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food & drink • 5 days, 4 nights

Los Angeles: America’s Culinary Frontier

Los Angeles, California
Gastro Obscura
food & drink • 5 days, 4 nights

Los Angeles: America’s Culinary Frontier

Los Angeles, California
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  • Group Size 12 People Maximum
  • Activity Level
  • Travel Style
    Urban Exploration
from $3,325 USD per person
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  • Implemented expansive new safety protocols
  • Reduced trip deposits to just $100
  • Made it easier than ever to reschedule your trip

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Trip Overview

Los Angeles is a world city, a global hub that boasts the busiest port in the western hemisphere. But it is also a frontier city – forward-looking, boundaryless, experimental, and adventuresome. Here, rewards await those daring enough to chase impossible dreams and build unimaginable futures. All of this is especially true in L.A.’s boundless food scene, where taco stands hold as much allure as Michelin-starred restaurants, and a drive through the city can take you on a culinary journey around the world. On this deep dive, we’ll explore the local neighborhoods where hidden alleyways, busy street corners, backyards, and shopping malls showcase what is the most exciting and complex -- and ultimately, rewarding -- culinary culture in America.

Our partner, Culinary BackstreetsIn order to create and curate this unique experience, we’ve partnered closely with Culinary Backstreets, a global guide to local eats that publishes restaurant reviews and features on local culinary culture. They bring these stories to life on culinary tours and special events, offered in 12 cities around the world, and have extensive international experience with all things gastronomical.

Gastro Obscura Trips: inspiring wonder and curiosity about the world through food and drink.

  • Indulge in the best street eats and taste why the taco reigns supreme
  • Enjoy sunset and California wines from beneath the olive trees of Barnsdall Park, L.A.’s only UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Have a quintessential LA Movie Night at one of city’s classic independent theaters
  • Explore L.A.’s vibrant neighborhoods with local guides and experts
  • Learn about LA's inventive, unique, and influential architecture
  • Stylish Hollywood hotel in the heart of the city


Itineraries and daily schedules are subject to change. We expect to do everything listed in the itinerary, though the order may be rearranged based on weather or other local conditions.
Culinary Backstreets
In Partnership with Culinary Backstreets

Additional Info


The listed price of the trip is per person based on double occupancy.

Traveling Solo?

You’re in good company. Solo travelers typically make up about half of our small groups. With curiosity at the center of our experiences, there’s a natural camaraderie that develops over the course of a trip. We have two options for you: 

Shared Room (subject to the latest Covid-19 guidelines): You’ll be matched with another solo traveler of the same gender. 

Private Room: Have your own room, subject to availability, for a supplemental cost of $630. After booking your trip, please request a private room when you fill out your traveler information form and we’ll add the option to your booking and final balance. The capacity for private rooms is limited and will be granted on a first come, first serve basis.

Arrival & Departure

Our trip begins with a welcome dinner on Day 1. We recommend you arrive in Los Angeles by 5 p.m. that day so you can settle into your accommodations (check-in after 3 p.m.) and meet our guide and group for a welcome drink before dinner. Our trip concludes with breakfast on Day 5 and you may organize your departure or onward travel arrangements any time after 11 a.m. that day.

Activity Level

Travelers should feel comfortable walking three to five miles each day and remaining on their feet for long periods of time. We'll be out and about most of each day, with time to rest at lunch and dinner.

  • Accommodation throughout the trip at a comfortable hotel.
  • All meals described in the itinerary.
  • Transportation throughout the trip (excluding airport transfers).
  • Experienced local guides to accompany you for the duration of the trip, as well as special guests throughout.
  • Admission to all proposed activities, locations, and events.
  • A great group of fellow Atlas Obscura travelers, excited to explore all that Los Angeles has to offer!
  • Global Rescue medical evacuation insurance.
  • Special access to unique places and extraordinary experiences.
  • Transportation to and from Los Angeles.
  • Arrival and departure airport transfers to/from the group hotel.
  • Pre- and post-trip accommodations.
  • Travel insurance (recommended).
  • Additional meals and drinks outside of Atlas Obscura offerings, including most alcoholic beverages.
  • Customary gratuities to Trip Leader, local guides, drivers, and hotel staff.
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Trip FAQ

Most dietary restrictions can be accommodated, though in most cases ingredients can’t be substituted or omitted from particular dishes. Note that the food experiences on this trip are unfortunately not very amenable to vegan and kosher diets. If you have a particular food allergy or intolerance, please contact us to find out if this is the right trip for you.

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Upcoming Departures

  • Jun 9–Jun 13, 2022
    from $3,325
  • Sep 22–Sep 26, 2022
    from $3,325
  • Oct 13–Oct 17, 2022
    from $3,325
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