Ultimate Guide to Culver City, California
by Yalla Mediterranean
November 22, 2017

Planning Your Stay in Culver City

Ten miles from the hustle and bustle of busy Los Angeles is a smaller community with just as much star power — Culver City. “The Heart of Screenland” is where the film industry got its start and where it continues to grow.

Culver City is only five square miles, but its central location gives you easy access to other popular destinations. In fact, it was established by Harry Culver in 1913 because of its proximity to the rapidly growing L.A. and newly built resort, Venice. He coined the saying “all roads lead to Culver City.” From this locale, you have access to many of SoCal’s most visited attractions.

Culver City’s real claim to fame is its place in film history. Thomas Ince built the first film studio in 1918, and in the 1920s he was joined by Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM). Since then, hundreds of hit movies and TV shows have been produced in Culver City, on the lots of Sony Pictures Studio, Culver Studios and Hal Roach Studios.

The city was also home to Howard Hughes’ aircraft company in 1941. Culver City was the place that saw the building of Hughes’ infamous “Spruce Goose,” the largest flying boat ever built, which you may remember from Martin Scorsese’s biopic “The Aviator.”

Your stay in Culver City must include exploring the area’s fascinating past. So be sure to join a studio tour or visit a local museum. However, there’s more than just the entertainment industry. There’s also beautiful scenic locations, exciting shopping and trendy restaurants.

Hotels in Culver City

The first step to booking your trip is reserving your hotel room in Culver City. Considering price and location, here are some of your best options:

  • Four Points by Sheraton Los Angeles — Westside: Located in Culver City’s thriving business district, this newly renovated location will provide you and your family all the comforts of home as you explore the city. Snuggle up with a book by the fire in the hotel’s library, or take a dip in the heated outdoor pool.
  • Courtyard by Marriott Los Angeles — Westside: After an exciting day exploring film studio back lots, unwind and relax in these comfy accommodations. Each room is outfitted with plush beds and soundproof windows so you can drift into a peaceful night’s sleep. The hotel includes an outdoor pool, fitness center and an onsite restaurant.
  • DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Los Angeles — Westside: This hotel provides easy access to the Los Angeles International Airport as well as all the exciting attractions that L.A. and Culver City are known for. Each guest room includes its own flat-screen TV. You can also upgrade to one of three suites to amplify your stay.

Top Seven Things to Do in Culver City – Culver City Attractions

If you’re planning to see the star-studded attractions in L.A. or aiming for a beach day in Santa Monica or Venice Beach, Culver City is the perfect jumping off point. However, don’t be in a hurry to head out. Stay and enjoy the local attractions that can be found right here. Culver City’s parks are beautifully maintained if you want to enjoy a day outside.

Here are our picks for the seven things you must do while in Culver City:

  1. Sony Pictures Studios Tour: Enter through the famed studio gates, and you’ll be walking in the footsteps of some of the most famous actors of all times. This studio, formerly known as MGM, has been the location of some of the most iconic films, including “The Wizard of Oz” and “Spider-Man.” The two-hour guided tour will take you through back lots and entertain you with stories from film’s golden age. You may even get to the see the set of a current hit show.
  2. Mayme A. Clayton Library & Museum: Come view one of the most extensive collections of African American culture and history in the United States. The museum contains more than two million artifacts, photographs, art, rare books and films that give visitors a glimpse into the black experience in this nation. It also serves as a research center, allowing people to explore the rare books and documents for their own works. They also house the personal correspondence of influential leaders like George Washington Carver and Booker T. Washington.
  3. The Wende Museum: The history of the Cold War era is documented at this significant /museum. Wende is the German word for “turning point,” which signifies the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and the collapse of the U.S.S.R. in 1991. This educational institute has more than 75,000 objects from East Germany that explore this intriguing time in history. Be sure to view their memorial that honors the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall — a 40-foot segment of the wall, the longest stretch outside of Berlin.
  4. STAR Eco Station: When illegally-trafficked animals are confiscated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, it’s often too late for them to be released back into the wild. This museum serves as a rescue center for exotic wildlife. View incredible animals from around the world and get hands-on lessons and astounding encounters.
  5. Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook: From the top of the 511-foot peak, you’ll get incredible views of L.A., the Los Angeles Basin and the Pacific. It offers a retreat amid the urban development of the area. The visitors center tells the story of how this depleted land, once used for oil-drilling, is now a forerunner in the area’s growing desire for restoration and conservation.
  6. The Museum of Jurassic Technology: This quirky and mysterious museum is one you won’t want to miss. Mystery envelops this location, as photographs are not allowed. The maze-like layout of the museum will bring you to exhibits that stretch the limits of believability. There’s trinkets, holograms, artifacts and more, all narrated by telephone receivers. Be sure to close out your day with some refreshments in the tea room, included with the cost of admission.
  7. Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery: This beautiful cemetery plays a major role in the history of Culver City. Since the days of the Spanish Missions, these sacred locations have played a vital role in the expression of the Catholic faith. What makes this cemetery stand out is that it is the final resting place for many celebrities, including Bing Crosby, Rita Hayworth and John Candy.

Restaurants to Try in Culver City

  • Loqui: Simple and delicious tacos are the foundation that has made Loqui a popular destination for both locals and visitors. They start with a basic concept — delicious tortillas. It may seem like a given, but the corn and flour tortillas are what make Loqui a must-do.

The casual atmosphere ensures you get delicious food when you want it — and each meal is authentically Mexican and artfully handmade. They serve the basic proteins — chicken, pork and beef — but the simplicity of flavors is what makes each bite incredible.

  • The Wallace: The Wallace is the perfect place to visit with your friends or family. The concept is shared plate dining. Small plates that pack a flavorful punch for you and yours to share. Sit inside to experience a bustling environment bursting with energy. Or for a quiet night out, request a seat outside on Main Street.

This modern restaurant features offerings that change depending on the season. Try prepared veggie dishes that explode with flavor, like yellow corn with hominy cream or farmers cheese agnolotti. They also have delicious meat and seafood offerings like baby octopus or wild boar pasta.

  • Yalla Mediterranean: Culver City may be industrialized, but it has a deep appreciation for local agriculture. Yalla Mediterranean embraces that in our menu and food choices. All ingredients, from our fresh vegetables to our sumptuous proteins, are locally sourced from area farms. We take “farm-to-table” to the next level.

Even though we consider ourselves a fast-casual eatery, we embrace healthy living. All our grains, meats and vegetables and filled with everything your body needs. And we don’t exclude any dietary restrictions. Whether you’re vegan or gluten-free, there’s something for you at Yalla. From our falafel to our seasonal sides, the flavor can’t be beat.

Your adventure in Culver City may leave you ready for a restful night in your hotel. No worries — just order your food online, and it will be waiting for you to pick up at our Culver City location. We can even deliver it straight to your hotel room when you use DoorDash.

Events You Won’t Want to Miss in Culver City

The annual events in Culver City reflect the personality of the community. They celebrate the arts, food and incredible people. Here are some annual events you should attend if you’re in town for them:

No matter when you visit, your family won’t be bored in Culver City.