LA Travel Guide
LA LA Land. As a former So-Cal-ian I was always popping up to LA for the weekend and exploring, then my cousin/BFF (@cheeseboardandchill) moved there and I was there even more. Oh yeah and my brother/BFF (@edduff) lives there too, but he is constantly traveling. I feel like I have gotten through a lot of the highlights Los Angeles has to offer, but there is always more!
Definitely a cool place to explore, it's free, but you have to pay for parking. Your parking pass will also get you into the Getty Villa in Malibu.
Shopping and eating on Abbot Kinney Boulevard.
Stone Cold Fox
All Things Fabulous
Show me your MuMu
Walking and people watching the Venice Beach Boardwalk
Getting some Sun on the beach
Renting a Bike or Rollerblades and cruising the coast!
Shopping in their outdoor promenade.
Sunset on the pier.
The Bungalow, recreate your favorite Hills moment
More affordable shopping (sometimes) and some vintage finds
haven't been yet, but sounds like a fun place to eat and shop
Nice to take a walk through on your way to other surrounding areas
The walk of fame, the Chinese theater as you pass by.
The Huntington Library-Steep entrance fee: $25, but GORGEOUS grounds you could definitely spend the entire day here it’s beautiful
The Los Angeles Arboretum: Another spectacular botanical experience a little more affordable at $9
Both of these locations are in Pasadena area
El Matador State Beach-where they shot a scene in the Notebook. Very instagramm-y
Malibu Farm Pier Cafe-Fresh food on the pier
Nobu-to see and be seen
Malibu Seafood-YUM! Best Seafood, seriously
Hike: Corral Canyon Loop Trail
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, worth checking out, the really cool exhibits have to be booked in advance, way in advance.
All the celebs are doing it, and you can too, if you subscribe to request tickets when they become available on their website/newsletter.
Views of the city and The famous Hollywood sign, no need to hike to the sign you can see it from the observatory!
There are Farmer's markets every day in different parts of the city. There's truly nothing better than the bounty of Southern California Farmer's Markets.
The second Sunday of Every Month.
Massive flea market with MAJOR finds i'm sure
Stone Cold Fox
Stag (men’s shop)
Basically anywhere on Abbot Kinney Blvd.
Roof Top Bars
Plenty of rooftop bars in LA, but choose wisely, they can be a bit douchey/pretentious.
Mama Shelter-My cousin's fave rooftop bar that's perfect for happy hour sunsets
BROKEN SHAKER-DTLA new fave. Tequila, chill rooftop vibes with a pool
Edison-not a rooftop, but a cool underground speakeasy. Very aesthetically pleasing inside.
Malibu Wine Safari
Drink Wine, see animals, yes please!
The Ra Ma Institute
Bestia: Arts District
Cafe Gratitude: Venice and Downtown
Organic, Vegan, THE OG of Cali Health Cuisine-get the I am Cool!
Gracias Madre: West Hollywood
The same people who brought us Cafe Gratitude
Vegan, Organic Mexican Food, probably my #1
Amazing tequila and mezcal selection (they even have CBD cocktails, would be more economical to drop your own CBD in there)
Sugarfish: multiple locations
Your outlook on sushi will change (unless you've been to Japan).
Incredibly fresh, authentic and delicious.
Get the Trust me, a multi-course tasting (pictured below) that will blow your mind, without breaking the bank. Service is included in the price of the food.
Herringbone: Santa Monica
Originally my go to in San Diego they expanded to LA and Vegas
Seafood-centric restaurant, the buffalo octopus might be one of my favorite dishes, ever?
Malibu Seafood: Malibu
Fresh, delicious Seafood by the ocean.
Nobu: Malibu, West Hollywood
Hyped. Still delicious, still overpriced.
Crossroads Kitchen: Melrose Ave
All Vegan restaurant
Erewhon Market: Multiple Locations
THE BEST ORGANIC HEALTH GROCERY STORE
Yes it's expensive, yes everything is organic, yes you will want to eat all of their prepared foods/want to buy everything.
Amazing juices here, cold pressed, organic, in glass
Moon Juice: Venice, West Hollywood
Always in plastic bottles (not a fan).
Juices are alright
They are very educational and have many elixirs and the first in capitalizing on the benefits of adaptogenic herbs.
Alfred Tea Room, Alfred Coffee: Melrose Ave West Hollywood
The most instagrammy tea and coffee, but they're actually amazing.
Catch LA: West Hollywood
Good for a cocktail, if you can get in. This is the most recent celeb fave.
Salt and Straw: Multiple Locations
Best Vegan Ice Cream I have ever had, they have regular ice cream too
Santa Monica Pier
It is nice to check out the views, but you don't need to ride the roller coaster.
Lots of characters
It's beautiful, but just an outdoor shop/promenade with a lot of people
Are you really going to shop here? no. so why bother
Please spare yourself. The food isn't good. The cast of the entourage is not there.
Hollywood, Walk of Fame
Crowded, all souvenir shops.
The rides have gotten less physical and more and more digital. Honestly I felt like I was going to throw up the entire time I was there. But I'm also "old" in my late 20s.
I will say the studio tour is cool, do that if you must go.
Crowded and Sweaty. Also heard they are increasing the price to deter people and steer them into reserving specific dates in advance.
If Disney is your jam, then it's your jam and ENJOY!
Please no. The TV Show people are not actually working there.
I got a drink at pump and it was so sickly sugary I immediately got hungover (I also am "old").
Lisa's Son Max served us at Sur. That was kind of cool, but I only drank my friends said the food was horrendous.
The Hollywood Sign
Do you really want to climb a steep incline in dirt, dust and the sweltering California heat to get relatively close to the Hollywood sign?
I recommend viewing it from Griffith observatory.
The Pink Wall Melrose: The Paul Smith Store has the pink wall all of your favorite instagrammers frequent. Take a picture there if you go there in passing. You can shoot with Nothing greater than your phone.
IN'N OUT Burger
I'm veganish with fish person, don't ask me?
Did I cover your favorite LA Haunts? Tell me what I'm missing in the comments below.
Anna's Perfect DAY in LA
and by perfect “day” i mean 3 days because I could never do this all in one day with the reality that IS LA TRAFFIC!
Ra Ma Institute Kundalini Class Before/After
Sunrise Hike at Runyon Canyon
Walking through West Hollywood to get juice from Moon Juice and Teas from Alfred Tea Room.
The Beach, Malibu Beach with Malibu Seafood Lunch (Or Sugarfish lunch if I'm at Santa Monica Beach)
Getting back to the city before Traffic (DREAM ON)
Shopping along abbott kinney or Melrose in the afternoon
Cheeseboard and Chill appetizer-exclusive to those in the know.
Sunset Hike at Runyon Canyon-sometimes you just need a double.
Dinner and agave based beverages at Gracias Madre. (tequila,mezcal not agave sweetener).
Salt and Straw Vegan Ice Cream for Dessert
Dancing the night away at a concert or live music at a bar.
Alternatively hanging with my cuzzy and bro NOT at a bar.