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Studio City has a ton of great parks, but North Valleyheart Riverwalk beats others hands down when it comes to environmental friendliness. This is one of the few places in LA where you can see great strides being taken to achieve a greener community, plus there’s a great trail to follow for exploring the area.

Experience the revitalization of the Los Angeles River by taking a stroll along this 1.9 mile stretch in Studio City, flanked by two small parks. Enter from the Laurelgrove Avenue Footbridge at the intersection with Valleyheart Drive, the latter of which runs parallel to the L.A. River in the San Fernando Valley. You’ll encounter treasures such as Great Toad Gate, Valleyway Greenway, Rattlesnake Wall, and Butterfly Garden.

Studio City, just over the hill from the Hollywood bustle, is a quaint neighborhood with tree-lined residential streets and trendy dining. Lively Ventura Boulevard offers several classic sushi houses, plus small-plates spots and stylish gastropubs. Locals hit Wilacre Park for woodsy hiking trails with panoramic Valley views. The CBS Studio Center dates back to silent film era and gives the neighborhood its name.

Nestled between Sherman Oaks and North Hollywood, Studio City has over the years become the Valley’s answer to style, charm, and a top shopping / dining destination. With most shops settling on or around Ventura Blvd. between Coldwater Canyon and Vineland Ave., there are a few exceptions that lay off the boulevard and offer residents and visitors great shopping. Brimming with stylish boutiques, delicious eateries and unique stores, below are our picks for the best shopping Studio City has to offer.

If you have never been to Southern California, then this a must-see stop. The Universal Studio Tour is unlike any tour you have ever been on, because it is an interactive experience. You won’t just sit in a tour bus and see things go by; your video guide will be Jimmy Fallon, and you’ll feel like you’re actually in the movie. This tour is held on the iconic Universal Studios lot, which covers four acres and more than 13 city blocks, so there’s plenty of time for lots of action.

After the tour, since you’re in that part of the city, you must give the Universal CityWalk a try. It is the perfect spot to get your fill of fan memorabilia, as well as sample some great food. One of the best Hard Rock Cafés is located there, as well as tons of cool shops that are all related to classic television and film. It’s perfect for any movie buffs who are looking to swat up on more trivia.

Every Sunday from 8am to 1pm, The Studio City Farmers’ Market is held on Ventura Place, between Laurel Canyon Blvd and Radford Ave. Not only is this an awesome place to go for fresh fruits and vegetables, but all profits are given back to the community. It’s the perfect family outing as there is a petting zoo, pony rides, a train ride and face painting on offer.

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