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90210 might be the most recognizable Zip code in the world, but don't restrict yourself to those five little digits. Here are other Zip codes worth visiting in Los Angeles.

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· 90036: The Fairfax District includes the Grove, an entertainment complex with dining, shopping and special events, and the Farmers Market, with more than 30 eateries preparing meals from around the world. For culture high and low, check out the Page Museum at La Brea Tar Pits, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Natural History Museum or the Petersen Automotive Museum.

· 90291: Bodybuilders, surf bunnies, tattoo artists and other characters come to play at Venice Beach. In addition to the sights on Ocean Front Walk, Abbott Kinney Boulevard features a host of ethnic restaurants as well as diverse shopping opportunities, such as the artwork of female artisans at Ten Women and vintage surf collectibles at Surfing Cowboys. Stroll the canals for a flashback to that other Venice.

· 90012: This downtown area is bursting with culture and architecture, including the Music Center complex, comprising the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, the Ahmanson Theatre, the Mark Taper Forum and the Frank Gehry-designed Walt Disney Concert Hall; the Museum of Contemporary Art; and the art deco Union Station. It is also a crossroads of cultures, encompassing Chinatown, Little Tokyo and Hispanic traditions along Olvera Street and at El Pueblo de Los Angeles State Historic Park, a former pueblo.

· 90068/90028: Hooray for Hollywood. Blockbuster attractions in 90068 include the Hollywood Guinness World of Records, the Hollywood Museum and Max Factor Building, the Hollywood Wax Museum and Ripley's Believe It or Not Museum. In 90028, stargaze at the Hollywood and Highland Center, home of the Academy Awards' Kodak Theater; Grauman's Chinese Theatre; and the Walk of Fame.

· 90026: Echo Park, an up-and-coming area and one of the oldest neighborhoods in L.A., has many personalities. It's sporty, thanks to Dodgers Stadium; outdoorsy, because of Echo Park Lake and its trails and pond with the largest number of lotuses outside Asia; and culinary, with Mexican restaurants and an old-fashioned diner named Brite Spot.

For more information on Los Angeles: Los Angeles Convention and Visitors Bureau, 800-228-2452, http://www.discoverlosangeles.com.

-- A.S.


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