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This article is about the west side of the city of Los Angeles. For the bigger area of the west side of Los Angeles County see West Side (Los Angeles County)

The west side of the city of Los Angeles is an area within the Westside of LA County that includes Brentwood, Westwood (the neighborhood around the University of California, Los Angeles) and a neighborhood south of Brentwood and Westwood known as West Los Angeles.

Understand[edit]

Like the rest of the city of Los Angeles, the west side is a mix of ethnicities that would make the United Nations proud. Because of the presence of UCLA, there are a number of used and new bookstores, art movie theaters, inexpensive restaurants and coffee houses. Due to its proximity to the Pacific Ocean, it enjoys a cooler climate, especially in the summer, than the rest of Los Angeles.

Get around[edit]

On the west side, local transit is provided by three main carriers.

  • Big Blue Bus (Santa Monica) [1] serves Santa Monica, UCLA/Westwood, Venice, and West LA mainly, but there are also routes out to Pacific Palisades (#9), Brentwood (#3/#4), Century City/South Robertson (#5/#7), Palms/Rancho Park (#12), Cheviot Hills (#13), Mar Vista (#14), and Downtown LA (#10). Also, the #3 bus reaches the LAX Airport Transit Center, making it a handy way for air travelers to reach the Westside cheaply. The standard fare on all buses (except #10) is $0.75.
  • Culver City Bus [2] primarily serves Culver City, but also runs buses to UCLA/Westwood (#6), Venice, and LAX (#6), thus also serving as a primary carrier of tourists from LAX to the UCLA area. The base fare is $1.
  • MTA [3] is the major operator of bus and rail services in Los Angeles County.

See[edit][add listing]

Getty Center from the central garden
  • Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Drive (Metro Bus 761 from Westwood or Van Nuys), +1 301 440-7330, [4]. Tu-Su 10AM-5:30PM (Sa till 9PM). One of two locations of the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Getty Center presents the museum's collection of Western art from the Middle Ages to the present, against a backdrop of dramatic architecture and tranquil gardens. Located at the top of the Santa Monica Mountains, there is a spectacular view of the L.A. basin and the Pacific Ocean. This is unquestionably one of the finest museums in the US. (The other museum location, the Getty Villa in Pacific Palisades, covers the arts and cultures of ancient Greece, Rome, and Etruria.) Free. Parking $15.  edit
  • Museum of Tolerance, 9786 W. Pico Boulevard, [5]. M-F 10AM-5PM (close 3:30PM F in winter), Su 11AM-5PM, last tickets 3:30PM (F 1PM). This amazing museum features comprehensive, powerful exhibits on the Holocaust of World War II. An interactive experience, the museum challenges visitors to look inside themselves and assess their own levels of tolerance. This is the antidote to theme park burnout: the museum is highly interactive and engages kids (about 10 and older). Find your kids asking you about such things as racial and economic tensions. A highlight of the museum is priceless, live testimonies by Holocaust survivors. The Museum is a unique experience, creating the best kind of memories and interactions for families. Adults $15:50, seniors $12.50, students, children (-12) $11.50.  edit
  • Armand Hammer Museum of Art and Culture Center (aka Hammer Museum), 10899 Wilshire Blvd. (in the Occidental Petroleum Building on the corner of Westwood Blvd.), +1 310-443-7000, [6]. Tu, W, F, Sa 11AM-7PM, Th 11AM-9PM, Su 11AM-5PM. The museum houses a continual changing number of both modern and classic exhibits. A recent highlight was an exhibition of modern American cartoon work. The Museum also holds a lunch time "art Talk" every Wednesday [7] at 12.30pm. Free on Th, otherwise adults $10, seniors $5, free to students with ID, and kids 17 and under.

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Have a picnic in the beautiful garden at the Getty Museum. Very relaxing.

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Eat[edit][add listing]

West LA has a wide variety of food types and pricing. Westwood Boulevard features numerous restaurants of Iranian, Indian, and Pakistani cuisine, while Sawtelle Boulevard features many Japanese restaurants.

Budget[edit]

  • Apple Pan, Pico Blvd. just east of Westwood Blvd. Fabulous burgers and pies since 1947.
  • Marty's, Shack on the corner of Prosser and Pico Blvd. The only spot in Los Angeles that can out-do Pink's chili. Also home of the Combo, which is a hot dog and hamburger all in the form of a hamburger, amazing.
  • Sunnin, Authentic Lebanese hole-in-the-wall on Westwood Blvd. just north of Santa Monica Blvd., next to the Chevron gas station. Healthy, filling, authentic and dirt cheap Lebanese fare. If the line is out the door (which it often is), grab it to go. Sit at the counter and watch Toni (the owner) run her kitchen like a drill sergeant!
  • Tacos A La Flama, Olympic Blvd. and Bundy Drive, in strip mall next to Subway and Leeds Mattresses. Mexican taco stand offering tacos, burritos, sopes and the like. Adventurous eaters can try tacos de lengua (beef tongue), cabeza (beef cheek), tripa (tripe) and buche (beef esophagus).

Mid-range[edit]

  • Habayit (Kosher), 11921 West Pico Boulevard, (Westside), (310) 479-7173, [8]. 11. The only kosher restaurant on the Westside. Serving delicious, homemade American-Israeli cuisine for to-go or delivery. $10. (25,) edit
  • Ramayani Westwood, 1777 Westwood Blvd. A good choice for Indonesian, a cuisine that is strangely and unfortunately rare in the States, given that Indonesia is the world's 4th largest country by population. Tasting menus available for the novice.
  • Shamshiri, across the street from Ramayani Westwood (above). Authentic Persian food served fresh, hot and in huge portions. L.A. has the largest Persian community in the world outside Iran, and Westwood is their cultural hub. There are several Persian restaurants on Westwood Blvd. between Wilshire and Pico, but this one is the best of the lot.
  • Westside Tavern, 10850 West Pico Boulevard (coming from downtown, take 10 East, exit at Overland Ave. Right at the Exit, right onto Overland, left on Pico Blvd. At Pico and Westwood Blvd.), 310.470.1539, [9]. 5pm-11pm. Located at the Westside Pavilion Shopping Mall. American cuisine with a luxury taste at a moderate price. Atmosphere is relaxed and clean, with good ambient lighting. Go upstairs and are some theaters. Catch an arts film or the newest blockbuster. $15-25.  edit

Splurge[edit]

  • Chez Mimi, 26th Street and San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood. Country French cuisine in a converted house and courtyard. Outstanding romantic spot. Micheline Hebert, the owner, is French-Canadian, so there are always a few French-Canadian specialties on the menu.

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Alibi Room. Neighborhood lounge with a triangular bar and a menu that features Kogi (the popular Korean BBQ tacos).
  • Good Hurt. Hospital-theme venue with waitresses in nurse outfits.
  • Father's Office. Popular gastro-pub with many beers on tap and amazing burgers. Two locations: Culver City and Santa Monica.
  • Saints & Sinners. Darkly sexy lounge.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Hotel Palomar, 10740 Wilshire Blvd., Tel.+1 310-475-8711, Fax.+1 310-475-5220, [10]. 4 star luxury boutique hotel.
  • Courtyard Los Angeles LAX/Century Boulevard, 6161 W Century Boulevard, Los Angeles, California 90045, Phone: +1 310-649-1400 , Fax: +1 310-649-0965 [11]
  • Sky Hotel, 2352 Westwood Blvd, (310) 475-4551, [12]
  • Holiday Inn Express West LA, 11250 Santa Monica Blvd, Phone: +1800-308-5432, [13].
  • Holiday Inn LAX, 9901 La Cienega Blvd (barely a mile from the airport), 310-649-5151, [14].  edit
  • Los Angeles Airport Marriott, 5855 West Century BoulevardLos Angeles, California 90045, 310-641-5700, [15]. The Los Angeles Airport Marriott Hotel is located right next to the LAX Airport.  edit


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