I admit it: I love living in LA. As a native New Englander, I’m a bit shocked to hear myself say those words aloud, but it’s true. I didn’t move to the city knowing that I would fall in love with all the hidden treasures here, but over time, I’ve discovered a few of them. Many are among the fun list in this book: 111 Places in Los Angeles That You Must Not Miss.
The paperback is part of a series of books covering cities worldwide, including Venice, New York, Rome, Cape Town, and London. This installment is written by Angelenos Laurel Moglen and Julie Posey and photographed by Lyudmila Zotova, giving 111 Places a hometown feel. Moglen and Posey have LA street cred as producers for NPR affiliates KPCC and KCRW, working on shows including AirTalk and Which Way LA?
Places are listed in alphabetical order; each one has descriptive text and full-page images. They cover quintessential LA, such as Runyon Canyon (I’ve been to Runyon), and tell you where to find the two beaches that allow bonfires in designated cement rings (Dockweiler, anyone?). Discover other secrets like kayaking on the Los Angeles River, where to walk a labyrinth, and the location for playing rooftop tennis with a view.
Fitting for LA, there are famous film locations, such as the 2nd Street Tunnel shown in Blade Runner or where you can drive by the fictional home of Fast and Furious hero Dominic Toretto (played by Vin Diesel). They give you the intel on It’s a Wrap (in Burbank and West LA), the retail stores where clothes used in TV shows are sold on consignment and what to see at the Quentin Tarantino-owned New Beverly Cinema. They don’t include yoga studios, but we know those already, so pick up a copy to find other fabulous treasures of the Southland.