An insider’s guide to Los Angeles (on the cheap!)

October 31st 2013

By Summer Swensson, Senior Community Manager

Love Los Angeles on the cheap? Grab a dog at Pink's at 2.am.
Grab a hot dog at Pink's at 2 a.m. Trust us - it's worth it. Photo courtesy randychiu, Flickr.

There’s so much to love about Los Angeles: world-class beaches, celebrity hotspots, designer shopping and more.  

Luckily, you don’t have to spend big money to enjoy some of the greatest experiences. As a true Californian, I enjoy the simpler (and cheaper!) pleasures that LA has to offer.

Here are 8 of my favorite inexpensive things to do in LA.

  1. Ride a beach cruiser down the Marvin Braude Bike Trail (called “The Strand” by locals). Stop at one of the many restaurants and bars along the 23-mile trail, which covers Redondo to Santa Monica. 
  2. Climb the Culver City Stairs to the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook. Take in some of the most spectacular, panoramic views of LA as your reward. 
  3. Grab a bite at Tito’s Tacos on Washington in Culver City.  At only $1.75 per taco, these are some of the best (and cheapest!) bites in LA.
  4. Catch a Disney film at the lavish, historic El Capitan Theatre.  It’s magical for both kids and kids-at-heart. With popcorn, drinks and pre-show entertainment included, it’s worth the price of admission!
  5. Enjoy a wine and cheese picnic during a performance at The Hollywood Bowl.  Get the cheap seats - it’s all part of the experience.
  6. Stand in line for a Pink’s Hot Dog on La Brea and Melrose at 2 a.m. Best dogs ever…really!  (Why else would the line be wrapped around the corner at 2 a.m.?)
  7. Watch a movie at the Hollywood Forever cemetery, the final resting place of many Hollywood greats. Where else could you watch movies in a graveyard but in Hollywood? 
  8. Eat healthy and support local, organic growers by visiting farmer’s markets in Marina del Rey or Koreatown. For the largest daily farmer’s market, make a trip to The Original Farmer’s Market on Fairfax in West LA.