Lifestyle in Los Angeles

Home to Hollywood and the better half of the world’s celebrities, the cosmopolitan city of Los Angeles is a friendly and exciting centre for expats to relocate to.

With emphasis on a high-energy, healthy and clean-living lifestyle, expats moving to LA may feel the need to give themselves a much-deserved makeover – but be prepared to splash out, as LA’s high-profile sun and fun comes at no low cost.

Home of the health- and image-conscious, the focus on this West Coast metropolis is on fitness and overall well-being.

Boasting a great variety of attractions, Los Angeles is renowned for its shopping, nightlife and restaurants, but it also features an impressive variety of entertainment venues, world-class sports facilities and spas.

Shopping in Los Angeles

For all the big designer names like Versace and Louis Vuitton, hit the iconic Rodeo Drive, where it's possible to brush shoulders with a celebrity or two. Venice Boardwalk, on the other hand, is a good place to pick up arty items and anything unusual. For great bargains, head to Ontario Mills; for big-name brands at substantial discounts have a look at Desert Hills Premium Outlets; or mingle, browse and pick through an eclectic selection of good at the Rose Bowl Flea Market.

Eating out in Los Angeles

Catering to every cuisine and budget under the sun, the restaurants in Los Angeles are second to none. With everything from delicious Mexican food from street-side vendors to haute cuisine in the city’s finest restaurants, there’s something to suit every taste and expats will find a tremendous emphasis on fusion foods.

West Hollywood is where the swish and celebrity-owned LA restaurants can be found, but these tend to be outrageously priced. Pasadena offers some great eateries, as does Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills, and downtown LA.

Nightlife in Los Angeles

LA’s nightlife is world-renowned, and with global hotspots like Sunset Strip and Hollywood Boulevard, expats relocating to this city will be the envy of everyone when it comes to a great night out on the town.

Expats will be pleased to know that on any given night something big will be happening somewhere and a dazzling party, often star-studded, can be found on almost every corner of town.

Sports and outdoor activities in Los Angeles

In a city obsessed with looking good, it comes as no surprise that sporting activities are a popular pastime among the beautiful residents of LA.

Los Angeles is home to a number of world-famous sports teams, including the LA Dodgers and the LA Lakers. College sports are also prominent on the city's sporting calendar with teams such as the UCLA Bruins and USC Trojans commanding a large support base. Expats shouldn't miss out on the opportunity to catch a football or baseball game at one of LA's major sporting venues such as the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum or the Staples Center.

LA is also a great place for outdoor pursuits. From hiking, trail running and mountain biking to horse riding, fishing or just catching some rays at one of LA's beaches, there is really no excuse for expats not to spend time outdoors in this city.