Muslim’s Guide to Los Angeles: Top 6 Things to Do

By Rameen Hassan | 18, Nov, 2020
Muslim’s Guide to Los Angeles: Top 6 Things to Do

Tinsel Town, The City of Angels, La-La-Land – Whatever you may call it, LA has an array of activities and adventures waiting for you to explore. If you think the top things to do in LA are all about just getting up close and personal with the celebrity culture, then we've got some news for you! Go hiking, marvel at the big ole’ Hollywood sign, or take a breather by the water’s edge: LA is just full of surprises.

So, whether you’re here for a quick trip or are looking for things to do in Los Angeles this weekend, you can count on this guide to help you enjoy the city in the most halal and Muslim-friendly way possible. 

Without further ado, let’s get right into it our list of once in a lifetime things to do in Los Angeles

 

1. Drop by LA’s Immaculate Beaches – One of the Top Things to Do in Los Angeles
Santa Monica Pier Venice Beach Los Angeles USA

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Sink your feet in the golden, soft sands of Venice Beach or wander around the upbeat Santa Monica Pier; Los Angeles has one of the most legendary beaches around the world, ranking them to be one of the top things to do in Los Angeles

Stroll by the waterside, pose on the cute bridges, and coo at the ducklings; the Venice Canals by the beach are a top-hit visit in the city. To complete your vacation, you can always rent one of the stunning bungalows by the beach.

If you are looking for a great place to stop for South Asian style Halal lunch, Chutney’s on Barrington is your best bet. 

 

2. Take the Tour of the Grand Hollywood
Hollywood Sign Hollywood Headquarters California USA

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Welcome to Hollywood Headquarters — be sure to drop by and take the tour while you’re here — it’s definitely not to be missed. From all the iconic sights you see in the movies, be it the Hollywood Boulevard, the Hollywood Sign, or the Chinese Theatre, too much more, Hollywood offers you to make the most out of the glitz and glams of Los Angeles’ most popular suburb. 

There are a hundred different ways to have the Hollywood experience in the most Halal way possible; whether it’s from the inside of an LAX bus or even via helicopter, guided tours are one of the best things to do in Los Angeles and Hollywood! 

The best part? If you feel weary and tired, you can always choose from tens of different Halal restaurants in Hollywood exhibiting cuisines from around the world, such as the Dubai Sauce, The Indian Kitchen, and the Sultani Restaurant. 

 

3. Explore Hollywood’s Walk of Fame to Find Your Favorite Celebrity
Chinese Theatre Hollywood Boulevard California USA

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There’s no other place on the planet that could boast about its world-famous sidewalk as Hollywood can. When in Tinseltown, do as the tourists do and strike a pose alongside your favorite celebrity’s star! With 2500 stars and counting — there’s plenty to choose from. 

Amidst all this jolly fun, don’t forget to offer your Salath and take a breather at the Hollywood Masjid, located right around the corner from the Walk of Fame. 

 

4. Visit the Disneyland Resort – Where All Fairytales Come Alive!
Disneyland Resort California Los Angles

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Inhale some of that dole whip everyone is always talking about or embroider your name on a set of ears; as far as things to do in Los Angeles with kids go, there is nothing better than visiting the Disneyland Resort.

Beyond all the fun activities, rides, and Disney characters wandering the streets of the park, the resort offers several Halal food choices, ranging from cheesy pizzas to scrumptious seafood and vegetable dishes. While you won’t find a Mosque inside of the park, there are a few you can visit at a short distance outside of it, such as the Islamic Center of Anaheim and the Jafari Islamic Society. 

 

5. Shop till You Drop or Simply Sightsee at The Famous Rodeo Drive
Rodeo Drive Los Angeles California USA

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Based in the heart of Beverly Hills, the ever-famous Rodeo Drive exhibits all the upscale shopping stores from around the world. 

Don’t worry! Even if you have little intent on purchasing anything, the beautiful street is an excellent addition to the best places to visit in Los Angeles, thanks to its gorgeous architecture and lush lifestyle. 

 

6. Enjoy the City’s Picture-Perfect Natural Beauty with The Endless Gardens It Offers
Getty VIlla Herb Garden Getty Villa California Los Angeles USA

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Don’t let the skyscrapers and the insane traffic fool you — LA’s got natural beauty like you wouldn’t believe. When you have exhausted your list of things to do in downtown L.A, there are plenty of places to get away from all the stresses of city life, starting with the Virginia Robinson Gardens. Consisting of six acres of stunning, 107-year old multi-level gardens located right in the heart of Beverly Hills, these gardens earn themselves a top spot at one of the best things to do in Los Angeles. 

Next, be sure to hit the Getty Villa Herb Garden in the Getty Center. Harboring herbs used in past-era medicine; these beautiful gardens are one of a kind. 

On your adventure to explore all the serene views the city has to offer, the Huntington Gardens are not to be missed. Stretching across 120 acres, these gardens are set between thousands of spectacular subtropical plants, succulents, and lily ponds, serving their purpose of utmost tranquility.

The King Fahad Mosque and tons of mouth-watering Halal restaurants in Los Angeles are just a short cab ride away from all these picturesque destinations.

There you have it! 

That concludes our Muslim-friendly Guide of top things to do in Los Angeles. Being one of the country’s most diverse, vibrant, and upbeat city, there is plenty to sightsee and do around Los Angeles. 

For more destination ideas, check out our travel blog to find locations of halal restaurants and mosques near you.

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