What To Do In The West Side of Los Angeles: A Local's Guide

Discover LA's West Side like a local! Check out Father's Office for burgers, Cassia for upscale South Asian cuisine, Proper Hotel for happy hour, Venice Beach for water sports, and Abbot Kinney Boulevard for shopping and dining. Don't miss out on using Kindred to save on accommodation costs.

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Lights, camera, action! Los Angeles is home to not only the stars but to many Kindred members. In the city of angels and celebrities, here’s how to live it up like one.

Having an actual home to stay in will inspire you to explore the city you are in like a local. If you haven’t been on a Los Angeles adventure before, you will not go wrong by staying in the Santa Monica area of town. Los Angeles is a large and sprawling city, and there is much to see and experience in the city. But the west side offers the most fun, beauty, and entertainment.

Here is a local guide to some of the sweetest spots in Los Angeles:

1. Father’s Office

Savor the Father's Office burger, a mouthwatering dish featuring caramelized onions, applewood bacon, Maytag blue cheese, and arugula, served with sweet potato fries - a must-try in Los Angeles. Don't miss out on this delicious experience with Kindred.

Anyone who’s looking for a full day of adventure knows how important a good lunch is. Too long of a wait or food too bland can bring out the worst in people, aka being hangry. Which is so not what vacation is for.

That’s where Father’s Office comes to play. This burger joint has been around since 1953, and boy, have they nailed the perfect burger. The Office Burger, their signature dish, features a mouthwatering combination of caramelized onions, Applewood bacon, Maytag blue, and arugula, with no substitutions allowed. As scary as that might sound, trust them - there’s a reason they’ve been a hit since the ‘50s. Finish off the meal with some sweet potato fries, and you’ll be golden.

2. Cassia

Home exchange network Kindred recommends an upscale South Asian restaurant in LA that serves some of the city's best cuisine. Indulge in a menu that plays with sweet and salty flavors, with dishes like kaya toast and Vietnamese-style pot au feu. The outdoor patio with string lights and palm trees makes for a memorable night out.
Cassia Drinks

This upscale restaurant specializes in South Asian cuisine and serves some of the best that Los Angeles has to offer. String lights and swaying palm trees on the outdoor patio set the mood for a night to remember.

The menu plays with sweet and salty flavors, with each item more delicious than the last. From street-inspired dishes like kaya toast to Vietnamese-style pot au feu, you’re sure to leave satisfied.

3. Proper Hotel

Unwind during a perfect happy hour at Proper Hotel in West Los Angeles. Enjoy delicious drinks and a relaxing vibe at the indoor-outdoor rooftop bistro and beach-inspired lounge with ocean views. Alternatively, head to the Calabra Rooftop, an elevated rooftop restaurant and bar, serving organic wines, seasonal cocktails, and small-batch spirits. Kindred members can make the most of their remote-work flexibility and exchange homes to experience this ultimate happy hour destination.

The perfect night starts with a perfect happy hour. In West Los Angeles, Proper Hotel is the place to go for delicious drinks and a chill, relaxing vibe. This venue has an indoor-outdoor rooftop bistro and beach-inspired lounge with ocean views. Or, you can go to the Calabra Rooftop, an elevated rooftop restaurant and bar where organic wines, seasonal cocktails, and small-batch spirits are served.

4. Venice

Experience the perfect beach day in Los Angeles at Venice Beach, known for its bohemian spirit and vibrant atmosphere. Take a dip in the ocean or try your hand at water sports like surfing and paddleboarding. And with Kindred, you can stay in nearby homes for a fraction of the cost of a hotel or Airbnb.

What’s a trip to California without a stop at the beach? The calming sea breeze and lapping waves are perfect for a casual walk on the shore or to catch a wave. Surfing, swimming, kayaking, paddle-boarding and even body surfing, if water sports are what you crave there’s no better place to dive in (literally). Venice Beach is synonymous with the bohemian spirit and lifestyle. It is a buzzing beach neighborhood with upscale commercial and residential pockets and a picturesque enclave of canals surrounded by modernist and post-modernist homes.

5. Abbot Kinney Boulevard

Experience the best of Venice Beach with Kindred. Start your day with a walk on the beach, then head to Abbot Kinney Boulevard for a full day of shopping and dining. After a day of exploration, relax at one of Kindred's cozy home exchanges and enjoy the comfort of a home away from home.

Abbot Kinney Boulevard is the beating heart of the Venice Beach neighborhood. This beach-adjacent street offers a full day of shopping, dining, and people-watching.

Art lovers will enjoy the murals and free-standing street art that graffiti artists have produced since the early 1960s. You can also pop into LA Louvre, one of the best art galleries in the area.

On Saturdays and Sundays at the end of Brooks Ave, hundreds of people gather with drums, shakers, and congas to fill the air with music. People come in the dozens to dance and feed off the energy of these impromptu rhythms. The whole thing usually starts at noon and lasts well into the evening.

Finally, there are the canals. This is a quiet place to stretch your legs and enjoy the calm and pleasant sight of colorful canoes, kayaks, and dinghies passing by.

6. Manhattan Beach

Experience the beauty of California's coastline with Kindred's home exchange network. Take a bike ride on the winding paths and enjoy the sunny skies while getting close to the ocean. Visit the pier and explore an amazing aquarium filled with beautiful aquatic creatures. Perfect for outdoor enthusiasts and young families, make your beach vacation unforgettable with Kindred.

With winding bike paths and sunny skies, this beach was made ready for outdoor enthusiasts and young families. Take the Strand bike path for a closeup of the ocean and enjoy nature's soundtrack of crashing waves! The pier also has an out-of-this-world aquarium filled with beautiful aquatic creatures.

Home Swapping in Los Angeles

Los Angeles truly offers something for everyone. To maximize your fun and relaxation during the visit, try staying on the city's west side. Check out Kindred to find great homes for swap for your LA adventure!