DTLA, Manhattan Beach, Arts District, Santa Monica, Venice, Silver Lake: Walking Tours, Restaurant Recommendations, Hidden Gems, Street Art, Cafes, Bars, Date Ideas & Instagram-Worthy Photo Locations

I spent some of my formative years in Los Angeles from my undergrad days at USC (FIGHT ON!) to my first formal start into photography as an intern at MGM Studios. These days I frequent this city as often as I can to escape the fog of San Francisco and to enjoy all the amazing architecture, beautiful street art, quirky fixtures, beautiful alleys, expansive city skyline views, picturesque beaches, most popular breweries, salsa dancing spots, date ideas, hidden gems and everything in between.

Los Angeles is quite an amazing place to explore a few of my favorite places to explore are Mh Zh (great Israeli cuisine), Highland Park Brewing, Ace Hotel rooftop, Arts District Street art, Sqirl (Silverlake), Tire Shop Taqueria, Brouwerj West, Sonoratown, Mariscos Jaliscos, Howlin Ray’s, Broad Museum and Bestia.

Here is my guide to explore some of the best of what Los Angeles has to offer locals and tourists alike. Check out my other travel guides and follow me on Instagram for travel updates as well as new places to explore. Favorite places to visit on my trips to Los Angeles: DTLA, Arts District, Manhattan Beach, Long Beach and Silverlake.


About Eddie Hernandez

San Francisco photographer, featured in the New York Times 52 Places Travel, Fodor’s Travel Guide, Travel+Leisure, Lonely Planet, San Francisco Travel Association, Culture Trip, Matador Network, TastingTable, TimeOut, Michelin Guide and more. I do travel for client engagements on a limited basis, mostly Los Angeles, New York City and Chicago and other locations for other projects – contact me for details. Below are a few places I recommend with illustrative examples of views, architecture, street art, hidden gems and restaurants (more to come, for travel updates follow me on Instagram). 

In addition to my other photography services, I do offer customized personal vacation photography services – a hybrid of tour guide and personal photography services for individuals, couples and small groups. If you are looking for someone to show you around, capture you vacation travels and blend in seamlessly, contact me today. Having a local expert is essential for optimizing your precious time traveling, understanding optimal times for avoiding crowds and getting best lighting conditions as well as knowing what to skip and what to prioritize based on your personal preferences.

As a life long travel enthusiast, I have led bar crawls for hostel groups, stayed with individuals across the globe via Couchsurfing and am often the first person friends and friends of friends reach out to when seeking travel advice (street art, restaurants, views, architecture tours etc. Below is a small sample of the places I have been and documented through photographs. Contact me today to schedule your vacation photo session.

In addition to the places below, some other favorite places of mine to visit include Montreal, Portland, Asturias (Spain), New Orleans, Seattle, Paris and South of France, Budapest, Berlin, Barcelona and Vermont.

To view prints for sale, click here: https://fineartamerica.com/profiles/eddie-hernandez 

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