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Laidback luxury in City Guide Los Angeles

Los Angeles has it all. It’s a big city with a small-town feel. Astounding luxury happily co-exists with bohemian beach culture. The mountains and deserts are within shouting distance and here the stars really do come out at night. Now you can fly from Stockholm direct to the City of Angels and experience it all first hand.

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Hillside happiness

Castaway is best visited before sunset. Located high in the Burbank hills, this hidden gem eatery – nicknamed “The Jewel On The Hill” – features a terrace with spectacular views of downtown LA, Griffith Park and Burbank. On a clear day you may even able to see both the Disney and Warner Bros. studios. The restaurant is an award­winning contemporary steakhouse that also does fantastic fresh seafood.

Castaway

1250 East Harvard Road, Burbank

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French aspect

The view of the downtown skyline is stunning from Perch’s rooftop restaurant. Located on the 15th and 16th floors of an Art Deco-style building from 1923, you can sit by the fire pits and listen to live music while you look down on busy Pershing Square and sip Campari royale. The cuisine is classic French, and the menu features crisp, buttermilk-marinated frog legs.

Perch

448 South Hill Street, Los Angeles

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Star gazing

The Polo Lounge at the Beverly Hills Hotel is a landmark dating back to 1941 when Hollywood heavyweights like Walt Disney, Clark Gable, and Darryl F Zanuck played polo matches in the nearby fields. The restaurant is all about being rich, glamorous, and oh-so-fabulous. There’s an outside patio and live piano music , and the cuisine is traditional yet elegant Californian.

The Polo Lounge

9641 Sunset Boulevard, Beverly Hills

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Living history

Named after its famous former owner, Charlie Chaplin, the four-star Charlie Hotel is a historic oasis in the middle of the city. Chaplin built the 14 bungalows in West Hollywood in the 1920s to house movie stars working at his studio on nearby La Brea Boulevard. Today, each bungalow has been renovated with care and is named for the famous people who have stayed in them, such as Marilyn.

Charlie Hotel

819 North Sweetzer Avenue, West Hollywood

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Just roll with it

You can rent roller skates and bikes at Venice Beach where an excellent lane for bikers and roller skaters hugs the coastline. If you get winded, just stop to watch street performers, drink lemonade, admire the buff bodybuilders at the outdoor gym or haggle with the street vendors.

Venice Beach

Venice Beach, Los Angeles

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Behind the scenes

You could decide to go to the big tourist attractions such as Disneyland or Universal Studios, where the new Harry Potter exhibition attracts many young fans. But you could also opt to go on a studio tour and get a glimpse of what goes on behind the scenes of a movie production. On the Sony Pictures Studio Tour, you get to see the RV from Breaking Bad, where Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul cooked blue ice.

Sony Pictures Studio Tour

10202 Washington Blvd, Culver City

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Hip to the locals

Silver Lake is a hipster neighborhood on the east side of LA, and it’s one of the city’s most walkable neighborhoods. With a broad selection of shops, bars, restaurants and the Vista Theatre, the area has been used as a location for films and TV shows. Sunset Triangle Plaza is featured in the pilot episode of Fear the Walking Dead.

Hit the slopes

So you didn’t think to bring you ski gear on your trip to LA? Bad move if it’s winter, because just two hours from downtown LA is Big Bear, one of the most popular ski and snowboard destinations for Los Angeles locals. Don’t worry, you can rent gear on the slopes.

Big Bear

43101 Goldmine Dr, Big Bear Lak

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Contemporary cool

You’ll find hip hotel The W on Hollywood Boulevard, within walking distance of the historic Chinese ­Theatre, Madame Tussauds Hollywood and the Hollywood Bowl. The hotel, which opened in 2010, has a rooftop pool with cabanas and a bar, an upscale nightclub, a spa, a lounge and a contemporary California­-style restaurant.

The W

6250 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angles

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Worth the climb

Hiking is an LA way of life and the centrally located Griffith Park is one of the most popular hiking spots. Walk to the Griffith Observatory, on the south slope of Mount Hollywood, which has been the location for a number of films, including the 1955 classic Rebel Without a Cause. Grab lunch at the Trails Café at the ­entrance to the park as you head out.

Griffith Observatory

2800 E Observatory Rd, Los Angeles

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Last edited: August 10, 2017

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