Newcomers might think that Los Angeles is all glam and new buildings, but Angelenos know that the city has a rich and complex history – and one that you can still find in vintage spots that have retained their retro charm.
There’s the Musso & Frank Grill in Hollywood which has been around since 1919, and has served its classic martini to Hollywood greats such as Charlie Chaplin, Marilyn Monroe and Steve McQueen, as well as literary icons such as F. Scott Fitzgerald and Raymond Chandler.
There’s Larry Edmunds Bookshop, the last remaining bookseller on what used to be know as “Booksellers Row” on Hollywood Boulevard. Other highlights in the L.A. Magazine’s “100 Places Where You Can Experience Retro Los Angeles” include Tiki-Ti, Atomic Records, Moonlight Rollerway and Olvera Street.
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Chris Nichols, associate editor at the Los Angeles Magazine and co-author of “100 Places Where You Can Experience Retro Los Angeles"; he tweets @ChrisNicholsLA