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Los Angeles Tour: Mid-Wilshire

This inviting and expansive commercial district is home to many a museum and name-brand boutique.

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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Unknown
Length: 7 miles
Duration: Unknown

Overview :  Wilshire Boulevard cuts a wide swath through the city, running from Downtown all the way to the Pacific Ocean. At its approximate... more »

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Points of Interest

The Farmers Market has been a favorite gathering place in L.A.—hence the saying, “Meet me at Third & Fairfax”—since the Great Depression. The market, which includes more than 100 stalls selling everything from poblano chiles to homemade cashew butter and fresh oysters to organic produce, is big enough and fascinating enough to get lost in. In ... More

One of America’s premier art museums, with an inventory of more than 100,000 works, LACMA is unsung compared with its crosstown rival, the Getty Center. But a multiyear transformation, planned by architect Renzo Piano, is currently under way; when the Broad Contemporary Art Museum opens in late 2008, the hype may finally arrive. In the meantime,... More

Housed inside a 1929 Los Angeles building constructed by legendary Hollywood architect Roy Sheldon, famous for his opulent, Italian villa-inspired designs throughout Beverly Hills. Sheldon built the structure for film legend Charlie Chaplin, and the restaurant has accordingly named its two main dining rooms after Chaplin and his then wife, Lita... More

4. New Beverly Cinema

This no-frills neighborhood theater is the last surviving revival movie house in Los Angeles—thanks in large part to its famous benefactor Quentin Tarantino, who stepped in to buy the property when the theater was on the brink of shutting down. The Pulp Fiction director, along with fellow filmmakers like Diablo Cody and Jason Reitman, sometimes... More

5. American Rag Cie

For that chic L.A. jeans-and-a-t-shirt look, American Rag is the de facto headquarters—the “World Denim Bar” annex stocks designer denim in every color and fit imaginable. In the main clothing section, along with hip tees to pair with those jeans, you’ll also find carefully curated fashions of both the new and vintage persuasion from crisp button ... More

6. Traveler's Bookcase

The shelves of this petite, independent book boutique are crammed to bursting with travel volumes covering every global destination imaginable, including an array of guidebooks along with travel literature from essay collections to poetry. Wanderlusters will also appreciate the nifty travel accessories, maps, and gift possibilities like vintage... More

Move over cupcakes: the “faux donuts” at this artisanal bakery are L.A.’s latest sweet novelty. Though they look and taste like traditional donuts, the treats—in flavors like strawberry buttermilk, chocolate/hazelnut, and maple/bacon—are baked and/or steamed, not fried, taking away some of the guilt but none of the deliciousness. Fonuts can fit... More

This stylish, buzzing neighborhood spot skips across continents with urban Latin cuisine from throughout the Spanish-speaking world. The emphasis is on warm and cool small plates to share paired with creative seasonal cocktails and Latin wines. One of the highlights: chef John Rivera Sedlar (of Downtown’s highly regarded Rivera) uses maize (corn) ... More