7 Things to Do in Your First Week in Inglewood and the Greater Los Angeles Area

08/12/22  |  Jason Lowery

Make the most of your first week in Inglewood, the City of Champions.

If you are interested in living and working in the greater Los Angeles area, you need to know some of the best things to do in this American metropolis. Southern California is one of the most unique regions in the United States. The mild climate, the Pacific Ocean, and vast mountain ranges create a stunning environment to enjoy everything Los Angeles has to offer. For information about purchasing Inglewood real estate, Jason Lowery is your go-to real estate agent in the Greater Los Angeles area.

Check out Inglewood and nearby attractions

Inglewood is a one-of-a-kind city within a city. Today, Inglewood draws droves of tourists to major attractions like the Los Angeles Rams and Miracle Theater, helping niche businesses flourish throughout the year. Here’s what you might do if you’re visiting or moving to Inglewood.

Take in spectacles at Inglewood’s most prominent venues

The city has always had a flair for the dramatic.

Photo courtesy of the Miracle Theater

Miracle Theater

The stars come out at night at Miracle Theater in downtown Inglewood. Bands, standup comics, solo acts, and festivals take place here, as well as block parties for HBO premieres. Miracle used to be operated by Loews Cine, and before that, it was an independent theater owned by the Ritz. In summer 2022, the Miracle (capacity: 500)  began showing movies for the first time in decades.

The Kia Forum

Photo courtesy of the Forum
Another historic Inglewood venue, the Forum, seats 17,500, many more than the Miracle Theater. The Forum is best known for hosting the Los Angeles Lakers during the NBA’s rise to prominence in the 1980s. It’s hosted concerts for decades, and after being renovated in the early 2010s, the Forum continues to hold major musical acts and events like pro wrestling matches. It’s slated to host gymnastics at the 2028 Summer Olympics.

SoFi Stadium

Home of two NFL teams, the Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers, SoFi Stadium was the league’s first indoor-outdoor stadium. It was built on the site of the Hollywood Park racetrack, its 1930s equivalent. Besides football, the nearly 300-acre property leases retail and commercial space, hotel rooms, residential units, and a few outdoor green spaces. If you don’t visit or book a tour, you might next see SoFi in 2028, when it will host the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the 2028 Summer Olympics.

Residency Art Gallery

In many ways the polar opposite of SoFi Stadium, Residency Art Gallery is in the commercial center of Inglewood, near Manchester and Market. One of few Black-owned commercial art galleries, its remarkable purpose is to serve Los Angeles communities of color by connecting their artists with wider audiences. Check out the current exhibition schedule online or just go and witness them in person.

Indulge in local restaurants

Southern classics, soul food, and sweets are always on the menu at these Inglewood favorites.

The Serving Spoon

Located near the intersection of Cantinela and Enterprise, The Serving Spoon is a breakfast and lunch diner famous for its complimentary cornbread (here, it’s okay to fill up on bread). Like many American small businesses, Serving Spoon faced imminent closure during the pandemic, only to be revived by a fundraising campaign bolstered by donations from the Los Angeles Rams. Along with the cornbread sides, it continues to dish out favorites like waffles and catfish. Come on a home football Sunday for the full Serving Spoon experience.

Dulan's Soul Food Kitchen

Of the three Dulan’s locations in Los Angeles, the Soul Food Kitchen in Inglewood, a counter-service kitchen, is the most casual, only recently having opened indoor seating, which helps with the near-constant lines of customers. You can’t go wrong with the fried chicken and gravy, but another ordering strategy is to load up on homey sides like red beans, corn and okra, and mashed potatoes. Either way, you’ll be glad to take home leftovers from the generous portions served here.

Sweet Red Peach

Overshadowed by SoFi Stadium across the street, Sweet Red Peach might have closed long before the stadium was built if not for word of mouth. It’s hidden in plain sight as part of a strip mall storefront. The signature item here is the 7-Up cake — a cake made from the soda thought to help ailing stomachs. Panaceas aside, the cake is deliciously sticky and topped with frosty glaze.

Venture beyond Inglewood

Los Angeles has an overabundance of things to do. Visit Hollywood, Griffith Park, and Orange County once you get the chance.

Explore Hollywood

Located near downtown, Hollywood is one of the most distinctive neighborhoods in the greater Los Angeles area. West Hollywood, North Hollywood, and Hollywood are located in an area with bars, restaurants, and entertainment venues. Visit the Walk of Fame and explore the sites along Hollywood Boulevard, Sunset Avenue, and Melrose Avenue. You can find great sushi restaurants, taquerias, and nightclubs in every part of Hollywood.
Explore the Hollywood hills and see the famous Hollywood sign that is recognized around the world. Hollywood is also home to many excellent hotels that offer valet parking, rooftop clubs, and restaurants. If you are searching for a great place to explore the nightlife in Los Angeles, Hollywood is an ideal place to find music venues and clubs that offer many different types of entertainment.

Go hiking in Griffith Park

Griffith Park is located north of downtown Los Angeles. The Greek Theatre is a popular music venue that features national touring acts. Many bands, solo artists, and ensembles perform at the Greek Theater throughout the year. Griffith Park is also a great place to spend the day hiking and enjoying some of the greatest views available anywhere in Los Angeles. Griffith Park features hiking trails, parks, and gardens. Visitors can also spend time at the Griffith Observatory. Spend the day hiking in Griffith Park before you go into the city to enjoy the nightlife of Los Angeles.

Spend the day in Orange County

Orange County, California, is located just south of Los Angeles and is home to many popular cities such as Anaheim, Santa Ana, Irvine, and Newport Beach. Enjoy everything this amazing community offers, from Disneyland to the University of California, Irvine, and Laguna Beach. Corona Del Mar is one of the most beautiful beaches in Southern California and is located next to Newport Beach. Orange County is also home to many excellent parks, restaurants, and music venues. The Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa hosts yearly musicals and concerts. South Coast Plaza is one of the largest shopping malls on the West Coast. When you arrive in Los Angeles, you should spend a day enjoying the unique Orange County real estate in these fine cities.

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