Summer is here and tis the season to get out and explore. We have discussed on numerous occasions tons of hot spots in LA to wine, dine, and party. However, there are a handful of hidden gems of Los Angeles near your AVEN luxury apartment that are instagrammable and perfect for a day out either alone or with friends.


Hidden Gems of Los Angeles in DTLA

The Elysian Park Swing

The elysian park swing in downtown los angeles
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Now, there are a number of parks downtown but the most underrated and unknown of them all is Elysian Park. It is quite small, and a short, steep hike to get to. Once you arrive at the top, you will find a swing overlooking your city of LA. This hidden gem is called the Elysian Park Swing. It isn’t necessarily the most beautiful view as it overlooks the 101 freeway. But it is spectacular nevertheless. We highly suggest wearing sturdy shoes as it can be a bit slippery. For directions, just type into Google “Swing on top of Elysian Park.” And for parking, there are 5 parking spots on Angels Point Drive. Park there and the trail will be directly in front of you.

St. Vincent Court

hidden gems of los angeles St. Vincent Court
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Escape the bustle of the city and whisk yourself away to an old European city at St. Vincent Court in the Jewelry District. This quaint alleyway is home to a handful of Middle Eastern restaurants that is reminiscent of Rome. Things to know before you go. It is tucked away between Broadway and Hill street. It’s accessible through a breezeway off the north side of 7th street.

Hidden Gems of Los Angeles outside of DTLA

The Botanical Gardens

While these spots are not hidden, there are three botanical gardens in Los Angeles that make for the perfect Summer outing and Instagram backdrop.

The Huntington Library and Botanical Garden

Huntington Library and Garden
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First, we have the biggest and most well-known garden, The Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens. Of all the gardens on this list, this is the most expensive at $25 per ticket for adults. And for all you history buffs at AVEN, you will love the Huntington Library and Gardens. It includes a number of iconic pieces of artwork including the Little Blue Boy. Even more, is a great place to learn about the history of LA from one of the five founding families of Los Angeles; the Huntington’s. You can even stop by a little cafe for tea time next to their magnificent rose garden. And their bamboo garden and greenhouse with rare orchids is a site to see.

The LA Arboretum

Queen Anne Cottage at the LA Arboretum in Arcadia
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Then we have the LA Arboretum in Arcadia. While it is much smaller, it is also much more affordable. It comes with a number of different areas to explore including a tiny yet beautiful rose garden. However, the best feature has to be the Queen Anne Cottage. This cottage was constructed in 1885 and has the most beautiful wrap around porch, perfect for an Instagram photo. Also, a lot of people use the perimeter of the garden to go on a run. There are even peacocks roaming around both in the garden and surrounding neighborhoods! 

The Descanso Gardens

Descanso Gardens
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Finally, there is the Descanso Gardens. Their Japanese Garden is amazing, especially during the Springtime with the cherry blossoms. However, there is no better time to visit the Descanso Gardens then the holiday season when they have their Enchanted Forest with a number of different light installations. Nevertheless, Descanso is beautiful all year round and is great for a day date or family outing.


The city of Los Angeles is a never-ending adventure. Start exploring and making memories. We can’t wait to see what Instagram photos you come back with.