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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  • 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 
  • 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  

  • 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

  • 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 
  • 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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