LA’s Westside is home to countless landmarks, family attractions, art museums and highly rated restaurants all enjoyable for tourists and locals alike. We’ve narrowed down 10 westside places we love that are undeniably worth a visit or two. If you are looking to bring the family together for a special day or just feel the need to escape the humdrum of everyday life, here is where to go on the westside.
Burrowed within the hills of Westwood and Santa Monica, the Getty Center and Getty Villa provide breathtaking artwork and unbeatable views as you travel back through history. Both museums are free of charge to the public.
Artists and Fleas Market
Located in Venice, a more recent activity on the Westside is the Artists and Fleas Market. The street market sets up every second and fourth Saturday of each month. It is an excellent spot to score on one-of-a-kind pieces or simply gather inspiration from all of the local artists, designers, and vintage vendors at this family friendly event.
Not quite like Venice, Italy, the Venice Canals consist of six water canals that stretch in between Venice and Washington Boulevard. Pedestrians can stroll along the different walking paths and bridges while relishing the beautiful architecture combined with facade of nature.
Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook
Great views continue throughout the Westside in Culver City. If you are eager for some outdoor fun, head on over to the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook. In order to get outstanding views, climb the Culver City stairs to reach the top of the hill where you can admire the attractive landscape spreading from West LA to downtown LA, and even to the South Bay.
The Bergamot Station
Previously a Red Line trolley stop, the Bergamot Station is a gallery complex located in Santa Monica. This warehouse holds various eccentric art exhibits that are open to the public.
This 26.4-acre park located in Santa Monica along Ocean Avenue allows you to stand on top of the coastal sandstone bluffs where you can capture astonishing scenic views of the Pacific Ocean and the coastal range.
Located on Wilshire Blvd. the Hammer Museum is home to a gallery with a permanent collection of historical works and fascinating exhibits of edgy and modern art.
Brentwood’s hottest new restaurant, Pizzana, has received rave reviews and luckily, the works of Italian-born chef Daniele Uditi do not disappoint in the slightest. Providing the best pizza in the area and desserts by ‘Sprinkles’ founder, Pizzana is a must visit.
Offering both classic nigiri and more advanced dishes, of all the sushi shops on Sawtelle, Kiriko is arguably the best of the bunch, making it a go-to for west side restaurants.
This iconic Venice restaurant captures the essence of the neighborhood, with an extensive menu offering breakfast through dinner serving fresh produce through a Cali-Italian lense.