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Globespotting: 24 Hours in Los Angeles

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Oct 25, 2012 —  Los Angeles is the most photographed and filmed city in the world, but there is much more to experience in the city than just the uncomfortable combination of families and strippers packing out the sidewalks of Hollywood Boulevard. In fact, Dorothy Parker once called Los Angeles, “72 suburbs in search of a city,” and while it would be impossible to explore even a fraction of all those niches in one day, Party Earth has compiled a list of a few Los Angeles must-sees.

Start your day off in the beautiful coastal town of Malibu, known for its cliff-laden, spacious beaches, where you can take a dip in the ocean before breakfast. Get your most important meal of the day at Paradise Cove Beach Café, the best place to continue your surf-inspired morning, with warm pancakes or healthy omelets on the beach patio. Hordes of families and tourists come to relish this restaurant’s mellow vibes.

After breakfast, make your way east to Brentwood to visit the Getty Center before lunch. This 1.3 billion dollar center was opened in 1997 through a donation from the J. Paul Getty Trust and has quickly become one of the most prominent institutes in Southern California. Take a tour of the ornate Getty Museum, which draws about 1.3 million visitors each year with notable exhibitions such as Aphrodite and the Gods of Love, and The Art of Empire.

As you make your way into the heart of the City of Angels, stop by Joan’s on Third, a boutique market, deli, catering company, and café. This Los Angeles destination has become a favorite for celebrities and locals who come to enjoy the sidewalk patio while munching away on some freshly baked cakes, smoked salmon, or French toast.

After you’ve thoroughly stuffed yourself on European-inspired pastries, head over to Runyon Canyon to get some exercise. The 1.6-mile main trail leads visitors to palm-tree-framed views of the Hollywood sign, sprawling mansions, and even distant views of the ocean. This is also one of the best pick-up spots in LA as attractive singles come to walk their dogs and mingle on the trail.

Get cleaned up and put on some smart attire for dinner at La Poubelle, a quaint French bistro in the popular Old Hollywood neighborhood of Franklin Village. A red-canopied patio provides the perfect atmosphere of Parisian romance to sip wine and relish a delicious meal of coq au vin or savory crêpes.

Once you’ve fully fallen in love and been mentally swept off to another time, finish your night off at The Edison, a massive nightclub that combines 1920s luxury with a dash of industrialism. The venue is located in the basement of the Higgins Building in downtown Los Angeles and is known for sophisticated turn-of-the-century décor and swanky cocktails. Snuggle into the curtained nooks beneath the pink chandeliers of the Ember Parlor or dance the night away to the retro tunes of a jukebox in the Music Room. 

What are your favorite spots in LA?

Sam A. Oct 25, 2012
That's quite a day. I'm staying on the beach and surfing all day!
Samantha L. Oct 25, 2012
What a perfect 24 hours!
Paul F. Oct 25, 2012
I could live at Joan's on 3rd.
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