Hey babes! Happy Friday! I’m so excited to be writing part 2 of my LA travel guide… The first part, a 3-day guide to Long Beach, went up a few days ago and now I have what you’ve all been waiting for… A weekend guide in Los Angeles!
Where to Stay
If you’re looking to stay out of the hustle and bustle of DTLA, look towards the suburbs of LA. We stayed at the Renaissance Los Angeles and let’s just say, it was incredible! The hotel is super upscale, with bright blue lions greeting you at the entrance. The views from the rooms are ah-mazing and overall it was a great experience. 10/10 recommend!
What to See
Let’s get tourist-y! Obviously LA is full of tourist destinations, and we visited every last one of ’em. Though I know many aren’t super keen on visiting jam-packed destinations, I love to grab the “postcard” picture + visit the tourist spots. With that being said, we went to all of the typical spots; the Hollywood Sign, Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Griffith Observatory (my personal fav!), Madame Tussaud’s… The list goes on and on!
The Hollywood Walk of Fame should definitely be on your bucket list, that is if it’s not already. Though it’s full of tourists and entertainers, it makes for a pretty cool stroll. Right at the beginning of the walk is Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum, which I highly recommend going to!
Want to visit the Griffith Observatory but don’t want to pay for the uber or parking? Well, you’re in luck! There’s a free parking lot at the end of the Observatory. It’s a little less than a mile of walking to get to the top, but the views along the way are spectacular! It’s definitely worth it. Another tip — visit the Observatory early! We went around 11am, and hardly shared the views with anyone.
The Santa Monica pier is a gorgeous place to visit! Though it was insanely rainy our last day, we made a point to stop by anyways. There’s the cutest (and most fun!) arcade sitting on the pier that’ll take you directly back to your childhood. Plus, it was the perfect place to spend a rainy day at! If you get the chance to go on a sunnier day, definitely set aside a few hours to grab a coffee, play at the arcade, take in the views and grab some dinner at the oceanside restaurant.
What to Eat
Casa Ado, a local Italian piano bar/restaurant on Venice Beach, has the best homemade pasta, hands-down. The local piano player is the nicest soul, and is very musically talented, which makes the meal super enjoyable. At the end of the night, the whole restaurant was singing to Brown Eyed Girl. It was fantastic.
If you follow the foodie scene then you know that Eggslut was an obvious breakfast choice! Visiting the Venice Beach location was pretty busy, though that’s probably our fault for going at noon. But the 20ish minute wait was well worth it, the sandwiches were amazing. If you’re in LA, definitely try to stop out there!
We made a quick stop at The Juicery and got shots of collagen and dragon fruit coconut. Though we only picked up a few mini bottles, I’d definitely purchase bigger bottles from the Juicery as well! We also went to Cafe
Mel’s Drive In off of Sunset Boulevard is a throwback to the 50s, complete with onion rings, burgers and, of course, milkshakes! If you ask me, I felt like it was straight out of Pop’s… Riverdale, anyone? The food was great, the jukebox was eclectic and the atmosphere was so unique! This was probably some of the best food we ate on the trip.
Last but not least, on Sunday morning we stopped at Smorgasburg, LAs food “festival” that happens every Sunday. I would highly, highly recommend going here! It’s in DTLA, so a bit of a drive, but it is so worth it. Considering we wanted to try a bit of everything, we picked out a lot of different items.
I got a few french macarons, Rose Almond and Sparkleberry from Bumble Crumpets, which were easily the best macarons I’ve had. From Offshore Tea House, I tried hibiscus tea with CBD oil! It was super good, and the CBD actually helped with some muscle soreness. We ordered barbequed chicken from Black Sugar Rib Co., and holy moly, ya’ll I know I keep saying this, but it was the best chicken of my life! We also had bubble waffles, Mediterranean tacos
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Thanks so much for reading,