Los Angeles/West

West Los Angeles is an area of the city of Los Angeles within the bigger area of the West Side of Los Angeles County. The area includes the neighborhoods of Bel-Air, Brentwood, Century City, Mar Vista, Palms, Sawtelle, West LA, and Westwood (the neighborhood around the University of California, Los Angeles).


Royce Hall on the UCLA campus

Like the rest of the city of Los Angeles, West LA is a mix of ethnicities that would make the United Nations proud. Because of the presence of UCLA, there are a number of used and new bookstores, art movie theaters, inexpensive restaurants and coffee houses. Due to its proximity to the Pacific Ocean, it enjoys a cooler climate, especially in the summer, than the rest of Los Angeles.

Westwood is an area somewhere in between a neighborhood and a city that surrounds the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Most of the area's highlights cater to the college atmosphere. While the main village of Westwood had its heyday from the 60s throughout most of the 80s, it is currently picking up in popularity again as a trendy hangout for local teens and students of UCLA, which is on the far side of the area. Despite an increasing number of homeless people, Westwood is still known as one of, if not the safest neighborhood in the city, albeit with some of the worst traffic. Expect to spend for ever or pay a high price finding a parking space, but once you park the village is easy to walk around.

Bel-Air, part of the self-styled "Golden Triangle", which includes equally trendy locales Beverly Hills and Holmby Hills, was founded in 1923 by Alphonzo E. Bell, Sr. The fashionable district is located about 12 miles from downtown Los Angeles and is situated between the foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains and the north side of the nearby UCLA campus.


 Climate Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Daily highs (°F) 67 67 68 70 70 73 77 79 78 75 71 67
Nightly lows (°F) 51 51 51 53 56 58 62 62 62 59 55 51
Precipitation (in) 4.0 5.1 2.8 1.0 0.3 0.1 0.0 0.1 0.3 0.9 1.4 2.8

   Data from NOAA (1981-2010)

Get in

By car

Interstate 405 passes through West Los Angeles just south of the Sepulveda Pass. The area is noted for high levels of congestion, especially during rush hour.

By plane

Los Angeles International Airport (IATA: LAX) is about 20-30 minutes away, and has a very large number of flights to and from the airport. The LAX FlyAway provides a shuttle service from Westwood to LAX for $10.00 each way; UCLA provides parking in Lot 32 for a fee.

Get around

On the west side, local transit is provided by three main carriers.


Getty Center courtyard


Regency Village Theater



This page uses the following price ranges for a typical meal for one, including soft drink:
Budget Under $10
Mid-range $10 - $25
Splurge Over $25

West LA has a wide variety of food types and pricing. Westwood Boulevard features numerous restaurants of Iranian, Indian, and Pakistani cuisine, while Sawtelle Boulevard features many Japanese restaurants. There are a number of Indian and Pakistani restaurants along Venice Boulevard in Palms, mostly offering North Indian cuisine. Westwood Boulevard between Pico and Wilshire is filled with Persian restaurants, serving the largest Iranian population outside of Iran (which is concentrated in Westwood, Beverly Hills, and Santa Monica). There is a small cluster of (mostly) Japanese restaurants colloquially known as Little Osaka on Sawtelle Blvd (just west of 405) bounded by Santa Monica Blvd to the north and Olympic Blvd to the south.







Go next

Routes through West Los Angeles

END Santa Monica  W  E  Wilshire Downtown L.A.
North Valley Sherman Oaks  N  S  Culver City Long Beach
END Santa Monica  W  E  Beverly Hills Northwest L.A.
END Santa Monica  W  E  Beverly Hills Downtown L.A.

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