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A Day Under the Radar

We've put together two Hidden L.A. itineraries. Make a day of it.

In a perfect world you and a few comrades could explore all 65 locations featured in our Hidden L.A. issue over the span of one week. In reality you may need to visit these spots one day at a time. For those looking to fill a weekend with L.A.’s best-kept secrets, here are two suggested itineraries.

ANY GIVEN SATURDAY

 

 

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Academy Cafe

Arrive at the Academy Café for breakfast. The gunfire (coming from the Los Angeles Police Revolver and Athletic Club) should get you going.»1880 Academy Dr., Elysian Park, 323-221-5222, ext. 214 Read about what we found.

10:45 a.m. – Depart.Drive time: 15 minutes*

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Old Zoo

Wander into the Old Zoo and explore the vestiges of L.A.’s former animal enclosures. » Griffith Park Dr., 323-913-4688 Read about what we found.

12:15 p.m. – Depart. Drive time: 10 minutes*

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Forest Lawn Memorial-Park

Check out the labyrinth at the Forest Lawn Memorial-Park cemetery. » 1712 S. Glendale Ave., Glendale, 800-204-3131 Read about what we found.

1:15 p.m. – Depart. Drive time: 15 minutes*

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Jitlada Thai Restaurant

Stop for lunch at Jitlada restaurant. Ask in advance for the secret Jazz Burger. » 5233 W. Sunset Blvd., L.A., 323-663-3104 Read about what we found.

3 p.m. – Depart. Dive time: 10 minutes*

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Mister Freedom

Explore owner Christophe Loiron’s antique habiliments at his Mister Freedom clothing store. » 7161 Beverly Blvd., L.A., 323-653-2014 Read about what we found.

4:15 p.m. – Depart. Drive time: 15 minutes*

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Velaslavasay Panorama

Arrive at the Velaslavasay Panorama in time to see the grounds and gardens at sunset, and possibly even catch a show. » 1122 W. 24th St., L.A., 213-746-2166 Read about what we found.

6 p.m. – Depart. Drive time: 10 minutes*

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Barbara's at the Brewery

End your day with meatloaf and a goblet of craft at Barbara’s at the Brewery» 620 Moulton Ave., Ste. 110, Lincoln Heights, 323-221-9204 Read about what we found.

See the map for the Any Given Saturday itenerary.
*Time estimates according to Google Maps.


 

SUNDAY’S BEST

 

9:30a.m.   breakfast_pp  

Dominick's

Grab a seat at Dominick’s just in time to order the off-menu Italian Breakfast. Chef Brandon Boudet’s secret dish disappears after 10 a.m. » 8715 Beverly Blvd., West Hollywood, 310-652-2335 Read about what we found.

10:45 a.m. – Depart. Drive time: 25 minutes*

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Carolwood Barn

At the Carolwood Barn you will get a rare look at Walt Disney’s hobby hut and craftsmanship (open every third Sunday). » 5202 Zoo Dr., Griffith Park, 323-661-8958 Read about what we found.

12:30 p.m. – Depart. Drive time: 13 minutes*

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L.A. River Center and Gardens

Take a stroll through the Los Angeles River Center and Gardens, where fountains and foliage collide. » 570 W. Avenue 26, Cypress Park, 323-221-9939, ext. 301 Read about what we found.

1:30 p.m. – Depart. Drive time: 10 minutes*

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Arroyo Seco Grill

Sit down for a burger and a Bloody Mary at the Arroyo Seco Grill and watch the Sunday golfers tee off. » 1055 Lohman Ln., South Pasadena, 323-255-1155 Read about what we found.

3 p.m. – Depart. Drive time: 13 minutes*

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Walt Disney Concert Hall's Blue Ribbon Garden

Let the Walt Disney Concert Hall’s Blue Ribbon Garden surround you in greenery as you sit atop downtown’s most striking edifice. » 111 S. Grand Ave., downtown, 213-972-7211Read about what we found.

4:15 p.m. – Depart. Drive time: 5 minutes*

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St. Vincent Court

Arrive at St. Vincent Court and try to remember you are still in Los Angeles. Have your pick of foreign cuisine. » Just below Broadway and 7th St. Read about what we found.

5:30 p.m. – Depart. Drive time: 10 minutes*

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Eastside Luv

Finish up the day or start off the night at Eastside Luv, an unmarked, unassuming wine and cheese bar in Boyle Heights. » 1835 E.1st St., Boyle Heights, 323-262-7442 Read about what we found.

See the map for the Sunday's Best itenerary.
*Time estimates according to Google Maps.

Photographs and illustrations by Sian Kennedy and Haisam Hussein, and courtesy of panoramaonview.org, musiccenter.org, lamountains.com/planning_river.html, clip art