LA Travel Guide

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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! 

 

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TO DO: 

  • The Getty

    • 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.

  • Venice Beach

    • Shopping and eating on Abbot Kinney Boulevard.

      • Stone Cold Fox

      • Saje Wellness

      • All Things Fabulous

      • Show me your MuMu

      • Principessa

      • Current/Elliot

      • Heist

    • Walking and people watching the Venice Beach Boardwalk

    • Getting some Sun on the beach

    • Renting a Bike or Rollerblades and cruising the coast!

  • Santa Monica

    • The Beach

    • Shopping in their outdoor promenade.

    • Sunset on the pier.

    • The Bungalow, recreate your favorite Hills moment

    • Biking/blading

  • Melrose Ave

    • More affordable shopping (sometimes) and some vintage finds

  • Brentwood Countrymart

    • haven't been yet, but sounds like a fun place to eat and shop

  • Hollywood

    • Nice to take a walk through on your way to other surrounding areas

    • The walk of fame, the Chinese theater as you pass by.

  • Runyon Canyon

    • Sunset Hike

    • Sunrise Hike

 

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  • Gardens

    • 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

  • Malibu

    • 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

  • LACMA

    • Los Angeles County Museum of Art, worth checking out, the really cool exhibits have to be booked in advance, way in advance.

  • Museum of Ice Cream

    • All the celebs are doing it, and you can too, if you subscribe to request tickets when they become available on their website/newsletter.

  • Griffith Observatory

    • Views of the city and The famous Hollywood sign, no need to hike to the sign you can see it from the observatory!

  • Farmer's Markets

    • 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.

  • Flea Market at the Rose Bowl

    • The second Sunday of Every Month.

    • Massive flea market with MAJOR finds i'm sure

  • Vintage Shops

    • Myrtle

    • Iguana Vintage

  • Shops

    • Novella Royale

    • Wildfox

    • Stone Cold Fox

    • Planet Blue

    • Alo Yoga

    • 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!

 

  • Kundalini Yoga

    • Yoga West

    • The Ra Ma Institute

 

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TO EAT: 

  • Bestia: Arts District

    • Modern Italian

  • 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?

  • Gjelina: Venice

    • Italian/Californian

  • 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

    • Impossible Burger!

  • 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).

    • Amazing branding

    • 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

 

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TOURIST TRAP: 

 

  • Santa Monica Pier

    • It is nice to check out the views, but you don't need to ride the roller coaster.

  • Venice Boardwalk

    • Lots of characters

  • The Grove

    • It's beautiful, but just an outdoor shop/promenade with a lot of people

  • Rodeo Drive

    • Are you really going to shop here? no. so why bother

  • Urrth Cafe

    • Please spare yourself. The food isn't good. The cast of the entourage is not there.

  • Hollywood, Walk of Fame

    • Crowded, all souvenir shops.

  • Universal Studios

    • 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.

  • Disneyland

    • 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!

  • Sur/Pump/Villa Blanca

    • 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?

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Did I cover your favorite LA Haunts? Tell me what I'm missing in the comments below.  

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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.

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For all of these spots and more Check out my GOOGLE MAP Saved Places.