Ah Los Angeles, often the anti of New York City- the calm vs our chaos, the west vs the east, the palms vs our skyscrapers, so different to the hometown the I love and yet my heart desired to visit you.
I had been to LA twice before, once when I was 7 and once when I was 12, so definitely not recently and not enough times to be familiar with it. As my hunger for travel continues, I like to throw in a USA city into the mix of all my travel abroad and so what better place than across the country! I was also super excited when my best friend from work (who shares a lot of the same interests as me) wanted to go as well! Took about 1 convo and boom, we were booked!
As with my other travel guides, I’m going to keep it pretty simple and to the point and if you have any questions about anything, please feel free to comment or message me! xx V
What to See/ Activities (to note, these are recommendations based on what we did & in 3.5 days)
Hike Runyon Canyon for beautiful views of LA and a glimpse of the Hollywood sign.
Visit Hollywood Blvd to see the stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (the neighborhood isn’t great, if you’re not dying to see this I would skip it).
Feel like pretty woman and walk down Rodeo Drive.
Feel like you’re in 90210 (the original, of course!) and visit the Beverly Hills Hotel. As dreamy as you would imagine it to be (even without Dylan McKay!
See the light pole statues at LACMA (as seen in the movie, No Strings Attached).
Visit The Broad Museum for some fun art and really cool exhibits.
Day party at The Bungalow.
Where to Eat
Grab lunch at Joan’s on Third.
Grab some ahhmazing ice-cream at Salt & Straw.
Feel the breeze at Nobu Malibu.
Taste the fast food of LA at In-N-Out.
Visit Alfred Coffee for some coffee or a yummy tea! (I got an iced turmeric, lemongrass, cinnamon &peppercorn tea)
Have really great mexican food at the vegan spot Gracias Madre (promise, you won’t even miss the meat).
Treat yourself with an overpriced lunch at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Hey, you’re doing it for the gram.
Good to Know
Ubers are cheap (at least compared to NYC). A 20-30 minute ride will cost you about $10 (depending on the time of day).
Everywhere in LA really does take 20 minutes.
We stayed at the Kimpton Wilshire LA. This was the 3rd time my friend has stayed there and the staff was beyond nice. We were upgraded to a better room and were given a really nice welcome present (wine and treats)! The hotel doesn’t really have anything right nearby it but it is in a good location if you are going to be going all around LA. Their roof is also really cute and you can see the Hollywood sign from it.
Clubs close at 2am (if you are looking to go out). I was surprised by this since in NYC they are open until 4am and you don’t go out until 1am. Trust me I was not complaining as I am usually in bed by 10pm #grandmastatus. There is also literally an alley where all the main clubs are- Avenue, Tao, Highlight at The Dream and Beauty & Essex. This is on Selma Ave and E Cahuenga Alley.
Lobster tacos and tuna fried rice at Nobu Malibu.
Breakfast at our hotel.
At the Bungalow.
The Beverly Hills Hotel!
Joan’s on Third.
Salt & Straw Ice-Cream.
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