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What NOT to do in Los Angeles- Worst Tourist Traps/Scams/Hollywood and MORE !

What’s up Members of the Barrio It’s Jon Coming to you from Downtown Los Angeles, California And L.A is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the United States But if you’re planning on visiting here Their are some things you need to know And some places you probably want to avoid So today, I’m going to be sharing with you LA’s Biggest Tourist Traps,Scams, and Rip-Offs ! Make sure to check out my other tourist trap videos linked down below in the description Here we go We’re at Hollywood and Highland This is the Times Square of L.A It is just full Of Tourist Traps Good old Hollywood. Everybodys first thought of a trip to L.A And you should of course walk Hollywood Boulevard And try to find your favorite persons star On the Walk of Fame I couldn’t hold back Team Adriana from taking a photo of Director Guillermo Del Toro’s star But it’s tourist trap galore after that Where to begin Buying star maps Yeah you’re likely to see where they used to live Next tour movie star’s homes Tours, tours, and more tours Of stars homes If a celebrity does still live there The gates are probably so high You’ll be lucky to even see the house Complete Tourist Trap and yet they still manage to make good money Hollywood Wax Museum Ripleys Believe It or Not The Hard Rock Cafe No, no, no If you want a non tourist trap to eat at nearby Hit up to Calle Tacos On Hollywood Blvd By far the best taco you’ll find in this area And quite clever as it looks like you’re at a food truck Indoors You’ve got to try one of their shrimp tacos Simply delicious Another thing to be on the lookout for Are the mascots Similar to Times Square These guys are everywhere Spider man may try to hand you a light saber Chewbacca may try to get your girlfriends number If you want to take a picture with one of these characters They’re going to expect a tip So just be aware of that before even snapping a photo of them from a far. Let’s talk about some free alternatives to do in the area How about taking an escalator to the fourth floor Of the Hollywood and Highland Mall And then check out an unobstructed view of the Hollywood Sign from afar Or are you looking to get even more off the beaten path? Instead of getting ripped off on tours of the stars homes Why not explore many celebrities final resting place While I recommend taking an official tour of the cemetery This is open to the public Be as respectful as possible If you’re in a rush Find the grave site of Johnny Ramone Which is one of the most famous And is the perfect tribute to his life There’s plenty of other stars who are buried here And some of the gravesites are quite beautiful They also hold concerts here So check their website for more details We’re going to be exploring Santa Monica and Venice Beach Some of the most highly visited areas in L.A And there’s definitley some things.. You need to be aware of Going to the Santa Monica Pier Is a must on your first trip out west But I do warn you.. try to avoid weekends As it can get absolutely jam packed Yes it’s touristy There’s a seemingly obligatory photo with the route 66 sign And you can find the usual chain restaurants around But there are some incredible places to take a picture And 3 postcards for a dollar At the end of the pier wasn’t a bad deal The next big stop in Santa Monica Is the Third Street Promenade I think it’s a bit overrated As it’s full of chains you could find just about anywhere else Although not bad for a quick stroll around If you’re looking for an alternative to do the touristy stuff at the beach in Santa Monica Visit Bergamot Station It’s Southern California’s largest art gallery complex With more than 30 art galleries Bergamot Station is a super fun and free way to spend an hour Or more The galleries are pretty eclectic Everything from realistic photos of Los Angeles To some quirky interactive set ups They’re open to the public And reminded me of hopping between art galleries in Chelsea in New York City They’re certainly worth a visit Just 2 miles away from the Santa Monica Pier With plenty of parking There have been reports floating aroudn Sant Monica About the Fake Monks We’ve talked about them in New York We’ve talked about them in Las Vegas Basically they are dressed as monks They’re going to try to slap a bracelet on you And then they’re going to kind of quietly demand some sort of a tip. Like 20 dollars to go to a fake temple So just be forewarned that.. this temple doesn’t actually exist And this is a known scam That is going on.. in many different cities Around the U.S Muscle Beach Strolling the Venice Beach Boardwalk Is a must when you visit L.A for the first time I get it There’s some cool street art And tons of vendors But once you’ve seen one cheesy t-shirt shop You’ve pretty much seen them all So I wouldn’t dedicate hours upon hours here Especially on weekends when it gets.. extremely busy There’s also one thing to be on the lookout for Something to be aware of on the boardwalk are the CD Guys Now they are going to hand you a mix tape And if you take the mix tape They are going to expect you to give them some sort of a donation To listen to their music I don’t even know who has a CD player anymore But just be aware of this If somebody hands you something And you take it from them They’re going to expect some sort of a tip So be aware Looking for a less touristy thing to do in Venice Beach Find 25th Av And walk away from the boardwalk To enter, the Venice Canals Built in 1905 By Developer Abbot Kinney He tried to re-create the feeling of Venice, Italy In Southern California And we got a real peaceful vibe walking over the bridges And taking some incredible photos In an area that didn’t have a cheesy t-shirt shop in site Come here around sunset for some absolutely incredible pictures That are beyond, Instagram worthy While you may think that LA’s Chinatown Has the best Chinese food in the city Head for the San Gabriel Valley For the most authentic cuisine We joined the stars of Look Who’s Blogging LA’s Top Family Travel Channel At Lunasia Dim Sum House In Alhambra Subscribe to them if you’re a family visiting Southern California You won’t regret it We feasted on some delicious dim sum And felt just like locals You can’t go wrong in Alhambra for any Chinese cuisine And it’s just 10 miles, from Downtown L.A If you’re hoping to find celebrities shopping at Rodeo Drive Keep dreaming You’ll just find some super high end stores Ditto to the Grove We visited on a weekend And it was absolutely mobbed And has the same brands you can find anywhere else In the United States Although the farmers market located next door is worth a look If you must visit the Grove Make sure to walk down West 3rd Street Right after You can find some more unique shops and stores there Our favorite, sockerbit A scandanavian candy shop With plenty of interesting sweets to choose from There’s multiple blocks to stroll through With a lot less crowds So be sure.. to give West 3rd a look If you’re gonna visit Universal Studios You’ll pass through CityWalk This is a huge tourist trap As there’s so many more authentic places to eat in Los Angeles You can do better than Johnny Rocket’s and Bubba Gump Shrimp If you want multiple options in one space You’ve got to visit Grand Central Market Downtown While on the pricier side You can get a sampling of some of L.A’s best ethnic food Like Thai, Filipino, and a ton of Mexican We went to Sarita’s Pupuseria A famous El Salvadorean joint And our meal was absolutely incredible We ordered the pollo and carne guisadas And these stews tasted homemade I’m getting hungry just thinking about this spot But while you’re downtown.. We’re in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles right now To many people sleep on coming here There are a lot of really cool things going on While I won’t tell you not to visit Skyspace Located 70 floors above the city It does cost $25 dollars And riding their famous slide another 8 dollars If you want a less touristy and free alternative Visit the City Hall Observation Deck Open Monday through Friday During business hours Just take an elevator to the 26th floor Walk the final flight up And viola A 360 degree view of Los Angeles Completely free of charge And barely another tourist in site But the fun doesn’t end here Walk about 5 minutes away To Olvera Street Which is located in LA’s most historic area Team Adriana felt like she was back in Mexico And if you’re looking for unique gifts This is definitley your place I thought these puppets at just 5 dollars were an incredible deal Or how about a concha shaped pillow You can even find live music And plenty of places to eat some tacos Another cool area to walk around Is the L.A Arts District This section of the city Is full of incredible street art And murals My favorite was the Abuela mural on the back of the American Hotel I recommend taking one of the many guided tours Of the area to get some in-depth knowledge Of what you’re looking at Strolling around here was a pleasant surprise And a must do.. if you’re an art lover Shoutout to Kate M from Brooklyn Thank you for supporting the channel on Patreon Guys tell me down below if I missed any tourist traps, scams, or rip-offs in L.A I’m curious And make sure to check out my other playlists All linked down below For very similar style content Guys thank you so much for watching as always Until next time


  1. Here Be Barr Author

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  2. FitAngie Author

    Oh wow those are definitely some things to look out for! I’d never pay for the star’s house tours etc. LA is gorgeous but as a tourist I totally appreciate the tips and information you’ve brought to our attention, thank you

  3. lohphat Author

    Did you know there's a Sokerbit in Greenwich Village in NYC?

    Also, check out the Blind Rabbit if you're headed to Disneyland; It's a speakeasy a few miles from "the park". Reservations via their website are required. It's hidden in a converted Sunkist packing house with a few dozen cool eateries. Orange County used to grow oranges you know 😉 (Also there's a Sokerbit in Downtown Disney, the free mall outside the park.)

    BTW, this is where I grew up (before moving to SF then NYC) — and worked at Disneyland too — many years ago…

    If you do want to visit Hollywood Forever cemetery there's a must-see video series on who's who and where they're located there:

  4. Mondo Enterprises Author

    Nice to see there are still some cool LA places that don't demand huge investments from travelers and sojourners. A lot of us don't care about all the dopey glam and tourist trap stuff. People watching in LA is also free entertainment!

  5. andy luo Author

    If you want gravesites of the stars try looking up Hollywood graveyard on YouTube, they have good insights into who is where and they have been pretty much everywhere especially where the entire three stooges are as they aren’t buried even in the same places. If you’re looking to try new food get to either Chinatown in the valley or koreatown. I think mike Chen did a few videos from there. Also check out if you have time Adam the woo as he lives in the OC and well knows the areas where it’s kinda strange. It’s just different. If you can hit up Disneyland and DCA do it.

  6. Michael Engelmann Author

    You forgot to add to the tourist trap plastic surgery places, then you'll go broke and indefinitely have to live in LA, why do u think so many fake looking ppl live there?😂

  7. Sheridan Peddicord Author

    You missed the best or worst thing about the Hollywood star walk always smells like piss lots of homeless people, hate the so called free CDs. I would have to say two places you should check ot if Griffith park like the old LA zoo or lots of trails there. And don't forget union station is worth checking out the old part is great for pic sometimes really hard to find a good time can be busy.

  8. Nancy Author

    I lived in California up until 3 years ago. I never went to Los Angeles except to go to the airport. Lol. Hope you had a great time. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Mark A. Drexler Author

    I found the mascots to be more aggressive in LA, particularly because it seems as though there are no regulations against them and they can go anywhere/harass anyone. Also, Union Station is across from Olvera Street and is a BEAUTIFUL old station that is filmed constantly for good reason. I think you basically covered all the scams, although I think Santa Monica Pier looks nice from afar and doesn't even warrant a visit to the actual pier.

  10. Bella Noche Author

    I used to live in Venice and I forgot about the CD guys, they were awful and so aggressive. Some of the hollywood tours are OK, just depends on the company. I went on the one with TMZ, that sucked, but did another one for less $ and it was great!

  11. oggie1967 Author

    Carneys in Sunset Bvld!
    Cheap eats on a railroad carriage!
    Go here for burgers & beer & the trainwreck fries are to die for!
    $75 for a family of 4 to stuff our faces till we thought we’d burst!👍

  12. Mick Angelhere's World Author

    Had my photo of the Hollywood sign at the mall liked Santa Monica if I never visit Venice Beach again I wouldn’t care loved Farmers Markets LA is a big city so much to see 👍👍👍👍great video

  13. Randall Carrier Author

    You missed the most important thing to be aware of: the horrific homeless crisis. YouTube has many graphic vids of this in all the places you visited. Tourists are especially vulnerable to robbery, assault, and disease. Not to mention stepping in feces.

  14. 2000konnie Author

    Nice video! I have been researching going to L.A. for a few days (week days) to just do touristy sightseeing things. (I don't buy stuff anymore when I travel anymore.) It is daunting and discouraging due to the distance between. Santa Monica is definitely on my list. — How did you guys get around?

  15. Runner Girl Author

    I live here in Los Angeles. I do go to New York City three times a year. Please STAY in New York — Please don't come here to criticize my town. For NYC videos, I subscribe to ActionKid – he's much more appealing than you are. Stay away from LA if you don't like it — don't come here to criticize my town.


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