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LA Recap

This past week, I visited LA for the second time and got to experience a few things I didn’t get a chance to do the first time around.  It was a super fun time, and just like my Miami travel post, I couldn’t leave you all hanging without a few tips and recommendations to get you around the beautiful city of LA!

 

NAVIGATION

Dining

Shop

Museums

Beach

Nightlife

Feeling Active?

Walls of LA

 

 

Dining

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Cafe Buna

3105 Washington Blvd
Marina del Rey, CA 90292
Venice

Ever heard of a red velvet hot cocoa? Well, Cafe Buna has it and believe me, it’s worth the trip! Also try out their seafood and Mexican omelettes. Mmm mmm delicious!

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SQIRL

720 N Virgil Ave
Ste 4
Los Angeles, CA 90029
East Hollywood

If you love hearty foods, try out SQIRL. It’s amazing for your taste buds, but even better for your health!

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In n’ Out Burger

Never go wrong with a simple and savoring burger meal. Plus, they are as popular as Starbucks, you could find them anywhere.

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For Coffee Lovers

Eightfold Coffee Shop

1294 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
Echo Park

A great place to catch up on work, relax, and enjoy a lovely Matcha (Green tea) latte. And just in case you were wondering, they do have marble tables. Minimalist friendly. 🙂

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Alfred’s Coffee Shop

3337 1/2 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
Silver Lake

Looking for a coffee shop with more of an boutique vibe? Try out Alfred’s! You’ll never get enough of their ‘But first coffee’ quotes and artsy feel.

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Restaurants to try out next time!

Salt Air Restaurant

1616 Abbot Kinney Blvd
Venice, CA 90291
Venice
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$$$
Seafood, American
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Apparently one of the best restaurants on Abbot Kinney Blvd.
For a great review of the restaurant including plenty of photos, click here.

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Fogo de Chão Brazilian Steakhouse

133 N LA Cienega Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
Beverly Hills
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$$$
Steakhouses, Brazilian, Seafood
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“The meat to die for,” as one of my Uber drivers puts it.

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Frank’s Restaurant

363 S Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Beverly Grove
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$
Mexican
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I heard they make a mean breakfast burrito!


 

 

 Shop

Here are a few places to browse and enjoy the shopping scene!

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Melrose Avenue

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Rodeo Drive Beverly Hills

N Rodeo Dr, Beverly Hills, CA

Named the second most expensive retail street in the world! (Via Racked)

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The Grove

189 The Grove Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90036

.A cute little area for shopping, going to the movies, eating, and hanging out. They even have a streetcar that takes you through the area!

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Abbot Kinney Market Place

1010 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

.”The market is a day of shopping, filled with hand crafted goods, clothes, artisans, and specialty goods… It’s an outdoor market that takes place on every second Saturday, at Westminster Avenue Elementary in Venice, CA”

If your looking for small businesses or all things unique, be sure to visit this area!

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Beverly Center Mall

8500 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048

.You’ll find everything here. 100% Guaranteed.

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The Arts District

Arts District, Los Angeles, CA

Little boutiques and plenty of artsy walls to take photos in front of. A artsy instagrammer’s dream come true haha.

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For all vintage and quality denim pieces, check out Lot, Stock and Barrel.
The Alchemy Works Boutique

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Third Street Promenade

3rd Street Promenade, Santa Monica, CA

Known as Downtown Santa Monica, here’s another area to meet all your shopping needs. It’s absolutely beautiful at night.

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Hollywood

Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

You can never forget about the famous Hollywood strip! It’s one of the top tourist attractions where you’ll find popular sightings such as the Chinese Theatre and the Hollywood Walk of Fame!


 

 

Museums

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Lacma

5905 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036
AKA The Los Angeles County Museum of Art,

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Griffith Observatory

2800 E Observatory Rd
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Griffith Park

Check out the Griffith Observatory and take a hike to the Hollywood sign!

Griffith Observatory located in Griffith Park, Los Angeles, Califorina
Griffith Observatory located in Griffith Park, Los Angeles, California

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Museums to try out next time!

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Getty’s Museum

 1200 Getty Center Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90049
“The J. Paul Getty Museum seeks to inspire curiosity about, and enjoyment and understanding of, the visual arts by collecting, conserving, exhibiting, and interpreting works of art of outstanding quality and historical importance.”

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Broad Museum

221 S Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90012
“The Broad is a new contemporary art museum, home to 2,000 works of art in the Broad collection, which is among the most prominent holdings of postwar and contemporary art worldwide.”

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Beach

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Venice

1500 Ocean Front Walk
Venice, CA 90291

Walk along the boardwalk, grab some food, and enjoy the sun at this beautiful beach!

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Santa Monica Beach/Pier

100 Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica, CA 90401

Great view of the Santa Monica Pier where you can experience rides on a ferris wheel, performances, and more! This beach has more of a carnival side to it.

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Beaches to try out next time!

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El Matador Beach Malibu

 32100 Pacific Coast Hwy
Malibu, CA 90265
For a romantic and picture perfect scenery.

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Venice Canal Historic District

Venice Canals, Los Angeles, CA

If you like to take walks and people watch, I hear this is a great way to do it!

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Nightlife

The parties and bars here are definitely not the same as the ones in New York, granted, NYC is the city that never sleeps…

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EightyTwo Barcade

707 E 4th Pl
Los Angeles, CA 90013
Arts District, Downtown

Who’da thought that a bar and an arcade would go so well together?

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EP LP Rooftop Bar

603 N La Cienega Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069
West Hollywood

I heard the food is amazing here! Rooftop is a plus; great decor!

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The Bungalow

101 Wilshire Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90401
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 Feeling Active?

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Take a dance class at Millennium Dance Complex!

5113 Lankershim Blvd
North Hollywood, CA 91601
North Hollywood

It can be pretty intense and the class I took (Hamilton Evans) was pretty full, but trust me you’ll feel amazing afterwards!

Check them out on Youtube!

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Enjoy a 3 mile hike at Treepeople Park trail!

12601 Mulholland Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Studio City

“At TreePeople we have the privilege to work in a beautiful natural environment. We are located in 45-acre Coldwater Canyon Park on Mulholland Drive in the Santa Monica Mountains, offering nature trails and experiential education.”


 

 

Walls of LA

For the tourist friendly, check out some of my favorite walls in LA to take photos!

MADE IN LA

8025 Melrose Ave. (at N Laurel Avenue), West Hollywood

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Angel Wings

St. Regis Wine & Liquor, 8401 West 3rd Street (at S Orlando Avenue), Beverly Grove

Paul Smiths Wall

8221 Melrose Ave Los Angeles, CA 90046

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For more walls, check out this article I found on Racked!

Hoping this helps anyone planning on visiting LA for the first time!
You’ll definitely enjoy it, without a doubt!

 

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