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"In vast Los Angeles, it's easy to feel at a loss for where to begin (or to be straight-up lost). Not with a new guide to the city, The Best Things to Do in Los Angeles: 1001 Ideas. L.A. native Joy Yoon offers a fresh view of the town, suggesting sites and activities for the traveler (or even local) with contemporary tastes. Her "classics" chapter covers predictable tourist spots like Chateau Marmont and the Hollywood Walk of Fame, but the rest of the book offers up insider-y info, such as a primer on local fashion designers, and a tip on where to find Korean short-rib tacos." ~Wall Street Journal

“It’s a delight to come across the likes of Joy Yoon’s The Best Things to Do in Los Angeles, a big fat, fun-to-read compendium that offers fresh perspectives on old LA standbys alongside eclectic, unexpected leisure-time ideas. Yoon has expertly crafted over a thousand mini essays that will make you want to take an LA vacation pronto or get out of the house for an adventure if you live in Southern California.” ~Passport Magazine

"Thoughtfully organized by type of experience rather than geography, the book does the impossible and makes a bewilderingly complex megalopolis remarkably accessible. Tightly-written capsule descriptions give you everything you need to know to plan your voyage. The book leaves no LA neighborhood stone unturned; from behind the Orange Curtain to the San Gabriel Valley. Yoon even provides brief education on local fashion designers, philanthropists and seasonal street fairs." ~Cool Hunting 

About the Author

Joy Yoon is a Los Angeles bred writer and researcher. She's the former Editor-in-Chief of The New Order Magazine, which focuses on men's fashion, art, music and culture, and her musing have been in Paper Magazine, DazedDigital, i-D online, Art Wednesday, Selectism, SlamxHype, Huffington Post, Powerhouse Magazine, Hypebeast Magazine, Port Magazine online, Vogue Magazine, Mongrel, Bitchslap, Complex.com, Wax Poetics and Caviar Affair. Yoon has also worked on two documentary films, Brasilintime and Jiro Dreams of Sushi, and produced photoshoots for Wax Poetics. 
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Universe (June 25, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789322579
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789322579
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,262 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Reading this book is like eavesdropping in on a conversation between people who knows all the secrets and ins-and-outs of the city -- plus it's a bit addictive (easy to read and not too much time spent on one topic, you'll find yourself flipping from page to page, like on a high speed tour through L.A.). What I most like about this book is that it shows there is more to Los Angeles than just west of downtown. For that reason much of the information contained within it is very original, not published anywhere else, or hard to find online, whereas most other travel books on Los Angeles seem like they gathered their information from . . . well, other travel books or popular travel websites. 1001 in L.A. makes you realize that no matter where you are in Los Angeles (north, south, east, or west), there is someplace interesting close by that you probably had no idea existed, and is worth exploring.
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As a native Angeleno who moved away 10 years ago I often find myself at a loss of things to do when back home, overwhelmed by the changes, as well as, all of the amazing things I grew up with and am not quite sure still remain. This book not only is a fun read but a great guide for anyone in Los Angeles, be they a tourist, lifer or a someone like me looking to see their home town with new eyes.

I am now in the process of challenging myself to do all of the 1001 things listed. There are a lot of reminders of the little things from my childhood I had forgotten and/or places I haven't visited in a while. What intrigues me the most are the many places listed that I have driven by all my life and never experienced/taken a second glance at what appears to have been missed adventures.

Thanks to this book I won't be saying "What should I do?" for a long time!
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This is a pretty fun book. I only got it a couple of weeks ago, and already it's well worn.

*Overall*:
This is a long review, so I'll put this short bit here. If you're going to be spending some time in Los Angeles, and you want to explore, I would recommend getting this.

*Some good*:
- It has a Calendar of Events in the back, so you can look at the month you're in and quickly see festivals & events that are season specific

- It also has an index in the back. So, if you happen to already know the place to which you'd like to go, you can easily see what page it's on to read more about it.

- There are lots of ideas in here! Some unique and more local-feeling, some super tourist-y things, and some in between. I appreciate that it runs the gamut.

*Some neutral*:
- The eating chapter goes from #406 - #599. It feels like sort of a lot of time is spent on food. (Plus, there's another section on food trucks in the "on the street" chapter. And there's food mentioned in other chapters as well.) For me, I'd rather hear about more experience-based ideas than that many food ideas. But some people love food. So, to each her own.

- I like the way the book's laid out. It is nice that if you're in the mood for something outdoors, or if you're in the mood for some kind of art, you can flip to those chapters. However, as other reviewers have mentioned, it would be easier in some circumstances if things were listed by neighborhood/area. It'd be easier to plan an entire day quickly (or to try on of the restaurants on a whim after you've done some other experience) without having to rifle through the book to see what else is in your area.
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Wow! A great book. I, too, was born and raised in Los Angeles. My family moved to different locatiions when I was much younger, so I was familiar with almost all of what Joy Yoon was talking about. Her chapter on the streets, tunnels and bridges was so great - how often do we take all of those streets, tunnels and bridges for granted without examing them closely. When I finished the book, I didn't want to let go, so I ended up reading the index and found a lot of names and places I had overlooked! I don't live in Southern CA now, but am so homesick; this book is motivating me to go back home again.

Joy Yoon, you are wonderful!

Sue Few
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Best Things to Do in Los Angeles: 1001 Ideas
What an amazing book! Written in a refreshingly hip and knowledgeable hand, it's unlike so many of those droll guides to the city. If you're a Native Angelino, this should be your ultimate Los Angeles bucket list! I've already started crossing things off as I do them. Summer movie at the cemetery? CHECK. Amazing fish tacos? DOUBLE CHECK. Easy and not to mention FUN to read, it includes old and new things and places to see that I didn't even know existed! It's a great gift for Angelinos,out-of-towners and world travelers alike who want to explore all the fantastic things this beautiful and diverse city has to offer.
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As a traveller who loves to see and experience places like a true local, it is difficult to find a book that doesn't simply regurgitate places and activities you've seen in every persons photo album. This book gives you the lowdown on what people from Los Angeles LOVE about Los Angeles. It is not only informative, with way too many things to do and see, but is well written with a level of wit and humour that is thoroughly entertaining. Joy Yoon is definitely besties with Los Angeles, and with this guide you too will fall in love with this amazing city.
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