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Los Angeles Neighborhoods


From Downtown to Venice, Echo Park to Beverly Hills, LA's regions each have their own distinct flavor. This is your guide to the neighborhoods of Los Angeles.
  1. Get to Know Los Angeles
  2. Bel-Air and Beverly Hills
  3. Brentwood and the Pacific Palisades
  4. Culver City
  5. Downtown
  6. The East Side
  1. Hollywood
  2. Venice and Marina Del Rey
  3. West Hollywood
  4. West Los Angeles
  5. San Fernando Valley

Get to Know Los Angeles

Getting to know Los Angeles

Los Angeles is many 'little towns' within a sprawling metropolis. Gone are the days when we were just relegated to being a simple industry city by the beach. Today, Los Angeles is home to world-class art and architecture, music, performance and sports venues, and shops. Beyond its backbone of entertainment and culture, LA is also home to some of the most beautiful hiking trails, views, parks, beaches and breathtaking rustic landscapes.

Bel-Air and Beverly Hills

Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills

The reputations of these world-renowned affluent areas precede them. Beverly Hills is of course a mecca for high-end shopping. Bel-Air is a residential area that is home to many celebrities, the Getty Center and even a small vineyard.

Brentwood and the Pacific Palisades

Photo of the Famous Brentwood, LA Home Where Actress Marilyn Monroe Died

Home to affluent professionals, politicians and celebrities, Brentwood continuously attracts the paparazzi despite it being a largely residential neighborhood.

Culver City

Culver City is a top destination on LA's cultural map

Once, a Mecca for LA's film and television industries, Culver City has undergone a renaissance in recent years, and his since gained the distinction of being a top destination on LA's cultural map.


The Walt Disney Concert Hall in Downtown Los Angeles

Downtown is made up of small sectors like Little Tokyo, Chinatown, the Old Bank District, Pico Union, the Olvera Street area and the Jewelry District. It had its heyday in the '20s when big businesses began setting up shop there. After some 'down time,' Downtown has experienced a renaissance. Unlike other cities' downtowns, it may not be the technical center of LA, but it is one of the most vibrant and exciting neighborhoods in town.

The East Side

View from Elysian Park in Los Angeles' East Side

Los Angeles' East Side is made up of areas like Echo Park, Silver Lake, Atwater Village, Mt. Washington, Elysian Park, and closer to the West, Los Feliz. The East Side has become increasingly trendy (especially Silver Lake and Echo Park) and particularly popular with young artists and others in creative communities.


Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood Los Angeles LA

Lights, camera action...all action in the area for clubs, bars, restaurants, star-studded sightseeing and more.

Venice and Marina Del Rey

The Venice Pier in Los Angeles' Venice Neighborhood

Venice is a creative and artistic seaside community that is full of life--from roller skaters and merchants on the boardwalk to its quiet and charming canals. Adjacent Marina Del Rey offers a equally chill and relaxed vibe for beach lovers and avid cyclists.

West Hollywood

Laurel Canyon Boulevard in Los Angeles' West Hollywood Neighborhood

West Hollywood includes the famous Santa Monica Strip, a central boardwalk for the gay and lesbian community, as well as outlying areas to the North like Laurel Canyon and the South, such as Melrose Avenue. It boasts some incredible restaurants and trendy bars and clubs as well as one of the city center's best bike path systems.

West Los Angeles

Westwood Village in Los Angeles

Made up of smaller quarters like Cheviot Hills, Westwood and Palms, West Los Angeles is populated by a cross-section of families, students, and locals of different ethnicities, all contributing their own flavors to the mix. From Sawtelle's great Japanese eateries, to Westwood's fine Middle Eastern foods.

San Fernando Valley

Often known simply as 'The Valley,' the San Fernando Valley is its own world over the hill, consisting of neighborhoods like Burbank, Sherman Oaks, Van Nuys and Toluca Lake.

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