Things to do in Hollywood

Find the best tours, attractions, restaurants, bars and things to do in Hollywood, both on and off the Walk of Fame

Pagoda Bar at Yamashiro Hollywood
Photograph: Neil KremerPagoda Bar at Yamashiro Hollywood

Let’s start with the bad news: Hollywood can be pretty disappointing. Yes, the list of things to do in Hollywood boasts big-name attractions like the Walk of Fame, the Chinese Theatre, Paramount Studios and the iconic Hollywood Sign. But Tinseltown is also filled with a lot less glitz and a lot more grime than out-of-town visitors may expect.

But here’s the good news: Hollywood is having a moment right now. High-end celebrity hangouts and hotel bars feel right at home with tucked-away cocktail bars and bespoke coffee shops—and there seem to be more and more of the latter two by the day.

Hollywood is centrally located within Los Angeles, served by the 101 freeway and multiple Metro Red Line stops. The sizable area greets the scenic Hollywood Hills to the north, as well as Universal Studios just on the other side of the hill; stylish West Hollywood and the eclectic Fairfax District to the west; lively Koreatown and adorable Larchmont Village to the south; and a slew of neighborhoods to the east, including East Hollywood, Thai Town and Los Feliz.

So take in the sights on Hollywood Boulevard, but also hit up the trendy water holes on Cahuenga Boulevard, see underground comedy in Franklin Village, hike inside the Hollywood Bowl and make plans for the rest of these standout things to do in Hollywood.

Essential things to do in Hollywood

5 Hollywood tours to take
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5 Hollywood tours to take

Explore the Walk of Fame while learning a bit of Tinseltown history with these Hollywood tours.

22 must-see Hollywood attractions
Things to do

22 must-see Hollywood attractions

Tour the iconic movie town’s must-visit attractions along with a few stops away from the crowds.

The best restaurants in Hollywood
Restaurants

The best restaurants in Hollywood

Peruse our picks of Hollywood restaurants for the top places to drink and dine in Tinseltown.

The best bars in Hollywood
Bars

The best bars in Hollywood

Forget clichéd, tourist spots and velvet-rope attitude; instead, check out our top bar picks in Hollywood.

The best hotels in Hollywood
Hotels

The best hotels in Hollywood

Here are the best hotels in Hollywood for every traveler’s budget.

Here’s how to spend a perfect day in Hollywood
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Here’s how to spend a perfect day in Hollywood

There are many ways to explore Hollywood, but there’s only one perfect way to spend a day in the famous neighborhood.

More things to do in Hollywood

The best Hollywood Sign tours
Things to do

The best Hollywood Sign tours

If you’re specifically looking to see the Hollywood Sign tour, consider one of these tours.

Hollywood bar crawl guide
Bars

Hollywood bar crawl guide

Check out these classic watering holes to see a side of the real Hollywood.

The best live music venues in Hollywood
Music

The best live music venues in Hollywood

Whether you’re interested in big name bands or local acts, this ’hood has it all packed into one lively place.

Where to shop near Hollywood and Highland
Shopping

Where to shop near Hollywood and Highland

Stop in to these Hollywood stores for unique shopping experiences and finds.

The best clubs in Hollywood
Nightlife

The best clubs in Hollywood

Our list of the best clubs in Hollywood is the cream of the party-spot crop.

The best coffee shops in Hollywood
Restaurants

The best coffee shops in Hollywood

Take a break from the Tinseltown madness with a stop at one of the neighborhood's best coffee shops.

Hour to Kill: Mulholland Drive
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Hour to Kill: Mulholland Drive

Take a joyride on the classic highway in the hills and stop at some of our favorite overlooks.

Hour to Kill: Lake Hollywood Park
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Hour to Kill: Lake Hollywood Park

Relax underneath the Hollywood Sign at this hilltop park.