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The struggle with visiting Los Angeles is that it’s such a large city with a diverse set of neighborhoods to explore — it’s hard to tackle without a local showing you around. In truth, this is a good problem for a traveler to have. It means that you can personalize your trip based on what kind of experience you’re looking for. In other words, you could visit the City of Angels fifteen times and each time see a different side of the city’s personality. So, where should you grab a bite or a drink on your next trip to LA?

To answer this question, it helps to get to know the city’s neighborhoods a little better. Los Angeles might be the city of dreams, tacos, and sangria, but each area within it doesn’t fit the same mold. This guide to 15 of LA’s major neighborhoods will allow you to tailor your itinerary to where you’ll be spending your time in the city. If you’re looking for the places where locals go, read on.

1. Arts District

Arts District Los AngelesImage by Wally Gobetz via Flickr

When non-Angelenos think of stereotypical LA, they’re probably picturing something similar to what you’ll see in the Arts District. This ultra-trendy neighborhood is the place to be if you like loft apartment Airbnbs, concrete wall murals, and a young artist population.

EATDaily Dose Cafe: Brunch it up Angeleno-style at this charming Arts District alley restaurant. They serve artisan coffee and locally-sourced produce, both of which are staples for residents of this pocket of LA.

DRINKAngel City Brewery: In addition to delicious brews (with LA-themed names) and rotating food trucks, this brewery has an amazing space. Outside you’ll see a painted-mural-exterior to match the neighborhood and inside you’ll find a spacious interior with a bar reminiscent of old Hollywood.

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