Visiting the rich and famous in Hollywood!
From the Walk of Fame to the Warner Bros studios - The entertainment industry at its best!
Hollywood is a famous neighborhood of Los Angeles. It is all about the entertainment industry. From famous movies to comedy shows and TV series that are broadcasted all over the world. Imagine walking around and seeing celebrities walking their dogs or driving by in their convertible. Well, for us non-celebrity news readers, barely TV watchers - we had no clue if we spotted anyone famous and we had a hard time recognizing anybody from the Walk of Fame, but still - it is so awesome to walk around Hollywood in real life!
Things to love about Hollywood!
Warner Bros Studios
There are many studios to visit but at Warner Bros it is not a theme park setting. No fireworks and live action at show times but a real look behind the scenes. Of course you pay a parking fee (10$) and an entrance fee (62$) first, like almost everywhere around, but here you are not entertained - things are explained. Special effects, studios and decors are shown. Fake towns, original movie items and really interesting special effects! A must visit when you are in LA!!!
Hollywood Walk of Fame & the Chinese Theater
Vine Street and Hollywood Boulevard have the stars of famous people embedded in the sidewalks. It took us at least 100 stars before we recognized anybody: Frank Sinatra, but it is quite impressive. The TCL Chinese Theater is the worlds most famous theater for red carpet premieres and elite film festivals. In front is the Forecourt of the Stars with hands and feet prints of celebrities in cement. A few streets further is Sunset Boulevard, great for shopping with less souvenir stalls.
Hollywood Walk of Fame & the Chinese Theater
Lessons learned in Hollywood!
The real street life
Many homeless people and drug addicts are found on the streets and it seems there is no social help for them at all. Some people try to sell things at traffic lights, from cleaning the window to oranges, many sleep in the streets. The amount was impressive, the difference between rich and poor even more.
Do not drink from the irrigation system
In case you were planning on filling your bottle from the sprinkles in the grass...
Things we skipped but you might love!
Universal Studios Hollywood
We did not visit the Universal Studios because this is more a theme park with attractions than an educational behind the scenes activity. You can not buy a separate ticket for the studio tour, but if you like theme parks, go here!
From walking tours around downtown Hollywood to open-air celebrity houses spotting, there are many tours on offer and some are cheap. We just do not like these scheduled tours and prefer to do things our own way and at our own pace.
The Getty Center
This high-rated museum was not characteristic to Los Angeles in our opinion, it could be anywhere. Other than that, I am not so much into art museums anyway. The views from here are supposed to be amazing, but this was not worth the money for us.
The facts!Visited: October 2016
Bars & Restaurants
|Strip with bars||Hollywood Boulevard has many bars and restaurants, but basically it is everywhere|
|Spots we loved||Hardrock Cafe is something we wanted to do, but you do not need recommendations here. Black Market Liquor Bar is a bit out of Hollywood but great.|
|Beer in a bar||9 USD draft incl tip|
|Glass of wine in a bar||10 USD|
|Club Sandwich/Pizza Margarita||10 USD|
|Cup of coffee||3 USD|
|Restaurants open||Most are open from breakfast to midnight, every day|
|Number of restaurants and bars in top-area||They are just lined up, depending on what you call a restaurant (vs fast food)|
|Quality of local food||On average I would say it is not great but big in size, the upscale (foreign) restaurants are more of our liking|
|Scooter rental||Not available, bicycles are only seen around the beaches|
|Local transport||Hard to find, even harder to plan a trip|
|Taxi||About 3x the price of an Uber and quite hard to find outside peak areas|
|Uber||Everywhere and cheap, mostly arriving within 5 minutes (a tip is not allowed but expected...)|
|Boat||Not available for transport|
|Apartment||Downtown the hotels start from 65$ per night|
|Nice hotel||Lovely New Studio in LA about 55$ per night|
|Resort||Starting from 100$ night up to very high-end|
|Hotel score price-quality||You pay a lot but you get a lot, spacious and convenient|
|Local SIM card||We bought an Ultra me SIM card with 1GB for 45 USD including taxes|
|UMTS||Often better than WIFI and great for finding cheap parking spots online|
|WIFI Hot spot||WIFI is everywhere and it is free of charge, it is easy to get around without a local SIM|
|Beaches||Santa Monica, Venice and Malibu Beach are close-by and scenic|
|Supermarket||There is always something open, from local convenient stores to mega malls.|
Like a local!
Free soft drinks with dollar meals, deep fried sugary balls and thousands of other sweet products... Buy a cup of coffee and you can add all kinds of syrup and even marshmallows for free at about any gas station... It is quite easy to super size yourself around here!
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