Students and stars stand in the same lines for pour-over coffee, trendy cupcakes, and lauded plays.

An almost-coastal village with cosmopolitan sensibilities, Westwood's premier restaurants, revered playhouses, and top-notch university campus uphold LA’s reputation for looking good. Catering to both students and starlets, Westwood’s sleek cafes and wily street performers walk a fine line between intimidatingly chic and invitingly approachable. Located directly off of the 405 (the four-oh-five), Westwood is easy to get to with a car. Another good-looking detail? Getting to Santa Monica and Beverly Hills is easy from Westwood, too.

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Westwood is bordered by Westside, Brentwood, West Los Angeles, Bel Air/Beverly Crest, and Beverly Hills

LAX Airport: 20 minutes by car or 1 hour & 25 minutes by public transit
Santa Monica Pier: 45 minutes by car
Hollywood Walk of Fame: 20 minutes by car
Venice Boardwalk: 20 minutes by car
The Grove: 20 minutes by car

  • Public transit is Possible
  • Having a car is Possible

A Studied Blend of Chic and Shabby Chic

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A slightly north and substantially west LA neighbourhood, Westwood is home to a stylish student community and a coterie of stars.

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Dine outdoors in Westwood Village and listen to local legend, Richard "Riff-Man" Nickson, strumming for spare change.

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Boutiques line the neighbourhood's boulevards and theatres like the Bruin and Fox screen the best and biggest films produced mere miles away in nearby Hollywood.

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Often, the stars in the films are the same stars you'll see strolling the boulevards of Westwood.

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Newsstands pose as perfect backdrops.

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The Fox Theatre provides a picturesque setting for movie premiers.

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The Los Angeles National Cemetery offers a final resting place for Civil War veterans and enigmatic celebrities like Marilyn Monroe.

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Rest in peace.

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Skate in prosperity.

UCLA: University of California Los Angeles

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One of California's most prestigious universities, UCLA, settles into Westwood.

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Its sporting community is as vibrant as its scholastic community.

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Bruin pride permeates the neighbourhood that surrounds it.

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The energy born on campus circulates throughout Westwood.

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It's easy to love it here.

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There's sign of it everywhere.

Art In the Neighborhood: The Hammer Museum

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The Hammer Museum stands at the crossroads of the city of Los Angeles and its academic luminary, UCLA.

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Admission is free every Thursday.

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Get cultured.

High-End, Low-End, and Community-Made Eats

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Lines out the door and cult-status artisanal eats are commonly found amongst Westwood's culinary practises.

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Farmers' markets deliver fresh produce.

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Small-town bakeries often sell bear claws and croissants to big-name stars.

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Cookie shops, coffee shops, and slice shops serve a student and celebrity clientele.

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From modest cafes to modish ristorantes, Westwood's dining scene delivers.

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Fancy with four forks.


Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighbourhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Chris Viola

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Chris Viola is  a Los Angeles based freelance photographer specialising in editorial, portrait and wedding photography. In his previous life as a full time photojournalist he has photographed a Superbowl, 3 nuclear submarines and countless interesting characters in rural Georgia. Chris operates with the philosophy that he hasn't done his job right until he shows his clients something they did not expect to see.

Eleonora Ghioldi

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Eleonora is an Argentinean photographer who splits her time between Los Angeles and Buenos Aires.  She loves to teach, photograph and work in personal projects.  She lives with her husband, four sons and their dog.