Where To Hang Out In L.A. — Based On Your Personality

Celebrities, paparazzi, and terrible traffic — if that sums up your impression of L.A., it's time for a rethink. There are so many things to experience in the city beyond getting your Instagram shot at the Griffith Observatory or the Walk of Fame: The sun-kissed SoCal destination is in the midst of a creative boom, with independent boutiques, innovative eateries, and interesting museums popping up left and right.

To help make your next trip to La La Land a fun and uniquely memorable experience, we've picked five neighborhoods that will make excellent home bases for exploring — based on different personalities and interests. Click ahead for five L.A. itineraries that are anything but basic.

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For the Discerning Shopper: Abbot Kinney Boulevard

This thoroughfare has a lot going for itself: For one, it's been named "the coolest block in America" by GQ. This delightful mile-long boulevard in the heart of Venice Beach is lined with quirky antique stores, galleries, salons, and homeware shops — all surrounded by a edgy tapestry of street art. Time your visit on the first Friday of the month to catch Abbot Kinney First Fridays, a fun food truck bonanza.
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Don't Miss: Browsing cool souvenirs at Burro, a treasure trove of eclectic home goods, handmade jewelry, and children's clothing.
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For the Foodie: Little Tokyo

The Asian cuisine in California is pretty incredible — we don't have to tell you that. But, to really get your mind blown by authentic eats, look no further than Little Tokyo, a Japanese enclave in Downtown L.A. For a hearty bowl of ramen, try the thick broth at the always-busy Daikokuya or the homemade noodles at Shinsengumi. Got a craving for fresh seafood? Sushi Gen is your best bet for sashimi platters and sea urchin bowls.
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Don't Miss: Stocking up on quirky snacks and cosmetics at Marukai Market, a lifestyle emporium for all things Japanese.
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For the Nature Lover: Laurel Canyon

Just a seven-minute drive from Hollywood Hills, the canyon is a fantastic place to visit if you want a break from the hustle and bustle. Take a two-hour hike on the Laurel Canyon Loop Trail to see varied views of the city unfold beneath your feet, from skyscrapers all the way to the ocean. If you're not a fan of hiking, zipping along Mulholland Drive in your car is an equally exhilarating experience.
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Don't Miss: The wonderfully bohemian Canyon Country Store, a deli-slash-general store selling everything from fresh sage to chocolate snacks. It was once a popular gathering spot for iconic musicians, such as Jim Morrison and Joni Mitchell.
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For the Star Gazer: Calabasas

The name "Calabasas" should ring a bell to anyone who has paid attention to pop culture in any capacity. Home to the Kardashian compound, and at one point the place of residence for the likes Britney Spears and Justin Bieber, this affluent neighborhood is the place to be for a hopeful run-in with A-listers.
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Don't Miss: These two requisite stops on your starspotting grand tour: Health Nut, the Kardashian klan's favorite place to pick up a salad, and Sugarfish, Kendall Jenner's favorite sushi joint.
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For Trendy Hipsters: Silver Lake

Even though Silver Lake has been known as a trendy enclave for the last several years, the neighborhood retains its gritty, artsy vibe without gaining any of the off-putting hipster tendencies. You're bound to run into interesting types living in the area, from laptop-wielding coffee snobs at Intelligentsia Coffee to vintage-clad creatives at Sunset Junction.
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Don't Miss: Ogling limited-edition sneakers at Undefeated: Legend has it that all the hipster living in the Silver Lake area can be spotted wearing shoes from the store at any given time.
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