Top 9 Hidden Gems in Los Angeles

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1. La Descarga

Not only do you have to be "in the know" about this very cool Cuban Rum bar and Speakeasy, but you also have to know where to look to access it - an armoire. You and your guests will be awed as you first enter through the armoire and experience their superb, surprise burlesque show. Reservations are highly recommended. Tues-Sat 8 p.m.-2 a.m. www.ladescargala.com

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2. The Old Place and The Cornell Winery

Two establishments next door to each other on Mulholland just outside of Malibu in Cornell. Originally, The Old Place was a postal station where folks used to pull up on their horses to get their mail, which contributes to the authentic atmosphere of this saloon-style bar/restaurant. Go next door to the Cornell Winery and grab a bottle of one of the many, great selections of Malibu wines that they carry and enjoy a fantastic meal at The Old place. Old Wild West saloon meets fine art sophistication. www.oldplacecornell.com

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3. Aroma Coffee & Tea Company

This delicious cafe is located on the charming street Tujunga in Studio City. Both indoor and outdoor seating are available and cozy, hidden seating in the back feels like you are not in LA. There is a great little bookstore within to peruse while you wait for your meal. aromacoffeeandtea.com

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4. The Vault

Step into this chill gallery for a look at some of the most iconic celebrity and rock ‘n’ roll photographs of all time. See points of view from the top echelon of photographers, like Frank Worth, Bert Stern, Douglas Kirkland, and Gered Mankowitz of everyone from the Rolling Stones (well before time and partying ravaged them) to Jimmy Hendrix, Brigitte Bardot, Raquel Welch, Frank Sinatra, The Rat Pack, Marilyn Monroe, among others. www.thevaultculvercity.com

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5. The Trails Cafe in Griffith Park

Perfect for coffee al fresco.Nestled in Griffith Park, Trails Cafe offers all sorts of fantastic treats along with great varieties of coffee and tea - and veggie dogs!A great place to bring the kids or the Sunday paper. Or head out for a hike and reward yourself with a stop off at Trails Cafe.www.thetrailslosfeliz.com

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6. Shareen Vintage

This fantastic shop located on Spring Street in downtown LA offersan unparalleled selection of vintage dresses. Find yourself amongst the fashion insiders while shopping. www.shareenvintage.com

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7. Tiki-Ti

This fun, one-of-a-kind (and legitimate) Tiki bar where Sunset and Hollywood meet in Silverlake offers a deliciously varied menu of original tropical drinks.This is perhaps the one place in LA where you can still smoke. It's small enough to fit in your pocket. www.tiki-ti.com

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8. Villain’s Tavern

This is a hipster rocker place with a circus style ceiling and a vintage, old apothecary kitsch feel. It’s located on the edge of the arts district - a definite hideaway. Known for their drinks and live bands. Great outdoor patio. www.villainstavern.com

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9. Hotel De Ville Eyewear

Cool vintage, custom horn and European contemporary classics.You won’t find a better selection of vintage frames anywhere. Restoration and prescription lenses can enhance those hip vintage frames. www.hoteldevilleeyewear.com

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