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Spend a Star-Studded Weekend in Studio City With This Neighborhood Guide

From Buzz-Worthy Restaurants to Cinematic Experiences, Here’s Why Studio City Makes the Perfect Weekend Getaway

Studio City, a vibrant enclave nestled in the heart of north Los Angeles, is a perfect blend of urban cool and local charm. This dynamic neighborhood lures visitors in with its array of attractions, from iconic film studios to trendy boutiques and gourmet eateries. Whether you’re exploring the magic of Universal Studios Hollywood, strolling along the bustling streets of Ventura Boulevard or soaking up the natural beauty of Fryman Canyon, Studio City offers endless opportunities to shop, see, savor, sweat, sip and spa. And we know just where to stay! Here’s the ideal itinerary for a weekend away in Tinseltown’s step-sister, Studio City.

 

DAY 1

4 p.m. Check-in to the Sheraton Universal Hotel

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Nestled amidst the glitz and glamor of Studio City, the Sheraton Universal Hotel, commonly known as the “Hotel of the Stars,” stands as a retreat built on hospitality and comfort. Conveniently located near Universal Studios Hollywood, this upscale retreat offers unparalleled access to the film capital of the world. With its sleek and modern design, Sheraton Universal Hotel features spacious rooms and suites adorned with contemporary furnishings and luxurious amenities, ensuring a restful stay for travelers. Guests can unwind in the outdoor pool area, soaking up the California sun, or rejuvenate their bodies and minds at the state-of-the-art fitness center. The hotel’s dining options will excite all palates with a diverse array of flavors, from California-inspired light bites at the Terrace Bar to fresh and seasonally inspired dishes at signature restaurant, The California’s

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With its prime location and first-class amenities, this hotel in Studio City serves as the perfect launchpad for a weekend away exploring nearby attractions. The Sheraton is part of the Marriott Bonvoy hotel group, so get those points ready to use. Prices vary but are extremely reasonable! Whether you’re embarking on a cinematic adventure at Universal Studios or immersing yourself in the eclectic charm of Studio City, the Sheraton Universal promises an unforgettable stay filled with classic elegance and endless possibilities.

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4:30 p.m. Shopping at The Shops at Sportsmen’s Lodge 

After checking in, indulge in some afternoon retail therapy at The Shops at Sportsmen’s Lodge, a hidden gem with an array of boutiques and specialty stores. From trendy fashion finds to unique souvenirs, you’ll discover treasures around every corner. With everything from Allbirds to Erewhon, Free People and Fred Segal, this everyday oasis is redefining the phrase “one-stop shop.” First thing first: get a coffee at Civil Coffee. Then you’ll be fueled to work out, get an IV, do your grocery shopping, pick out a new outfit and enjoy an amazing meal at one of their on-site eateries like Tocaya, Roberta’s, Sugarfish or Kismet Rotisserie. Don’t forget to snap some Instagram-worthy photos amidst the charming backdrop of this historic landmark and grab something sweet at Tuesday’s Sweet Shoppe or Van Leeuwen.

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5:30 p.m. Drinks and Light Bites at Terrace Bar at Sheraton Universal

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Unwind after a day of exploring with a refreshing cocktail and light bites at the Terrace Bar located inside the Sheraton Universal. Situated poolside, this chic rooftop oasis offers panoramic views of the surrounding hillsides, creating the perfect ambiance for relaxation and conversation. With cuisine inspired by California and fresh, seasonal ingredients, staycationers can snack on finger foods like their sesame and soy sticky chicken wings, the warm naan and hummus and, of course, truffle fries for the table.

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7 p.m. Dinner at OyBar

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For dinner, treat your taste buds to Mediterranean flavors at OyBar. From savory kebabs to mouthwatering mezze platters, each dish is a work of art, meticulously crafted with fresh, locally sourced ingredients. With its cozy atmosphere and attentive service, OyBar invites you to savor every moment of your dining experience. They take their spirits seriously here so definitely enjoy a stiff cocktail or two. We recommend the Gin & Tawnic, a twist on the classic cocktail featuring Las Californias gin, yuzu and tonic water. OyBar is walk-in only with limited seating so set your expectations accordingly. Oh, and it’s 21+ so make it an adults-only affair.

 

9 p.m. Pinz Bowling 

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End the evening with some friendly competition at Pinz Bowling, a buzzy Studio City venue on Ventura Boulevard. Whether you’re a seasoned bowler or just looking to have fun, you’ll enjoy hitting the lanes and trying your hand at strikes and spares. Lanes service up to six people and cost $80 per hour, and shoe rentals are an additional $7 per person. They serve food and drinks from the on-site kitchen and bar, so you can keep the party going all night long. With its retro-inspired decor and lively atmosphere, Pinz Bowling promises a memorable night of camaraderie.

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DAY 2

9 a.m. Breakfast at Whata Peach

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Start your day on a delicious note with a nutritious breakfast at Whata Peach. Specializing in fresh smoothie bowls and gourmet avocado toasts, this charming cafe is a haven for health-conscious foodies. Indulge in a guilt-free meal that will fuel your adventures ahead. We love a spot that is cute but understands the grab-and-go assignment and this place just gets it. Look for the peachy exterior and follow the heavenly smell of toast that should be the official scent of mornings everywhere.

 

10 a.m. Universal Studios

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No trip to Studio City is complete without a visit to the iconic Universal Studios Hollywood, where movie magic comes to life. Step into the immersive world of your favorite films and TV shows as you embark on thrilling rides and behind-the-scenes tours and enjoy captivating shows. Whether you’re exploring The Wizarding World of Harry Potter or braving the Jurassic Park ride, Universal Studios promises an cinema-tastic experience for visitors of all ages. Be sure to book your tickets in advance and go early to avoid the crowds.

 

4 p.m. Sauna and Float Sesh at Pause

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After a day of excitement and getting your steps in at Universal Studios, treat yourself to some well-deserved relaxation at Pause. Unwind in the tranquil ambiance of their sauna before experiencing the ultimate in stress relief with a float session. Drift away into a state of blissful serenity as you float effortlessly in a private pod filled with warm, buoyant saltwater. It’s a full sensory deprivation experience that’ll make for the perfect pre-game for dinner and drinks.

 

6 p.m. Drinks at Cosette Wine Bar

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Elevate your evening with a visit to Cosette Wine Bar, where fine wines and lush greenery converge in perfect harmony. Sip on handcrafted cocktails amidst the verdant surroundings of Rolling Greens, a botanical wonderland brimming with exotic plants and artisanal decor. Whether you’re a wine enthusiast or a plant lover, Cosette offers a five-sense experience unlike any other. We love that their menu is basically all of our favorite snacks with things like sourdough bread and butter, French onion dip, grilled cheeses and steak tartare. If you’re a chocolate nut like us, get the pot de crème and sneak some brown butter chocolate chip cookies to go for a late-night snack.

 

7 p.m. Explore and Grab Dinner at Universal CityWalk

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Cap off your day with a leisurely stroll through Universal CityWalk, a vibrant entertainment complex teeming with shops, restaurants and nightlife. From classic 50s diner vibes at Mel’s Diner to authentic Mexican cuisine at Antojitos Cocina Mexicana, there’s something to satisfy every craving. Immerse yourself in the electric atmosphere as live music fills the air and the dazzling lights of the city light up the night sky.

 

DAY 3 

9 a.m. Civil Coffee

Kickstart your final morning with a caffeine fix at Civil Coffee, a cozy neighborhood cafe known for its expertly-brewed coffee and artisanal pastries. Yes, this is the coffee shop from bougie strip mall Sportsmen’s Lodge that we mentioned earlier. There is nothing better than a coffee creation that someone else makes for you. Savor the rich flavors of their signature blends or opt for something a little spicier like their house chai or Figueroa specialty drink.

 

10 a.m. Studio City Farmers Market

Experience the vibrant culture and local flavors of Studio City at the farmers market, where farmers, artisans and food vendors come together to showcase their wares. Browse through an eclectic array of fresh produce, gourmet treats and handmade crafts, all while enjoying live music and community camaraderie. Scope out their list of vendors beforehand to get a game plan and map out your ideal farmers market haul.

 

11 a.m. Hike Fryman Canyon

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After you’ve fueled up, embark on a scenic hike through Fryman Canyon, a hidden gem nestled in the Hollywood Hills. Follow winding trails flanked by lush foliage as you make your way to the summit, where panoramic views of the city skyline await. A 2.6-mile loop, this trail is moderately challenging and takes an average of an hour and a half to complete. This is where the Civil Coffee will kick in and be crucial. With our recent rain, this hike is bound to be blooming with California flora and fauna, making for an especially scenic stroll.

 

1 p.m. Lunch at Smögen Appetizers

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Indulge in a feast for the senses at Smögen Appetizers, a pop-up located inside Vintage Wine + Eats specializing in Swedish-inspired bites. From smoked fish combinations to traditional bagels, each bite is a celebration of tradition. Pair your meal with a glass of aquavit or Swedish cider (they have their very own sommelier) for the perfect sipping and savoring experience.

 

3 p.m. Dessert at fōnuts

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Traditional pastries get a modern twist at fōnuts, “the home of the enlightened donut!” Made with clean and natural, locally-sourced ingredients, their signature goods are baked, not fried, for a healthier alternative that doesn’t compromise on taste. Whether you’re craving a blueberry earl grey fōnut or a peanut butter chocolate fōnut, you’re sure to find the perfect treat to satisfy your sweet tooth.

 

4 p.m. Greenwood Shop

Before you bid farewell to Studio City, make one last stop and explore the eclectic offerings of Greenwood Shop, a boutique marketplace showcasing a curated selection of home goods, accessories and gifts in a swoon-worthy space. From artisanal candles to handcrafted ceramics, each item tells a story and adds a touch of charm to any space. Take home a piece of Studio City’s unique flair as a memento of your unforgettable weekend away.

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Jane Adler is a marketing and branding consultant by trade, but a writer by preference. She shares a name with Meryl Streep's iconic character from It's Complicated and is presently trying to manifest that life (particularly that Santa Barbara house) for herself. Jane is an avid consumer of content and carbs and often used the latter to write on the former.

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