Usually when people think of Hollywood, they think of it as mainly a tourist neighborhood. And although much of that is true, there are many cool ways to explore Hollywood like a Local. For example, did you know the Hollywood Bowl is a park and open during non-concert days? Well, it is! Then there is Lake Hollywood (aka the Hollywood Reservoir), In-N-Out Burger, and even the fun 70s-themed bar, Good Times at Davey Wayne’s. Check out the list below of my favorite things to do in Hollywood… as a Local.
The Hollywood Bowl
Address: 2301 Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90068
The Hollywood Bowl is the quintessential Hollywood experience. Usually a visit to this famed location revolves around an evening concert. But do as the locals do as visit it during the day! It’s technically a park, so you can walk around the grounds, run the stairs, have a picnic, and if you’re lucky, catch a concert sound check. Hours are limited on evenings they have a concert and different rules apply to Lease Events, so give a call or speak with one of their friendly staff members. But most importantly, when you go, snag a great photo from the top of the entire Bowl!
Lake Hollywood Park
Address: 3160 Canyon Lake Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90068
Very few people realise that there’s actually a Lake in Hollywood. OK, so it is really a reservoir, but Lake Hollywood has a beautiful park around it that you can explore. This is one of my favorite places to get a great view of the Hollywood Sign as it’s off the beaten path. You will feel like a local as you stroll (or run) the paths with other Angelenos. You’ll even get a glimpse of the hillside neighborhoods and maybe pick out your future dream home!
Address: 7009 Sunset Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028
Hours: 10:30 am – 1 am Daily (Until 1:30 am Friday/Saturday)
Round off a day in Hollywood by making a pit stop at In-N-Out Burger. With a location just steps away from the Walk of Fame, a drive-thru, and long hours, it is without a doubt convenient. What makes In-N-Out so special? Its fresh ingredients make it a stand out in a sea of burger joints. And its simple menu makes it easy to order. For a truly “local experience,” order off their Not-So-Secret menu. Animal style, Protein Style, Double Meat. Do it.
Good Times at Davey Wayne’s
Address: 1611 N El Centro Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028
Hours: 5 pm – 2 am Nightly
Forgo the traditional nightclub experience and cap off your night in Hollywood at Good Times at Davey Wayne’s. A 70’s inspired bar which, just like its name implies, is always a good time. With decor that reminds you of your grandparent’s basement, step back into time through the vintage fridge that serves as their front door. A retro inspired drink menu combined with a Disco and 70s classics playlist, will have you grooving into the wee hours.
There you have it, a taste of Hollywood life as a local. What’s your favorite thing to do in Hollywood? Share your off-the-beaten-path picks with us!