Destination Guide - Los Angeles

Low-key beaches and high-end glamour intertwine to create a unique aesthetic in the City of Angels. Step out on Rodeo drove and shop with the stars. Hit the Hollywood Hills and catch a glimpse of the ostentatious home of your favourite celebrity. Alternatively, slip back a gear and watch the surf roll in on the popular Malibu beaches. Like any celebrity-studded city, there’s an abundance of stylish dining and nightlife venues, although they do often serve up a side of pretension. If this is not quite your scene, grab a burger and hang out on the beach with the surfers. There’s something on the menu for every taste in LA.

The Basics

Currency: US Dollar (US$)
Population: 9,862,049
Time zone: -8 Pacific Time
Daylight savings: Start second Sunday in March end first Sunday in November
Language: English
Country code: +1
Area codes: 310, 424
Electricity voltage: 110V
Electricity hz: 60Hz
Electrical plugs: American-style plug with two parallel flat blades above a circular grounding pin, Japanese-style plug with two parallel flat blades
Mobile network: GSM

Highlights

  • Rodeo Drive
  • Hollywood Hills
  • Universal Studios

Events

  • November
    Thanksgiving
  • January
    Los Angeles Arts Month
  • 1 January
    Rose Bowl
  • March
    Academy Awards

Weather

LA has one of the most temperate climates in the US. Summers (June to August) have a consistent sunny and warm average of 25-30°C while in winter (December to February) temperatures average 15°C.


Getting there and around

There is a decent bus network, however, most people opt for taxis and/or hire cars.

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Travel Insider Los Angeles suggestions

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Art Deco downtown LA
Los Angeles: Heart surgery

The pulse of the city had almost flat-lined, but now groovy downtown Los Angeles revels in its big-bucks renaissance.

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Food & Drink

Terroni coffee, Los Angeles
Los Angeles: Espresso mojo

In the City of Angels, when the java jive has you in its spell, it’s good to know who’s making coffee with Italian cred.

The Bazaar's trout roe cones, Darko Zagar.
Neil Perry: The fab four

Food creator turns food critic: Neil Perry dines at the LA restaurants of four top US chefs.

Accommodation

Los Angeles: Sleeping partners
Los Angeles: Sleeping partners

You don’t have to be a Hollywood A-lister to live like one in Los Angeles. This is an access-all-areas pass to some of La La Land’s best hang-outs, where luxury lodging is complemented by quality in-house dining.

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Further reading

Here are some more suggestions for destinations on and around the US west coast.

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