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Best Unknown Hidden Gem Restaurants In California

California is quite a large state, and so there are plenty of hidden gem restaurants. Of course, there are also the top-rated restaurants and favorite celebrity hot spots which are easy to find in any of the major directories like yelp and trip advisor. If you want to pay too much for your food, get in a traffic jam, have trouble making reservations and end up disappointed in a sea of faces, that’s up to you. Instead, you could be hitting up these hidden gem restaurants in California that not everyone knows about.

When I was looking up the best unknown restaurants in California, one site had two ads at the top of the actual listings. I was surprised to see Wingstop listed there. Okay, Wingstop is great and all, but it’s definitely only listed there for advertising purposes. Let’s get to the real listings, the real hidden gems.

black-fig-LA-restuarantThe Tulip Cafe and The Black Fig are two of listings. The Tulip Cafe is located in downtown Los Angeles, and The Black Fig is located in the Arts District. One thing about Los Angeles is that not much can be hidden in that city, but these restaurants are indeed considered hidden gems.

Next up on the list is Papilles Bistro, and you can find this favorite spot in Hollywood Hills. A good restaurant in LA is first going to be one that the tourists don’t flock to in droves. You want to stay away from that scene and instead be eating with the locals. Of course, there are other cities besides Los Angeles, but to unpack all the best unknown restaurants in California would take quite awhile.

I’ll give you some more listings to consider for next time you eat out at a restaurant in California. Nabeeya, Yuko Kitchen and Aroma Restaurant are three more options. Check out the cuisines for each and pick your next dining out experience.

I know this is a short one, let me know on twitter if you like these types of mosts as I have no shortage of food recommendations from around the world.

What Are The Best Photo Locations In Los Angeles?

If you are a photographer in the Los Angeles area, you have many opportunities to shoot great photos. Whether you are visiting or reside in the area, the hot spots for photographers are abundant. This article gives you some examples of the best photo locations and tips for shooting in the area. Use this advice to get amazing snapshots throughout Los Angeles.


Do you like urban styles, art, and culture? Then shooting in The Art District is ideal for you. This area of Los Angeles is widely known for being home to amazing graffiti work. The art in this area is constantly changing. You can use The Art District as a repeat shooting location as the graffiti is ever changing.

Local law enforcement suggests that photographers only shoot in this area when it is light outside. This reduces the risk of getting your camera or equipment stolen. It’s also wise to travel with a group if you aren’t familiar with the area. Stick to shooting before the sun goes down in order to stay safe.

la-city-imageLittle Tokyo is another district that’s ideal for shooting very unique photos. The Japanese culture blends with the Los Angeles scene, giving you an incredible look into both worlds. Shooting here is popular among photographers who like art, fashion, and city life snapshots. Apply the tips given above about traveling during the day and protecting your equipment.

These are just two of the many examples of great photo locations in Los Angeles. Consider browsing the city’s official website for information about local parks, buildings, live shows and more. These can be great places and events to shoot. As you can see, Los Angeles provides ample opportunities for photographers who want to take memorable, unique and high-quality pictures.