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What To Do In Los Angeles Aside From Hollywood

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When our best friend Dominique arrived from New York for the first time ever in LA, we knew we had to show her the ropes of LA, and most importantly, try to convince her to move here, duh. She arrived, and straight-up, before any “Hi, how are you’s,” told us she didn’t care about Hollywood Boulevard or Universal Studios, but that she wanted to get to see the LA that you see when you live here. See how the Shut Up and Go brand extends even within our friend group?

So we whipped up a list of not-so-obvious things to do and this is what we came up with:

MOCA

250 S Grand Ave

Free on Thursdays, from 5pm-8pm. If you can’t make it then, take the Metro and get two-for-one admission.

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The Last Bookstore

453 S Spring St

A cozy, classic bookstore that even offers $1 books upstairs.

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Verve Coffee

833 S Spring St

Ok, maybe a little pricey, but you’re “paying for the ambiance,” right?

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Furniture shopping on La Brea

You’re bound to find something quirky and antique, and probably really expensive. Go anyway, to do something different, and get some interior design inspiration for your own place.
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Bark N’ Bitches

505 N Fairfax Ave

A pet shop with dogs roaming the store while you shop. It’s adorable, but watch out for that puddle of pee, btw.

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Thrifting on Fairfax

Fairfax from 3rd Street to Melrose Ave is loaded with various independent shops and cafés, or in this case, thrift shops.

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Strolling through Silver Lake

Definitely the hipster neighborhood of Los Angeles. Just look here [A Sunday in Silver Lake] or here [Silver Lake Swag].

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Cappuccinos at Café Midi

148 S La Brea Ave

This place is literally located in the back of a French furniture shop, which by default, makes it feel ultra-secret and speakeasy-like. I’m especially proud of this find, thank you very much.

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What other not-so-touristy places should we visit in LA?

Check out Dominique’s Guide to New York here: Locals of New York: Dominique Boyer

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  • Shay

    I need to visit The Last Bookstore!! Looks awesome!

  • Keri

    Hey Damon! I’m going to Los Angeles for two weeks next month, so this blog post was so incredibly helpful, I can’t wait to go to Farifax to thrift!! I used skyscanner to find flights. The prices are fantastic and I’m tempted to just buy mine right now but everyone I talk to says that Spirit Airlines really sucks. Have you and Jo used Spirit before? Is the price worth the risk of being delayed forever? My backup plan is American Airlines but I don’t want to spend more money if I don’t have to, yakno? This was really wordy. Thanks in advance!!!!

    • Hey! I think we’ve both used Spirit before and it’s just like any other budget airline, it’ll totally get you there, most of the times those flights are extremely smooth! We always risk it, especially if you don’t have anywhere critical to be!

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