Locals of L.A. will wear flip-flops anywhere. And we mean ANYWHERE. Walking around L.A., you’re bound to spot numerous flip-flops on the tanned feet of most people walking down the street. It’s so common, it’s almost a dress code.
Other places might consider wearing flip-flops outside of the beach area to be strange or even rude, but not Angelenos. It’s hot out, and feet need ventilation. What other explanation do you need?
Starbucks: Not What You Thought
When asked "what is Starbucks?" most Americans would probably answer "a place where you grab a coffee." That's a perfectly reasonable answer, but the residents of L.A. would probably say "a place where you see a bunch of aspiring screenwriters trying to write their breakthrough script."
Yes, that's a pretty long answer, but hey – you asked! Well, technically you didn't, but there's no need to be petty.
L.A. folks are not into plastic bags, and if you hop into a local supermarket or grocery store, you'll notice it right away. A true local doesn't pay 10 cents for a brown paper bag – they bring their own personal bag from home. After all, they do need to start saving if they want to be able to afford their regular supply of matcha.
So if you want to pass as a local, or just protect the environment (two equally important goals), make sure to bring your own bag, too. And complain about the matcha prices.
Not Book People
L.A. locals are abundant in hobbies: from surfing and yoga to biking, hiking, and brunching. (Yes, brunching is a legit L.A. hobby.) Some of them even go to museums and watch movies, believe it or not!
But the one thing you probably won't catch an Angeleno doing is… reading a book. Sorry, they're just not into that kind of stuff, ok? They are far too busy preparing for their improv class. Besides, They'll just watch the movie when it comes out.
No Craigslist for Apartment Hunting
If you've ever looked for an apartment in L.A., you probably know that people there always tend to recommend that you use Westside Rentals to find one.
We're not sure why, since eventually most people just use their mother-in-law's sister's son's password to Craigslist and do their apartment hunting there. Hey, why break such a beautiful and ancient tradition?