Nikki and Victoria's LA Top Tens

Top 10 Things to Do

  1. Experience the gardens and exhibitions at The Huntington Library.
  2. If the stars align, catch a concert at the Hollywood Bowl or the Greek Theatre.
  3. Eat Asian food and drink boba milk tea in the San Gabriel Valley.
  4. Visit a museum like The Broad, The Getty, or LACMA
  5. Stroll through the Venice Canals.
  6. Do a Walking Tour of DTLA.
  7. Visit a beach. Really, any beach.
  8. Trek to the Griffith Observatory
  9. Eat at Grand Central Market
  10. Disneyland. Sorry not sorry.

10 Things to Do in the Arts District/Little Tokyo

  1. Start your day with coffee and pastries from one of our faves: Go Get Em Tiger, Cafe Dulce, or Demitasse.
  2. Do a walking tour of the murals and art in the Arts District.
  3. Grab a bomb sandwich at Eat Drink Americano.
  4. Visit the F R E E museum Hauser & Wirth, or the Architecture & Design Museum.
  5. Window shop from the Arts District into Little Tokyo. Notable stops: Alchemy Works, The Container Yard, Poketo, A Shop Called Quest, Raggedy Threads, Hob Nob, Popkiller.
  6. 2nd Walking Tour: DTLA architecture and historic sites.
  7. Come back to Little Tokyo for happy hour at Wolf & Crane, In Sheep's Clothing, or Spitz.
  8. Eat dinner at Kinjiro or Hama.
  9. Throwback: practice your 90s gaming skills at Bar 82.
  10. Finish the night with tacos from one of the many trucks outside 82.

Top 10 Places to Eat: Downtown

  1. Kinjiro. Make reservations!
  2. Factory Kitchen. Try the handkerchief pasta.
  3. Hama Sushi. Best sushi at the best price.
  4. Badmaash. Indian fusion.
  5. Shojin. Vegan Japanese.
  6. Bavel. The latest hot spot in LA.
  7. Guisados. Tacos!
  8. Marugame Monzo. Handmade udon.
  9. Tartine Bianco. New spot in The Row, a former industrial zone now filled with hip shops.
  10. Honda-Ya. Guilty pleasure.

Top 10 Places to Eat: LA

  1. Din Tai Fung. Neighborhood:Various Locations
  2. Half & Half. Neighborhood:San Gabriel Valley
  3. Vege Paradise. Neighborhood:San Gabriel Valley
  4. Gamjagol. Neighborhood:K-Town
  5. Golden Deli. Neighborhood:San Gabriel Valley
  6. Chengdu Taste. Neighborhood:San Gabriel Valley
  7. The Tasting Kitchen. Neighborhood:Venice
  8. Michael's. Neighborhood:Santa Monica
  9. Pizzeria Mozza. Neighborhood:West Hollywood
  10. Ocean Star Seafood (Dim Sum). Neighborhood:San Gabriel Valley

Top 10 Overrated Things

  1. Hollywood Walk of Fame. Just avoid.
  2. Universal Studios/Universal Citywalk. Even Harry Potter can't save this place.
  3. LA Live. Unless you're here for a sporting event...
  4. Grauman's Chinese Theater
  5. Third Street Promenade Honestly, nothing that you can't buy online.
  6. Runyon Canyon (Hike to the Hollywood Sign). Alternative hike:
  7. Rodeo Drive. You're not Julia Roberts.
  8. La Brea Tar Pits. The only thing on this list that should have been more interesting.
  9. Venice Boardwalk.Would skip for just the beach and the canals.
  10. Waiting more than 1 hour in a line for food. You'll never get that time back. Ever.