Rain isn’t something that happens too often in Los Angeles, so when it does—it can be quite a treat. While your first thought might be to throw on some sweats and turn on Netflix, there are so many cool spots around Los Angeles that are even more fun to visit when it’s raining. From an Asian-inspired spa and an indoor rock climbing arena to a multi-level book and record store, these are the nine best places to go in Los Angeles on a rainy day.
Check Out These 9 Best Rainy Day Spots in L.A.
1. The Last Bookstore
A bookstore is one of the best places to go on a rainy day, and this unique bookstore is definitely a place you want to check out. It also happens to be California’s largest new and used book and record store, featuring a multilevel space that is adorned with local art and some galleries where you can walk and browse. It also has comfy chairs, interesting hideouts, and other cozy little nooks where you can curl up with a book while listening to the rain outside.
Address:453 S. Spring St., Los Angeles
2. The Chuan Spa
What better way to spend a rainy day than by indulging in a day of relaxation and self-pampering? The Chuan Spa at The Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena features a newly renovated, 11,000-square foot spa that has 13 treatment rooms and a state-of-the-art fitness center. Choose from a variety of massages, facials, manicures, pedicures, and hair services. Fun fact: Chuan Spa incorporates traditional Chinese medicine for a comprehensive wellness experience, and all signature treatments incorporate the five elements, breathing rituals and acupressure. The spa also offers therapies such as acupuncture, cupping, and more.
Address: 1401 S. Oak Knoll Ave., Pasadena
3. Rockreation Sport Climbing Center
Just because it’s raining doesn’t mean that one should slack off and be lazy. Instead, get your energy and blood flowing by signing up for a fun class at Rockreation Sport Climbing Center. Whether you’re an experienced rock climber or a total newbie, they have something for everyone. They provide all of the equipment and have qualified instructors that will guide you through the entire process, from ascending walls to tying knots in the rope.
Address: 1300 Logan Ave., Costa Mesa
4. Crossroads Trading
Spend your afternoon sifting through a variety of second-hand designer wear and accessories at one of the multiple locations from Crossroads Trading. They specialize in recycled, vintage, thrift and consignment, and have the latest fashions by trendy designers. If you’re looking to make some money, go through your closet and bring a bag of clothing for them to sort through. For every item they purchase from you, they will offer 33-percent in cash of what they will price your item to sell for, or 50-percent in trade—you decide which.
Address: 7409 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles
5. iPic Theaters Westwood
Instead of Netflix and chill, why not get dressed up and enjoy an upscale movie experience? This theater chain is unlike any other you’ve ever been to: plush seating, blankets, complimentary popcorn, and in-theater service that includes a call button for your waiter are just a few of the unique offerings. Guests can also order cocktails in the bar/lounge area prior to the start of their movie.
Address: 10840 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles
6. Grand Central Market
Check out this vast and historic emporium in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles, which has everything from food vendors to florists. Open since 1917, this downtown landmark brings together the cuisines and cultures of Los Angeles, making it the perfect place for your rainy day snacks and treats. Stroll around as you check out all of the different vendors here, from Eggslut and China Café to McConnell’s Fine Ice Cream and more.
Address: 317 S. Broadway, Los Angeles
7. Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
The largest natural and historical museum in the western United States, this place is home to close to 35 million specimens and artifacts, encompassing 4.5 billion years of history. Fun exhibits include the new dinosaur hall, an edible garden, butterfly and spider pavilions, and so much more.
Address: 900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles
8. Room Escape Los Angeles
Instead of having a game day at home with friends, round up the troops and head to this cool amusement center in West Hollywood that offers a live escape game for groups of 2 to 6 people. You and your friends get 60 minutes to overcome a series of brain twisting puzzles, and you get a choice of four missions, from the Cold War Bunker to the Zombie Lab. It’s a fun way to bond with friends while exercising your problem solving and team building skills.
Address: 8255 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles
9. The Edison
Don’t let some rain spoil your Saturday night plans. Instead, head to this hotspot in downtown with some friends, which is a renovated power plant that serves absinthe and craft cocktails accompanied by burlesque shows and live music. Many people love to dress up in their best 1920s attire for The Edison for a Great Gatsby-inspired kind of night. They also offer a menu of appetizers and dishes, as well as several desserts. Be sure to try their gooey chocolate chip cookies with milk.
Address: 108 W. 2nd St., #101, Los Angeles
This article was written by Kamala Kirk.