River · Venice · Dell Ave (at Howland Canal), Venice, CA
Juston Payne: One of the most distinct places in LA, and also one of the best to stroll for a few hours. The houses' architecture is fascinating. Beware of marauding flocks of geese. They will snarl at you.
Farmers Market · Mid-City West · 6333 W 3rd St (at Fairfax Ave.), Los Angeles, CA
Juston Payne: Visit at sunset, grab a table, get a beer, and grab some food. Life will be good.Pro-tip: park in the lot on the left as you're driving in. Just don't forget to get your parking validated.
Juston Payne: Splurge on the fast catamaran, rent a bike on the island, and spend the day poking around this island. Bonus points if you find the herd of buffalo, which were brought here in the 1920's for a movie.
Office · 8687 Melrose Ave (at San Vicente Blvd), West Hollywood, CA
Juston Payne: If you like interior design, this is kinda the greatest place on earth. Be warned: you can't just walk into all the showrooms and buy stuff; that privilege is reserved for interior designers.
Mall · Century City · 10250 Santa Monica Blvd (at Century Park West), Los Angeles, CA
Juston Payne: Totally normal mall with a twist that will delight anyone from parts of the world that don't have LA's lovely weather: it's entirely open-air. Like, no roof. Yeah, that's how confident LA is.
Art Gallery · Downtown Los Angeles · 411 S Main St (at W 4th St), Los Angeles, CA
Juston Payne: Is it the second Tuesday of the month? If so, git yerself downtown between 12:00pm and 9:00pm cuz there's some arting going down. Go earlier if you want lighter crowds. And you don't have a job.
Hotel · South Park · 939 S Figueroa St (at Olympic), Los Angeles, CA
Juston Payne: It's easy to walk past this place, but the interior is an extraordinary example of 1920's Moroccan design. Stop in for a coffee or a drink, or just look around. Make sure you visit the courtyard.
Juston Payne: Remember being 16? You had a car, but the only wholesome activities available were minigolf, an arcade, or batting cages? This place has all 3, so you can revisit being 16 very efficiently.
Planetarium · 2800 E Observatory Ave (at Griffith Park), Los Angeles, CA
Juston Payne: It's crowded, touristy, and often filled with screaming children, but it's a lovely structure with fantastic views. I suggest parking on the street below and taking the slightly strenuous walk up.
Hot Dog Joint · West Los Angeles · 8351 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
Juston Payne: I'm not on board (see what I did there?) with the food. However, sitting outside with a burger and beer on a nice day during happy hour is good stuff. Bonussauce: free parking in the back.
Coffee Shop · Mid-City West · 6333 W 3rd St Ste E11 (at Farmers Market), Los Angeles, CA
Juston Payne: This tip applies to all Coffee Beans: chai drinks are made with -- get this -- REAL tea. I know, crazy. No syrup at all. Also: this Coffee Bean validates parking for the Farmer's Market lots.