Travel Guide Los Angeles - The movie metropolis on the Pacific

Travel Guide Los Angeles - The movie metropolis on the Pacific
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Travel Guide
Los Angeles
The movie metropolis on the Pacific



02    Quick view               05   Top 10 sights             11   Hotels
02    USA                      07   Shopping in Los Angeles   12   Best of ...
03    Travel etiquette         08   Restaurants
04    Health                   08   Nightlife
05    Phone calls & Internet   09   Calendar of events




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              Quick view
              Los Angeles: The movie metropolis on the Pacific

              Known variously as the City of Angels, Tinsel Town and La-La Land, Los Angeles
              is one of the world’s favourite cities thanks to its booming movie industry. Familiar
              sights lurk around every corner, whether you’re on Sunset Boulevard, in Beverley
              Hills or standing beneath the city’s iconic Hollywood sign.


              Nevertheless, there are surprises to be had if you know where to look. Quaint
              Pasadena bears a striking resemblance to Disney’s Main Street USA and
              Glendale is home to some of the best shopping in the city, while further afield,
              Ventura and Malibu are wonderful for nature lovers.




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              USA
              General Information

              Country overview
              From its vast plains, snow-covered mountains, deep forests and strange rock
              formations, to soaring skyscrapers and a thunderous cultural scene, the USA is a
              collage of extremes. Nothing can prepare you for your first glimpse of Manhattan’s
              unforgettable skyline, your first ride in a yellow cab, the ubiquitous hamburger
              joints, yawning expanses of prairie, the sweet strains of New Orleans jazz, or the
              neon-lit excesses of Las Vegas.


              Marvel at the thunderous spectacle of Niagara Falls in northern New York, or seek
              an antidote to urban chaos amidst the flat farmland of the Midwest. Then there are
              the black hills of South Dakota, the dramatic mountain and ocean landscape of
              California’s Pacific Coast Highway and the world-famous Grand Canyon.



              Geography
              Covering a large part of the North American continent, the USA shares borders
              with Canada to the north and Mexico to the south. The country has coasts on the
              Atlantic, Pacific and Arctic oceans, the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico. The
              State of Alaska, in the northwest corner of the US, is not part of the continental US;
              it is separated from the rest of the USA by Canada. Similarly, Hawaii is not part of
              the “lower 48” states; it lies in the central Pacific Ocean.


              The country’s dependent territories are offshore and have distinct geographies of
              their own; the majority are islands.


              The third-largest country in the world (after the Russian Federation and Canada),
              the USA has an enormous diversity of geographical features, including mountains,
              plains, and coastal zones. Though there are many cities that are densely
              populated with more manmade features than natural ones, there are also vast rural
              areas that are far more sparsely populated. The climate ranges from subtropical to
              arctic, with a corresponding breadth of flora and fauna.



              General knowledge

              Key facts

              Population: 319 millions (estimate 2018)


              Capital: Washington, DC.


              Language



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              English, with significant Spanish-speaking minorities.


              Currency

              US Dollar (USD; symbol $) = 100 cents. Notes are in denominations of $100, 50,
              20, 10, 5, 2 and 1, though the $2 bill is rare and is not in high circulation. Coins are
              in denominations of $1, and 50, 25, 10, 5 and 1 cents.


              Electricity

              120 volts AC, 60Hz. Plugs have two flat pins with or without a third round
              grounding pin.



              Public holidays
              Listed below are the public holidays for the period January 2020 to December
              2021.


              Note

              States can recognize other days as state holidays that are not federal holidays.


              2020

              New Year’s Day: 1 January 2020
              Martin Luther King Day: 20 January 2020
              President’s Day: 17 February 2020
              Memorial Day: 25 May 2020
              Independence Day: 3 and 4 July 2020
              Labor Day: 7 September 2020
              Columbus Day: 12 October 2020
              Veterans Day: 11 November 2020
              Thanksgiving Day: 26 November 2020
              Christmas: 25 December 2020


              2021

              New Year’s Day: 1 January 2021
              Martin Luther King Day: 18 January 2021
              President’s Day: 15 February 2021
              Memorial Day: 31 May 2021
              Independence Day: 4 and 5 July 2021
              Labor Day: 6 September 2021
              Columbus Day: 11 October 2021
              Veterans Day: 11 November 2021
              Thanksgiving Day: 25 November 2021
              Christmas: 25 December 2021


              All information subject to change.




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              Travel etiquette
              How to fit in

              Social Conventions

              Americans are renowned for their openness and friendliness to visitors. The wide
              variety of national origins and the USA’s relatively short history has resulted in
              numerous cultural and traditional customs living alongside each other. In large
              cities, people of the same ethnic background often live within defined communities.


              Shaking hands is the usual form of greeting in formal situations and in business
              meetings. As long as the fundamental rules of courtesy are observed, there need




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              be no fear of offending anyone of any background.


              Gifts are appreciated if one is invited to a private home.


              As a rule, dress is casual. High-end restaurants, hotels and clubs may require
              more formal attire.


              Smoking is increasingly unpopular in the US; it is essential to ask permission
              before lighting up. Smoking is not allowed on city transport and restricted or
              forbidden in public buildings in most states. There will be a posted notice where no
              smoking is requested. An increasing number of states (including California and
              New York) have banned smoking altogether in bars, restaurants and many public
              places.




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              Health
              Health

              Main emergency number: 911


              Food & Drink

              Food in the US is safe to eat, and the conditions under which food is prepared and
              served are regulated by city, state, and federal health and hygiene agencies. In
              many jurisdictions, it is mandatory for restaurants to have a certificate of health or
              hygiene, as well as the current grade they have been assigned, posted visibly.


              Although America is famous for its fast food and obesity rates, the local and fresh
              food movement is very popular in many areas, especially cities, making it easy to
              eat healthy. A variety of options also makes it easy for people with special dietary
              needs to find food that suits them, whether their needs are due to health reasons or
              to religious requirements.


              Tap water is considered safe to drink in the US and is often offered in restaurants
              before bottled water. Bottled water is available throughout the country, however,
              both in restaurants and shops, for those who prefer not to drink tap water.


              Other Risks

              The US is generally considered a safe destination for world visitors. Occasional
              outbreaks of disease, such as West Nile Virus (a mosquito-borne illness) and
              H1N1 have occurred in recent years, however. Frequent hand-washing and
              general practices of good hygiene are encouraged to protect oneself against all
              types of illness.


              Another concern with regard to safety is the possibility of terrorist attacks such as
              the one that occurred on September 11, 2001. City, state, and federal agencies
              have stringent anti-terrorism practices in place, however, and direct threats are
              infrequent.


              Contractual physician of Lufthansa

              Dr. Brath, William F.
              Expresscare Medical Clinic
              8930 S. Sepulveda Bl. S-200
              Los Angeles
              CA 90045
              USA
              Tel. +1-310-641-8111


              Please note that Lufthansa accepts no responsibility for the treatment nor will it
              bear the cost of any treatment.



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              Phone calls & Internet
              Phone calls & Internet

              Telephone/Mobile Telephone

              Dialing Code: +1


              Telephone

              Public telephones have become a rarity, but can still be found here and there.
              They take coins, telephone cards and credit cards. If you are planning to make
              regular use of public phones, it’s best to purchase a prepaid calling card from one
              of the many U.S. providers.


              Mobile Telephone

              Not all European cell phones work on the American network, since it requires a tri-
              band or quad-band device. Full network coverage is not always assured outside
              densely populated areas. Roaming charges are high here, so it is often cheaper to
              buy a SIM card from a U.S. provider. Low-cost prepaid SIM cards for making calls
              inside the country can be ordered online before you travel.


              Internet

              Free Internet access via Wi-Fi is possible in many busy tourist spots. When using
              unencrypted public Wi-Fi networks, it is not advisable to enter passwords, credit
              card details or banking credentials. We recommend using VPN app or security
              software to check Wi-Fi hotspots.




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              Top 10 sights
              Top 10 sights in Los Angeles

              TCL Chinese Theatre and the Hollywood Walk of
              Fame
              Built in 1927 by the flamboyant Sid Grauman, Grauman’s Chinese Theatre is the
              most famous of LA’s art deco movie palaces and is home to the Hollywood Walk of
              Fame which commemorates the biggest stars in La-La Land.


              6925 Hollywood Boulevard                   www.chinesetheatres.com
              Los Angeles, CA 90028
              USA
              Tel: +1 323 461 3331




              Universal Studios
              One of the world’s largest theme parks, Universal Studios boasts a mixture of hair-
              raising rides, studio tours and a petting area featuring retired animal actors.


              100 Universal City Plaza                   Opening times: Daily 1000-1800
              Universal City, CA 91608
              USA                                        www.universalstudios.com
              Tel: +49 800 864 8377




              Griffith Observatory
              Perched high above the city, close to the famous Hollywood sign, the art deco




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              Griffith Observatory was renovated in 2006 and now boasts its own planetarium as
              well as stunning views over Tinsel Town.


              2800 East Observatory Road                 Opening times: Wed-Fri 1200-2200,
              Los Angeles, CA 90027                      Sat-Sun 1000-2200
              USA
              Tel: +1 213 473 0800                       www.griffithobs.org




              Getty Center
              Housed in a vast futuristic-looking building, the Getty Center is home to one of the
              world’s largest collection of photographs, as well as painting and sculpture from all
              over the world.


              1200 Getty Center Drive                    Opening times: Tues-Fri and Sun 1000-
              Los Angeles, CA 90049                      1730, Sat 1000-2100
              USA
              Tel: +1 310 440 7300                       www.getty.edu




              L.A. Zoo
              Covering 133 hectares (328 acres), LA Zoo, and the adjoining botanical garden, is
              one of LA’s most popular attractions, thanks to its coterie of rare animals, including
              the mountain tapir, and multimillion-dollar elephant enclosure.


              5333 Zoo Drive                             Opening times: Daily 1000-1700
              Los Angeles, CA 90027
              USA                                        www.lazoo.org
              Tel: +1 323 644 4200




              The Autry
              The Autry is home to the Museum of the American West, which charts the history of
              the area and its people, including Native Americans. With more than 21,000
              artefacts, the museum also has the largest collection of Indian art after the
              Smithsonian.


              4700 Western Heritage Way                  Opening times: Tues-Fri 1000-1600,
              Los Angeles, CA 90027                      Sat-Sun1000-1700
              USA
              Tel: +1 323 667 2000                       www.theautry.org




              Disneyland
              The first, and some say best, of the six Disney resorts, Disneyland includes eight
              themed ‘lands’, including Main Street USA, Tomorrowland and Frontierland, each
              of which contains rides and attractions of varying speed.


              1313 Disneyland Drive                      Opening times: Daily 0800-0000
              Anaheim, CA 92802
              USA                                        disneyland.disney.go.com
              Tel: +1 714 781 4565




              Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical



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              Gardens
              The former home of railroad tycoon Henry E Huntington is packed with art,
              antiques and rare books, as well as works by Gainsborough and Lawrence.
              Outside is an 81-hectare (200-acre) botanical garden, including the stunning
              ‘Garden of Flowing Fragrance’.


              1151 Oxford Road                           Opening times: Mon and Wed-Fri 1200-
              San Marino, CA 91108                       1630, Sat-Sun 1030-1630
              USA
              Tel: +1 626 405 2100                       www.huntington.org




              Grammy Museum at LA Live
              Part of the L.A. Live entertainment complex, the Grammy Museum is dedicated to
              all things musical and includes a fascinating exhibition on the technology of
              recording.


              800 West Olympic Boulevard                 Opening times: Mon-Fri 1130-1930,
              Los Angeles, CA 90015                      Sat-Sun 1000-1930
              USA
              Tel: +1 213 765 6800                       www.grammymuseum.org




              Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)
              Housed inside an Arata Isozaki-designed red sandstone building, MOCA is home
              to one of the finest collections of 20th-century art in America, including works by
              artists of the calibre of Mondrian and Rothko.


              250 South Grand Avenue                     Opening times: Mon and Fri 1100-1700,
              Los Angeles, CA 90012                      Tues and Thurs 1100-2000, Sat-Sun
              USA                                        1100-1800
              Tel: +1 213 626 6222
                                                         www.moca.org




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              Shopping in Los Angeles
              Shopping in Los Angeles

              Key Areas

              Los Angeles is heaven for shoppers with plenty of cash to splash, with upmarket
              streets such as Rodeo Drive and Melrose Avenue attracting big-name designer
              brands and the celebrity browsers to match. Elsewhere, La Brea and La Cienega
              are good for an interior design fix, while for handmade crafts and quirky souvenirs,
              Pasedena is your best bet. Santa Monica is good for international and high-street
              shopping.


              Markets

              West Hollywood’s farmer’s market has been selling fresh produce since 1934,
              while Pasadena’s weekly market is worth visiting for the Mexican food alone.


              Shopping Centres

              The Beverley Center is the place to go for upmarket fashion, while Glendale’s
              Americana has a good mix of high- and low-end brands.




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              Restaurants
              Restaurants in Los Angeles
              There’s no shortage of choice in LA, which along with traditional eateries offering
              American classics,boasts some of the best Asian restaurants in the USA as well as
              superlative Mexican fare.



              Urasawa
              Hideously expensive but very tasty sushi in a slick restaurant popular with the
              celeb set.


              2185 North Rodeo Drive                     Price: Expensive
              Beverly Hills
              Los Angeles, CA 90210
              USA




              Spago
              Set around an airy courtyard, Spago boasts an eclectic menu and a vast 30,000-
              bottle wine cellar.


              176 North Canon Drive                      Price: Expensive
              Beverly Hills
              Loa Angeles, CA 90210
              USA




              Tavern
              Offering A-list food on a D-list budget, Tavern is popular with stars and locals alike.


              11648 San Vicente Boulevard                Price: Moderate
              Los Angeles, CA 90049
              USA




              Horse Thief BBQ
              Rib-sticking Americana done extremely well – pulled pork is the house special.


              324 South Hill Street                      Price: Moderate
              Los Angeles, CA 90013
              USA




              Red O
              Mexican food as eaten by President Obama and whipped by chef Rick Bayless.


              8155 Melrose Avenue                        Price: Cheap
              Los Angeles, CA 90046
              USA




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              Nightlife
              Nightlife in Los Angeles



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              Sunset Boulevard is still home to some of LA’s most famous clubs but Long Beach,
              Santa Monica and Pasadena all have plenty for would-be party animals to enjoy.



              The Viper Room
              One of LA’s most infamous bars, The Viper Room remains a hipster hotspot. Iggy
              Pop, Johnny Cash and Placebo are just a few artists who have played here.


              8852 Sunset Boulevard
              West Hollywood
              Los Angeles, CA 90069
              USA




              The Edison
              Set in a converted power plant, this industrial chic lounge is one of LA’s hippest
              hangouts.


              108 West 2nd Street 101
              Los Angeles, CA 90012
              USA




              Avalon
              An LA institution that has been entertaining clubbers since the 1960s.


              1735 Vine Street
              Hollywood
              Los Angeles, CA 90028
              USA




              The Colony
              A super-hip lounge bar with a huge central pool and great cocktails.


              1743 North Cahuenga Boulevard
              Los Angeles, CA 90028
              USA




              Polo Lounge
              A movie regular, the lavish Polo Lounge has hosted everyone from Marlene
              Dietrich to Mia Farrow.


              9641 Sunset Boulevard
              Beverly Hills, Los Angeles
              CA 90210
              USA




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              Calendar of events
              Calendar of events

              Tournament of Roses Parade and the Rosebowl



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              Floral processions, marching bands and American Football celebrate the New
              Year in grand style on January 1 (unless it falls on a Sunday, in which case it’s
              January 2). The world famous rose parade, which began in 1890, draws crowds of
              up to a million people and takes place in the streets of old town Pasadena and
              beyond. Find a spot on the roadside or book grandstand seats (early) in advance
              for the best view.


              January 1, 2020

              Venue: Green Street and Orange Grove Boulevard, Pasadena



              Annual Golden Dragon Parade
              This celebration of Chinese New Year has taken place in LA for over 100 years.
              Colourful floats, firecrackers and marching bands parade through Chinatown
              making for a popular family day out. The lion and dragon dancers are a highlight of
              this festival, which attracts celebrity grand marshals each year, who have included
              Bruce Lee, Lindsay Wagner and Playboy King Hugh Hefner.


              February 1, 2020

              Venue: Chinatown



              The Academy Awards
              The Academy Awards are the biggest event of the entertainment year and they
              take place at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles. If you’re not a celebrity, you can’t
              get inside, but thousands of people queue up to watch the movie stars walk the red
              carpet in stunning designer gowns.


              February 9, 2020

              Venue: Kodak Theatre



              LA Times Book Festival
              This two day literary fest, one of the largest in the US, was previously housed at
              the UCLA campus in swish Westwood, and has decamped to USC in Downtown
              LA. It hosts a raft of writers giving seminars and talks, as well as poetry readings,
              and it promotes storytelling and reading for all ages as well as presenting a range
              of new work. The festival attracts some 140,000 book lovers each year.


              April 18 -19, 2020


              Venue: USC campus, Downtown LA



              Toyota Grand Prix
              Formula One takes to the city streets of Long Beach in this three day festival of
              speed. For over 35 years, the streets of the city have been turned into a race track
              and there’s a plethora of sideshows to please motor racing fans of all ages. A kids
              zone offers youngsters a chance to try out mini electric cars and big kids can ogle
              at some of the meanest machines on the racing circuit.


              April 17 - 19, 2020

              Venue: Long Beach



              LA Pride
              Events taking place over an early June weekend include the centrepiece Gay




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              Pride parade which attracts some 400,000 spectators and many other events
              including a festival of live music and comedy, visual arts, poetry, a fun run and get
              togethers in the park, all taking place in the West Hollywood area. LA Pride
              celebrates lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender arts and culture.


              June 12 - 14, 2020

              Venue: West Hollywood (parade)



              Los Angeles County Fair
              This month long cornucopia of fun is the biggest county fair in the US. It features
              amusement rides, a carnival, concerts, crafts and farm animals, horse races,
              games, and a variety of deep fried foods, the like of which have to be seen to be
              believed. The concert series attracts major names old and new – past years have
              featured One Republic, LeAnn Rimes, The Beach Boys, The Average White Band
              and Styx.


              September 2020

              Venue: Pomona Fairgrounds



              Halloween
              Halloween is a huge holiday celebration in the U.S. and LA has plenty of tricks and
              treats to scare the pants off you. Among the biggest is Universal Studios’s annual
              Halloween Horror Nights which is screamingly good fun and runs throughout
              October, as does the Knotts Berry Farm’s Scary Farm Haunt. In Griffith Park, check
              out the Haunted Hayride, a spooky east coast tradition that’s now making its mark
              on the west coast. Book early for all events.


              October 31, 2020

              Venue: Various



              Hollywood Christmas Parade
              This modest (by US standards) procession of floats, cars, marching bands and
              minor celebrities that dates back to the 1920s, almost got the chop a couple of
              years back but has bounced back. There’s free kerbside standing or you can buy
              grandstand tickets for a birds eye view. The parade passes along part of
              Hollywood and Sunset Boulevard past many of the legendary buildings of Old
              Hollywood. It takes place at night so wrap up as it can be chilly.


              December 2020

              Venue: Hollywood




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              Hotels
              Hotels in Los Angeles
              From the Hollywood Roosevelt to Chateau Marmont, LA’s hotels are almost as
              famous as its celebrity inhabitants.Nevertheless, unearthing a quiet boutique hotel
              or charming budget sleeping spot isn’t difficult to do.



              L’Ermitage
              A glamorous sleeping spot in an even more glamorous location.


              9291 Burton Way                            Category: Expensive
              Beverly Hills



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              Los Angeles, CA 90210
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              Shutters on the Beach
              A block from the famous Santa Monica pier, the hotel boasts airy seaside chic
              décor.


              1 Pico Boulevard                            Category: Moderate
              Santa Monica
              Los Angeles, CA 90405
              USA




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              Best of ...
              ... Raw Food Restaurants




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              Everybody has tried raw food on some occasion – maybe sashimi at a Japanese
              restaurant, a portion of steak tartar at a French restaurant or just an apple in
              between. In California, people take their food more seriously: There, switching to a
              mainly vegan raw food diet is all the rage – with stars, not just health fanatics.
              According to them, all restaurant kitchens should soon stop using their cookers.
              Today every good restaurant has a few raw food dishes on its menu.Real fans
              insist that no ingredient should be heated to more than 118 degrees Fahrenheit
              – that’s about 48 degrees Celsius. Only then can they be certain that the important
              enzymes and full nutritional value of foods are preserved. If what they say is true,
              the results are fantastic: Your skin is supposed to look younger and fresher, the risk
              of developing certain forms of cancer is lower, and physical fitness and intelligence
              get a boost.



              Café Gratitude

              Raw or cooked? Matthew Engelhart, chef of the popular raw food restaurant Café
              Gratitude in Los Angeles, keeps his cool when this debate gets going. He shares
              the opinion of self-help guru Deepak Chopra: The fact that both sides argue fiercely
              only means “that it is about a very important issue.” And he has the appropriate



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              breakfast dish for congenial guests on the menu, his “I Am Great” buckwheat
              granola in almond milk.



              639 N Larchmont Boulevard                  cafegratitude.com/
              Los Angeles, CA 90004
              United States
              Tel. +1-323/580 63 83




              Euphoria Loves Rawvolution

              Starting with the logo on this charming café’s website, you will be reminded of the
              Californian hippie and flower power movement. Here, close to the beach, you can
              enjoy a wide range of food, from the vegan warm chili love soup to veggie burgers.
              And if you wish, you can even have healthy food delivered to your door once a
              week by ordering “The Box.”



              2301 Main Street                           euphorialovesrawvolution.com/
              Santa Monica, CA 90405
              United States
              Tel. +1-310/392 95 01




              Inn of the Seventh Ray

              Beware, this place serves cooked food and meat in addition to the small selection
              of real raw food dishes on its menu. But its idyllic garden and oodles of hippy
              charm easily make up for that. So maybe it’s the place to get your first taste of the
              raw food scene – but it´s definitely not for confirmed “rawvolutionists.”



              128 Old Topanga Canyon Road                www.innoftheseventhray.com/
              Topanga, CA 90290
              United States
              Tel. +1-310/455 13 11




              The Springs

              Opened by Michale Falso in 2014, this restaurant serves 100 % organic, raw and
              vegan fare, none of which is heated to more than 118° Fahrenheit (= 47.78°
              Celsius). The bar serves organic wine and beer at lunch and dinnertime.



              608 Mateo Street                           thespringsla.com/
              Los Angeles, CA 90021
              United States
              Tel. +1 213/223 62 26




              Real Raw Live

              The specialties here are fresh organic juices, raw smoothies, frozen yoghurts and
              fat-burning lemonades.



              5913 Franklin Avenue                       www.realrawlive.com/
              Los Angeles, CA 90028
              United States



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              Tel. +1 323/461 45 45




              EMC Seafood & Raw Bar

              The EMC Seafood & Raw Bar opened its doors in Koreatown in 2013 and soon
              became a popular place for fresh seafood. The oysters and tiered platters of
              seafood variations are the top sellers here. Behind the bar, there’s a team of
              dedicated “mixologists” just waiting to serve you.



              3500 W 6th St #101                        www.emcseafood.com/
              Los Angeles, CA 90010
              United States
              Tel. +1 213/351 99 88




              LifeFood Organic

              Here you can create you own fruit smoothie from a selection of 26 main ingredients
              and around 40 extras for the final touch. The menu includes a huge variety of
              salads and sandwiches, but also burgers, pizzas, taquitos, burritos and wraps.



              1507 N Cahuenga Boulevard                 lifefoodorganic.com/
              Los Angeles, CA 90028
              United States
              Tel. +1 323/466 09 27




              Flore Vegan Cuisine

              A vegan restaurant with a deli counter, this place stocks a small range of raw food
              salads plus lots of cold-pressed juices, smoothies and shakes.



              3818 Sunset Boulevard                     florevegan.com/
              Los Angeles, CA 90026
              United States
              Tel. +1 323/953 06 11




              Grassroots Alchemy

              Grassroots Alchemy sees itself as “The New World Social Lounge” and believes
              that healing foods bring health, happiness and longevity. The meals to be found in
              the Raw Living Foods section of the menu include Yin Yang Zucchini Pasta, The
              Caliente Raw Tacos and Thai Wrap.



              8500 Melrose Ave Suite 106                www.grassrootsalchemy.com/
              West Hollywood, CA 90069
              United States
              Tel. +1 424/30 20 47




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