Los Angeles may have the A-list celebrities, the egos, and the million dollar mansions. But Tinseltown has so much more to offer beyond it’s inherent glitz and glamour.

Let’s take a look at this diverse and cosmopolitan city and uncover a side to L.A. that you may not have known existed…

Note: Make sure you read until the end where you’ll learn how you can win a free trip to the City of Angels courtesy of Excite Holidays and Discover Los Angeles.




Wandering along the Walk of Fame and posing for the obligatory selfie in front of the TCL Chinese Theatre are definitely Hollywood must-dos. But don’t let your Tinseltown experience end there, because Hollywood is so much more than this.

Go for a hike in Griffith Park (watch out for the celebs!), sit down for a steak at Gwen, Curtis Stone’s newest L.A. restaurant, or catch some live music at the Palladium. In Hollywood, the options are endless.




Colourful, creative and a little crazy, Venice is the home of Los Angeles’ counter-culture, which makes it the perfect neighbourhood for vegan dining, eclectic shopping and people watching.

For the best vegetarian option in this beachside community, make a reservation at The Butcher’s Daughter located on Abott Kinney. While in the area, pick out a vintage t-shirt from one of the many unique boutique stores. Then finish off the day with an ice-cream from Salt & Straw and some people-watching at Muscle Beach and the nearby skate park.




Downtown Los Angeles (DTLA) has undergone an extensive revitalisation in recent years, with many creatives flocking to the area, resulting in an injection of new restaurants, pop-up bars, street art and entertainment.

Pay a visit to Grand Central Market and be sure to check out cult street food vendor, Eggslut, as the locals do. Head to the new contemporary art museum The Broad for a hit of creativity. Or just wander the old streets of DTLA and be amazed by the architectural legacies of a bygone era.


Beverly Hills


Synonymous with shopping and the homes of the rich and famous, Beverly Hills is where you’ll find Rodeo Drive and all the shopping you could probably never afford! But it’s so worth a stroll.

When all that shopping and walking wears you down, stop for lunch at Freds at Barneys New York for some of the best modern fare with fantastic views of the Hollywood Hills – yep, you’re probably going to want to take your coffee and dessert here too.

But if you’d prefer to get back on the move, visit the Sprinkles Cupcake 24-hour ATM for a sugar hit on the run.


Studio City


Studio City is where you can experience small town America in Big City USA.

In this neighbourhood, shopping for one-of-a-kind vintage items, feasting on a menu inspired by every corner of the globe, and people watching are all in a day’s work.

But of course, the main reason to pay this enclave of L.A. a visit is for the nearby Universal Studios Hollywood where visitors can experience a studio tour and relive the action of some of Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters.




Koreatown – or K-Town as it’s known by locals – is a foodie’s paradise, with Korean and Latino restaurants, along with residents creating an interesting mini-culture within the urban sprawl of Los Angeles. Myung In Dumplings is a must-try for mouthwatering traditional dishes, and don’t miss out on the chance to stuff your face at a Korean BBQ.

Beyond the excellent food options and copious drinking holes (think trendy cocktail and dive bars, and speakeasies), K-Town is also the place to pamper yourself, and you’ll find a great number of spas vying for your business, such as Wi Spa.


Silver Lake


You may have never heard of Silver Lake, but this hipster-friendly neighbourhood is actually one of the most popular residential pockets of L.A., and for good reason. Silver Lake has a rich history, with the first Walt Disney studio established here. It’s also the perfect place if you fancy a scenic hike through the hillside or a delicious meal – Night + Market Song is a favourite among locals for Thai food. You should also stop by Cafe Tropical for cuban coffee and the best sandwiches in town.

But perhaps the best reason to pay Silver Lake a visit is for its shopping. Whatever you’re looking for, whether it be a custom-made bike, a vintage AC/DC t-shirt or the latest designer frocks – you’ll find it in this zip code.


Win a trip to L.A.


Excite Holidays’ Eat. Stay. Play. L.A. campaign is giving travel agents like yourself, the chance to win a trip to Los Angeles.

The agent with the highest number of nights booked in L.A. between 6 to 19 March 2017 will win return flights for one person (up to the value of $1000), five nights accommodation (three nights at the iconic Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel and two nights at Hotel Erwin Venice Beach), and three tours, including the Cupcake Tour of Beverly Hills, a Hollywood Hills Hiking Tour, and a Hollywood Behind the Scenes Walking Tour.

All agents will also receive 500 bonus points for each night booked and paid for in the selected destination.

For more information on Los Angeles and how to win your way to the City of Angels, visit www.exciteholidays.com/engage/losangeles/ today!

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