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?