48 Hours in Los Angeles Travel Guide

Anthony Bourdain has 48 hours to eat the best food that LA has to offer.


Activities
La Luz de Jesus Gallery
This gallery features narrative paintings and sculptures by SoCal artists. Themes range from sex to death. Admission is free.
  • 4633 Hollywood Boulevard
  • Los Angeles, CA 90027 US

La Luz de Jesus Gallery

This gallery features narrative paintings and sculptures by SoCal artists. Themes range from sex to death. Admission is free.
4633 Hollywood Boulevard Los Angeles, CA, US
Phone: +1 323-666-7667
Wacko
Premier emporium of pop culture in LA since 1974. Best-kept LA secret with wind-up toys and tiki collectibles, it's a 1- stop shop for hipster accessories and brick-a-brack.
  • 4633 Hollywood Boulevard
  • Los Angeles, CA 90027 US

Wacko

Premier emporium of pop culture in LA since 1974. Best-kept LA secret with wind-up toys and tiki collectibles, it's a 1- stop shop for hipster accessories and brick-a-brack.
4633 Hollywood Boulevard Los Angeles, CA, US
Phone: +1 323-663-0122
Dearly Departed -- The Tragical History Tour
Tony joins a tour that specializes in grizzly tragedy and deaths in LA, from the notorious to the obscure.
  • 6603 Sunset Blvd
  • Los Angeles, CA 90028 US

Dearly Departed -- The Tragical History Tour

Tony joins a tour that specializes in grizzly tragedy and deaths in LA, from the notorious to the obscure.
6603 Sunset Blvd Los Angeles, CA, US
Phone: +1 323-466-3696
Necromance
This "wonderland of taxidermy" hobby shop has skulls, bones and antique medical supplies.
  • 7220 Melrose Avenue
  • Los Angeles, CA 90046 US

Necromance

This "wonderland of taxidermy" hobby shop has skulls, bones and antique medical supplies.
7220 Melrose Avenue Los Angeles, CA, US
Phone: +1 323-934-8684
Book Soup
One of the last great independent bookstores. Each shelf is personally curated by the staff. They’re a major stopover for all the heavy-hitting authors.
  • 8818 Sunset Boulevard
  • West Hollywood, CA 90069 US

Book Soup

One of the last great independent bookstores. Each shelf is personally curated by the staff. They’re a major stopover for all the heavy-hitting authors.
8818 Sunset Boulevard West Hollywood, CA, US

Hotels
Chateau Marmont
This classic mix of luxury bungalows and suites is Tony’s favorite hotel. Tony stays in a bungalow, the perfect place to hide out with high hedges, trees and walls.
  • 8221 Sunset Boulevard
  • Hollywood, CA 90046 US

Chateau Marmont

This classic mix of luxury bungalows and suites is Tony’s favorite hotel. Tony stays in a bungalow, the perfect place to hide out with high hedges, trees and walls.
8221 Sunset Boulevard Hollywood, CA, US
Phone: +1 323-656-1010
Hotel Shangri-La
Opened in 1939, this hotel offers a nice view over the Pacific Ocean and Venice Beach boardwalk, along with a fire pit on the roof and a solar-powered pool. It’s also known for entertaining VIPs.
  • 1301 Ocean Avenue
  • Santa Monica, CA 90401 US

Hotel Shangri-La

Opened in 1939, this hotel offers a nice view over the Pacific Ocean and Venice Beach boardwalk, along with a fire pit on the roof and a solar-powered pool. It’s also known for entertaining VIPs.
1301 Ocean Avenue Santa Monica, CA, US
Phone: +1 310-394-2791
Custom Hotel
This hotel is right by the (LAX) airport and fulfills a traveler's basic needs.
  • 8639 Lincoln Boulevard
  • Los Angeles, CA 90045 US

Custom Hotel

This hotel is right by the (LAX) airport and fulfills a traveler's basic needs.
8639 Lincoln Boulevard Los Angeles, CA, US
Phone: +1 310-645-0400

Restaurants & Bars
In-N-Out Burger
Anthony Bourdain gets a double-double "animal style" cheeseburger and chocolate shake.
  • 9149 South Sepulveda Boulevard
  • Los Angeles, CA 90045 US

In-N-Out Burger

Anthony Bourdain gets a double-double "animal style" cheeseburger and chocolate shake.
9149 South Sepulveda Boulevard Los Angeles, CA, US
LudoTruck*
Owned by Chef Ludo Lefebvre from LudoBites restaurant and "Top Chef." Locate the truck by checking Twitter, @ludotruck, or Facebook. LudoTruck only serves chicken. Tony samples chicken balls, biscuits baked with honey and lavender. *Closed
  • Los Angeles, CA US

LudoTruck*

Owned by Chef Ludo Lefebvre from LudoBites restaurant and "Top Chef." Locate the truck by checking Twitter, @ludotruck, or Facebook. LudoTruck only serves chicken. Tony samples chicken balls, biscuits baked with honey and lavender. *Closed
Los Angeles, CA, US
Kogi Truck
This food truck serves Mexican-style tacos with a Korean culinary twist.
  • Various Locations
  • Los Angeles, CA US

Kogi Truck

This food truck serves Mexican-style tacos with a Korean culinary twist.
Various Locations Los Angeles, CA, US
Senor Fish*
Serves sea bass, mahi-mahi and yellowtail. People come for the fish tacos, lightly battered and deep-fried. *Closed
  • 1936 E 7th St.
  • Los Angeles, CA 90021 US

Senor Fish*

Serves sea bass, mahi-mahi and yellowtail. People come for the fish tacos, lightly battered and deep-fried. *Closed
1936 E 7th St. Los Angeles, CA, US
Phone: +1 213-239-0322
Ham Ji Park
Tony meets friend and owner of Kogi truck, Roy Choi. They start with side dishes. Ham Ji Park is famous for 3 dishes (pork belly, pork spare ribs marinated in spicy pepper paste, and pork stew).
  • 3407 West 6th Street
  • #101-C
  • Los Angeles, CA 90020 US

Ham Ji Park

Tony meets friend and owner of Kogi truck, Roy Choi. They start with side dishes. Ham Ji Park is famous for 3 dishes (pork belly, pork spare ribs marinated in spicy pepper paste, and pork stew).
3407 West 6th Street Los Angeles, CA, US
Phone: +1 213-365-8773
Yu Chun
Their house special is cold noodle soup.
  • 3185 West Olympic Boulevard
  • Los Angeles, CA 90006 US

Yu Chun

Their house special is cold noodle soup.
3185 West Olympic Boulevard Los Angeles, CA, US
Dan Sung Sa
At this old-school, traditional Korean restaurant, Tony drinks some makali (a fermented rice drink), and samples chicken gizzards and spicy octopus.
  • 3317 West 6th Street
  • Los Angeles, CA 90020 US

Dan Sung Sa

At this old-school, traditional Korean restaurant, Tony drinks some makali (a fermented rice drink), and samples chicken gizzards and spicy octopus.
3317 West 6th Street Los Angeles, CA, US
Phone: +1 213-487-9100
The Prince
This laid-back lounge offers one of the best preserved interiors in LA, and serves beer and Korean-style fried chicken.
  • 3198 1/2 West 7th Street
  • Los Angeles, CA 90005 US

The Prince

This laid-back lounge offers one of the best preserved interiors in LA, and serves beer and Korean-style fried chicken.
3198 1/2 West 7th Street Los Angeles, CA, US
Phone: +1 213-389-1586
Philippe the Original
Set up like an old-school cafeteria/diner, Philippe is best known for its "French-dipped" sandwich. The breakfast of choice: cake donuts, along with 10-cent coffee.
  • 1001 North Alameda Street
  • Los Angeles, CA 90012 US

Philippe the Original

Set up like an old-school cafeteria/diner, Philippe is best known for its "French-dipped" sandwich. The breakfast of choice: cake donuts, along with 10-cent coffee.
1001 North Alameda Street Los Angeles, CA, US
King Eddy Saloon
This bar starts pouring at 6 a.m. Recommended for beer and whiskey.
  • 131 East 5th Street
  • Los Angeles, CA 90013 US

King Eddy Saloon

This bar starts pouring at 6 a.m. Recommended for beer and whiskey.
131 East 5th Street Los Angeles, CA, US
Tacos Villa Corona
Tony has 1 chicken and 1 steak taco. Tacos Villa Corona is a family- run, hole-in-the-wall restaurant, serving tacos and burritos from a closet-sized kitchen. Tony goes back for a second round and gets papas burrito (breakfast burrito).
  • 3185 Glendale Boulevard
  • Los Angeles, CA 90039 US

Tacos Villa Corona

Tony has 1 chicken and 1 steak taco. Tacos Villa Corona is a family- run, hole-in-the-wall restaurant, serving tacos and burritos from a closet-sized kitchen. Tony goes back for a second round and gets papas burrito (breakfast burrito).
3185 Glendale Boulevard Los Angeles, CA, US
Phone: +1 323-661-3458
Mexican Fruit Stands
Fresh-cut fruits (whatever they have) are thrown in a bag with salt, chili and lime. $5 of fresh, tasty and pretty-good-for-you food. Locations all over LA.
  • 2131 W 3rd St.
  • Near Seton Professional Building Parking Deck
  • Los Angeles, CA 90057 US

Mexican Fruit Stands

Fresh-cut fruits (whatever they have) are thrown in a bag with salt, chili and lime. $5 of fresh, tasty and pretty-good-for-you food. Locations all over LA.
2131 W 3rd St. Los Angeles, CA, US
Animal
Animal is a carnivore-centric restaurant specializing in all those good bits. Tony sits down with owners Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo. The men have marrow bone, chicken hearts, hamachi tostada, coconut sweetbreads, pig tails and crispy rabbit legs.
  • 435 North Fairfax Avenue
  • Los Angeles, CA 90036 US

Animal

Animal is a carnivore-centric restaurant specializing in all those good bits. Tony sits down with owners Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo. The men have marrow bone, chicken hearts, hamachi tostada, coconut sweetbreads, pig tails and crispy rabbit legs.
435 North Fairfax Avenue Los Angeles, CA, US
Phone: +1 323-782-9225
Kokekokko
Yakitori grilled over traditional white charcoal (flown in from Japan) -- chicken livers, heart, thigh, skin and, if you go early, ask about the off-the-menu stuff like the sublime “chicken butt.” It runs out fast. Regulars sit at the counter.
  • 203 South Central Avenue
  • Los Angeles, CA 90012 US

Kokekokko

Yakitori grilled over traditional white charcoal (flown in from Japan) -- chicken livers, heart, thigh, skin and, if you go early, ask about the off-the-menu stuff like the sublime “chicken butt.” It runs out fast. Regulars sit at the counter.
203 South Central Avenue Los Angeles, CA, US
Phone: +1 213-687-0690
Red Medicine
For late-night, non-traditional Vietnamese, people enjoy this modern take on French and Vietnamese food involving very creative uses of herbs and flowers. Open late until 2 a.m., and very popular with food-service industry types.
  • 8400 Wilshire Boulevard
  • Beverly Hills, CA 90211 US

Red Medicine

For late-night, non-traditional Vietnamese, people enjoy this modern take on French and Vietnamese food involving very creative uses of herbs and flowers. Open late until 2 a.m., and very popular with food-service industry types.
8400 Wilshire Boulevard Beverly Hills, CA, US
Jumbo's Clown Room
Jumbo's is a last refuge for the ancient art of burlesque. This ain’t no strip club. Tony, Jon and Vinny (from Animal) sip on beer and tequila.
  • 5153 Hollywood Boulevard
  • Los Angeles, CA 90027 US

Jumbo's Clown Room

Jumbo's is a last refuge for the ancient art of burlesque. This ain’t no strip club. Tony, Jon and Vinny (from Animal) sip on beer and tequila.
5153 Hollywood Boulevard Los Angeles, CA, US
The Varnish
This speakeasy is hidden in the back of Cole’s restaurant. Bartenders use ingredients such as fresh juices, purees and syrups. The bartender’s choice is often the way to go.
  • 118 East 6th Street
  • Los Angeles, CA 90014 US

The Varnish

This speakeasy is hidden in the back of Cole’s restaurant. Bartenders use ingredients such as fresh juices, purees and syrups. The bartender’s choice is often the way to go.
118 East 6th Street Los Angeles, CA, US
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