Universal CityWalk

Universal CityWalk Hollywood
Universal Center Dr (map)
Universal City, CA 91608
(818) 622-9841


CityWalk is the outdoor tourist trap / shopping area attached to Universal Studios, and it contains nearly as much glitz and glamour as the park itself, though on a smaller scale. The place is filled to the brim with stores, restaurants, bars, arcades, vendor booths and entertainment, including the renowned IMAX theater with its 8-story silver screen. Next to the upstairs food court, a large outdoor video screen blasts music videos throughout the day. An outdoor stage frequently hosts live bands, the skydiving simulator uses a wind tunnel to, well, simulate skydiving, and the sizeable Gibson Amphitheater is tucked away amidst the sprawl. Also present is a giant gorilla, a ship’s mast, a NASCAR mounted on a wall, the Incredible Hulk, and of course the giant Stratocaster marking the entrance to the Hard Rock Café – which itself contains a sizeable blast of rock and roll distraction. It is easy to kill most of a day in this haven of neon lights, music, food and temporary tattoos, with everything closing down between 8 p.m. and midnight, depending on the time of year. Entry is free, but plan on paying at least $10 for parking – half of which is given back to you if you’re seeing a movie.

The haiku version:

Within you will find
A barrage of light and sound
Try not to go deaf


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  • Ben and Jerry’s
  • Camacho’s Cantina
  • Cinnabon
  • Gladstone’s
  • Hard Rock Cafe
  • Jamba Juice
  • Jon Lovitz Comedy Club
  • Karl Strauss Brewery
  • Loews Theater
  • Panda Express
  • Puccino Pizzeria
  • Saddle Ranch Chop House
  • Tony Roma’s
  • Versailles Cuban Restaurant
  • Wasabi Sushi
  • Wolfgang Puck LA Bistro
By Peter Kimmich

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