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COLLiDE Travel is an interactive collection of city guides curated by local bands, artists and tastemakers. Spanning the globe, hundreds of creatives have shared their favorite local hangs, from the underground to the upscale, and everything in between. So choose a city and start exploring!
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Pa Ord Noodle

Cash only, no-frills Thai eatery. 

5301 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027, USA
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The Shrimp Lover Hollywood

Thai and Cajun seafood joint with patio seating in the heart of Hollywood.

5112 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027, USA
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Edendale

Buzzing American eatery with a big bar scene on a romantic patio or in the tin-ceilinged lounge.

2838 Rowena Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90039, USA
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Stories

Quaint store offering new & used books plus coffee & food, with an outdoor patio for special events.

1716 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026, USA
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Sqirl

Breakfast & lunch fare featuring innovative international-inspired dishes and housemade jams. Crowds gather at this tiny hot-spot but lines move quickly.

720 N Virgil Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90029, USA
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101 Coffee Shop

Retro-style diner whips up American coffee-shop eats.

6145 Franklin Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028, USA
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Ramayani

Family-owned restaurant with a wide array of traditional Indonesian and vegetarian fare.

1777 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024, USA
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Al Wazir Chicken

Shawarma, rotisserie chicken, falafel, and other Mediterranean fare. 

6051 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028, USA
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Silverlake Ramen

Casual noodle bar presents a traditional Japanese menu starring ramen soups

2927 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026, USA
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Pho Café

Minimalist, cash-only restaurant serving hot bowls of pho. Vegetarian options available

841 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026, USA
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Brite Spot

An Echo Park neighborhood staple for decades and just a stone’s throw from Echo Park Lake, Brite Spot serves up delicious housemade pies and classic diner fare with a modern twist (vegetarian and vegan options available). 

1918 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026, USA
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Taco Zone

Popular taco truck located in the Von’s parking lot in Echo Park.

1342 N Alvarado St, Los Angeles, CA 90027, USA
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Mom’s Tamales

Family-run kitchen fixing up handmade tamales & traditional Mexican eats for breakfast & lunch.

3328 Pasadena Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90031, USA
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El Flamin Taco

Originally known as “Los Cuates," this taco truck is an LA staple. Looking for the bright LED lights!

2028 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026, USA
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Scopa Italian Roots

Upscale Italian gastropub in Venice, specializing in Italian specialities including hot and cold antipasti, pasta helmed by Top Chef alum Antonia Lofaso.

2905 W Washington Blvd, Venice, CA 90292, USA
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Los Compadres

Festive Los Angeles restaurant chain with classic Mexican dishes. 

3229 E Anaheim St, Long Beach, CA 90804, USA
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Masa of Echo Park Bakery & Cafe

Family-run pizzeria turns out Chicago-style, deep-dish pies with vegan options, plus bread pudding.

1800 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026, USA
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Greenblatt’s Deli

Traditional deli and wine shop.

8017 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046, USA
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La Casita Mexicana

Cozy and colorful eatery serving creative Mexican dishes.

4030 Gage Ave, Bell, CA 90201, USA
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Square One

American breakfast & lunch menu uses local & organic ingredients at this low-key spot with a patio.

4854 Fountain Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90029, USA
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La Poubelle

Vibrant eatery serves cocktails & French bistro classics into the wee hours, plus sidewalk seating.

5907 Franklin Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028, USA
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Sushi Nishi Ya

Sushi house tucked inside a strip mall, offering only fixed-price omakase (chef’s choice) meals.

1712 Victory Blvd, Glendale, CA 91201, USA
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Ocean Seafood Restaurant

Comfortable dining room known for its dim sum lunch featuring a wide variety of seafood dumplings.

750 N Hill St, Los Angeles, CA 90012, USA
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Donut Friend

Made-to-order artisinal donuts with variety of sweet & savory flavor options. Vegan options available! 

5107 York Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90042, USA
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El Atacor

You have, no doubt, tasted a potato taco, but not like the wonderment of civilization that is the potato taco at this taqueria chain’s outpost on the fringes of Glassell Park.

3520 N Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90065, USA
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Salt’s Cure

Serving creative California-sourced dishes and charcuterie made in house.

1155 N Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038, USA
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Ruen Pair

Traditional Thai restaurant keeping late hours.

5257 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027, USA
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The Coffee Cup Cafe

Bustling cafe serving coffee & homestyle breakfast & lunch options, including vegetarian dishes.

3734 E 4th St, Long Beach, CA 90814, USA
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Best Shawarma

Serving a variety of shawarmas, kebabs & falafel.

602 W Glenoaks Blvd, Glendale, CA 91202, USA
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Sushi Ike

Traditional sushi restaurant in the heart of Hollywood.

6051 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028, USA
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Elite Restaurant

Chinese dim sum dishes are served directly to the table at this bustling eatery with a varied menu.

700 S Atlantic Blvd, Monterey Park, CA 91754, USA
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Mariscos 4 Vientos

Counter-service joint known for their ceviche and offering a range of other Mexican eats & seafood dishes.

3332 E Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90023, USA
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Loteria Grill

Creative takes on classic Mexican eats plus a full bar keep this bright, airy chain outpost hopping.

6627 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028, USA
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Pacific Dining Car

The only 24-hour fine dining establishment in Los Angeles, Pacific Dining Car has been serving up the best since 1921. True to its name, the restaurant features an original, vintage railcar from the same era where patrons can dine in style.

1310 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90017, USA
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Papilles

Bright, art-filled bistro presents weekly set menus of modern French fare made with local produce.

6221 Franklin Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028, USA
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Prado

A longtime staple for Caribbean fare with mismatched chairs, a cloud mural ceiling & sidewalk seats.

244 N Larchmont Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90004, USA
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Burrito King

Popular with late-night crowd, this no-frills stand dishes up cheap Mexican eats around the clock.

2109 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026, USA
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Cafe Stella

Classic French bistro fare served on a romantic patio or in a warm dining room with brick walls.

3932 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029, USA
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House of Pies

Retro coffee shop serves huge menu of diner fare, including signature desserts, till the wee hours.

1869 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027, USA
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The Black Cat

Upscale stop for American gastropub dining in classic tavern digs with leather booths & art.

3909 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029, USA
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Shibucho

Classic nigiri sushi & sashimi are the draw at this buzzy, throwback Japanese spot with no set menu.

3114 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90057, USA
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Pine & Crane
Casual eatery offering a seasonal menu of Taiwanese & Chinese small plates, plus noodle & rice dishes.
1521 Griffith Park Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026, USA
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Taix French Country Cuisine

Family-owned institution since 1927 serves tureens of soup & other French bistro staples.

1911 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026, USA
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Zankou Chicken

Zankou Chicken is a small, family-owned chain of Armenian and Mediterranean fast casual restaurants within the Los Angeles area.

7851 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046, USA
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Xoia

Husband-and-wife team serving Vietnamese faves with a Mexican twist in a bright space with outdoor patio.

1801 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026, USA
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Homestate

Warm, rustic-style cafe fixing up tacos, queso & Central Texas-inspired chow for breakfast & lunch.

4624 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027, USA
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L&E Oyster Bar

Fresh oysters, shipped in daily, plus clam chowder & small plates, in a classy, cozy setting.

1637 Silver Lake Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026, USA
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Barney’s Beanery

This classic West Hollywood gastropub is the perfect destination for cheap beer, pool tables, and Rock’n’Roll history.

8447 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069, USA
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Din Tai Fung

Sleek outpost of a renowned restaurant chain specializing in Taiwanese cuisine.

400 Baldwin Ave, Arcadia, CA 91007, USA
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Erewhon Market

Upscale market with local, sustainable and organic food.

7660 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036, USA
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Sushi Sushi

Beverly hills sushi spot serving authentic Japanese cuisine.

326 S Beverly Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90212, USA
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Cliff’s Edge

Cliff’s Edge offers a romantic dining atmosphere right in the heart of Sunset Junction. Stop by for happy hour, dinner, or weekend brunch.

3626 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026, USA
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Wabi-Sabi

Go here for sushi, Japanese small plates, and great martinis.

1635 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291, USA
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Sushi King

Open only for dinner, this highly-rated sushi joint is a west side staple.

1330 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90017, USA
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Pattaya Bay Thai Restaurant

Relaxed cafe with colorful, beachy decor, Southeast Asian eats, karaoke, and boba tea.

Pattaya Bay Thai Restaurant, North Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, CA, United States
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Guisados Tacos

Unpretentious taco spot earns buzz for its braised meat & veggie stews atop handmade tortillas.

1261 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, United States
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El Cid

Quirky neighborhood fixture offering tapas, paella, and weekend flamenco shows, plus live-music nights.

4212 West Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, United States
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Ballpark Pizza

Family-friendly pizza joint with a game room for kids and a BYOB policy for the adults.

31654 Rancho Viejo Road, San Juan Capistrano, CA, United States
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Turk’s Restaurant

Waterfront hangout with nostalgic decor featuring hearty seafood, burgers, beer, and classic cocktails.

34683 Street of the Golden Lantern, Dana Point, CA, United States
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Dana Point Harbor

Known as the “Whale Capital of the West,” Dana Point Harbor is a scenic coastal destination for dining, shopping, and seaside activities.

Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, CA, United States
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Lassens Natural Foods and Vitamins

Lassens Food is a health food store chain with twelve locations in California.They focus on all natural products, organic produce, hormone-free meats and dairy, and herbs and vitamin supplements.

1631 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, United States
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Gus’s Lunch Box

Delicious Mexican food joint with a food truck and brick-and-mortar location.

2320 Fletcher Dr, Los Angeles, CA, United States
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The Hi Hat

Cozy music venue and bar that offers intimate live performances and tasty comfort food.

5043 York Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, United States
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Señor Fish

Cantina-style spot with a patio offering breakfasts, ceviche, tacos & regional Mexican specialties.

4803 Eagle Rock Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041, United States
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Post & Beam

“The owner is a man I know well, to say the least. I have spent the later part of my 20s especially admiring his drive to make the world a happier place through food. He opened his restaurant Post & Beam about 5 years ago in a neighborhood around Baldwin Hills that was nowhere near hip or up-and-coming. He built a place that today has helped shape the diverse community of interesting and thoughtful people in the greater Los Angeles area. This man is my father, Brad Johnson (he also opened the original Roxbury and Georgia in the 90s).  When I do drink, I prefer their Negroni or an Aviation.” — Bryce Vine

3767 Santa Rosalia Drive, Los Angeles, CA, United States
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The Peppermint Club
“Peppermint Club is probably my new favorite venue. Love the vibe. Feels like we could be playing in any era.” — Bryce Vine
8713 Beverly Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA, United States
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El Cid Flamenco

“I recently saw Irontom at El Cid, and it was small and amazing. It is a really cool place to see a more intimate show, and feel like your at an underground club in Tijuana.”  —  Awolnation

4212 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029, United States
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Cafe Habana Malibu

“I’m too embarrassed to do it myself, but Tim Commerford loves to sing at Cafe Habana and loves it.”  —  Awolnation

3939 Cross Creek Rd, Malibu, CA 90265, United States
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The Old Place

Ex-general store turned restaurant serves hearty American eats in a setting out of a Western film.

29983 Mulholland Hwy, Agoura Hills, CA 91301, United States
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Kitchen Story

“Cheap and delicious Korean food and it’s never overwhelmingly busy. I get the Veggie Kimbap with no sesame oil.” — Baths

2129 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064, United States
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Avenue 26 Taco Stand

“It’s right around the corner from our studio and serves the best tacos we’ve ever had. Go for the al pastor tacos. No doubt.”  —  BRÅVES

Ave 26 Taco Stand, Los Angeles, CA, United States
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Cafe Stella

“Best decor – African themed sorta kinda. Never seen anything quite like it. Totally subtle too. Best craft cocktails. The Coastline is a favorite drink. Jericho’s favorite drink is a Manhattan, Thorald likes whiskey neat, and Johnny likes top shelf tequila.”  —  BRÅVES

3932 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029, United States
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Son of a Gun

“Eat the chicken sandwich at Son of a Gun.”  —  BRÅVES

8370 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048, United States
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Gjelina

Hot spot for seasonal New American cuisine presented in a rustic-chic dining room.

1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291, United States
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No Name

Exclusive locale featuring updated American comfort fare, cocktails & impromptu music performances.

432 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036, United States
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Cactus Taqueria LA

“Cactus has been around for decades and has perfected the art of authentic Mexican street food. We like the humble atmosphere and shared table seating. All kinds of people eat there, their prices are great, everything on the menu is good and they are open late. Our usual order is a combination taco plate (chicken,fish or beef supreme style), quesadilla, lengua and carne asada burrito with avocado, cheese and sour cream, chips, pico de gallo and guacamole.” — Diana Purim & Eyedentity

950 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90038, USA
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Rosaliné

“Gorgeous, innovative, well balanced, and sexy peruvian flavors that make my mouth water as I talk about it. The chaufa paella is the best I’ve ever had. The hamachi ceviche is blissful and the pescado parrillero makes me cry. Drinks are insane too.” – Shana Halligan

 

Rosaline, Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood, CA, USA
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Pasta Sisters

“A sweet Italian family came here to make the BEST hand made pasta imaginable, and the pesto on handkerchiefs of love is to die for. Super affordable and insanely delicious.” – Shana Halligan

Pasta Sisters, Helms Avenue, Culver City, CA, USA
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Gracias Madre

“Gracias Madre has the most lovely patio for nibbling, drinking and dreaming about all things eclectically LA. It has the perfect blend of boho chic and sunny morocco that makes me feel all happy inside while sipping on my margarita, chatting about lady things.:)” – Shana Halligan

Gracias Madre, Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood, CA, USA
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Guerrilla Tacos

This was an iconic food truck but now it’s a fully-fledged restaurant. The sweet potato taco is always on my order and after that my decisions pretty much depends on my mood. You can’t go too wrong here because it’s just brilliant. Might consider having them cater for my release parties, tours, wedding, birthdays, songwriting sessions, and so on…

2000 E 7th St, Los Angeles, CA 90021, USA
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Sidecar Doughnuts

Last but not least… My favourite doughnuts in LA (if you know a better place please let me know): Sidecar. Maple Bacon is the classic but if you’re up for adventure there are many other fantastic combinations to choose from. Grab a variety and stroll over to the beach to share the good times, why not?

631 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401, USA
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