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Here's how to spend a perfect day in Hollywood

Paley
Photograph: Courtesy Paley

There are many ways to explore Hollywood, but there’s only one perfect way to spend a day in the famous neighborhood. We've put together an itinerary for your perfect day in Hollywood.

Morning

Take a morning stroll across the grounds of the Hollywood Bowl. Yes, even when the summer season has ended, the iconic amphitheater remains open and doubles as a free county park. Venture into Hollywood proper and get your caffeine fix with a sparkling espresso and a slice of avocado toast at Blackwood Coffee Bar. The chic yet comfortable space serves as the perfect pit stop to hit before venturing up the street to the entrance of Runyon Canyon, a steep, sceney canyon climb with sweeping views of the city.

Afternoon

The touristy crowds on the western half of Hollywood Boulevard are best avoided, save for a stop at the Chinese Theatre, which is best experienced from inside its stunning auditorium. Make your way east, and grab lunch by the Capitol Records Building at Jane Q, a sunny spot in the Kimpton Everly Hotel that serves farmers’ market-inspired fare and a memorable savory duck confit monkey bread. Stop by the Museum of Broken Relationships to view a cathartic collection of donated items—think used hairbrushes and stained T-shirts—left over from tales of lost love.

Night

Munch on a cup of coconut popcorn and sip on the tropical, rum-filled King Kamehameha at Lono, a lavish bar and lounge. Wander down the eclectic Cahuenga Boulevard and stop into Space15Twenty, an Urban Outfitters offshoot that makes room for retail, music and art pop-ups. Peruse aisles upon aisles of records at massive indie record shop Amoeba—and be sure to check the schedule for free shows and signings. Keep walking east along Sunset Boulevard through the original and now-resurgent home of Hollywood’s production studios, and sit for dinner at Paley, an upscale, seafood-heavy spot housed within the historic Columbia Square, the longtime home of CBS radio and television.

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