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Best Food & Activities In & Around Playa Vista, CA

Best Food & Things to Do in & Around Playa Vista, California

One of the hottest and fastest-growing neighborhoods in LA, Playa Vista is conveniently located just north of LAX, a few minutes from the beach, and between Santa Monica and El Segundo. It’s also very walkable, leading to a vibrant atmosphere full of shops, restaurants, and activities, all within walking distance. One of the reasons behind its rise in popularity is Silicon Beach, or the LA equivalent of Silicon Valley, which has brought numerous tech jobs and companies into the area. Come visit and see why it’s drawing people and businesses from all over the country!

Best Playa Vista Food

Playa Vista is packed with amazing food spots, a testament to its incredible diversity. Whether you just rolled out of bed or are looking for a late-night dinner, there are plenty of options to choose from:

Best Burgers

Hopdoddy Burger Bar


The Hood Chef

The Most Valuable Playa

Astro Pub

Best Seafood

Sweet Fish Sushi

Baja Catch & Grill

Tomi Sushi


Whiskey Red’s

Best Brunch

Oma’s Puffers


Cafe Ruisseau

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf

Cali Cafe

Best Mexican Food

SOL Mexican Cocina

Toccata Modern Mexican



Casa Sanchez

Best Pizza

The Slice


California Pizza Kitchen

Loyola Pizza

Martini’s Pizzeria

Top Things to do in Playa Vista

As you’re walking through the area for food, you’ll probably notice how many activities and outdoor areas Playa Vista has to offer. There’s always something to do, regardless of your interests or hobbies — here are some of our favorites:

Ballona Discovery Park

A beautiful two-acre outdoor laboratory and museum, Ballona Discovery Park is home to countless plant and wildlife species. Here, you can learn about the gardens and animals that call this habitat home, walk several trails, and explore the gateway to the wetlands. It’s an amazing opportunity to appreciate the nature around us in Playa Vista and take some time to learn something new!

Playa Vista Farmers' Market

The Playa Vista Farmers’ Market is renowned for its food and attractions every Saturday from 9 am until 2 pm. From organic fruits, delicious pastries, and homemade guacamole to jewelry, live performances, and crafts for kids, you’d have to visit many times to experience everything it has to offer. While they’re open rain or shine, it’s especially great to spend a sunny Saturday morning here, whether you came for the food, music, atmosphere, or just to get out of the house.

The Sports Park

Speaking of getting out of the house, The Sports Park in south Playa Vista has tons of activities and sports facilities to burn energy or get some exercise. At seven acres and full of features such as sports fields (soccer and baseball), basketball and tennis courts, a playground, and more, this park is perfect for all ages to let loose and have some fun.

Loyola Marymount University

Whether you’re looking at colleges or not, Loyola Marymount’s campus is easy to lose track of time while exploring. From the sports fields and plazas to vibrant sunken gardens and the iconic clock tower, there’s plenty to see. Even better, they also offer both in-person and virtual tours to experience their beautiful and unique campus.

Runway Playa Vista

If shopping’s more your speed, Runway is the perfect destination in Playa Vista. A shopping center that houses dozens of stores, restaurants, and lifestyle outings, Runway is another location where you could spend days at and find something new every time. The variety of activities and events make it perfect in the heart of Playa Vista, located near many of the spots we’ve discussed here.

In fact, if you need a break from anything you’re doing to get food or relax, our Playa Vista restaurant is located in the Runway shopping center for you to grab a burger, fries, and drinks, so stop by.

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