Me looking over the city of LA from the top of Runyon Canyon wondering what the top 5 best things to do in Hollywood are...

Hollywood Top 5 Recommendations

I recently updated my EXTREMELY comprehensive list of recommendations in my LA Guide for Hollywood, but I figured it might be a bit overwhelming for some people. If someone asked me what are the Top 5 BEST things to do in Hollywood, this is what I’d tell them. Plus people seem to really like my Toronto Top 5 Recommendations post so why not Hollywood?!

1. Drink a Coconut Sea Salt Cold Brew Coffee at Rubies + Diamonds

Coconut Sea Salt Cold Brew and the Chandelier at Rubies + Diamonds Coffee Shop in Hollywood
Coconut Sea Salt Cold Brew and the Chandelier at Rubies + Diamonds Coffee Shop in Hollywood

Yes it’s like $9 and 900 calories, but it’s freaking delicious and this place sets the vibe for a VERY glamorous day.

Rubies + Diamonds Coffee Shop in Hollywood. They are #NotAJewelryStore
Rubies + Diamonds Coffee Shop in Hollywood. They are #NotAJewelryStore

Ok so this is not an “Iconic Hollywood” place or activity, BUT I bet you it’s not on anyone else’s list AND you are going to be happy I recommended this place and this drink to you. Promise. And it will look cute on your Instagram.

2. Hike Runyon Canyon

Runyon Canyon Park in Hollywood, California
Runyon Canyon Park in Hollywood, California. This is a view looking to the West of LA so those tall buildings are Century City. On clear days you can sometimes see the ocean.

There’s a reason everyone you’ve ever known who has visited LA did this – it’s GORGEOUS! Plus you’ll need to burn off that coffee from #1. Don’t walk from Rubies + Diamonds to Runyon take a Lyft or Uber because parking is….not great.

View of Hollywood and Downtown Los Angeles from the top of Runyon Canyon Hike in Hollywood
View of Hollywood and Downtown Los Angeles from the top of Runyon Canyon Hike in Hollywood. This is the view when you look to the East. The tall buildings in the distance are DTLA.

I prefer to take the loop where you go through the entrance then to the left and up the mountain and down the stairs vs. going straight which takes you up the stairs and down the mountain. In my brain that’s easier. Be sure to take long breaks at the outlook points and soak it all in and get some good photos for IG.

My siblings and I at the top of Runyon Canyon. They like to call me Security because Im always in all black like this.
My siblings and I at the top of Runyon Canyon. They like to call me Security because Im always in all black like this.

You can also see the Hollywood Sign from this hike so that’s like a big 2 for 1.

3. Lunch at In-n-Out

If you didn’t already hit up this fast food classic then walk down the mountain that is Runyon and go to the In-n-Out at Sunset Blvd and Orange. You can wander through Hollywood Blvd/The Hollywood Walk of Fame/The Handprints at Grauman’s Chinese Theater on your way there.

In-N-Out Burger in Hollywood Photo by my very talented sister Hannah Claire Photography/@Hannah_Claire_Photography on Instagram
In-N-Out Burger in Hollywood Photo by my very talented sister Hannah Claire Photography/@Hannah_Claire_Photography on Instagram

My In-n-Out order: Double Double with cheese with lettuce, pickles, and spread only and a chocolate shake. When I pick up my order I ask for an extra packet or 2 of spread which I dip my fries in. I also get the hot peppers by the napkins and take teeny bites in-between eating the burger and fries and then curse myself because they’re so damn hot.

In-n-Out Vocab Lesson:

Double Double means double cheeseburger (2 meats 2 cheeses) and lettuce and spread only means no tomato or (raw sliced) onion.

Animal Style: Adds grilled chopped onions, cheese, and spread on things. You can get a burger or fries animal style. You say “Single animal style with fries animal style” or “Double double animal style.”

“Animal style” sounds cute, but fries + spread is a much better use of calories IMO. If you don’t know, animal style is

4. Laugh until your face hurts at the Upright Citizen’s Brigade

With absolutely incredible improv and stand-up shows from $5-$10 this is the BEST bang for your buck as far as entertainment in LA goes. You will probably recognize at least one person you see on stage from TV or movies and may even see someone super famous. I’ve literally never seen a bad show here.

Buy your tickets online ahead of time! Ideally a few weeks ahead of time for the very popular shows!

5. See a show at The Hollywood Bowl

Me at The Hollywood Bowl
Me at The Hollywood Bowl seeing Jason Mraz

The Hollywood Bowl is my absolute favorite venue ever! The views are breathtakingly gorgeous of the surrounding mountains at this big outdoor amphitheater. There are truly one of a kind shows because they are in the heart of LA which means a surprise guest can and will pop in!

The Hollywood Bowl at Night
The Hollywood Bowl at Night. This is the view from the time I finally got to sit in the box seats!

At the Hollywood Bowl there are lots of different shows including concerts, Disney movies where an orchestra plays along to the music then really famous actors come out and sing the songs, movie sing-a-longs, symphony performances with fireworks, and more.

There are no bad shows to see here. There’s also no bad seats so if you’re on a budget don’t be afraid of getting the cheap ones in the back.

More LA Recommendations

You’re definitely going to need more recommendations than this seeing as I only included coffee and lunch so be sure to head over to my LA Guide – Hollywood blog post and my How to Visit Beverly Hills Like the Real Housewives blog post for more ideas and suggestions around LA. If you are beauty obsessed like I am and want to know more about the infamous Namie’s, Frend’s, and Nigel’s check out my Where to Buy Makeup in LA blog post.

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