Last week – I jetted off to the City of Angels, aka, Los Angeles for work. LA has become one of my favourite cities to travel to after having gone there almost 5 times in 2018, which is why I wanted to now create this LA travel guide & diary for you guys!
After spending a good amount of time there, I have been able to build a list of places to go, from restaurants to cafe’s, to sight-seeing, that I feel are a must-see when visiting LA. Whether you are going for a week or just a few days, this guide will have everything you need to feel like a local & see all of the trendy spots.
I honestly could have put so many more options on this list, but wanted to keep it down to my favourites right now!
So, let’s get into it the LA travel guide!
Is an LA travel guide complete without the best shopping areas to check out?
Shopping / trendy areas to walk around:
• Melrose Ave – located in West Hollywood, Melrose ave. is definitely my favourite spot to hangout at. From cafe’s to shopping, this street has everything you need to spend a typical LA afternoon. You will pass by everything from the Glossier store to high-end shops like Zimmerman. The window shopping is MAJOR to say the least. It’s also home to my absolute favourite coffee shop, which we will get to in a bit 😉
• Melrose Trading Post (every Sunday) – located right on Melrose Ave, every Sunday there is a really amazing flea market held there called the Melrose Trading Post. It’s not your typical flea market with flowers & fresh vegetables, but rather, a market with thrift-style clothing, jewelry and home-goods that you can’t find anywhere else. Whether you just want to walk around or hunt down a really cool graphic tee, this is the perfect Sunday spot to be at in LA.
• Beverly Hills (Rodeo Drive) – When I first walked down Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, it truly felt like another planet. With the palm tree’s lining the street and the luxurious shops, it felt like something out of a movie set! Besides the high-end stores, they also have stores like ‘Sephora’ and ‘& Other Stories’ in the area as well, so it’s another great spot to do some shopping!
• Beverly Hills Hotel (Cafe) – Next up for my LA travel guide is the “restaurants” category. If you want to do some celebrity sighting and have the most amazing truffle fries you have ever tasted, I highly recommend going to the Beverly Hills Hotel (the cafe) for lunch. The cafe is open to the public and is a truly iconic hotel in LA. While we were there this past week, we walked up and the Jonas Brothers were there (my 13 year old self was screaming!). It is definitely a more pricey brunch/lunch option, but is worth it for an amazing experience!
• Catch LA – if you are looking for more of a lounge type vibe for dinner, Catch is definitely a great option. It is a seafood restaurant located in West Hollywood and has everything you would want in an LA night-life experience. It’s the perfect spot to go with friends for a drink and some amazing food!
• Gracias Madre – another West Hollywood restaurant, but with a vegan, Mexican food menu. If you like tacos, this is the spot to be at! It has a huge outdoor patio and is a really cool spot for lunch or dinner.
• The Butcher’s Daughter– we can’t forget about an amazing brunch option & LA is home to many! But, one of my favourites has to be The Butcher’s Daughter in Venice Beach. It’s perfect for a Saturday/Sunday morning because you are right near the beach & along a really cute street (Abbot Kinney blvd.) with tons of shops!
• Alfred Coffee – Probably my favourite part of my LA travel guide is the coffee shop category. Remember that coffee shop that I mentioned was my favourite on Melrose Ave.? Well, his name is Alfred Coffee & I SWEAR, if you go to LA and are into a good coffee shop, this is the spot to be at. It is home to probably the best iced vanilla latte I have ever had & also has the cutest aesthetic inside. It also has an outdoor patio, perfect to sit and do some people watching on Melrose Ave.
• Carrera Cafe – this past trip was my first time trying out Carrera Cafe (also located on Melrose Ave.)! It was maybe the coolest cafe I have ever been to because you can get personalized latte art. I, of course, had to go with something fashion related and this LV print art was just too good to pass up. & so photo-worthy!
• Urth Caffe – Urth is a super trendy spot which is definitely somewhere that all the locals hang out at (also on Melrose Ave. – can you see a trend here?). It has organic smoothies, bubble tee’s, juices & healthier food options (also the BEST avocado toast). The outdoor patio is perfect on a nice day (aka everyday in LA).
• Venice Beach Boardwalk – although not a spot for everyone, it is a must-see when you go to LA. Venice Beach Boardwalk is home to a lot of art, culture, cannabis lol, & street performances right along the boardwalk of the beach. There are shops all along the boardwalk with more “touristey” type items & restaurants with outdoor patios. It is also the perfect spot to hop on a “Byrd” which are electric scooters you can ride all around LA. Simply setup your credit card, hop on and go for a ride along the boardwalk!
• Santa Monica Pier – Last but not least on the LA travel guide is the Santa Monica Pier. The pier has a full beach & amusement park, featuring its iconic ferris wheel. There are tons of restaurants in the area near the beach, with specialties of seafood cuisines. Also, you might even spot the cutest seals swimming along the pier!
Alright guys – that marks the end of my LA travel guide! I hope this can help you guys with some spots to check out on your next trip to LA. I will definitely do a part 2 of this if you guys enjoy it, where I can feature a whole new list of places to see!
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