The gorgeous and pleasure time to visit in Los Angeles

Whether you fancy exploring through art, history, food or fitness, Los Angeles has something for you.

LA for art aficionados

Los Angeles’ cultural side is finally getting the recognition it deserves, especially when it comes to art. The Los Angeles County Museum of Art(LACMA) and the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) have both been instrumental in shedding light on the validity of the city’s art scene, especially where modern works are concerned, and are worthy of several hours of your time. The Getty Center, located on the west side of the city, is another good option, not only for its extensive collection of antiquities, drawings, sculptures and photographs, but also for its free admission. Additionally, check out The Broad, a Downtown architectural marvel that opened in 2015 and which showcases 2000 modern pieces.

LA explores its multicultural side in museums dedicated to the many ethnicities that call the Greater Los Angeles area home, such as theMuseum of Latin American Art, the California Museum of African American Art (caamuseum.org) and the University of Southern California’s Pacific Asia Museum (pacificasiamuseum.usc.edu), which will reopen in May 2017 after an expansion and renovation.

If you’re looking for something quirkier, Los Angeles has it, whether it’s Glendale’s Museum of Neon Art (neonmona.org), Frank Lloyd Wright’s first Los Angeles project, Hollyhock House, or the cluster of 30-plus indie galleries around the Bergamot Station in Santa Monica.

LA for history hounds

For cinema buffs, Los Angeles is obviously a top destination, thanks to historic movie-linked attractions such as the TCL Chinese Theatre,Walk of Fame, the Hollywood Forever Cemetery and the delightfully kitsch Hollywood Museum. Studio tours are also a popular way to see this side of LA, and don’t forget the historic hotels as well, such as theChateau Marmont and the Ace Hotel, housed in the former home of United Artists.

But there are so many other historic threads woven throughout the city. A good place to start is with the Los Angeles Conservancy (laconservancy.org/tours), a non-profit organization that helps preserve the history of Los Angeles county through education, including its popular walking tours of Downtown LA (aka DTLA). While here, head to Olvera Street to see the ‘birthplace of Los Angeles’ and its Mexican heritage – many of the vendors who operate the marketplace today are descendants of the original sellers.

Go even further back in time at the La Brea Tar Pits (here be fossilized mammoths and other long-extinct creatures) and the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, or see the solar system and Earth’s tiny place in it at the Griffith Observatory.  Trace the history of Chinese, Korean and Japanese culture in America through the Chinese American Museum, the Korean American Museum and the Japanese American National Museum.

LA for food fans

The beginnings of food trends aren’t exclusive to New York City and San Francisco – Los Angeles has had its fair share of mouthwatering moments, and might be considered the catalyst for a lot of the food mania happening right now in the United States. Trends such as celebrity chefs and food trucks were born in LA, and two of the hottest food trends currently – poke bowls and Filipino food – have arguably shot into the national spotlight thanks to chefs on the ground in Los Angeles.

This is a town made for foodies, so it might be best for your stomach to break it down by neighborhood. DTLA has the mighty food hall Grand Central Market, where you can find everything from oysters to ramen to the supremely popular Eggslut, where the lowly egg gets an upgrade, and the gourmet Arts District.