Mama Shelter


Los Angeles, the second biggest city of the USA is well known for its excessiveness, its giant roads, its beaches and its famous movie sets in Hollywood. Mama returns to the roots of the American dream in this city that never sleeps.

MAMA says let’s eat

We all know that you are food lovers, trust us, you will be in love with our restaurant . As we are not jealous, we also propose you plenty of good adresses to discover the best of the cuisine in the City of Angels: El Floridita, Frolic Room, Boardners or In-N-Out ...

MAMA says go out

City of night life and cinema, you can't miss the movies and plays at the ArcLight Cinema, at the Egyptian Cinematheque or the Grausman's Chinese. And if you get too excited, fly by The Three Clubs, the place to spend the most delightful parties.

MAMA says educate yourself

Los Angeles has more cultural areas than any American town. The city is already an open-air museum with its special design and architecture that will remind you of your room . Have a sight at Cross Roads of the World, Overdiun and Co. Gallery or the Regen Projects gallery, you will not be disappointed.

MAMA says let’s shop

How could you come back from Los Angeles without having a luggage overweight! You will find in our shop a lot of souvenir products, or for shopping addict you can also spend all your money at Panpipes, at The Supply Sergeant or at The Record Parlor.

MAMA says don’t miss

Let's face it, you are here to make your friends jealous by showing them your thousand of selfies…"Me at Magic Castle, at Charlie Chaplin Studio or me wandering on the Walk of Fame". And you can't miss a concert in one of the legendary venues of Hollywood Bowl and Palladium, no kidding Dude!

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Los Angeles Guide

Mama Shelter is located at 6500 Selma Avenue 90028 Los Angeles CA in Hollywood. Ideally situated a stone's throw from Hollywood Boulevard and not far from the legendary sign and Runyon Canyon Park, it is also less than a 10 minute walk from the subway and easily accessible by car. It will be a perfect base for you to explore Los Angeles.

6500 Selma Avenue
90028 Los Angeles CA
T + 1 323-785-6666
F + 1 323-785-635

Welcome to Los Angeles! What is there to say, except that this is the city of dreams, the city that has given us our favourite films and which has been graced by so many geniuses. The City of Angels has so many treasures to reveal and we're there to help you discover them. We've put together a guide listing the restaurants not to be missed, the bars we love, the most unique stores, but also the open air markets and even the city's parks and gardens... For you, we've thought of everything!

By subway (Hollywood / Vine Station)

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Now dolled up to look like a respectable bar, this former dive has history seeping from its walls. Most of the legends are just that, but there is credence that some of Hollywood’s “B” list and local thugs propped up the bar. Steve Boardner, who opened the place in 1944, ran a neighborhood bar that happened to be in Hollywood. After his 20-year run it aged well. Today it is a shadow of its former self but still exudes a pleasant, if not down and dirty, vibe.


1652 N. Cherokee Avenue

Tel: +1 323-462-9621

El Floridita

You like to salsa, right? You like Cuban food, right? Than this is your place. Once the band starts, Friday through Monday, the claustrophobic dance floor is dripping with sweaty aficionados of cumbia and other Latin rhythms. Come early for black beans, tostones rellenos, or boliche asado and get a ringside table.


1253 Vine Street

Tel: +1 323-871-8612

Frolic Room

This may be the last great dive bar in Hollywood. Nestled next to the grand Pantages theater, the Frolic Room’s neon marquee is worthy of historic nomination. Rumors abound as to who may or may not have hung out here (Charles Bukowski? Howard Hughes?) since it opened in 1934, but the bottom line is the clientele is eclectic and the drinks are strong, simple, and affordable. No mixologist bullshit here. Be sure and check out the Hirschfield wallpaper installed in 1963.


6245 Hollywood Boulevard

Tel: +1 323-462-5890

The Happy Endings Bar

Itching for that sports bar back home? Happy Endings fills the bill as that grungy place found everywhere in the USA where you can sit for hours with a beer and some nachos and stay glued to the screen watching everything from hockey to UFC. This ain’t no party. This ain’t no disco. This is a get shit-faced and yell-your lungs-out kind of a watering hole.


7038 Sunset Boulevard

Tel: +1 323-469-7038


OK. Just about everybody has heard about this SoCal hamburger chain that turns meat, cheese, and a bun into a delicacy. Is it the best burger in town? Look at the perpetual line of cars going in and out and go figure. Drunk celebs find this a favorite stop to attempt to sober up after a night of clubbing. And yes, there is a secret menu, and yes, there are Bible quotes on the inside bottom rim of the drink cups.


7009 Sunset Boulevard

Tel: +1 800-786-1000

Kitchen 24

When the urge to wolf down some chili cheese fries hits you in the middle of the night or when breakfast sounds great as the sun sets, there is nothing better than a 24-hour diner to satisfy those munchies. K 24 offers a full range of diner food PLUS a full bar.


1608 N. Cahuenga Boulevard

Tel: +1 323-465-2424

Mashti Malone’s Ice Cream

Years ago this ice cream outlet was called Clancy Muldoon’s. Then Mugsy Malone’s. When Iranians Mashti and Mehdi Shirvani took it over they re-christened it Mashti Malone’s because, as they explain, they couldn’t afford to change the whole sign. Inside the brothers sell rosewater saffron, orange blossom, herbal snow, and other exotic-flavored ice creams and sorbets. Now all they need is a shamrock shake.


1525 N. La Brea Avenue

Tel: +1 323-874-6168


Venture back to the pre–Rat Pack days and step into Hollywood’s oldest Italian restaurant. Since 1949 Carmen Miceli and his family have been serving up pizza and pasta to stars, families, and prom dates. Foodies might fidget over the old-school cuisine but focus instead on the interior. A set designer’s dream, this place has it all: darkly lit brick walls, hanging Chianti bottles, balconies, faux grape vines, and yes, red checked tablecloths. The hand-carved booths were brought over from the old Pig ‘N Whistle restaurant around the corner and, for you romantics, a piano player will serenade you in the bar area. Che Bello!!


1646 N. Las Palmas Avenue

Tel: +1 323-466-3438

Musso & Frank’s

This is the real deal. The oldest restaurant in Hollywood remains unchanged since it moved to this space in 1934. The legendary back room hosted the elite of screenland writers during the ’30s and ’40s including F. Scott Fitzgerald, William Faulkner, Nathaniel West, and Raymond Chandler. Every major star in Hollywood has supped here and it is still the best joint in Hollywood to spot a celebrity. The bar serves a mighty martini and the famed surly waiters have toned down their spiel. Just close your eyes and it’s 1938 again.


6667 Hollywood Boulevard

Tel: +1 323-467-7788

Pla-Boy Liquor

Once you get past the panhandlers, the homeless, the crackheads, the whores, the trannys, and the gangbangers, this liquor store will handle all your basic alcoholic needs in the dead of night. Don’t be put off by the bulletproof glass behind the counter. It’s there for a reason!! Regulars testify “Pla-Boy is the shit!”


6435 Yucca Street

Tel: +1 323-465-5544

Roscoe’s Chicken & Waffles

If you like your food smothered in soul you’ve come to the right place. Expect a wait at his legendary waffle house that Herb Hudson opened in 1975 in Long Beach. This is the dope for an after-hours scene visited by the likes of Snoop Dogg and every DJ and rap star that buzzes into town. Stays open really late like 4 a.m. on weekends. Get your ass down here!


1514 N. Gower Avenue

Tel: +1 323-466-7453

Sassafras Saloon

Nondescript from the outside, once you get behind those big wood doors you’ll swear Tennessee Williams is swigging down a mint julep in the corner of this Nawlins-inspired bar. From the drooping moss to the screen-enclosed sitting room, a Sazerac and some gumbo will enhance the live bands that complement the scene on weekends.


1233 Vine Street

Tel: +1 323-467-2800

The Three Clubs

Off the beaten path you have two choices here: Belly up to the bar for a drink in the sultry atmosphere or go through swinging doors and sit yourself down for some live entertainment. At times the side room also can offer burlesque or a DJ spinning platters for dancing. Whatever you choose, this unpretentious place will fill the bill. And if you are hungry, the taco truck at the gas station is dope.


1123 Vine Street

Tel: +1 323-462-6441


Rising above the racket below, this imperial-looking Japanese temple was built in 1911 as an emporium for the Bernheimer brothers, purveyors of Japanese antiquities. By the early 1950s the derelict building made a turnaround and was reborn as a Japanese restaurant. The nighttime views from the promontory are classic Hollywood with the grid of L.A. sprawled before you.


1999 N. Sycamore Avenue

Tel: +1 323-466-5125

101 Coffee Shop

Hollywood’s millennial actors, writers, and creatives who reside in the nearby hills make this a popular stop for early breakfasts, late-night feedings, and industry meetings. Inspired by Googie-style coffee shops, the feel is authentic and comfortable. In a town in dire need of eating places that serve beyond 10:30 p.m., the 101 (near the on-ramp to the 101 Freeway) fits the bill.


6145 Franklin Avenue

Tel: +1 323-467-1175



1034 N. Highland Avenue

Tel: +1 323-467-5700

Hannah Hoffman


1010 N. Highland Avenue

Tel: +1 323-450-9106

Overduin and Co.


6693 Sunset Boulevard

Tel: +1 323-464-3600

Regen Projects


6750 Santa Monica Boulevard

Tel: +1 310-276-5424

Tif Sigfrids


1507 Wilcox Avenue

Tel: +1 323-907-9200

Various Small Fires


812 N. Highland Avenue

Tel: +1 310-426-8040



6522 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028

Tel: +1 323-957-1777

ArcLight Cinema

When Hollywood industry types are tired of night after night in their private screening rooms, this is the place they pop into. With top-rated acoustics, no pre-movie advertising, a café, a bar, a bookstore, and real butter on the popcorn, they have it pretty much covered. This is movie watching the way it should be. Their zero tolerance policy of talking, texting, and late arrivals in the theater is a refreshing bit of crowd discipline.


6360 Sunset Boulevard

Tel: +1 323-464-1478

Pantages Theatre

Beg, buy, or steal your way into this over-the-top Art Deco masterpiece. Now a legit theater, the building has maintained the interior magnificence created in 1930. Howard Hughes purchased the theater in 1949, had his offices upstairs, and from 1950 to 1959 it hosted the Academy Awards. It has been the scene of numerous premieres including Spartacus in 1960 and Cleopatra in 1963.


6233 Hollywood Boulevard

Tel: +1 323-468-1770

El Capitan Theatre

The Disney organization took over this movie palace several decades ago and transformed what had become an over-remodeled relic into a restored monument to the golden age of Hollywood. Intended as a venue for plays when it opened in 1926, it became a movie theater in 1941 with the premiere of Orson Welles’ Citizen Kane. Disney uses the theater to premiere all of its first-run features. The lavish East Indian interior remains intact and often live stage shows accompany a feature film.


6838 Hollywood Boulevard

Tel: +1 818-845-3110

Egyptian / American Cinematheque

The Egyptian started it all. Once silent films opened and played only in downtown Los Angeles. Then in 1922 Sid Grauman built the Egyptian on Hollywood Boulevard, the first grand theater in the film capital. Sid came up with the idea of using Klieg lights and crowds and created the first mega premiere. Today, after major renovations, it houses the American Cinematheque, which offers a wide range of films and programs. The exterior was restored to look as it did in 1922.


6712 Hollywood Boulevard

Grauman’s Chinese

It now may be called the TCL Chinese Theatre but to locals it will always be “Grauman’s.” The fact that this mighty vestige of the Golden Age of Hollywood continues to exist is contrary to L.A.’s pillage-and-burn mentality. Recently restored to its 1927 condition, the theater and its world-renowned forecourt of star hand- and footprints remain worthy of a pilgrimage.


6925 Hollywood Boulevard

Tel: +1 323-461-3331

Hollywood Wax Museum

It’s a wax museum. What do you expect? If you have never been to one you might get a chuckle out of the sometimes-lookalike celebrities and then posing for a selfie or two. Otherwise join the tourist hordes and head a block away to pose with the live human lookalikes that jam the sidewalks of Hollywood Boulevard hustling for your coin.


6767 Hollywood Boulevard

Tel: +1 323-462-5991

Magic Castle

You need some magic to gain entrance to this house on a haunted hill. A Hollywood landmark since 1908, this mansion is a private club for magicians and their friends but somehow everybody finds a way to get in. (The Academy of Magical Arts offers a special associate membership for entry.) Once inside, you can grab a drink, dine, and wander through the various Victorian rooms that feature top-rate magicians performing. Dress nicely and don’t forget to sit barside and request a song from Irma, the ghostly pianist.


7001 Franklin Avenue

Tel: +1 323-851-3313

Larry Edmunds

One of the first bookstores to feature movie titles exclusively, Larry Edmunds carries an enormous stock of vintage and contemporary film-related books, lobby cards, and posters. Opened in 1938, its namesake committed suicide 3 years later by putting his head in an oven and turning on the gas. Subsequent owners retained the name.


6644 Hollywood Boulevard

Tel: +1 323-463-3273

Samuel French

Looking for Ibsen’s Romersholm? Having trouble with your accent? Need an envelope for your head shot? For 65 years Samuel French has catered to Hollywood’s theatrical and motion picture crowd with a world class selection of plays, reference books, and all things related to the aspiring thespian.


7223 Sunset Boulevard

Tel: +1 323-876-0570

World Book & News

As they slowly evaporate from the streets, newsstands have become an endangered urban species. Once rife with them, Hollywood now claims its last remaining one. Even in its truncated state (it once ran all the way up to Hollywood Boulevard) there are still loads of foreign mags and rags to keep you busy reading on a Sunday morning.


1652 N. Cahuenga Boulevard

Tel: +1 323-465-4352

Museum of Death

Hollywood’s preoccupation with the macabre makes this museum a perfect attraction for those who revel in necromancy, bludgeoned bodies, and serial killers. “Filling the void of death education,” as they advertise, this self-guided tour will charm you with the “Hall of Suicide,” mass murderer Jon Wayne Gacy’s clown paintings, embalming tools, coffins, and all manner of a huckster’s heaven.


6031 Hollywood Boulevard

Tel: +323-466-8011

Psychiatry: An Industry of Death Museum

Visitors view this place as either “pure lunacy” or an enlightening take on psychiatry, depending on their point of view. Owned and run by the Church of Scientology, in a town that has more of their members running around than out-of-work actors it seems fitting that that at least one museum reflecting their philosophy is in place. Their bias to the subject matter is obvious and supported by a slick presentation. Still, as one visitor explained, “We were looking to kill some time and found ourselves here. What the hell, I thought, we can walk and it’s free.”


6616 Sunset Boulevard

Tel: +1 323-467-4242

Alto Nido Apartments

The camera pans in on William Holden, “the poor dope,” in his corner apartment on the third floor typing in his bathrobe on a sunlit breezy day. It’s the opening sequence of Sunset Boulevard. The Alto Nido was the location for that scene and exists as it did when filmed by Billy Wilder in 1949.


1851 N. Ivar Avenue

Tel: +1 323-469-1868

American Legion Post 43

A-ten-shun! This 1929 Deco-Persian-Egyptian revival structure is the local headquarters for the veteran-based organization whose motto in part aims “to foster and perpetuate a 100% Americanism.” The Japanese cannon facing Highland is but just one of many artifacts from various U.S. wars that can be found here. Spearheaded by Al Jolson and funded by a nearby boxing arena, the Hollywood Post has seen its share of celebrities. The basement bar was a favorite of Humphrey Bogart and during and after World War II the local studios presented their yearly parade of starlets including Marilyn Monroe, Lana Turner, and Rita Hayworth.


2035 Highland Avenue

Tel: +1 323-851-3030

Beth Olam Cemetery

Part of Hollywood Forever, this cemetery really boasts only one big name: Benjamin Siegel, better known as “Bugsy.” After Bugsy was murdered in Beverly Hills in an unsolved case, he was interred here rather than near his East Coast roots because his brother who lived in L.A. was the only one to claim his body.


900 N. Gower Street

Tel: +1 323-469-2322

Capitol Records

Everyone says Hollywood’s iconic circular building is supposed to be a stack of records. The architect, 24-year-old Lou Naidorf of the Welton Becket office, never stated as much when the tower was built in 1956, so it’s open to interpretation. But who cares? This is the place where Sinatra, Nat King Cole, and the Beach Boys recorded some of their top hits in the basement recording studio, which is rumored to have the best echo chambers in the world. Atop the building the blinking red light spells out H-O-L-L-Y-W-O-O-D in Morse code.


1750 N. Vine Street

Tel: +1 323-462-6252

Cinerama Dome

The concept in 1963 was to build a theater more quickly and more affordably than in the past. Based on R. Buckminster Fuller’s geodesic dome, this mid-century modern survivor was completed in 16 weeks and for half the customary cost by the architectural firm of Welton Beckett. Its unique shape is said to resemble a lunar landscape inspired by the Space Age frenzy of the time, but others swear it looks like a golf ball. The choice is yours.


6121 Sunset Boulevard

Tel: +1 323-464-1478

Clara Bow’s It Café

At the tail end of the Depression, and her career, silent pictures mega star Clara Bow and her cowboy star husband, Rex Bell, invested in a bar on the ground floor of the Hollywood Plaza Hotel in 1937. The result was an ultra-moderne confection that flopped with a year. Clara and Rex headed out of Hollywood and into the sunset, settling for a life in the sagebrush. Like much of Hollywood’s golden age past, no remnants remain of their Hollywood hot spot.


1637 N. Vine Street

Charlie Chaplin Studios

Kermit the Frog now stands guard at the entrance of the former studios of Charlie Chaplin. Built in 1917 by Chaplin, the series of English-style cottages was a tribute to his British background. All of Chaplin’s major films were shot on this site and it remains one of the few working studios in Hollywood proper. This was also the headquarters for A&M records in the 1960s and ’70s and through its gates passed musical hot shots such as Phil Spector, Tina Turner, Burt Bacharach, Quincy Jones, Joe Cocker, Cat Stevens, Joan Baez, and others. Today, Jim Henson Studios occupies the historic location.


1416 N. La Brea Avenue

Cross Roads of the World

It all began when brothel owner, gangland kingpin, and political fixer Charlie Crawford was shot to death in real estate offices that were located here in 1931. His widow wanted to wipe away the negative remnants of the front-page news by developing a complex of shops, studios, and gardens with an international theme. Thus was born Cross Roads of the World in 1936. Businesses were themed to various countries: The Barber of Seville, La Cabana Mexican restaurant, Bit of England, Hawaiian Paradise, and so on. Several decades later, and in decline, music studios popped up and eventually the property was brought back to life. Today it offers a step back in time as it remains unchanged from its 1930s.


6671 Sunset Boulevard

Tel: +1 323-463-5611

Hollywood Athletic Club

Once the hub of masculine maintenance, the gym and spa were a star-studded members-only club. Outfitted with a billiard room, indoor swimming pool, barber shop, cigar store, library, and apartments for bachelor members, its members included Douglas Fairbanks, John Wayne, Clark Gable, and other Hollywood hunks. By the 1950s it closed its doors. Various incarnations over the last 60 years have included private clubs, a restaurant, a billiard hall, and the offices of the Michael Jackson clan in the 1980s. Today, the sweat has evaporated and it is a venue for private star bashes and post-premiere parties.


6525 Sunset Boulevard

Tel: +1 323-460-6360

Hollywood Center Motel

What that hell is this? Supposedly this real estate still functions as place to lay your weary head, but if you step on the property be prepared to get the bum’s rush by the irate owner. This incongruous vestige of a more prosperous time in Hollywood has existed as an unofficial “Bates” hotel. The cool factor is it was used in L.A. Confidential as the location for a blowjob flophouse.


6720 Sunset Boulevard

Tel: +1 323-467-6137

Hollywood Forever Cemetery

Cemeteries have been tourist attractions in celebrity-mad Hollywood since the first movie stars began passing on to greener pastures. This cemetery takes it one step further. An interactive map will guide you to the plots and mausoleums of Rudolph Valentino, Cecil B. DeMille, Jayne Mansfield, Douglas Fairbanks, Peter Lorre, and a multitude of early cinemas greats. Summer brings film screenings on the cemetery lawn drawing hundreds of film devotees who camp out amongst the headstones while snacking and drinking surrounded by the graves of their loved ones.


6000 Santa Monica Boulevard

Tel: +1 323-469-1181

Hollywood Studio Museum

Hollywood hates its past—or so it would seem, with the lack of a decent museum tracing its legacy. The next best thing is the ranch-like structure that is now the headquarters of Hollywood Heritage. The Lasky-DeMille barn was originally located near Sunset and Vine Streets. Today it is the oldest motion picture production building in Hollywood and houses a museum that features archival photographs, movie props, and memorabilia that tell the story of Hollywood and the motion picture industry. Until something better comes along, this is the best deal in town. Because of an erratic schedule, be sure and call ahead to make sure they are open.


2100 Highland Avenue

Tel: +1 323-464-7776

Knickerbocker Hotel

Located on the street once called “Lysol Alley” for the cluster of cheap rooming houses nearby, the Knickerbocker has been plagued by mystery and death since it opened in 1929. Famed silent movie director D.W. Griffith walked into the lobby in 1948 and dropped dead. Rising ’40s star Frances Farmer was dragged screaming across the lobby wrapped in a shower curtain and swiftly deposited into a mental facility. In 1962 MGM costume designer “Irene” slit her wrists and leapt to her death from the 11th floor. Elvis checked in here on his first visit to Hollywood in 1956 to film Love Me Tender and left the building soon after.


1717 N. Ivar Avenue

Tel: +1 323-463-0096

Landmark Motor Hotel / Highland Gardens

After a recording session, 27-year-old Janis Joplin headed to Barney’s Beanery, a diner in West Hollywood, for a round of drinks with bandmate Ken Pearson. She returned to the Landmark Hotel around 1 a.m. and to Room 105. Here, she shot up the 80% pure heroin her connection had delivered earlier. Her overdosed body was discovered the next day—October 4, 1970—by road manager John Cook. You can still book Room 105.


7047 Franklin Avenue

Tel: +1 323-850-0536

Las Palmas Hotel

In the final scene of Pretty Woman, Richard Gere scales the building and midway, between the second and third floors, locks lips with Julia Roberts on the fire escape. The seedy Hollywood hotel doubled as “Vivian’s” apartment in the movie.


1738 N. Las Palmas Avenue

Tel: +1 323-464-9236

Villa Elaine Apartments

Man Ray in Hollywood? Who knew? For 11 years the famed surrealist resided at the Villa Elaine with his new paramour Juliet Browner. In the palm-fringed courtyard, in apartment #125, he created a prolific body of work before he left for New York in 1951.


1245 N. Vine Street

Tel: +1 323-469-4906

Pa-Va-Sed Apartments

Author Nathaniel West lived and wrote the quintessential Hollywood novel Day of the Locust in 1935 in this apartment building, which remains virtually unchanged. Its inhabitants during West’s residency included assorted Hollywood characters, prostitutes, and a drunken midget. Depressed and suffering from gonorrhea, West frequented many of the cheap bars on Hollywood Boulevard, observing the rich assortment of wackos. Just like today.


1817 N. Ivar Avenue

Philip Marlowe’s Fictional Office

Author Raymond Chandler often crafted his novels to include real locations and the “Cahuenga Building” was where his character Philip Marlowe hung his hat on the sixth floor, in room 615. As described on the page, this private dick’s office was littered with Camel cigarette butts, rye bottles, and file cabinets “full of California climate.” The building now stands derelict, gathering dust. The intersection was dedicated as Raymond Chandler Square in 1994.


6381 Hollywood Boulevard

Neutra / Schindler

A strip joint is all that remains of the rare occurrence where early modernist architects Richard Neutra and Rudolph Schindler had buildings next to each other. Schindler’s project for Universal Studios head Carl Laemmle stood at the corner of Hollywood and Vine and housed the Coco Tree Café, also designed by him. Sardi’s restaurant next door was Neutra’s modernist version of Hollywood glamour.


6313 Hollywood Boulevard

Valentino Memorial

A curious male nude bronze, chin thrust high and mounted on a sphere, is titled Aspiration. Dedicated to the “Latin Lover,” the statue is set in the midst of a miniature park that has seen better days. It is a rare tribute to a silent star who cemented Hollywood as the movie capital of the world. Several deaths near the site have been attributed to impassioned fans but authorities concluded they were either suicides or sexual assaults.


De Longpre Park. De Longpre Avenue and Cherokee Street


L. Frank Baum, author of the Wizard of Oz series, retreated to Hollywood in 1911 seeking health after his days in the Midwest. He bought a bungalow in the new suburb of Hollywood and continued to write his Oz series, including The Emerald City of Oz. Flirting with the burgeoning movie business, he built the Oz film studio near his home but soon went into bankruptcy. After his death in 1919, his widow continued to live in the lushly landscaped home until she died and the site was demolished to make way for an anonymous yellow stucco box.


1749 N. Cherokee Avenue

Hollywood and Vine

There is no there there! The famed intersection gained its acclaim in the 1920s when the offices of Central Casting were located in the Taft Building on the southeast corner and movie stars of the era could be seen on a regular basis. Later, when Vine Street was the location of the Brown Derby, night clubs, and numerous radio studios, fans and stars mingled with celebrities. These days it’s just another busy intersection that is slowly gaining popularity, and traffic, as hotels and restaurants crowd the nearby streets.


Hollywood and Vine

Amoeba Records

Vinyl lives! And CDs, DVDs, posters, and every manner of obscure musical necessity. This warehouse-sized emporium of recorded music is an audiophile’s nirvana and bustles every day with dedicated followers of outdated musical formats. If it’s hard to find, they might well have it in stock. There are large jazz and classical sections and a decent display of vintage psychedelic posters for sale.


6400 Sunset Boulevard

Tel: +1 323-245-6400


In 1940 Tommy Dorsey’s big band premiered this venue, which was painstakingly restored to its original beauty a few years ago. Over the years the site has seen of an endless parade of bands and concerts from Tito Puente and Lawrence Welk to Jimi Hendrix, Keith Richards, and Jay-Z. Regular Live Nation bookings continue with the current owner.


6215 Sunset Boulevard

Tel: +1 323-962-7600

Hollywood Bowl

Since 1922, this has been L.A.’s favorite venue for musical performances under the stars. The Beatles have played there. The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, and Judy Garland have played there. Virtually every major act in every style—from the philharmonic, to opera, to ballet, to jazz, and everything in between—have played to the 18,000-capacity audience. Because of its seasonal nature, a full program is available only during the summer months. The grounds of the Bowl are open year round for visiting.


2301 Highland Avenue

Tel: +1 323-850-2000

Lucky Strike

Lucky Strike has a couple of locations and this Hollywood spot can be a nice respite from touring and walking the boulevard. The music is loud, and the place has been decked out to exude a club vibe. That can be good and bad. Good, because the place has a bar area and live acts if you don’t feel like bowling. Bad, because the wait to get in can be interminable. Check before you come to see how long the wait is, and bring a fat wallet. Things can add up here.


6801 Hollywood Boulevard

Tel: +1 323-467-7776

Wild Card Boxing Club

Go up the stairs in the back and you enter the gritty masculine lair of boxers strutting their stuff. This is the real thing. Spar with novices and pros but remember they are serious here … and friendly. Owner Freddie Roach is a five-time boxing Trainer of the Year and you can guarantee he will make you feel welcome if you want train or just stop in to check out photo walls and pick up a T-shirt, mouth guard, or club towel. Day passes are available for training. Best of all, this is Manny Pacquiao’s turf where he trains for his bouts.


1123 Vine Street

Tel: +1 323-461-4170


With a distinctly East Coast vibe (think Jake LaMotta mumbling “I coulda been a contender” in the workout room) this Hollywood branch of the YMCA was championed by the local clergy in 1923, who claimed “Hollywood would be better off with the YMCA than the fire department.” This statement holds true today as this fitness mecca is the preferred choice of locals who come to burn their way to physical perfection.


1553 Schrader Boulevard

Tel: +1 323-467-4161

Cahuenga Video & Adult Books

Walk in and you are back in the day when porn could only be secured at secret little spots like this. Videos line the aisle, but the big money maker here seems to be the private viewing booths in back where the muffled moans of DVD porn queens seep through the closed doors. Six bucks will get you preview privileges. On your way out don’t forget to purchase a vibrating rubber fanny or a 12-inch veined dong to prolong your licentious liaison.


1651 N. Cahuenga Boulevard

Tel: +1 323-461-9691

Crazy Girls

L.A. is not a strip club town. There are better clubs in Portland. But if you must trigger those libido buttons, walk on down to the neon sleaze on La Brea and go take a peek. Tats adorn the gals and guys still pull up in limos to ritualize a buddy about to get hitched. But really it’s a bikini bar because L.A. codes won’t allow hard liquor and nipples to mix. Did David Arquette really buy this place? We hope so because it needs all the help it can get.


1433 N. La Brea Avenue

Tel: +1 323-969-0055

7th Veil Strip Club

In Motley Crue’s paean to strip clubs “Girls Girls Girls,” the band proudly croons about “raising hell at the Seventh Veil.” The vestige of that 1987 glory has been downgraded to B-rated digs. Yes, there is total nudity, and beer, but there is also a lot of inattentive and bored strippers going through the motions. Still, if you must go “dancin’ down on the Sunset Strip,” be our guests.


7180 Sunset Boulevard

Tel: +1 323-876-4761

Potter / SOS Bail Bonds

When the partying gets out of hand and you land in the hoosegow, who you gonna call? There are plenty of choices surrounding the Hollywood police station but we like Potter because the place looks so cool. The Hollywood Division police station is just across the street and once you have been booked (you might run into Kanye, Paris, or Kiefer) your next call should be to these guys to get your ass out of there.


1345 Wilcox Avenue

Tel: +1 323-467-4477

The Record Parlor

Vinyl is alive and celebrated in this modest store jammed with albums and all things related to pre-internet downloads. Vintage audio gear shares space with Julie London albums, cassettes, eight-tracks, record players, and various posters pinned to the walls. In-store performances occur periodically.


6408 Selma Avenue

Tel: +1 323-464-7757

The Supply Sergeant

“Don’t touch the bazooka!” That is, the one hanging from the rafters of this quirky military surplus store. Guns, knives, boots, dog tags, skivvies, snake repellent, porta potties, parachutes, and enough camouflaged goodies to cover a small Iraqi town. They’ve got it. Everything you will need for the apocalypse or everyday urban living in this hell called Hollywood. Gals: How about some pink camouflage “Camp Booty” briefs?


6664 Hollywood Boulevard

Tel: +1 323-463-4730

Hollywood Toys and Costumes

Once upon a time there was a Hollywood Toys and Magic down the street and this place was a Newberry’s dime store. Now, magic is out and costumes are in. Think of this as the big-box store of dress up. Whether you are looking for a cascade of blonde Dolly Parton tresses or a super hero outfit to wear on the boulevard to panhandle, it’s here in triplicate.


6660 Hollywood Boulevard

Tel: +1 323-464-4444


All you practitioners of Santeria, Wicca, Voodoo, and Low Magick, and you devotees of Babylonian, Egyptian, Sumerian, and Goetia traditions, look no further. Since 1961 this shop has catered to the thriving occult and pagan communities that practice their rituals in the warrens of Hollywood. So gather up your chalices, altars, pentagrams, stones, and crystals and head for the hills.


1641 Cahuenga Boulevard

Tel: +1 323-462-7078