Los Angeles

Hollywood Sign, Los Angeles

I am heading to LA tomorrow and put together a list of things to do in the city. LA is such a large place with so many options, it can be hard to figure out what to do. Another issue is that everything is so spread out you spend a large amount of time in the car driving to place to place. You can limit yourself to staying in certain areas such as Hollywood, Venice, Beverly Hills , Silverlake, etc.  But in reality you are never going to be able to stay in one part on town with so many things to check out. I prefer to stay away from the really touristy places, so here is a list of what I like to do in LA.

Hugo’s – Restaurant featuring organic, vegetarian, vegan and healthy options. The menu has so many good things I always have a hard time choosing. There are several locations, but I go to the one on Santa Monica Blvd in West Hollywood.

Food trucks – The food trucks definitely are a big trend right now. Check out the website for locations and times.

 The Edison – This place used to be a power plant back in the early 1900s, but now it is a really cool bar and lounge. The space is beautiful and very unique. If you are looking for cocktails in a fun spot, this is the place to go, located in Downtown.

Melrose Ave – Lots of vintage and thrift clothes shopping located on this street.

Venice Beach – There are lots of options at Venice Beach including bike riding along the beach path, laying out to soak in the sun, people watching and shopping.

Huntington Botanical Garden – Beautiful gardens including plenty of exotic plants. The Garden is located in San Marino which is 12 miles from Downtown LA.

Griffith Observatory – The planetarium offers several different shows Wednesday through Sunday. The views of LA from the observatory are definitely worth a look and there are many walking and hiking paths.

Self realization Fellowship Lake Shrine – A peaceful spot where you can enjoy a picnic in the gardens overlooking the lake and Mill House. Located on Sunset Blvd in Pacific Palisades.

Brewery Art Complex – An old Pabst Blue Ribbon facility that is now converted to studios for artists in residence. Check their website for monthly Art Walks.

LA Farmers Market – Can’t miss the Farmers Market if you are town for fresh fruits, vegetables and artisanal foods.

Here are a few new things I would like to check out while in LA:

The Griddle Café – If you love pancakes this is the place to go. So many pancake options it is amazing.

Clementine’s – Serving locally sourced food made fresh.

Gjelina’s – Trendy interior and creative menu including pizzas and small plates. They use local ingredients and dishes are made fresh.

Abbott Kinney Blvd, Venice – I keep hearing about the shopping on this street that I cannot wait to check out. This is the same street where Gjelina’s is located.

The following are recommendations from a real LA native. If you are trying to keep your budget down here are some great spots for cheap and tasty Mexican food.

Taco’s Mexico (best Horchata) – Downtown LA

Sabores de Oaxaca (cheap and delicious shrimp burritos) – Venice Blvd

Tacos Por Favor (yummy fish burritos, have lots of salsa options)- Olympic Blvd, Santa Monica

Runyon Canyon – Hollywood Hills hiking spot.

While there I hope to find some new cool things that I can report back on.

Any recommendations for things to do or places to eat in LA?

3 thoughts on “Los Angeles

  1. a walk along the canals in venice! and abbot kinney road, as you mentioned already, i loved it there!
    and walking along the beach from venice to the santa monica pier!

  2. and… you should take the subway at least once, the stations are so nice, my favourite was hollywood & vine!

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