How to Do LA Like Cody Simpson: The Musician’s Guide to Los Angeles

Photo: Nick Onken

Those in touch with the ever-changing cast of Hollywood’s teen scene know a thing or two about Cody Simpson. Since moving to LA from Australia’s Gold Coast four years ago, the pop star from Down Under has made something of a name for himself. Career wise, he’s put out four EPs, and his fifth one, Free, comes out July 10. Tabloid-wise, he’s the epitome of young Hollywood, a celebrity status that may have to do with his top modeling, Taylor Swift squad-ing, ex-girlfriend: Gigi Hadid. He’s got many a loyal fan and shares a manager with Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande, so it’s safe to say we can expect big things from this squeaky clean-meets-grungy, guitar-strumming 18-year-old. Before Simpson hits the road later this summer, we caught up with the shaggy blonde to get his picks for where to go in his adopted city of Los Angeles. He’s lived all over the county, from Manhattan Beach to Malibu, and most recently set up shop in Venice. Here’s Cody Simpson’s guide to Los Angeles.

Where to catch up with friends:
The Nice Guy in West Hollywood. They have my favorite burger of all time and it has a really old school 70’s vibe. The music ranges from motown to disco.”

Where to see a live show:
The Roxy. Classic rock and roll venue. It’s pretty small but they always have massive bands come and play pop-up shows because it’s so iconic.”

Where to hit the beach:
“Point Dume or Venice. You usually can find decent surf at either and plus there’s always pretty girls at both.”

Best sushi in LA:
Izakaya by Katsuya. The spicy tuna crispy rice is unbelievable. It’s pretty casual and kinda low-key, I’m not really into the fancy places.”

Where to order take-out:
Cholada Thai in Malibu. Almost shack-like vibe on the side of Pacific Coast Highway. Chicken pad thai, no egg, add pineapple, baby!”

Ideal restaurant day:
Breakfast: Malibu Farm Pier. “It looks over Surfrider Point which is pretty fun to watch people logging while eating breakfast.”
Lunch: Café Gratitude. “It’s completely vegan and the waiters make an effort to make you feel good.”
Diner: The Nice Guy. “It’s perfect round off to a day if you take a girl there or go with some friends, best vibe.”

Watch Cody Simpson’s tour diaries below:

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