Next in the series of city guides is Los Angeles! LA has been a city I’ve been dreaming of visiting since I was a kid. The culture feels laid back & cool. I honestly don’t know how people get things done out there. It’s definitely one of the most instagrammable cities I’ve been too. Somehow, I managed to hit most of the spots I’d been dying to see in person. Surely, this trip wasn’t enough time to lay on the beach all day but it was the perfect getaway. Here are some of my favorites from the city that I visited or heard great things about:
Tart – Tart has the BEST brunch I’ve ever had mainly because they serve FROSE! They have amazing fresh toast, chicken & waffles, and apple chicken sausage (mhmm, my fav). Tart gives the best Cali vibes. If you’re looking for a cute brunch spot, this is it!
Gracias Madre – I loveee Mexican food, and Gracias Madre is even better because it’s all fresh, organic ingredients. They have amazing tacos and guac.
In-n-Out Burger – I was hesitate to put this on the list because who are we kidding? When you’re in LA, In-n-Out is an absolute must. Everything was fresh & yummy. We actually rented bikes and rode up there. So you can say we worked it off in the end, lol.
Alfred Coffee – Everybody knows about Alfred Tea on Melrose, but they also have a coffee shop “in the alley”. They have so many cute signs and photo ops, including the “But First, Coffee” sign that everyone posts on Instagram. (see above)
Verve Coffee – Verve coffee is a fair trade coffee shop, also with very Instagrammable spots. Their downtown location has an amazing plant wall, but the WeHo spot has a nice, clean feel that’s more minimal.
Melrose Place – Melrose Place was the first spot we shopped. The amazing art walls & scereny is perfect for photo-ops. There are so many cute designer shops there (Rebecca Minkoff, Alexander McQueen, Supreme, Aritzia, Anthropologie…to name a few). I love all of the plants and luxury French-style store fronts there.
The Grove – The Grove is one of the most popular malls in West Hollywood area. It’s a great go-to if you’re looking for more main stream stores like Urban Outfitters, Madewell, etc. It’s all outdoors and it’s really pretty! They also have a Farmer’s Market, which I hear has great food.
Paul Smith – Paul Smith is more famously known as “The Pink Wall” because the front is all pink and everryyyyone takes photos there. It’s also actually a really cool store inside, full of home goods, clothes and art. It’s kind of like an upscale version of Anthropologie.
Rodeo Drive – Listen here guys, don’t be intimidated by the wealth on this street because there is some serious money in Beverly Hills. If you’re looking to shop high-end designers, Rodeo Drive is perfect. I wasn’t too interested in spending a ton of money, so I just popped in & out of stores. The creative direction in the boutiques were gorgeous. *click the link to see a list of shops*
Venice Beach – Absolutely crucial stop, if you want to soak up some sun rays & walk the venice board walk. There are shops, restaurants, bike rentals, skate parks, & muscle beach (for working out). So many col things to do. We literally spent the whole day there.
Laguna Beach – Who watched that show? *raises hand* I was obsessed & it was part of the reason I wanted to visit California. Laguna is different from the other beaches because of it’s garden paths & art galleries. It’s also one of the most popular surf spots. I almost tried it but chickened out. It’s the PACIFIC OCEAN! Beautiful but just a tad intimidating.
Malibu – Malibu is a little farther north of LA but the drive & view is amazing. It’s perfect to get away from the crowded city to a more secluded beach.
Be sure to bookmark this post for your next trip to California.
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