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Even if you’ve never been to Los Angeles, it's likely that you have an image of what you think the city is like. But there is much more to LA than what's pictured in the brochures handed out on the Boulevard. Put these items on the itinerary to live like a local.

Coffee at Aharon

The coffee at Aharon is absolutely divine. Founder Aharon Vaknin, commonly referred to as Walter White of coffee, even lets you watch him roast the beans onsite. Order anything at Aharon and the talented baristas promise to make it for you, no questions asked.

9467 Charleville Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90212

Hiking at Franklin Canyon

The most-walked hikes are at Runyon Canyon (where yes, there is a chance of a celebrity sighting en route). But the locals often choose to visit the lesser known Franklin Canyon. Franklin Canyon is right above Beverly Hills and has easier parking and a hike that takes you around the beautiful Franklin Lake. 

2600 Franklin Canyon Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Pampering at Violet Grey

Now accessible to visitors at their penthouse on Melrose Place (after catering to celebrities inside a Chateau Marmont bungalow), Violet Grey is the place to go for your beauty needs. All staff here are professional makeup artists, and if you’re planning to make some purchases, book an appointment in advance and they’ll do your makeup for free.

8452 Melrose Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90069

Boutique shopping at Just One Eye

Just One Eye is a one-of-a-kind shopping experience. This ultra luxe boutique brilliantly combines art and fashion with a carefully curated collection of couture, modern art, vintage pieces and limited edition wearable art.

7000 Romaine St, Los Angeles, CA 90038

Burgers at Father's Office 

While everyone associates Los Angeles with In-N-Out, the best burger in LA is actually a hotly debated topic. The burger at Father’s Office, which comes topped with sweet onion jam, Gruyere, blue cheese and bacon, gets our vote. 

3229 Helms Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90034