21 Wonderful Things to Do in Berlin in Winter [2023]

the brandenburg gate in berlin germany with a christmas tree in front of it

Germany’s most international city, Berlin, is the perfect destination any time of the year — but we especially love Berlin in winter.

Home to stunning museums, impressive landmarks, vibrant nightlife, and an endless choice of international restaurants, Berlin is a buzzing city with something for every traveler’s taste.

While it’s true that the winter weather in Berlin can be harsh, the city offers plenty of indoor attractions, with enough to last you for weeks!

sign for the christmas market in berlin in gendarmenmarkt

I lived in Berlin for nearly a year, including spending a full winter in Berlin, so I got to experience everything the city has to offer in the cold season.

From charming Christmas markets and stunning museums to a nearly endless choice of bars, restaurants, and cafés, I’ve put together a list of attractions and activities to try in Berlin during winter.

This way, you won’t waste a minute of your vacation, even if the weather is not ideal.

The Best Things to Do in Berlin in Winter

Check out Berlin’s adorable Christmas markets.

Planning to visit Berlin in late November through the beginning of January? You’re in luck, because that’s Christmas market season in the city!

And it isn’t winter in Berlin without visiting the many Christmas markets (Weihnachtsmarkt) spread across the city.

Christmas markets are a cherished tradition throughout Germany, and Berlin is no exception — even if the city is one of Germany’s most modern and edgy cities, it does melt around the edges at Christmastime!

You’ll find many Christmas markets all over Berlin, from the iconic one at Charlottenburg Palace to the Gendarmenmarkt one, one of the largest and most popular.

If you want to get away from the more crowded tourist-filled places, check out the Christmas market at Kulturbrauerei in Prenzlauer Berg.

Berlin’s Christmas markets are perfect for enjoying the holiday atmosphere, drinking mulled wine (glühwein), eating local foods like currywurst, and buying handmade gifts.

Fun Tip: Don’t forget to collect the customized mulled wine mugs! Each market has its own decorated Christmas mug that changes every year.

Warm up in Berlin’s cutest cafés.

Allison's hand holding a cup of coffee with latte art

A perfect way to stay warm in the Berlin winter is to hide inside a trendy café and enjoy a warm drink with a slice of cake (after all, Germany does cake better than almost anyone!).

Berlin has many cozy cafés where you can spend a few hours on a cold winter afternoon.

Betty’n’Caty is a great option if you’re staying near Prenzlauer Berg, while Café Dreikäsehoch is the perfect spot for coffee and cheesecake in Charlottenburg.

In the city center, you’ll find many specialty coffee shops like Refinery High End Coffee or Coffee Lab Kaiserhöfe, serving up expertly-crafted third wave coffee.

Berlin is also famous for its many vegan and vegetarian options, so if you’re in the mood for delicious vegan cake, head to Cafe Neundrei.

Regardless of the area of Berlin, you’ll find several cafés, from international chains to cozy, local spots, all inviting you to take a seat and warm up!

Enjoy the view from Fernsehturm.

view over Berlin from the Fernsehturm TV tower with the berlin cathedral and ferris wheel visible in the frame

Few places are as representative of Berlin as the iconic Fernsehturm, the tall television tower in Alexanderplatz.

At 368 meters (more than 1,200 feet) high, the TV tower is among the tallest buildings in Europe — and of course, it offers some incredible 360-degree views of Berlin and its surroundings.

The tower is open daily, and the entry ticket allows you to spend as much time as you want at the top. 

Walk around the viewing gallery to spot some of Berlin’s most iconic landmarks and maybe stop for lunch or dinner at the revolving restaurant.

You won’t find a restaurant in Berlin that offers a better view!

The Fernsehturm perhaps the most popular attraction in Berlin, so buying entry tickets in advance is highly recommended.

You may also want to avoid the weekends if you don’t enjoy big crowds. 

If you want to be sure you get a window seat at the restaurant, book this TV Tower Fast-Track Ticket & Window Seat Reservation.

Tour the Reichstag.

A tour of the Parliament, or Reichstag, is a must when visiting the city, even better in winter in Berlin, when the weather is not ideal to stroll around town.

The unique structure combines the historical neo-Renaissance building with the modern walk-in glass dome, offering stunning city views.

The Reichstag is open daily, and you can organize your visit by yourself by registering on the official German website here.

However, if you’re looking to learn more about the impressive landmark, join a guided tour like this Plenary Chamber, Dome & Government District Tour.

Joining a guided tour is probably the best option since it includes the dome visit, which requires prior registration on the German website.

Given the popularity of the Reichstag, you should buy your tickets in advance.

Visit a wintery Berliner Dom.

Also located on Museum Island, the Berliner Dom is a gorgeous cathedral right in the heart of the German capital.

With its Neo-Renaissance and Baroque inspired design (since it was actually constructed in 1905), plus its gorgeously-crafted mosaics on the inside, it’s an absolute must-see.

Plus, if you’re in Berlin in winter, stepping inside the cathedral has the added benefit of being a great way to escape the cold!

A visit to the Berliner Dom includes access to the cathedral’s interior, the Hohenzollern crypt, and maybe the best of all — the panoramic view from the dome!

Do be aware that you’ll need to buy your tickets online, as you can’t pay for them on-site.

During the Christmas period, they also occasionally host organ concerts for Advent.

Shop ’til you drop on Ku’damm.

Berlin’s Ku’Damm (short for Kurfürstendamm) is the city’s Champs-Elysees: a long, bustling boulevard that’s hotspot for fashion and luxury.

In the winter, it’s transformed into a twinkling winter wonderland, adorned with holiday lights and festive decorations.

There are some fun places to shop in Ku’Damm, like BIKINI BERLIN (though it may seem off-season for that!), which is a hipster concept mall with boutiques and designers alike.

And while you’ll find all the big designers like Chanel, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, and Prada, you’ll also find some smaller German classics, like the adorable Steiff toy store (known for its teddy bears) and some smaller pop-up Christmas market stalls.

Visit the Berlin Christmas Garden.

The magical Christmas atmosphere encompasses everything in Berlin, from its main squares to unique places like the Berlin Botanical Gardens.

The gardens transform into a true winter wonderland, with decorations, light installations, and thousands of fairy lights illuminating the pathways and plants.

Aside from strolling around the magical gardens, you can enjoy snacks and drinks from the many stands and even attend special events like concerts or performances.

The Christmas Garden, as it’s called during this time of year, usually opens from mid-November to mid-January.

The opening dates and times do vary from year to year, so check the Christmas Garden website for updates — and buy those tickets ahead of time to avoid disappointment!

Warm up checking out the museums of Museuminsel.

As you can imagine, Berlin can get quite cold in winter — but luckily, there’s plenty to do indoors when the weather is not your friend!

If you’re a fan of visiting museums while you travel, Berlin will spoil you, with countless museums to visit for everything from history to art museums and more.

Berlin’s Museum Island (Museuminsel) is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and one of the best spots for a cultural visit, as it’s home to five of the city’s best museums — all in one central spot!

If I had to narrow it down from the five, I’d say the two must-see museums on Museum Island are the Pergamon Museum and the Neues Museum.

The former houses an impressive collection of ancient artifacts, and the Neues Museum, not so true to its ‘new’ moniker, is home to a collection of Egyptian art and artifacts.

Save time, skip the line! You can book your tickets to the Pergamon Museum online here to skip the line, as well as tickets for the Neues Museum here.

Visit Berlin’s many other excellent museums.

Outside of the Museum Island, there’s much more where that came from when it comes to museums in Berlin.

If you’re interested in Cold War era history, the DDR Museum is an interesting insight into displaying what life was like in East Germany while the Berlin Wall was up.

Meanwhile, the excellent Jewish Museum focuses on the long history of Jews in Germany — before, during, and after the Holocaust — and is the largest of its kind in Europe.

It’s a touching place to visit and a must-see on any Berlin itinerary.

Skip the line at these popular Berlin museums — buy your tickets to the DDR Museum here and the Jewish Museum here (free, but requires a reservation)!

Take a wintry stroll in Tiergarten.

You won’t want to spend all of your Berlin winter trip indoors, though: there are some lovely parks and outdoor spaces to enjoy, and even if it’s cold out, walking through Tiergarten is an absolute must-do when you’re in Berlin. 

The city’s most popular park turns into a scene out of a Christmas storybook when it snows, but even if it’s not snowy out, it’s still a serene place for a winter walk, especially if one of its lakes like Neuer See is iced over!

Its lakeside cafe, Café am Neuen See, is a can’t-miss and a great place for a pit stop as you make your way through Tiergarten’s interesting sights.

There are its various memorials (like the Memorial to the Sinti and Roma Victims of National Socialism and the Memorial to Homosexuals Persecuted Under Nazism) which ponder and vow to not forget Germany’s tumultuous past.

Other sites worth seeing in Tiergarten include the lovely Schloss Bellevue, the Berlin Zoo, and the beautiful Victory Column, where you can climb to the top and enjoy an epic view of Tiergarten for a mere €4. 

Bundle up and do a themed walking tour.

demarkation on the ground that shows where the berlin wall once stood and when

Like we said above, just because it’s cold in Berlin in winter doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get out and explore the city on foot!

There’s a ton of walking tours of the city that cover the history of Berlin from all sorts of angles, like this Third Reich and Cold War Walking Tour or this East Berlin and the Wall Walking Tour.

See Berlin’s most charming bridge in the snow.

Did you know Berlin has more bridges than Venice — an estimated 1,700 of them?

And yet, with that many bridges, it’s quite easy to narrow it down to Berlin’s most beautiful: Oberbaumbrücke, connecting the hip neighborhoods of Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg.

These two neighborhoods were once separated by the Berlin Wall, so the bridge in a sense is a symbol of Berlin’s unity once again.

Try a currywurst.

You really can’t say you’ve been to Berlin if you haven’t tried currywurst, no matter what time of year you visit!

Currywurst is a sliced up pork bratwurst that’s first steamed and then fried.

Then, it’s cut into bite-sized pieces and topped with ketchup and curry powder.

Typically served to-go on a little paper take-away tray with a tiny pick, it’s the quintessential Berlin street food, and a great way to grab a warm bite in the winter!

Most people say the best currywurst can be found in Prenzlauer Berg, with Konnopke’s Imbiss receiving lots of nods.

For a convenient option if you’re walking along Ku’Damm, don’t miss Bier’s Kudamm 195 in Charlottenburg.

Vegan? Don’t miss out on the fun! Have a vegan currywurst at Curry at the Wall Berlin.

Dance the night away into the next morning.

night club vibe

If you want to experience Berlin’s nightlife, prepare yourself for extreme partying.

The city is famous around the world for its party and music scene, so you’ll find several places to dance until morning.

Not just that, you can even find places where the party runs all weekend, like Sisyphos, where partying starts on Friday and ends on Monday morning.

If you’re into techno music, Berlin is the place to be.

Many clubs in the German capital are renowned for their wild techno parties, like the kink-positive KitKatClub or the world-famous, mega-exclusive Berghain.

The choice of nightclubs is varied, though, so you can find places with different music genres, like the alternative Cassiopeia or the popular Matrix Club, open every day of the week.

Have a more low-key night out with a few drinks.

Man's hand serving an orange drink with crushed ice and mint

For a more relaxed evening out in Berlin, you can also find many great bars where you can sip a cocktail or a beer and stay warm.

Some of the most popular areas for an evening out are Friedrichshein, Hackescher Markt, Rosenthaler Platz, and Prenzlauer Berg.

The area around Rosenthaler Platz is famous for its many restaurants and bars like 100 Gramm Bar and Mein Haus am See.

Hackescher Markt is known for its alternative vibe and cool street art, and it’s well worth your time to visit.

A fun bar you can check out here is Eschschloraque.

Other great bars worth checking out in Berlin are the famous rooftop Monkey Bar, the classy Hildegard Bar, and the quirky, vintage-looking Bellboy Bar Berlin.

Go ice skating in one of the many rinks around the city.

Red gloved hands tying an ice skate, white jacket and white skates

Ice skating is a great winter activity to try in Berlin. The city has many ice rinks, including popular spots right in the heart of the city.

One of the most famous spots for ice skating is Eisbahn am Neptunbrunnen near Alexanderplatz, the perfect location to stop by while on a sightseeing tour (since it’s near the TV tower).

If you’re looking for a less crowded spot, you can also try Horst Dohm Ice skating rink near Wilmersdorf Stadium, which is most popular among locals.

The big ice rink is in a peaceful location, perfect if you don’t want to be in the busy city center.

Ice skating is a popular winter pastime in Berlin, so you will likely find many more rinks popping up all over the city during wintertime.

Spend some time at KaDeWe.

the interior food hall on the sixth floor of kadewe department store in berlin, a great place to visit in berlin in winter to shop and eat
Photo Credit: Blorg, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

When the Berlin winter weather gets harsh, and you don’t feel like visiting any more museums, you can always check out one of Berlin’s many impressive shopping malls.

KaDeWe is probably the city’s most famous shopping mall, inaugurated in 1907.

KaDeWe stands for Kaufhaus des Westens and is among Europe’s largest and most luxurious department stores, home to high-end fashion stores as well as an impressive food hall offering a vast array of delicacies, from tasty pastries to fine wines and delicious seafood.

You could easily spend an entire afternoon in KaDeWe, shopping, staring in awe at the elegant displays, eating delicious food, and enjoying a coffee or drink.

The store was significantly damaged during World War II but was quickly rebuilt and continues to be one of the most iconic places in Berlin for both locals and foreigners.

Eat your way around the world.

a kebab in berlin

As a diverse and international city, Berlin is one of the top European capitals to sample a wide range of international cuisines.

Since the city is home to so many nationalities, it shouldn’t be a surprise that it offers restaurants from nearly every country you can think of!

Middle Eastern cuisine is particularly widespread in Berlin, and you’ll find many spots to try it, from small kebab joints to charming restaurants like the Lebanese Byblos Restaurant, the Turkish Baba Pirzola, the Israeli YAFO, or the Egyptian Marooush.

Asian cuisine is also popular, from Thai to Vietnamese and Chinese. Try the trendy Cao Cao or Royals & Rice for Vietnamese, Bangkok Treffpunkt for traditional Thai, or the cozy Ho Lo Asia Restaurant in Charlottenburg for a mix of Asian dishes.

If you prefer Italian, check out Mozzarella & Pomodoro or Boccacelli am Winterfeldtplatz.

You can also take a guided food tour of Berlin to explore the city through your stomach with some expert local guides calling the shots!

Visit Berlin’s Baroque palaces.

the peach pastel facade of the charlottenburg palace on a gray day in berlin with a giant dome in green with a gold statue atop it

Of course, Berlin isn’t just about museums, techno parties, and international cuisine.

Despite wars and walls, the city has a long and rich history that it has preserved well, including several palaces that are open to the public, like the beloved Baroque beauties of Charlottenburg Palace and Schönhausen Palace.

Charlottenburg Palace is a must-visit for its 17th century beauty with its opulent apartments, well laid-out gardens, and a stunning collection of art.

A little further afield in the borough of Pankow, just north of Berlin, you can visit another Baroque gem, the Schönhausen Palace.

The palace used to be the residence of the German royals and has preserved its extravagant interiors beautifully, perfect to visit on a guided tour.

Despite being quite far from the center of Berlin, it’s easy to reach with public transportation in just half an hour.

Take a charming winter day trip to Potsdam.

winter scenery at potsdam with its castles and gardens in the sanssouci area

Lastly, once you’ve seen the main attractions in Berlin, you could also take a trip to nearby Potsdam to enjoy its lively winter atmosphere and visit the gorgeous palaces.

Potsdam is a small town just south of Berlin, home to the impressive Sanssouci Park and Palace, Charlottenhof Palace, and New Palace (Neues Palais).

After visiting the beautiful palaces, you can enjoy the delightful Christmas atmosphere.

Stroll around the charming Old Town and check out the lively Christmas Market in Alter Markt, where you can sip mulled wine and eat delicious seasonal treats.

Lastly, Potsdam is home to several museums. Check out the stunning art collection at Museum Barberini or visit the Filmmuseum Potsdam inside a gorgeous baroque building. 

Potsdam offers plenty of attractions and you could easily spend more than one day, so plan your trip and choose the main sights you wish to visit.

You can visit independently if you want to explore the city at your own pace or you can book a guided day trip that focuses on the palaces.

Taking the Roatan to Utila Ferry: Everything You Need to Know

The ferry boat in Roatan Honduras

​The two largest of the Bay Islands in Honduras, Roatan and Utila, are both fantastic destinations for their diving, beaches, and laidback vibes.

Roatan is typically people’s first port of call in Honduras, as Roatan has the international airport.

Roatan is the destination for all international flights, as well as domestic flights from the mainland of Honduras (such as San Pedro Sula).

If your final destination is Utila, or if you’re visiting both islands on your trip to Honduras, you’ll likely want to take the ferry service between Roatan and Utila.

A person standing looking out onto the sea as she journeys from Utila to Roatan by ferry

Luckily, the ferry ride is (generally) a smooth one, especially once you’ve read a guide like this one to know a little more about what to expect on your journey from Roatan to Utila.

This guide will cover how to take the Roatan to Utila ferry, including how to plan your ferry trip, ferry schedules and costs, how to book tickets, and what the ferry crossing is like. 

Let’s get into it!

Planning Your Roatan to Utila Ferry

Walking towards the ferries, two boats on either side of a dock on a sunny day in Honduras

First of all, you’ll want to see when you are flying into Roatan and see how that affects your travel plan.

There is only one ferry per day to Utila from Roatan via the Utila Dream ferry company.

At present, if you are flying from the United States, there are two airlines that have daily arrivals in Roatan: United Airlines and American Airlines.

The United Airlines flight arrives at 11:30 AM, leaving you ample time to arrive at the ferry terminal before 2 PM.

If you are flying on the American Airlines flight, you arrive just before 1 PM, making it a real squeeze to try to get to the ferry terminal by 2 PM.

Sometimes, Delta Airlines will also fly to Roatan, arriving at 12:20 PM. I think that’s just enough time to make it as well, but the American Airlines connection would likely be too tight.

Personally, when I planned my Roatan trip, I took the United flight, but I wasn’t sure how long it would take to get through customs in Honduras or transfer to the ferry terminal.

The Roatan airport arrival area

I have travel anxiety and don’t like tight travel times, as a small delay can derail quite a bit, so the way I ended up planning my Bay Islands itinerary was a little different.

We arrived in Roatan and spent 3 nights there, took the ferry to Utila and spent 3 nights there, and then returned to Roatan for our final 3 nights enjoying all the fun things to do in Roatan.

However, that wasn’t exactly the most convenient, as we had to move around quite a bit, and because of our travel days, that limited our diving time in Roatan and Utila as well.

Allison Green sitting on dive boat wearing a wetsuit in Utila Honduras

I also missed out on a few of the fun things to do in Utila, like visit Water Cay, because of this.

Knowing what I know now, about how the Roatan airport works and how quickly I can expect to move through it, I would feel comfortable going directly from the airport to the ferry terminal on the 11:30 AM flight.

It only took us about 30 minutes to go through passport control, and while we didn’t check any luggage, we saw that the luggage was already unloaded by the time we got through immigration and customs.

It’s about a 5-10 minute drive from the Roatan Airport to the ferry terminal, since Dixon Cove is right next to Coxen Hole. 

There should be posted taxi fares at the airport, but I wouldn’t imagine a taxi would cost more than $10 USD (250 lempira), as our taxi from the airport to our hotel in the West End cost $30 (750 lempira) via a private transfer.

How to Reach the Roatan Ferry Terminal

Bags being dropped off at the Roatan ferry terminal

The best way and easiest way to arrive at the Roatan ferry terminal is by taxi, whether that’s from the airport or from where you are staying in Roatan if you end up starting your trip in Roatan.

​As mentioned above, we weren’t sure about the transfer times, so we started our trip in Roatan, visited Utila in the middle, and finished in Roatan.

Our taxi between where we stayed in the West End and the Roatan Ferry Terminal cost $35 USD (875 lempira) for a pre-booked private taxi.

You may be able to negotiate a better rate on the ground — or not! 

We personally used the same driver who picked us up at the airport, because we found it less stressful knowing our driver and knowing we’d have someone punctual, waiting for us and ready to go.

Business card that reads Omar Tourists Transportation with the phone number on it

If you’re in need of a driver, we used Dario from Omar’s Transportation company for all of our transportation in Roatan (phone number and email on the card above) and highly recommend him.

He was awesome, always on-time, and friendly, and speaks excellent English since he spent a lot of his youth growing up in NYC!

If you’re traveling from the airport, expect a maximum 10 minute travel time between the airport and the ferry.

If you’re traveling from the West End, expect about a 30-40 minute travel time.

If you’re traveling from the West Bay resort area, expect about a 40-50 minute travel time (and for the price to be about $5 USD /125 lempira more).

Buying Tickets for the Roatan to Utila Ferry

The small Roatan ferry terminal with a ticket booth

It’s very easy to buy tickets online for the Roatan to Utila ferry, so I recommend you do that to make sure you have one less thing to worry about before your ferry ride.

You can also book in person at the ferry terminal, but online is easier.

If you know when you plan to return to Roatan from Utila, you can buy round trip ferry tickest.

However, the prices are the same, so there’s really no need to book round trip unless you are certain of your dates.

It costs 1440 lempira for a roundtrip standard fare (about $58 USD) and 1620 lempira for a VIP fare (about $66 USD).

A one-way ticket costs 720 lempira for a single ticket (about $29 USD) and 810 lempira ($33 USD) for a VIP fare.

Frankly, I’m not sure what the difference is between VIP and regular, except that you get a private indoor area that may be a little roomier because only VIP ticket holders can access it.

Note that there is only one return time from Utila to Roatan, at 10:20 AM, so plan your trip accordingly! 

Many flights from Roatan leave around noon, which will not give you enough travel time to check in at the airport

Checking Bags for the Roatan to Utila Ferry

Holding a green bag tag for my luggage with a number on it

If you have anything larger than a backpack, the ferry staff will request that you check it. 

​While the process of checking bags is monitored, I’d still recommend removing anything valuable, such as a laptop or camera equipment, from your checked luggage to whatever you’re carrying with you.

Checking bags is free, and they give you a slip for your bag.

Don’t lose it, because they do check that it matches your bag when you arrive!

The Roatan to Utila Ferry Journey

Allison Green on the ferry taking a selfie

I get seasickness, so I’m always a little worried about how a ferry journey is going to go… but I’m happy to report that I had no issues on the ride to Utila or the ferry ride back to Roatan!

I did take Dramamine as a preventive measure, as I always do before a ferry ride, but the ride was very smooth and I think I would have been okay without it.

Granted, I traveled in May in the most pleasant part of the dry season, where there are very few storms.

If you are traveling in the rainy season when there are more storms (roughly October to February, though more frequent rains can start as early as August), you may have a rougher journey.

The ferry ride is about 1 hour long and is very comfortable. 

There are air-conditioned indoor seating options even for standard ticket holders, as well as an upper-deck outdoor seating option with fresh air and great views.

Interior view of the ferry boat with orange seats and air conditioned indoor area

Personally, I love the fresh air as it helps reduce my seasickness and also the views are lovely!

As you leave for Utila, you’ll pass along the south side of the island of Roatan, so there’s a lot to see along the way.

​Right at the ferry terminal, you’ll see a partially sunken ship, which is really cool to see from a different angle once you get moving!

partially sunken rusted ship as seen from the roatan to utila ferry

Then, you’ll traverse the coast of Roatan for about 10 minutes, admiring the island views, before you head to the open sea. 

After about 50 minutes, Utila is visible in the distance: you’ve nearly made it!

Some Tips for a Smooth Journey

Keep in holidays and peak travel times in mind.

Person sitting on the boat

We had lots of space, but we were traveling in May (no American holidays where lots of families may be traveling) and not during a high period.

One time to look out for is Semana Santa (the week surrounding Easter), where people from mainland Honduras, Mexico, and Central America tend to travel in higher volumes.

If you are traveling during a high period such as Semana Santa, Christmas, etc. you’ll definitely want to buy your tickets ahead of time, and you may want to pay a few extra dollars for VIP to give yourself a bit more space.

Since there’s only one daily departure… if you don’t get a ticket, you don’t go!

Book your ticket carefully.

The ferry boat in Roatan Honduras

One thing that’s a bit funky about the website is that it will sell you tickets for a departure that has already passed.

​I was buying ferry tickets a bit last minute, tired from diving and not paying close attention to the dates.

Even though I was buying the tickets at night, I was able to buy a ticket for the afternoon departure that had already left.

I had wanted to book a ticket for the next day.

When I arrived at the ferry terminal, a worker there noticed my mistake and told me to talk to the ticket counter.

They were able to change my tickets in their system, but it cost an extra 50 lempira ($2) per ticket to change.

Overall, it was just a $4 mistake, but it was a mistake that could be avoided nonetheless!

Keep an eye on your belongings.

Our bags at our feet while waiting for the ferry

In general, the Bay Islands of Honduras are extremely safe. 

That said, if you’re distracted by the beautiful scenery of the Caribbean Sea — you could potentially be an enticing target for petty theft.

Don’t leave your belongings unattended to go admire the view or use the bathroom.

Also, as mentioned above, make sure that any high-value items stay on your person and don’t go in checked luggage.

I found traveling in Roatan and Utila very safe and didn’t worry about theft during my trip, but these are precautions I exercise in every single travel destination in the world.

Arriving in Utila

view when you first arrive in utila with dock and colorful buildings and sea

When you arrive in Utila, you’ll see a line of red tuktuks waiting for you — do yourself a favor and take one! If you are staying in the central part of town, as most hotels are, you will only pay 30 lempira per person, a little over $1 USD.

If you have luggage, I recommend tipping your driver an extra 20 lempira per person (a little under $1) or so if they help you with your bags.

We didn’t realize the tuktuks were so cheap when we arrived and we dragged our luggage down a hot street about 10 minutes to our hotel — which was not pleasant at all.

tuktuks waiting for arrival of tourists in utila

​(I have trust issues from traveling too much in Eastern Europe, where you learn to dodge every taxi driver at your point of arrival because they’ll scam you into oblivion).

Luckily, that’s not a problem on Utila — the signs are clearly posted with fares, and in our entire Utila trip, we never once had a tuktuk driver attempt to upcharge us.

Take the tuktuk, trust me!

Can You Fly from Roatan to Utila?

Walking towards the ferries, two boats on either side of a dock on a sunny day in Honduras

While you can fly from Roatan to Utila, I don’t recommend it — it’s huge waste of carbon emissions for such a short flight, especially when there’s an easy ferry solution.

Plus, with only one daily departure directly between Roatan and Utila, at 8:10 AM, it’s unlikely that it’ll line up conveniently with your flight from another place.

Most American airlines, such as United Airlines, Delta Airlines, etc. tend to land around noon — meaning you’d have to wait for the next day to fly onwards to Utila.

25 Epic Landmarks in Venice (+ Attraction Map!)

A high bridge connecting two buildings in Venice over a canal

The unique city of Venice is among the most visited places in Italy, and it’s not hard to see why.

Built on dozens of tiny islands connected by hundreds of bridges (over 400!), Venice is a unique maze of narrow alleys, canals, and beautiful squares, truly like no other place on earth.

The city has a rich history, and as a result, there are countless Venice landmarks worth visiting.

For a first-timer in Venice, finding your way around the city and across the canals can be overwhelming — let alone deciding which of the many churches and palaces are worth visiting!

venice gondolas all lined up in a row next to an old-looking building facade on a canal

We’ve narrowed it down for you so you can streamline your Venice itinerary and include only the most important Venice attractions.

Here are the top landmarks in Venice you should try to visit, including gorgeous bridges, impressive squares, great museums, and beautifully decorated churches!

And that’s not to mention all the great day trips from Venice, including day trips to Venice’s wine country!

Top Venice Landmarks

St. Mark’s Square 

The busy square of Piazza San Marco with lots of tourists milling about in the square area on a sunny day. The campanile (bell tower) stands high over the top of the piazza)

The number one attraction in Venice is undoubtedly Saint Mark’s Square or Piazza San Marco!

In fact, except for Venice’s canals and waterways, this is probably the most iconic landmark in Venice.

This wide square facing the Grand Canal was first built in the 9th century and later modified and paved in the 13th century.

St. Mark’s has been an important gathering place ever since!

Interesting, this square is the only one in Venice called “piazza” as opposed to “campo” — that’s just how important it is!

It’s surrounded by some of the most important landmarks in Venice, including Saint Mark’s Basilica, from which it takes its name. 

Another interesting fact about St. Mark’s Square is that it’s the lowest point in Venice, and often gets flooded during Acqua Alta.

So if you visit Venice during late autumn or in the winter, make sure to pack knee-high waterproof boots!

St. Mark’s Basilica 

The ornate decoration at the entrance of St. Mark's Basilica in St. Marks' Square, the heart of Venice city center.

The main landmark in St. Mark’s Square is the stunning basilica with its golden façade!

The ornate basilica was originally built to show Venice’s power and wealth, hence the massive structure.

The decorations with gold leaf on the façade serve to emphasize the Venetian Republic’s wealth and decadence. 

St. Mark’s Basilica lays atop the remnants of two earlier churches, the Participazio Church of the 9th century and the Orseolo Church of the 10th century.

The current basilica was rebuilt in 1063, but only later was it embellished to its present-day state, adding on Byzantine, Romanesque, and Gothic elements. 

You can visit St. Mark’s Basilica for a small fee or attend a mass for free.

If you wish to enjoy a gorgeous view of Venice from the top of the bell tower, there is an extra fee.

Note: For safety reasons, the tower is closed during adverse weather conditions. 

Doge’s Palace

Looking up at the beautiful pillars and pink stone of Doge's Palace, a popular former palace in Venice that is now a museum.

The Doge of Venice used to be the leader of the Republic of Venice.

That was back when the city of Venice, also known as La Serenissima, was a sovereign state and maritime republic.

For most of its history, Venice was not part of Italy as we currently know it, but rather its own republic. Italy’s republics wouldn’t be unified until 1861.

The Doge’s Palace was the head of the state’s residence and the government seat at the time that Venice was its own republic.

Nowadays, the Doge’s palace is the most important museum in Venice, where you can discover more about the city’s history and the former Republi.

You’ll also get the chance to visit the impressively decorated rooms of the palace, as well as the prisons and the armory. 

The most important areas are the Doge’s Apartments, the Chamber of Torment, and the Great Council Chamber.

Remember to book your tickets online in advance, especially during the high season! 

Rialto Bridge

the Rialto bridge in Venice with turquoise canal and gondolas and colorful buildings on a sunny and beautiful blue sky day

The Rialto Bridge is probably the most iconic landmark in Venice, along with St. Mark’s Square and Basilica.

This large, impressive bridge crosses the Grand Canal and connects the districts (sestieri in Italian) of San Marco and San Polo. 

Rialto is the oldest of the four bridges crossing the Grand Canal, dating to the 16th century.

Before the Rialto Bridge, there used to be a floating bridge over the Grand Canal built in 1181.

This was later replaced by a wooden bridge in the 13th century, to allow locals to reach the Rialto Market, another interesting Venice landmark. 

The stone bridge was built between 1588 and 1591, and it features two rows of shops on both sides.

Like many buildings in Venice, it was a symbol of the wealth the Republic experienced at the time. 

Bridge of Sighs

Covered bridge high up in the air between two buildings, connecting Doge's Palace to a former jail cell area over a canal

While it is now a beautiful Venice landmark, The Bridge of Sighs has a sad story behind it.

It used to be crossed by convicts on their way to prison, because the Bridge of Sighs was a fully enclosed bridge that connected the New Prisons and the interrogation rooms in the Doge’s Palace.

According to stories, the prisoners would take one last look at Venice through the bridges’ windows and sigh — hence the name. 

The bridge is part of the Doge’s Palace, so the only way to cross is to visit the palace.

However, you can admire it from the outside when crossing Ponte della Paglia. 

Ca’ Rezzonico 

Large white marble palace facing a canal, with bridges between it and another structure, on a sunny day in Venice.
Photo Credit: Didier Descouens, CC BY-SA 4.0, Wikimedia Commons

Venice is filled with magnificent palaces housing impressive art collections, and Ca’ Rezzonico is one of them!

You’ll notice many important attractions in Venice with names that start with Ca’. This is the abbreviation of Casa and is a term used to indicate palaces!

Ca’ Rezzonico is an 18th-century palace facing the Grand Canal and housing many artworks by important Venetian artists, both paintings and sculptures.

The palace is beautifully decorated with frescoes and displays pieces of original furniture.

Ca’ Pesaro

Ca’ Pesaro is another awe-inspiring Venetian palace, which is now housing the International Gallery of Modern Art.

The palace was designed in the mid-17th century but was only finally completed in 1710.

Ca’ Pesaro also faces the Grand Canal, with its imposing façade featuring colossal columns and arched windows, so it has an amazing view!

In Ca’ Rezzonico you can admire a huge collection of 19th and 20th-century artworks, including works by Venetian painters and international ones such as Klimt, Kandinsky, Miró, de Chirico, and Chagall.

The gallery takes up ten rooms, each dedicated to a particular artistic movement or group of artists.

Ca’ d’Oro

Marble facade with gray and pink marble, ornate spires on top of palace, lots of archways with crosses and other patterns on them, on a sunny day in Venice, seeing a Venice landmark that is a former palace.

The ornate 15th-century palace Ca’ d’Oro is located on the opposite side of the Grand Canal from Ca’ Pesaro.

The prestigious gothic palace houses the art collection of Baron Giorgio Franchetti, which includes works by Titian, Van Dyck, and Van Eyck.

Aside from the permanent collection, the gallery also houses temporary exhibitions.

The highlight of the whole collection is San Sebastiano by Andrea Mantegna.

This famous painting depicts the saint stabbed with several arrows and is housed in a marble chapel that was built specifically for it.

Gallerie dell’Accademia 

famous accademia gallery in Venice with a yellow building and arched windows

In Sestriere Dorsoduro, Gallerie dell’Accademia is a museum gallery housed in the complex of Santa Maria della Carità.

The gallery houses a rich collection of art from the 14th to the 19th centuries, including the world’s largest Venetian art collection.

The most important work in the gallery is Leonardo da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man, although the drawing is rarely on display, as it is often loaned out or studied.

Even if you are not lucky enough to see this work, you can still admire other works by da Vinci, along with beautiful works by Titian, Tintoretto, Bellini, and Canaletto.

This Venice landmark is absolutely worth a visit — be sure to book your tickets in advance, as it’s a rather popular tourist attraction in Venice.

Teatro la Fenice

The interior of the La Fenice opera house in Venice, with ornate ceiling painting, boxes, and red plush floor seating.

Like the legendary phoenix after which it was named, Teatro la Fenice rose from its ashes twice over the centuries!

The last fire happened in 1996 when all that was left of the building was the exterior structure.

When the theater reopened in 2004, a new tradition was born, and now each year it hosts the Venice New Year’s Concert.

Teatro la Fenice opened for the first time in 1792 and immediately became one of the leading opera houses in Europe.

Despite being completely rebuilt in the 2000s, the theater maintains the 19th-century style.

You can admire the beautiful theater during an opera or ballet show or book a visit to explore the inside.

Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute

Blueish domes on a basilica with other structures on a canal

One of the most important churches in Venice, Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute (Saint Mary of Health) was designed during the 1630 plague.

The church was a votive offering in hopes for the end of the Black Death and was therefore dedicated to Our Lady of Health — makes sense, right?

The church sits at the tip of Sestiere Dorsoduro, and its iconic dome towers over the rooftops of Venice.

Inside the church, which you can visit for free, you can admire famous works by Titian and Tintoretto.

Chiesa del Santissimo Redentore

Four pillars of a church facade that is white marble with a brick church building with domes and spire or minaret-style pillars behind it

Similarly to La Salute, Chiesa del Santissimo Redentore (simply known as Il Redentore, or “The Redeemer”) is a votive church.

This church was built to thank God for the end of the plague — this time, specifically the widespread outbreak that took place between 1575 and 1576.

The building of Il Redentore started in 1577 and ended in 1592, and the design of the church’s façade was inspired by the Pantheon in Rome.

The church is famous for its role in the Festa del Redentore, one of the most important festivities in Venice that takes place on the third Sunday of July.

The Saturday before, a bridge made of boats connects the church on Giudecca Island to the other side of the Dorsoduro district at Spirito Santo, allowing a pedestrian passage.

During the night, a fireworks show lightens up the sky over Venice! If you plan to visit Venice in July, make sure to be around for this event.

Jewish Ghetto 

wooden bridge leading to the jewish ghetto area of venice

More than a simple landmark in Venice, the Jewish Ghetto in Venice holds a significant role in the history of the city.

Although Jews were already living in Venice in the 11th century, they were often scapegoated and subjected to cruel laws.

At the beginning of the 16th century, Venice’s Jewish population was segregated on a small island in the Cannareggio district, only accessible via two bridges.

The so-called Ghetto Nuovo remains the heart of the Jewish quarter of Venice, which occupies a total of three islands.

The most symbolic place of the Ghetto is the square Campo del Ghetto Nuovo, surrounded by colorful buildings.

If you visit the Ghetto, stop for lunch at a traditional restaurant or buy some typical Jewish pastries — they’re delicious.

You can also take a historical walking tour of the Jewish Ghetto to further develop your understanding of this unique part of Venice history.

Peggy Guggenheim Collection

Located in Peggy Guggenheim’s former house, Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, this museum houses an impressive collection of European and American modern art.

The well-known art collector bought the Venetian house in the mid-20th century, and she opened it to the public during her residence there.

The current museum opened in 1980 and houses works by Salvador Dalí, René Magritte, Vasily Kandinski, Jackson Pollock, and Pablo Picasso, to mention a few.

This is among the most visited art galleries in Venice, so it’s worth checking it out if you enjoy 20th-century art.

Book skip the line tickets in advance so you don’t have to wait with everyone else vying to see this popular Venice landmark!

Campo San Polo

large square in venice with church, trees, sunny sky

The second-largest square in Venice after Piazza San Marco, Campo San Polo was originally a field used for agriculture, like most squares in Venice.

The square was only paved at the end of the 15th century and became a gathering place for events like bullfights, sermons, and masked balls.

Campo San Polo continues to be an important location for the Carnival of Venice and hosts concerts and film screenings.

In Campo San Polo, you’ll find San Polo Church, the 14th-century Palazzo Soranzo, and the gothic Palazzo Donà Brusa, which houses temporary art exhibitions.

Ponte degli Scalzi

large bridge over the grand canal, on a partly cloudy day

Another one of the four bridges over the Grand Canal, Ponte degli Scalzi is the first bridge you’ll see if you arrive by train in Venice, as it connects Cannareggio to Santa Croce next to the station.

The name translates to Bridge of the Barefoot and comes from the church near the train station.

This church, Santa Maria di Nazareth, is also known as Chiesa degli Scalzi because it belongs to the Order of the Discalced Carmelites

The stone bridge was built in 1934 to replace the previous metal bridge.

This is a great spot to admire a lovely view of the Grand Canal with the boats and traditional Venetian gondolas gliding along it!

Ponte delle Tette

Small bridge connecting the canal in Venice with flowerboxes and bricks
Photo Credit: Didier Descouens, CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Of the over 400 bridges in Venice, Ponte delle Tette may look like any other bridge, but it has a curious history worth learning about!

At the time of the Republic of Venice, the area surrounding the bridge (which connects Santa Croce and San Polo) was filled with brothels as the government tried to restrict the activity of sex workers to a small area.

At the same time, the Republic was trying to discourage homosexuality, so sex workers were asked to stand at the windows near the bridge and show their breasts to passers-by.

At night, they would stand on the bridge with their breasts exposed and use lanterns to illuminate them.

Since then, the bridge is known as the Bridge of Tits!

Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo

dark blue sky with brick church building in a square

Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo is an imposing church in the square by the same name in the Castello district.

The gothic church is better known for being the burial place of 25 former doges of Venice, along with other notable people.

For this reason, the basilica is also known as The Pantheon of the Serenissima, since so many important leaders were buried there.

The majestic basilica has a beautiful interior with tall columns and a decorated ceiling with works by Paolo Veronese.

A unique feature of the basilica is the gothic stained-glass window in Murano glass — a hallmark of Venetian craftwork.

Note that there is a small fee for visiting the basilica, but it’s worth it!

Museo Correr

ornate interior with fancy square floor and chandeliers and interior design
Photo Credit: Sailko, CC BY 3.0, Wikimedia Commons

Located in St. Mark’s Square, Museo Correr is housed in a magnificent palace built in the mid-19th century during Napoleon’s reign.

The Napoleonic Wing was finished when Venice was under Austrian rule, so the Hapsburg Court used it as their residence when they visited the city.

The museum features opulent rooms decorated in the 19th-century style and houses important Venetian works of art.

The Neoclassical Rooms house sculptures by Antonio Canova, whereas the Imperial Rooms were used by Empress Elizabeth of Austria to display the furniture and décor of the time.

You’ll also find an area dedicated to Venetian Culture, which houses various documents from the city’s history.

Chiesa di San Zaccaria 

rounded structures of a church with gothic styling in a square

Another important church in Venice, Chiesa di San Zaccaria is not far from St. Mark’s Square, making it an easy landmark to add to your Venice itinerary.

The current 15th-century church was built on the site of a former church of the 9th century that housed the body of St. Zechariah.

Originally, the church was attached to a Benedictine monastery, which was destroyed in a fire in 1105.

The most important feature of the current church is the San Zaccaria Altarpiece painted by Giovanni Bellini.

San Zaccaria church also houses works by artists such as Tintoretto and van Dyck.

Isola di San Michele

brick building gate leaning up to the cemetery island of san michele in venice

An unusual sight in Venice is the small island of San Michele in the Cannaregio district, which houses Venice’s cemetery.

The cemetery occupies the entire island, which is located halfway between Venice and Murano.

The San Michele Cemetery was built in the 19th century and is the resting place of notable figures such as American poet Ezra Pound, composer Igor Stravinsky, and Russian-American poet Joseph Brodsky.

The tiny island is a peaceful place to escape the buzzing city and ponder the lives of the important figures who were buried here.

Basilica S. Maria Gloriosa dei Frari

gold light on the brick church with high arched windows in a mostly octagonal shape

Also known as Basilica dei Frari, this gothic church in the district of San Polo dates to the 14th century and houses the tomb of Titian along with many works by the artist.

The church’s bell tower is the second tallest in Venice, after the one of St. Mark’s Basilica.

Inside the church, you will see many works of art, including beautiful sculptures, paintings, and monuments.

Aside from Titian’s tomb, the church also houses monuments dedicated to Antonio Canova and several doges of Venice.

Libreria Acqua Alta

Books destroyed by water at the Libreria Acqua Alta formed in a formation to make a staircase

Although it is not technically a landmark, the famous bookstore is one of the top attractions in Venice!

After many books got damaged during the Acqua Alta, the bookstore owners came up with a unique idea to store books and protect them from future flooding by placing them in gondolas, boats, and bathtubs.

The damaged books were used to create a stairway in the tiny backyard facing the canal.

The spot is now one of the most iconic ones in Venice and a top Instagram spot in the city!

Make sure to pay a visit to this bookstore if not to buy books, at least to check out a unique place.

Venetian Arsenal

Two towers, connected by a triangular shaped wooden bridge, over a canal

The Venetian Arsenal is a Byzantine shipyard from the early 12th century, once the greatest ship factory in the world.

The shipyard saw continued growth for centuries, until its decline during the 20th century.

In 1980, the space became a location for the Venice Biennale, a cultural exhibition spanning a variety of arts, from music and theater to architecture, cinematography, and contemporary art.

The best time to visit the Venetian Arsenal is during one of the many events taking place there, including those of the Venice Biennale.

However, you can visit the area any time of the year!

Murano Island

Blown glass marbles that you can see which were blown on the island of Murano -- a good day trip on a winter day in Venice Italy

Though not technically part of Venice city, the island of Murano is only 20 minutes away by Vaporetto (public ferry) from Cannaregio.

No wonder it (and its sibling island of Burano) are such popular Venice day trips!

Murano is world-renowned for glass making, so the must-see place is the Glass Museum!

In the museum, you can see beautiful Murano glass creations and learn about the history of Venetian glassmaking.

Another way to experience Murano is by booking a guided tour that will allow you to witness a glass-blowing show — or even take part in a glass workshop!

All over the island, you will find many stores selling all sorts of Murano glass objects and decorations, but it’s fun to see the work at its source!

50 Great Quotes About Los Angeles (For Instagram Captions & More)

Los Angeles is a city that takes up a lot of space — both physically and metaphorically.

It’s synonymous with California for many, Hollywood looming large in people’s minds when they think of Los Angeles.

But Los Angeles — or L.A., or La La Land, or the City of Angels, or whatever you choose to call it — has an identity beyond its celebrity-studded streets, expensive shops, and Hollywood business.

Here are a few quotes about Los Angeles — some funny, some beautiful, some slightly negative (I couldn’t help including them — I’m a Northern Californian who enjoys every chance to stoke our rivalry!) — to help you find words for this curious and beautiful California city.

Beautiful & Funny Quotes about Los Angeles

“When I came to Los Angeles, it was the first time that I ever felt like I belong somewhere.”

— Jennifer Love Hewitt

“People cut themselves off from their ties of their old life when they come to Los Angeles. They are looking for a place where they can be free, where they can do things they couldn’t do anywhere else.”

–Tom Bradley

“An afternoon drive from Los Angeles will take you up into the high mountains, where eagles circle above the forests and the cold blue lakes, or out over the Mojave Desert, with its weird vegetation and immense vistas. Not very far away are Death Valley, and Yosemite, and Sequoia Forest with its giant trees which were growing long before the Parthenon was built; they are the oldest living things in the world. One should visit such places often, and be conscious, in the midst of the city, of their surrounding presence. For this is the real nature of California and the secret of its fascination; this untamed, undomesticated, aloof, prehistoric landscape which relentlessly reminds the traveller of his human condition and the circumstances of his tenure upon the earth.

― Christopher Isherwood

“In Los Angeles, everyone is a star.”

– Denzel Washington

“Los Angeles is like a beauty parlor at the end of the universe.”

— Emily Mortimer

“Los Angeles is 72 suburbs in search of a city.”

— Dorothy Parker

“I love Los Angeles. It reinvents itself every 2 days.”

–Billy Connolly

“Los Angeles was the kind of place where everybody was from somewhere else and nobody really dropped anchor. It was a transient place. People drawn by the dream, people running from the nightmare. Twelve million people and all of them ready to make a break for it if necessary. Figuratively, literally, metaphorically — any way you want to look at it — everybody in L.A. keeps a bag packed. Just in case.”

– Michael Connelly

“I love Los Angeles. I love Hollywood. They’re beautiful. Everybody’s plastic, but I love plastic. I want to be plastic.”

— Andy Warhol

“Los Angeles is a microcosm of the United States. If L.A. falls, the country falls.”

— Ice T.

“The best of that So Cal feeling really was something you wished you could bottle.”

― Philip Wyeth

“You’re not done with L.A. until L.A. is done with you.”

― Philip Elliott

“Los Angeles, you’ve got to be more than the sum of your hats.”

― Dan Johnson

“Tip the world over on its side and everything loose will land in Los Angeles.”

— Frank Lloyd Wright

“I wouldn’t leave L.A. if the whole place tipped over into the ocean.”

― Eve Babitz

“The setting sun burned the sky pink and orange in the same bright hues as surfers’ bathing suits. It was beautiful deception, Bosch thought, as he drove north on the Hollywood Freeway to home. Sunsets did that here. Made you forget it was the smog that made their colors so brilliant, that behind every pretty picture there could be an ugly story.”

― Michael Connelly

“The city has a reputation for constant sunshine and warmth, but once the sun is down at night, LA remembers it’s secretly a desert under its newer identity. The cool night air doesn’t care what midday was like.”

― Amy Spalding

“This is Los Angeles. There’s always an alternate route.”

― David Kipen

“Los Angeles was built as a machine of transformation.”

― Dan Johnson

“Los Angeles is the City of Dreams, the City of Angels, a city blessed and cursed with a glorious dream and façade of hopes — glitter sprinkled on top if its sprawling expanse. It is a city without a center, a city with a rich and fabled past often bestowed with nostalgic memories not entirely based on fact; an erasure of memory.”

— Gloria Álvarez

“Darling, in LA, you decide who you are. Every neighborhood has its own culture and population. Once you find the right one for you, you’re home. Los Angeles is a way of life.”

― Cara Dee

“A good part of any day in Los Angeles is spent driving, alone, through streets devoid of meaning to the driver, which is one reason the place exhilarates some people, and floods others with an amorphous unease.”

― Joan Didion

“There are times when Los Angeles is the most magical city on Earth. When the Santa Ana winds sweep through and the air is warm and so, so clear. When the jacaranda trees bloom in the most brilliant lilac violet. When the ocean sparkles on a warm February day and you’re pushing fine grains of sand through your bare toes while the rest of the country is hunkered down under blankets slurping soup. But other times, like when the jacaranda trees drop their blossoms in an eerie purple rain, Los Angeles feels like only a half-formed dream. Like perhaps the city was founded as a strip mall in the early 1970s and has no real reason to exist. An afterthought from the designer of some other, better city. A playground made only for attractive people to eat expensive salads.”

― Steven Rowley

Funny Quotes, Digs, and Jokes about Los Angeles

“Los Angeles is a constellation of plastic.”

– Norman Mailer

“See, that’s the thing about L.A.— When you’ve mastered the art of feeling lonely in a room full of people, that’s when you know.”

― Kris Kidd

“In Los Angeles, everything is 100% organic, except the people.”

― Kris Kidd

“Los Angeles is a city made up of refugees from better cities.”

― J. Richard Singleton

“Isn’t it nice that people who prefer Los Angeles to San Francisco live there?”

― Herb Caen

“I do love America. And LA is a very short commute to America; it’s like half an hour on the plane.”

– Craig Ferguson

“In Los Angeles, one laughs to survive, enjoys oneself not to enhance life but in order to live at all. That society is so vaporous and tenuous that the only alternative to a spiral of loneliness and fear is a self-contained, steady, pleasurably focused attitude. The L.A. cogito: I laugh, therefore I am.”

— Peter Schjeldahl

“Los Angeles has no seasons, so it’s kind of hard to keep track of time here. The lines between spring, summer, fall, and winter all blur like my vision. I get stuck on repeat for different measures of eternity.”

–Kris Kudd

“I soon learned that my dad wasn’t totally off base when he said, ‘Los Angeles is like San Diego’s older, uglier sister that has herpes…. Also, how do I get back to I-5?'”

— Justin Halpern

“It’s [Los Angeles] mostly full of nonsense and delusion and egomania. They think they’ll be young and beautiful forever, even though most of them aren’t even young and beautiful now.”

— Christopher Hitchens

“Los Angeles gives one the feeling of the future more strongly than any city I know of. A bad future, too, like something out of Fritz Lang’s feeble imagination.”

— Henry Miller

“When its 100 degrees in New York, it’s 72 in Los Angeles. When its 30 degrees in New York, in Los Angeles it’s still 72. However, there are 6 million interesting people in New York, and only 72 in Los Angeles.”

— Neil Simon

“I don’t like Los Angeles. The people are awful and terribly shallow, and everybody wants to be famous but nobody wants to play the game. I’m from New York. I will kill to get what I need.”

— Lady Gaga

“Marriages that last are with people who do not live in Los Angeles.”

— Farrah Fawcett

“Los Angeles is a large city-like area surrounding the Beverly Hills Hotel.”

— Fran Lebowitz

“You know, you’re really nobody in LA unless you live in a house with a really big door.”

— Steve Martin

 “LA is the loneliest and most brutal of American cities; New York gets godawful cold in the winter but there’s a feeling of wacky comradeship somewhere in some streets. LA is a jungle.”

– Jack Kerouac

“In Los Angeles, people dress with the deep and earnest hope that people will do nothing but stare at them.”

–Ellie Kemper

“Los Angeles makes the rest of California seem authentic.”

– Jonathan Culler

“The entrance to the Underworld is in Los Angeles.”

― Rick Riordan

“In Los Angeles, by the time you’re 35, you’re older than most of the buildings.”

–Delia Ephron

“The first thing you notice about L.A. is that it’s overflowing with people, tourists, the homeless, the starstruck, it was like an old fashioned boom town, a few ghosts wandered it’s streets but it was still booming, if L.A. lived off the people that were successful, the city would be awfully empty.”

― Jim Cherry

Breezy Los Angeles Instagram Captions

Those quotes all a little too harsh and/or literary for your LA Instagram caption?

I’ve got a few kinder quotes, sayings, and phrases about LA that are perfect for a Los Angeles Instagram caption!

In a golden state of mind

California dreamin’

They don’t call it the Best Coast for nothing

California girls, we’re unforgettable!

Nothing comes close to the golden coast

Welcome to the Hotel California!