West Los Angeles
Explore quirky diners, theatres and incredible cuisine in this unobtrusive neighborhood
Despite being close to the affluent LA glamour, the area of West Los Angeles has an unpretentious and indie feel. Here you can explore snug theatres after lectures. Gather your friends to see an arthouse movie at Nuart Theatre, or to attend an alternative gig at Touch Vinyl record store.
An area you have to experience for its culinary delights is Sawtelle Japantown. This foodie haven is jam-packed full of delicious cuisine to suit a range of palates. Asian food lovers who flock there for lunch will no doubt leave in a food coma, but most will agree it will be worth it. Visit Gottsui to try the Japanese favorite snack, okonomiyaki, often described as resembling pizza. Kiriko is a must for those who love sushi, and Brian’s Shave Ice serves flavored shaved ice in a cup.
After class, check out the latest fashions in Westside Pavilion, followed by a visit to Sony Pictures Studios. This incredible experience gives you a behind-the-scenes peek into life in a working studio. Animal lovers can go to the exotic wildlife rescue center Star Eco Station, which houses confiscated endangered and illegally-trafficked exotic species. Those craving the ocean are in luck. The golden seafront of Santa Monica is well within reach, being just a 20-minute drive away.