Hi there, daisies around the world!
For my debut post as an oh-so-fresh contributor, sharing my favorite spots in Los Angeles; another city I made my home and own seemed to be very fitting since we are FINALLY in those sweet summer months free from deadlines and exams. When the mind (and the body) are busy with daily occupations and responsibilities, one’s desire to travel, wander around and seek inspiration and fun in all the right places reaches its peak. Now is the time for the ones that are lucky enough to feed that appetite and believe me when I say, Los Angeles is a destination not to miss.
This city has much more to offer than the sunshine, Hollywood sightings and juice cleanses, despite what most Europeans may think so. LA is always an attraction to masses, as it is a creative hub and a meeting point for different cultures, all fired up with the hopes of “making it”, be it becoming famous or surrounding yourself with determined and passionate people from all around the globe. Keep reading to skip the touristy, time-consuming activities and to read about some of my favorite addresses and things to do as an amateur native.
Pass on the crowded Hollywood Walk of Fame and head to West Hollywood to explore the best coffee shops like Verve and restaurants where you’ll potentially meet the cool graphic designer you want to marry one day. For an active start to your day, go hiking in Griffith Park and enjoy the view. Feel the sea breeze and the positive energy reigning Venice Beach and drive down Sunset Boulevard, the heart and soul of L.A’s glamour. Head to El Matador Beach in Malibu for some fun in the sun. With its thriving art scene, Downtown is the place to get yourself familiar with blooming artists and galleries. Go to Santa Monica for the best street art in the city and its cheerful pier.
Head to LACMA to enjoy their vast collection of art varying from Chinese ceramics to the works of Wassily Kandinski. Don’t forget to stop by the gift shop for witty and unique gifts and gorgeous art books. The Broad in Downtown is your address to see the finest works of contemporary art and best-selling exhibitions. Make sure to add Hammer Museum to your list if you are interested in recognizing works that made contemporary art history and exploring new talent through daring exhibitions. Head to Malibu for a day well-spent at the Getty Villa or to Getty Center in Brentwood, home to a collection of finest works by Rubens, Rembrandt and much more.
EAT & DRINK & GO OUT
Have a healthy and delicious meal made with organic ingredients at Joan’s On Third or indulge in decadent brunch in Soho House West Hollywood’s beautiful terrace within olive trees and enjoy the spectacular view while sipping on your morning mimosa. Treat yourself to pasta at Ivy, surrounded by fresh flowers, vivid colors and welcoming staff. If you are in the mood for savory Mexican food and people watching, reserve a table at Gracias Madre. If you have a penchant for all things French, go to The Perch for a late dinner with friends to enjoy the perfect truffle fries, delicious cocktails and the best view in Downtown. For a laid back breakfast, lunch or dinner stop by at L.A. Chapter at Ace Hotel and make sure you try the sashimi at Nobu Malibu. Needless to say, both the food and the view are worth the drive. On the first Friday of every month, Abbot Kinney is home to dozens of food trucks and a street fair. If timing is right, don’t miss out on an Angus burger and freshly made matcha lattes to take the edge off.
Although the afterparty is the real deal in L.A, nightlife can still be a strong attraction for those who know how to look. For a fun night out with drinks and more talking than dancing, head to Ysabel in West Hollywood. Check out Warwick, Hyde or Liaison if you enjoy dancing to hip-hop while sipping on champagne. Dress your best head to Bar Marmont if you secretly hope to run into your favorite actor and enjoy gourmet cocktails. If your understanding of fun involves live music and good company, Vibrato Grill Jazz is the place to catch up on your jazz, paired with exquisite decor and impeccable acoustics.
Shopping is definitely an outdoor experience in L.A. Check out a mix of high-end street fashion on Robertson and Melrose. If you have an insatiable appetite for vintage, What Goes Around Comes Around on La Brea or Resurrection on Melrose will get you the fix you need without a doubt. Head to Fashion District in Downtown to shop from the latest Acne and Public School collections and if you are in wonderful Santa Monica, Montana Avenue is your address to seek heavenly fashion with an edge. Stop by Book Soup on Sunset to find the perfect Eve Babitz novel to suit your mood and head to Poketo in Downtown or A+R on Venice to pick the best gifts, ranging from cool homeware to art books.
I hope you enjoyed my post, looking forward to the next!