Burbank doesn’t get the love it deserves! As a new-local, Burbank is one of my favorite areas to hang out. It’s quiet, there are always things to do, and parking is free! Maybe it doesn’t have the same authenticity as other local neighborhoods in Los Angeles, but the thing about Burbank is that it isn’t a destination, it’s a back yard.
Burbank isn’t filled with tourists, and it’s not a place that you have to spend money in order to have a good time. I could waste hours in Burbank without even blinking an eye. And did I mention that I don’t get charged a penny to park my car there for hours!? That’s seriously a huge perk in this city. To celebrate my love for all things Burbank, here’s a list of my favorite things to do in Burbank on the weekends.
- Flapper’s Comedy Club
This place serves up some amazing drinks and great food. There is a two-item minimum when you enter the showroom, but you can make it one of their delicious burgers and a beer and you’ve hit the quota without going too over budget. Not to mention their portions.They frequently attract some huge names and just as frequently offer comp tickets to their shows! I frequently check out their twitter page to find their comp ticket offers! This place is not to be missed!
- Steak-N-ShakeAnyone from Los Angeles will probably not be able to fathom why I put this one on my list. This Steak-N-Shake location is brand new! There is one other in Santa Monica, but other than that, this franchise is foreign to the SoCal area. It is not, however, foreign to my MidWestern roots. Steak-N-Shake was a staple of my college career, and I can not fully express how much I have missed their seasoned fries! They’ve recently added a Cookie Butter Shake to their menu, and let me tell you, it tastes better than it sounds.
- IKEAThis probably wouldn’t be my first stop if I were a tourist in Burbank, but it is definitely my first stop as a local. I love starting my days in Burbank at IKEA. Is that sad? I hope not.
IKEA, Step 1: If you sign up for their family card, which is free, they will give you a free cup of coffee every time you visit. I usually hit up the free coffee first, and then wander the show room. It is an expense free stroll through my dreams. I love looking at the adorable room displays and dreaming of the day when I will no longer live in an 800-square-foot apartment with 3 other people. A girl can dream, right?
This place gets super busy on the weekends, so come early or save it for a weekday! Unless you have an ungodly amount of patience, then go ahead and wander in at right around lunch time and see how many steps you can take without running into someone looking at a lamp from the middle of the aisle. Ahh, the city life.
- The MeltDoes this photo need more of an explanation? This looks just as amazing as it tastes, I can assure you. I will be the first to admit that the idea of paying for someone else to grill up cheese and bread is a bit ridiculous. This sandwich, and all the other creations on their menu, are well worth it! This, I will say, is the most amazing grilled cheese I have ever tasted. The tomato basil soup is just as great. Their menu expands to burgers, salads, mac & cheese, beers, and desserts. The ingredients are all organic and made as you order them. Staff is super friendly, they handle the rush really well. It is all around the most amazing place ever. Please stop by!
- AMC’s $6 Movies
Despite working in the entertainment biz, there are some movies that come out that I don’t get invited to see. Huge bummer, right? (Read that as heavily sarcastic. I know how good I’ve got it.) For those movies I can’t catch, I hit up one of three AMC locations in the Burbank Town Center. The concentration of AMC Theaters is shocking, but also super convenient. No matter the movie, one of them will be playing it when I want to see it!The best part about these theaters? Movies are only $6 if you catch them before noon! I see my fair share of 9 AM movies to save a few bucks.
- Music in the PromenadeThere are always an abundance of seriously talented musicians and performers in the promenade. Dance shows, jugglers, this guy playing his own pop-punk ballad. There is no end to what you will see. Spend an afternoon and you’ll have a variety of performers circuit through. Dancers and jugglers usually inhabit the area at night, guitar playing indie-rockers hang out during the day.
- Ice creamColdstone. Yogurtland. Ben & Jerry’s. Pinkberry. There is no lack of ice cream joints in the area, and I love ending my afternoons at one of these spots.
- Farmer’s MarketJust a short walk from the Burbank Town Center is Downtown Burbank (home of the giant Cartoon Network Building) where every Saturday from 8 AM to 12:30 PM they hold a wonderful Farmer’s Market with locally made products and produce.
My favorite thing to grab when I stop by? These amazing dips made by Mom’s Products. They’re to die for. Great on their pita bread, great on red peppers!
While there are so many things to do in Los Angeles, I always find myself coming back to the same place. Burbank isn’t one of those places that I would consider a “local adventure,” because for me, Burbank is a second home. If you need a break from the beaches and hiking trails, how about dinner and a show in one of the most underrated cities in Los Angeles?