An Insider’s Guide To Los Angeles – With La Carmina

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La Carmina, from, is an alternative travel and pop culture TV host, journalist (Huffington Post, AOL, CNN), coolhunter, and author of 3 Jpop books — including Cute Yummy Time and Crazy, Wacky Theme Restaurants: Tokyo. Her popular blog  has been featured in major media (New Yorker, LA Times, Washington Post). She heads a TV production firm that provides consulting, casting, and TV hosting chiefly in Japan. Her TV presenting credits include: Food Network, The Today Show, Travel Channel, NHK, Discovery, National Geographic, Canal Plus France, and Pro Sieben Germany. She hosts and produces her own travel video series filmed worldwide, and published in Business Insider and HuffPost. It is such an honor to have the opportunity to interview La Carmina today on her favorite American city, Los Angeles.


Professional Travel blogger,and TV Host

La Carmina with Andrew Zimmerman from The Travel Channel’s “Bizarre Foods.”


What do you like most about LA?
LA is one of the best cities in North America for Goth/alternative and Japanese pop culture. There is a thriving Gothic Industrial club and fetish party scene, and lots of underground events such as pop up art galleries. The sunny weather, beaches, and array of food also make Los Angeles a must-visit.


What are some of your favorite things to do in LA?
I always stay at the Orlando Hotel in WeHo, and love chatting with the staff there – we have some funny memories from over the years! I have many creative friends in LA, and always make an effort to catch up with them. Often, we’ll host parties together or do videos and photoshoots, so I am constantly feeling inspired when I’m here.


La Carmina


What are some of you favorite LA restaurants, including M Cafe?
It’s hard to narrow down my favorites, since LA has so many delicious options. I am fond of going to Koreatown and having hot tofu soup with lots of side dishes. Mexican food lives up to its tasty reputation here. There’s also excellent seafood and sushi everywhere. On West 3rd Ave, I am a fan of Electric Karma Indian restaurant and the fresh food at Joan’s.


How about your favorite clubs?
I have an extensive guide here: LA Goth Club Nightlife Guide & Goth Fashion Shopping Guide. Where To Buy Alternative Clothes In Los Angeles. LA attracts big DJs and bands, and there’s something exciting for various tastes in music. I personally enjoy the Goth, EBM and Industrial clubs like Das Bunker and Bar Sinister. My friends at Tune in Tokyo run colorful events that cater to the Japanese pop culture crowd.


Hipster travel culture blogger in action!
The hipster makes a striking pose.


Favorite places to shop?

To be honest, I don’t do much shopping in LA, as I usually spend in Japan and Hong Kong. However, I enjoy visiting my friends at Lip Service headquarters – they often have warehouse sales on dark, subculture clothing.


La Carmina

In a 90’s goth plaid dress with a leather jacket and Marc Jacobs polka dot sunglasses.


What would you consider to be LA’s best kept secret?
I recommend visiting Hyaena Gallery in Burbank. It hosts a deliciously dark collection of spooky art. There are serial killer drawings, skulls, B-movie horror art and other oddities.


Do you have any tips for first-time visitors?
Try to stay in West Hollywood or Hollywood so that you are close to the action. If hotels are too pricy, look into rental apartments as a way to save money while still staying in a good location and comfortable space. Rent a car, and try to avoid the high-traffic hours. And don’t forget to visit the beach!


La Carmina


Be sure to check out La Carmina’s Guide To Los Angeles and read her review of The Orlando, which is a boutique hotel in West Hollywood. If you’d like to follow La Carmina on her adventures, you can subscribe to her blog, follow her on Twitter (@lacarmina) or ‘like’ her Facebook page.

Taylor Goldblatt

After years of research, travel, and dreams, I have created this website for people like you who want to experience the things that only America can offer. My passion is to explore and share America's greatest destinations and attractions. Follow me on Twitter @USCityTraveler for additional travel tips and ideas.

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