With the holidays upon us, we are sure that many of you are going to have friends and family visiting from out of town. We know they will fall in love with your luxury apartment at AVEN. But we want to make sure they fall in love with Los Angeles too. That is why we have dedicated an entire blog post to all the cool things to do in LA when you have friends and family in town.


Cool things to do in LA: Go vinyl shopping!

cool things to do in LA: Visit a record store and shop for vinyl

Since you are living in the city of entertainment, it only makes sense to go vinyl shopping. Plus, nostalgia is so in right now! This music-centric city has plenty of record shops to choose from. In DTLA that includes The Last Bookstore and Salt Box Records. There is also Amoeba in Hollywood, which is a landmark, and The Record Parlour in Santa Monica. You also have Freakbeat Records in Studio City. If your friends happen to be in town on the first Saturday of the month, you can also take them to the Rock n Roll Flea Market at The Regent Theater. 

Grab Brunch!

brunch in LA

Did someone say food?! For those who don’t already know, if there is one thing you can depend on in Los Angeles, it is finding an adorable spot to grab brunch. With so many places to choose from, we have listed out the top three in our favorite areas of LA:

Downtown Los Angeles

Cafe Gratitude: This all-vegan restaurant has a fantastic menu and will have you feeling blessed when the waiter comes up to you and asks you what you are grateful for. Must-try, the watermelon poke.

The Exchange: Easily the most beautiful decor on this list, Exchange is located within one of our favorite hotels in DTLA, the Freehand. Must try, Shakshuka divorciados.

Faith & Flower: This vintage-inspired New American bar has incredible interiors but only serves brunch on the weekends. Must try, classic crepes.

Santa Monica/Venice

  • Rose Cafe: Rose cafe is one of the oldest cafes in the Venice area. Must-try, the oat griddled pancakes.
  • Butcher’s Daughter: Up next is a great vegetarian spot called Butcher’s Daughter. Must try, the “Surfers Breakfast” burrito.
  • Flowerchild: Speaking of vegetarian, there is also Flowerchild. They have a great menu but we suggest going with making your own bowl.

Studio City

  • Aroma Coffee and Tea: Some may argue that Studio City is known for its brunch spots. The most famous of them all being Aroma Cafe with the most adorable interiors resembling a cottage. Must-try, the salmon salad.
  • Sweet Butter Kitchen: This quaint spot along Ventura Blvd has an adorable little market attached to it with some great salads. Must-try on the brunch menu, the eggs benedict.
  • Il Tramezzino: If you are looking for paninis, this is the spot to go to. Regardless of what you get, just make sure you get something with their famous pesto sauce. Must-try, the grilled breast of chicken panini.

Cool things to do in LA: Go to a museum!

The Broad

LA prides itself on all our museums. Best of all, the best ones are just a short drive or walk away from your AVEN home.

  • LACMA is a museum we all know and love because of the iconic Urban Light installation from Chris Burden.
  • The Getty Center should also ring a bell. It is right along the 405 and includes incredible panoramic views.
  • The Broad is a definite must! It is very close to your AVEN apartment and has some of the best contemporary collections including Basquiat, Lichtenstein, and Warhol.
  • Just across the street from The Broad is another favorite contemporary art museum, MOCA.
  • If your out of towners are history buffs, take them over to the Natural History Museum.
  • Any friends or family who are car buffs will love the Petersen Automotive Museum.

See a game at the Staples Center!

See a game at the staples center: Cool things to do in LA
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Speaking of close by, you also have the Staples Center just across the street. So you must take your out of town guest to a game. To see who is playing, check out their schedule

Cool things to do in LA: Grab drinks at a speakeasy!

Library Bar
Photograph courtesy of Thrillest.com

What is one thing you can count on while your friends visit LA? An incredible experience at a number of bars! We have talked about many already before in previous blog posts. However, for the sake of ease, here are some of our favorites that are perfect for your visitors: 


Have fun!