I just came back from a wonderful trip in Los Angeles and am feeling slightly nostalgic looking back at those pictures. There are so many fun things to do and nice places to see in LA, it is almost overwhelming. Like with all my trips, I do extensive research before going so I thought I would make the job easier for you by breaking down my favourite spots with my personal reviews. Hope you enjoy!
ACTIVITIES IN LOS ANGELES
- Walk Melrose avenue: one of LA’s most famous streets. Great for shopping, eating and having a stroll around. You can stop by Gracias Madre for lunch on the way (review below).
- Visit LACMA: it is the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. One of the largest museum in the US, it is also well known for it’s street lights display outside where you can take amazing pictures or videos.
- Go shopping at the Grove: if you want to be typical LA you should definitely stop by to shop at the Grove. It is a posh open air mall filled with cute shops and food stalls.
- Check out the Griffith Observatory: you can go by car or some people like to hike there though it can be quite intense in hot weather. I have heard that it can be very hard to find parking however we went on Thursday morning and there was tones of spaces and parking was free until 12. You get a beautiful 180 degree view of LA and can even see the Hollywood sign.
- Walk along Venice beach: known for its eccentric and bohemian vibe, Venice beach is always fun to see. There are just so many things going on at all time. From people biking, doing accro yoga, working out to people dressed a bit crazy, it is very entertaining.
- Go shopping along Rodeo Drive: if you are feeling spendy, this is the right place to go as Rodeo Drive is known for its luxury shopping. Even if you are not in the mood to make any big purchases, walking around there is really nice, it feels and smells expensive.
- Go see Abbot Kinney: probably one of my favourite streets, it is again very bohemian but quite cute this time. Tones of small shops and really nice restaurants such as the Butcher’s daughter (review below).
- Hike to the Hollywood sign: you can’t actually hike all the way up to sign but you can find many paths that will take you to the best view of the sign where you can take pictures. Hiking is again another “so LA” thing but it is nice if you are feeling like you want to exercise.
- Drive around Beverly Hills: either drive yourself or if you want to be extra touristy you can hop on those celebrity house sighting tour buses. There are so many beautiful and gigantic houses in Beverly Hills, it’s nice to go see them and fantasise about them.
THE BEST RESTAURANTS
- Tao: fancy pan asian restaurant. They have other restaurants in New York and Chicago. Almost like Zuma or Nobu vibes but bigger. I would suggest going there for drinks first as they have a nice bar while waiting for your table for dinner. The food is good and the restaurant is beautiful. The perfect occasion to dress up!
- Gracias Madre: vegan Mexican restaurant on Melrose avenue. I loved that they had a huge really enjoyable terrace. The food was so tasty and I did not feel heavy or bloated as it is all quite healthy.
- Toca Madera: another great Mexican restaurant, a little bit more upscale, great for night time. I really like the deco with illuminated skulls all along the walls and the beautiful tree in the middle of the room. Though not a veggie restaurant, they had really good veggie option and the staff was very accommodating. It is also a great location just for a drink as they had a big bar area that was very lively and crowded just the right amount.
- Butcher’s daughter: quite well known in LA, this vegetarian restaurant was so yummy. They make their own bread and pizza dough and the interior is really nice and airy.
- Plant food + wine: perfect for date night with a cute little garden at the back. It is the restaurant of the well known vegan chef Matthew Kenney. This is one the best restaurant I went to as the food was elaborate and unique.
- Urth cafe: the starbucks of LA people but better. They have tones of locations around LA and it is very popular but that is because their coffee and food is actually really good.
THE DREAMIEST HOTELS
- Petit Ermitage: charming boutique hotel in west Hollywood. This hotel offer a bohemian chic decor which fits perfectly with the LA style. If you are looking for an upscale one of a kind boutique hotel, this is the one.
- Dream Hotel: this is the hotel we stayed at. It is a new hotel in Hollywood which has a modern architecture. It is great value for money and a good location for a lot of fun activities to do. The staff was not too friendly however.
- Loews Hotel: a really nice family hotel located in Santa Monica. I really loved the Santa Monica area and would definitely stay there if I had to go another time. The area is very nice and relaxed.
- Beverly Hills Hotel: if you want to get the typical Beverly Hills experience. It one of the world’s best known hotel and is great for Instagram pictures with its signature pink and green colours.
- The Nomad Hotel: a great trendy hotel in downtown LA if you want to experience more of the city vibe or if you are here for business. It is close to many fun locations in downtown and looks amazing.