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Movie stars, surfers, Beverly Hills. You’ll want to see them, of course, but there’s more to Los Angeles than sunbaked clichés. It’s a huge city and truly multicultural – Latinos are the majority, but more than 200 additional languages are spoken in enclaves like Little Tokyo, Tehrangeles, Little Ethiopia and Koreatown.
Creatives flock here too – aspiring actors, screenwriters, musicians and increasingly, visual artists; LA’s contemporary art scene is among the world’s best. Check out cutting-edge galleries during the monthly Downtown Art Walk, or visit top-notch museums like the LACMA and the Getty. Then there’s the food. Modernist restaurants favored by A-listers, teensy taco stands with lines down the block, real-deal ethnic eateries, comfort classics like Philippe’s the Original – it’s a wonder Angelenos stay so thin.
Spend sunny days lazing on Santa Monica beach, searching for stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame or browsing vintage boutiques on Melrose Avenue. At night, take in the view from the Griffith Observatory, cruise Mulholland Drive or see an indie band at The Satellite.