaton Canyon Waterfall Hike in Pasadena / Altadena: Eaton Canyon Natural Area

    Eaton Canyon Falls hike: there’s a waterfall you can hike to in Pasadena, Los Angeles. No, we’re serious. By Aesthetic Andie “Eaton Canyon Falls” by Person-with-No Name is licensed under CC BY 2.0 You want to do something fun. …Like maybe with your girlfriend or boyfriend or spouse or close friend or dog or whatever. You […]

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

    When you’re at a fork in the road in life, what better thing to do than visit a statue of one?     View this post on Instagram   A post shared by REMY🐾 (@sf_schnauzer)     WHERE: 200 Bellefontaine St, Pasadena, CA 91105 WHAT: It’s literally a huge statue of a fork in the […]

Hidden Gems of Santa Monica

  • 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 casual neighborhood golf in a nice little Beverly Hills park.   By Golfing Grey Armand Hammer, an infamous entrepreneur, has his name all over Los Angeles, and it so happens he has his own “golf course” in Holmby Park. I really love this little hidden gem in a nice little Beverly Hills neighborhood […]

  • 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 at Rite Aid in Westwood: Thrifty Ice Cream

    The best ice cream in Westwood could be in RITE AID! It’s called Thrifty Ice Cream, and it’s no joke. By Foodie Freddie Best ice cream in Westwood? Maybe you’re thinking of Diddy Riese. Or maybe you’re thinking of Saffron & Rose. Well, those are definitely very good contenders for this title. However, there’s a […]

  • beverly hills sign and gardens los angeles california A Beautiful Photo Op at the Beverly Hills Sign and Gardens

    The Beverly Hills Sign is the 90210 like you’ve never seen before–actually, you’ve probably seen this place in the movies or something before. Whatever. By Sophisticated Symon Beverly Hills…That’s where I wanna be…Beverly Hills…Rollin’ like a celebrity. Ah, if only I could begin every review with a Weezer song. Anyways, if you’ve seen basically any […]

  • holiday boat lights 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!!!!! It’s the Most Wonderful Time […]

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