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The Best Places To Be 'Alone' In Los Angeles

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You probably don't live in the second largest city in the U.S. because you want to experience true isolation, but sometimes you might just need to roll somewhere solo to clear your head. For those times, we've compiled a list of our favorite places to go without a friend or a date. These are spots where you can immerse yourself in another world, browse for a private treasure or just enjoy a solitary experience without feeling pressured to be social. As always, leave your favorite places in the comments.


Griffith Park Observatory (Photo by chuck27p via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr)

Griffith ObservatoryAfter nerding out on episodes of Neil deGrasse Tyson's Cosmos this year, we couldn't leave out our very own Griffith Observatory from this list. Nestled up in the hills of Los Feliz, this observatory is the perfect place to just get away from city life and get lost under the stars. You can get breathtaking and unobstructed views of the city (especially at sunset) or sit on a blanket on the sprawling grassy lawn. There's also the chance to catch views of the moon or planets through telescopes that astronomers set up outside sometimes. And once you walk inside of the observatory, there are plenty of free science exhibits, including a huge Foucault pendulum swinging at the center of it. And we highly suggest checking out a planetarium show while you're there, which comes complete with a lecturer explaining some awesome astronomy facts and a 3D laser projection show. —Jean Trinh

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Griffith Observatory is located at 2800 E Observatory Rd. in Los Feliz, (213) 473-0800

The Bird Room at the Museum of Jurassic Technology

Museums are great to go to alone so you can explore at your own pace. The Museum of Jurassic Technology in Culver City, for as weird as it is, has an interesting end that’s perfect for moments of contemplation. Once you reach the top, you’ll be on a small patio surrounded by flowers and incredibly tame birds. They ask that you not take photos of or touch the birds, but you can hang out with them. You can also get a cup of tea and a cookie from the Russian tea room that precedes the birds. —Juliet Bennett Rylah

The Museum of Jurassic Technology is located at 9341 Venice Blvd, Culver City, (310) 836-6131

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Barnsdall Park (Photo by lauren.lebon via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr)
Barnsdall Park

Barnsdall Park is one of those "alone with my thoughts" kind of spots. Nestled in East Hollywood and atop a hill, you can easily get one of the most gorgeous sunset views here with a panoramic view of the city. It's usually not crowded, save for a few other folks who are sitting on the grassy lawn and playing fetch with some cute dogs. Although it may be a small park, there are other things you can check out there—like Frank Lloyd Wright's Hollyhock House, a theatre that regularly holds performances, and art studios. There's also a farmers market there from noon to 6 p.m. on Wednesdays, so you can snack on some food while you're enjoying your "me" time. [UPDATE: The farmers market has since closed.] —Jean Trinh

Barnsdall Park is located at 4800 Hollywood Blvd. in Hollywood

The Bourgeois Pig

If you're looking to be alone in the dark, but not in a creepy way, try the Forest Room at Franklin Village's Bourgeois Pig. You can grab a cup of coffee or tea (or a milkshake) and sit on one of the old, comfy couches and relax. Located in the rear of the shop, the Forest Room looks like a fairytale and usually has a couple people tapping away quietly in the glow of their laptops. You can slip on some headphones and do the same. The front of the shop isn't bad for book reading either. There's a magazine shop next door and a used book store in the same block. —Juliet Bennett Rylah

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The Bourgeois Pig is located at 5931 Franklin Ave, Franklin Village, (323) 464-6008


The Last Bookstore (Photo by Jay Edwards via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr)

The Last BookstoreDowntown's bookstore offers plenty of corners to get lost in. What used to be an old bank is now a gorgeous and whimsical space housing a collection of over 100,000 used and vintage books. The hodgepodge shelving style makes it perfect for wandering alone and finding a new favorite author or topic. Enjoy that old book smell and definitely poke around upstairs. All the books up there are $1, and there are a few artist studios to check out. —Juliet Bennett Rylah

The Last Bookstore is located at 453 S Spring St. (enter on 5th St.) in downtown, (213) 488-0599

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Tuesday Matinees At LACMA's Bing Theatre

If there are two things that L.A. is definitely full of, it's movie lovers and people who have (un)employment situations that give them plenty of free time in the middle of the week while their friends grind out the 9-5. LACMA's fantastic film program offers Tuesday afternoon matinees, screening a diverse range of fare spanning from the classics all the way to obscure treasures (usually on 35mm). The 600-seat auditorium doesn't have a bad seat in the house, and the rows are spaced out enough to give you enough leg room. And the best part? Every ticket is only $4. —Carman Tse

The Bing Theater at LACMA is located at 5905 Wilshire Blvd. in Mid-Wilshire, (323) 857-6000


Osteria Mozza (Photo via Facebook)
Osteria Mozza

One of L.A.'s priciest (and swankiest!) restaurants might not seem like a great spot to fly solo, but the bar is actually a great place to dine alone. Indulge in their amaro menu—a steal at $35 for three courses—and enjoy the lively scene and expertly-trained bartenders. The menu is available every Sunday through Thursday, and seats at the bar are available on a first come first served basis. —Krista Simmons

Osteria Mozza is located at 6602 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, (323) 297-0100


Amoeba Music (Photo by Jonathan Alcorn via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr)
Amoeba Music

Being at Amoeba alone is more out of necessity than anything else. Thoroughly digging through their stacks of used records and movies searching for that rare Arthur Doyle LP or out-of-print Hou Hsiao-hsien DVD will require a whole afternoon, so it's best to make the trip a solo venture. And even if you're on a budget and can't scrounge up the cash to throw down on high-end rarities, giving yourself dusty fingers from browsing their enormous warehouse-sized selection to make new discoveries is a satisfying experience itself. —Carman Tse

Amoeba Music is located at 6400 Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood, (323) 245-6400


Central Library (Photo by Neil Kramer via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr)
Central Library

Spend the day perusing the stacks at the stunning Central Library, which is home to more than six million volumes, making it one of the largest publicly-funded libraries in the world. The building was constructed with ancient Egyptian and Mediterranean Revival architecture in 1926, and you'll find sphinxes, snakes and celestial mosaics throughout. Pack yourself a sack lunch so that once you've checked out your books for the day, you can head out to the massive grassy park outside, soak up the sun and enjoy the afternoon. —Krista Simmons

Central Library is located at 630 W 5th St, Los Angeles, (213) 228-7000