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August 5, 2010

10 Things to do in Los Angeles Under $25

Home of the movie industry’s rich and beautiful; Los Angeles is one of the most famous destinations in America.

With its glamorous reputation, it’s no surprise that it can be expensive, but backpackers and budget travelers will find that much of this vibrant city can actually be experienced for under $25!

1. Stay the night at the cheerful, budget-friendly Backpackers Paradise Hostel (W Century Boulevard).

Already one of the cheapest Los Angeles hostels with beds from $15.99, rates at the Backpackers Paradise also include a free shuttle service to the airport and Venice Beach, complimentary coffee and muffins all day (as well as popcorn and cookies in the afternoon) and free drinks at the lively bar during Happy Hour. But the low price doesn’t mean a compromise on facilities – there’s even a swimming pool for guests to enjoy.

2. Eat a hearty steak dinner in downtown LA at Taylor’s Steakhouse.

This old-fashioned restaurant on West 8th Street has red-leather booths and retro charm, along with big portions and quality steaks. Get the house dish – a grilled filet mignon with sweet Texas onions, including salad and potato sides – for $23. Daily lunch and dinner specials, such as ribs and scallops, come in even cheaper at around $15 and leave a little in the budget for one of Taylor’s great cocktails.

3. Drink fine wines and unusual brews at Bottle Rock during Happy Hour.

On weekdays between 4.30 and 6pm discounted drinks attract lively crowds in the city center. Popular bar Bottle Rock (3847 Main Street, Culver City) has an impressive list of beers and wines from around the world that are a snip at just $4 each.

4. See live music at the Hollywood Bowl, one of the world’s largest natural amphitheatres.

With big names in jazz, classical music and international bands gracing the stage since 1922, the summer concerts at the Bowl (2301, N Highland Ave) have become something of an institution in southern California. And with tickets for bench seats starting at an absurdly low $1, even budget travelers can enjoy this cultural gem.

5. Shop for discounted designer gear at The Address Boutique, 1116 Wilshire Boulevard.

In a city where no one wears the same outfit twice, The Address is a treasure trove of celebrity resale items that have been passed on by the likes of Sharon Stone and Geena Davis. Expect to find clothes by Chanel, Moschino and Versace – starting at the tiny price of $10.

6. Walk through Broadway to the Grand Central Market between 3rd and 4th streets.

Once the city’s most fashionable entertainment district, Broadway is now a bustling hub of multiculturalism with its kitsch shops and blaring salsa music. Take a stroll through the lively streets and look out for the pickled pig’s feet and other unusual offerings at the Grand Central Market.

7. Browse the galleries at the Getty Center, near the Sepulveda Pass.

Housing an extraordinary collection from photography to French decorative arts, the center offers a spectacle in itself. The building’s modernist design includes computer-controlled skylights to protect the light-sensitive works and is complimented by geometrically landscaped gardens. Admission is free.

8. Dance with LA’s coolest kids at Avalon Hollywood, 1735 Vine Street.

This big, fun club combines international stars with local talent to ensure an eclectic mix that gets its youthful crowd on their feet. Multiple rooms and a quality sound system make this a great choice for a night on the town in Los Angeles, and the cheap tickets (from $10 advance) make it all the more attractive.

9. Watch a movie at the iconic Egyptian Theater along Hollywood Boulevard.

The newly restored Egyptian Theatre offers the chance to see a film in a bit of the industry’s history. It hosted the very first Hollywood premiere back in 1922 and is back on fabulous form. Art, documentary and indie films are screened here, starting at $7.

10. Take a chance on an up-and-coming comedian at the Laugh Factory.

The comedy scene in Los Angeles is a goldmine of talent and this stand-up club on Sunset Boulevard hosts both new faces and established names. The cover charge ranges from $10 to $25, depending on the act.

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