Los Angeles, United States
Sharona, 25
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What are the Los Angeles spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

Santa Monica Beach, a self-serve Frozen Yogurt store, Coffee Bean, Westwood Village, Sunset Boulevard.

Do’s and don’ts in Los Angeles: (Ex: Tipping: yes/ no, public transport tips, safety tips etc.):

If you plan to travel far, rent a car, as the city is large and more conducive to driving trips than public transport. Or take a Lyft. Biking through traffic is possible for the brave-hearted, just wear the appropriate protection gear. That said, not all areas are biker-friendly. Try not to breathe in too much smog; visit our beautiful beaches and parks.

What do you do and why do you do it?

I take Lyft as it's a more convenient way to transport than by bus.

How much do you spend on an average night out on the town?

I don't go out much, but a sandwhich and a drink at Coffee Bean ends up to be around ten dollars.

Which Los Angeles shops do you hit up when you’re itching for something new?

I like specialty grocery stores, and am thinking of next visiting an Indian Spice Shop on La Cienega.

Your all-time favorite musicians:

too many to list!

Which neighborhood is it best to experience during the day / night?

I like Westwood Village during the day. At night it turns into a pretty quiet college town. At night, I think Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood is walkable and fun to explore, and as early as five, you can see the cafe's filling up with people after work.

What’s the area in town you’ll never be caught dead in?

There are some neighborhoods in South LA, that would be dangerous for me to visit. Neighborhoods infested with gangs and crime.

What’s the one place in Los Angeles you think is underrated?

I think the local community colleges are a valuable resource people take for granted in the US. I'm grateful higher education is made available to the public at a friendly price.

Where would you take a date for a romantic night out?

It depends on how well I know the person. A quiet, secluded and dark place is not exactly romantic with a person I don't know so well.

Drunk and hungry - where do you go in Los Angeles?

I can't say that I have ever found myself in such a situation. I would probably want to visit the local supermarket that is open late and buy some snacks.

It's freeeeezing out - what should a visitor do?

This never happens.

Where do you take your guest when you want to impress?

I would take them to one of our delicious vegan restaurants.

Your go-to brunch spots:

Urth Cafe, Aroma Cafe, Bibi's Warmstone Bakery.

Your perfect night out in Los Angeles includes:

hanging out at a cafe with a friend, or book.

Which local creators do you admire?

I like Lauren Greenfield's photojournalism, and her documentary Generation Wealth is playing now in theaters.

Special views that mainstream tourists don't know about:

Drive up Malibu hills and look at the beautiful view, or go to the top of the Getty Villa in Pacific Palisades. Also, there's a nice panoramic view at the top of the Griffith Observatory.

Best place for a cheap bite on-the-go:

Bibi's Warmstone Bakery has some delicious Middle Eastern treats.

Tomorrow’s your last day in Los Angeles. How do you spend it?

I would go to the Getty and look at the view.

You’re meeting the mayor of Los Angeles - what constructive criticism would you give them?

Public transportation! Finally, we are extending the subway lines, because we really do need a more developed public transportation system in this sprawled-out city.

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Sarah Sherman