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Los Angeles is one of the most visited cities in the world. It has Hollywood, a string of famous beaches, the original Disney properties, and Griffith Park.

These places are all fine. If you’re coming to L.A. you’re probably going to see them. But there’s a whole other side of L.A. that is at least as worth seeing and, in my opinion, more interesting.

It’s an L.A. that often gets overlooked by travelers. It’s the L.A. of downtown. It’s the L.A. of taco trucks and bacon-wrapped hotdog vendors. It’s the L.A. where the lingua franca is Korean or Spanish.

There are entire books written about the parts of L.A. that many visitors miss, so I won’t try to go into detail on all of them here. I’ve offered a few recommendations before — Hollywood Heights, for example — but here are a few more:


Grand Central Market

El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historic Monument


— Jim Dalrymple II


Written by Jim Dalrymple II

Urbanism and travel writer. Also a journalist covering the news.

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