So. I’m doing a really bad job at chronologically recounting our Californian road trip as today’s post will cover our last stop in Los Angeles. But Los Angeles got me really excited so here you go.
And let me tell you one thing. I freakin’ loved it. And I would never have thought that I would.
You know how some people will tell you how big and dispersed the city is, how traffic is terrible at all times of the day and how everyone seems superficial and stuff? While the two first points kiiiiind of might be true I wouldn’t agree to the last one.
What really is amazing about LA is the weather. The sun shined E-V-E-R-Y-D-A-Y.
Also, there are nice neighborhoods and parts of the city such as Venice Beach, close-by Santa Monica, Silver Lake or Downtown with Little Tokyo and Koreatown. Overall, I just think that Los Angeles is so unique and unlike any other place I’ve ever visited before. I’m talking about those entertainment and showbiz vibes, you can’t miss them. I jokingly said to Philipp that basically every waiter/waitress we had at the nicer restaurants seemed to be either a model or an aspiring actor/actress. So many people just had this creative aura about them that I found HIGHLY intriguing. Also, having worked in advertising before I was particulary suprised to find out that basically all OOH advertising was related to movies, films, new series or any other type of entertainment related topic. I loved those creative vibes. A LOT. It’s difficult to explain. Philipp and I were even talking if LA would be a city we could see ourselves living in. While he clearly said no, I clearly said yes. I could run into some trouble, however, as I HATE driving. And without driving I’d basically be bound to stay at our (imaginary) LA house forever.
You’ve read up until this point (PROPS to you), so let’s get started with the photo show, shall we? Disclaimer: While I seemed to only take photos of food when we were in SF, I barely took any of that nature in LA. I will tell you where we had great food though so don’t you worry.
Venice Beach LOVE
I freakin’ loved Venice Beach. If you ever find yourself in the area, obviously check out the tourist musts like the canals, the beach, the muscle gym (haha), go for a stroll or bike along the Ocean Front Walk. Definitely also check out Abbot Kinney Boulevard, which must me the best and cutest street ever. The stores there are all super pretty. You’ll definitely want to stop at the following places:
- Salt+Straw for amazing ice cream
- Gjelina for a cool Italian-inspired dinner à deux, they have a beautiful patio. It’s a popular spot so reserve ahead.
- Intelligentsia Coffee for a good ol’ cup of coffee
- The Butcher’s Daughter for a light lunch
- Shop for fancy healthy snacks at Erewhon and maybe spot a celeb or two
Bottom line: You can easily spend all day in Abbot Kinney Boulevard alone. GO.
Grab a bike for the day and ride all the way to Santa Monica, it’s absolutely worth it!
The Griffith Observatory and the freakin’ Hollywood Sign
Doing the Fern Dell Trail up to the Griffith Observatory is a nice way to “get out” of the city and see some nature. Fuel up before the walk in the cute Trail Café, their homemade lemonades and pastries are great. The views up there are amazing, too. Also, I don’t know about you but similarly to when I see the Eiffel Tower in Paris seeing the Hollywood sign excited me a lot! It is one of those things that you’ve often seen in movies and on photos and seeing it IRL was just so cool.
Have a lovely rest of your week!