This past week I decided to escape the East Coast winter for a few days and head to the 85° and sunny LA ‘winter’ weather.
1. Hollywood sign: One of LA’s most iconic attractions. If you want to get in some exercise while enjoying beautiful views I highly recommend hiking behind the sign in Runyon Canyon Park.
2. Griffith Observatory: The building itself it’s beautiful, enjoy panoramic views of the Hollywood sign and the city. There are hiking trails that lead to the observatory, or you can opt to drive up. The Observatory features space related displays and information…admission is free! A beautiful spot for watching the sunset. (Closed on Mondays)
3. The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) is the largest museum in the western U.S., and home to the famous ‘Urban Lights’. If you can, go at dusk when the lights are all on.
4. Chinese Theater and Hollywood Walk of Fame: I don’t think it could get anymore touristy then these two attractions. It is often very crowded so come early!
5. Venice Canals: If you’re in Venice you’ll have to stop and experience the charm of the Venice Canals. You’ll envy the locals who get to enjoy the views everyday.
6. The Venice Beach Boardwalk is one of the best people watching spots in LA. It is a unique place and I think it’s safe to say you will see it all here…
7. Abbot Kinney: This charming Venice street is lined with tons of local shops, restaurants and cafes…a much different vibe than the Venice Boardwalk.
8. Santa Monica Pier: I’m sure you’ve seen dozens of movies featuring the Pier, it is one of the most popular spots in Santa Monica. Spend an afternoon at the amusement park and before heading to the beach.
1. In n out: Always my first stop when I visit LA. Animal fries are a must!
2. Urth Caffe: One of my favorite cafes to stop at in LA. It is often very crowded, be prepared for a wait. Sitting outside is also a great spot for people watching.
3. Alfred’s Coffee: A great place to grab a coffee before strolling down Melrose.
4. Sur: Most known for the TV show Vanderpump Rules, the atmosphere and food is great.
5. Pinks Hotdogs: another one of my go to’s when I’m in LA. Order the nacho chili dog and fries, you won’t be disappointed!
6. Egg Slut: Quick stop to grab a breakfast sandwich before wandering around Venice.
7. House of Pies: For something totally different to the usual LA dining, try House of Pies. Nothing fancy, just an old fashion traditional diner with great food.
1. Rodeo Drive is one of the most famous streets in LA and worth the visit. Enjoy the scenery and do some window shopping!
2. Melrose Avenue / Place: Melrose is filled with unique boutiques and cafes, I could spend hours wandering around.
3. The Grove: If you’re looking for more traditional shops like Zara and TopShop the Grove is for you. It is an outdoor mall with no shortages of shops and restaurants. A Dominique Ansel bakery recently opened, you can now get a Cronut on the West Coast!
4. The 3rd street Promenade located in Santa Monica is another outdoor mall with great cafes and coffee shops.
5. Melrose Trading Post is a flea market held on Sunday’s at Fairfax High School in West Hollywood, filled with tons of unique pieces.
If you have any LA recommendations let me know!