Los Angeles Travel Diary

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Last August we traveled to Los Angeles and it was such a great trip! If you're planning on visiting LA soon here was our travel itinerary for the  amazing week we spent there. 


After checking into our hotel we went straight to The Grove which is an outdoor shopping mall. They had stores such as Topshop, Anthropologie, Brandy Melville, Illesteva, and Elizabeth & James. As for sweet treats they had See's Candies as well as a food market with every kind of cuisine imaginable from sushi to burgers, they had it all. 


After The Grove we headed over to Amoeba Music which was right nearby and this had to be my favorite part of the trip! They had records and CDs galore with posters covering the entire store and all kinds of band merchandise everywhere - it was HEAVEN. So good we even went back for a second time!


Melrose Avenue was the shopping destination I was most looking forward to. It has one of a kind shops like Reformation, Nasty Gal, World of Vintage T-shirts, and Bookmarc while also offering higher end shopping like Zimmermann, Isabel Marant, and other designer labels - something for everyone. Alfred's was another location we were excited to try as it seems to be a celeb favorite (including Harry Styles) for their caffeine fix! Let me tell you it was pretty amazing coffee and they also recently opened Alfred Tea Room which was adorable with pink interior and amazing chai tea lattes!


Venice Beach was another favorite location for it's shopping, dining, and skater boys... We started on Abbot Kinney that is home to boutique style stores that offer one of a kind pieces. As for dining we stopped at The Butcher's Daughter and had an amazing avocado toast and also went to Lemonade to try their seasonal lemonade flavor of course! Then we walked down to the actual beach which is home to even more shops and the skate park where we spent a good couple of hours admiring the skaters. As luck would have it Hailey Baldwin was shooting a campaign as we were there  and it was such a surreal experience all around!


Nikki wrote a whole post dedicated to them here, but I highly recommend checking out if any cool gigs are happening while you're in town because literally every band makes a stop in LA! 



This was another stand out memory from the trip because coming from South Florida we have nothing like these hiking trails here! The weather was perfect that you don't even break a sweat, you're able to enjoy the scenery, and you are graced with perfect views of the Hollywood sign. Also, when you reach the top you arrive at the Griffith Observatory which is a popular tourist attraction with free admission and an array of space and science related displays. Thanks to the movie 'La La Land' this appears to be an amazing date night location as well! To reward yourself for your hard work treat yourself to amazing coffee and a pastry at The Trails which is a cute cafe at the bottom of the hike!


Not much to explain about these two, except that it would be a sin to visit LA without ordering burgers and shakes from these fast food joints!


Later on in the day we visited The Broad which is a contemporary art museum with free admission. Then 15 minutes away is Dodgers stadium where we attended a game and it was such an amazing experience!



We made reservations for brunch one morning at the Chateau Marmont which is another celebrity hot spot. The architecture makes it feel like a castle and the inside was eerie yet very fancy at the same time. It was quite the experience and one I'll never forget. 


After eating at the Chateau we headed over to the infamous Rodeo Drive to explore shops from Chanel to YSL. It was such a beautiful spot even though it wasn't realistic to browse those kinds of stores but the next street over had more reasonably priced boutiques! 


 Downtown LA had such a cool vibe with amazing stores like Acne Studios, BNKR, and The Last Bookstore (a vintage looking book store which also carried a vast amount of records as well). It is also home to the Grand Central Market which carries all sorts of food stands from breakfast foods to big savory meals and sweet treats this place had it all!


This was my favorite museum as it had all sorts of exhibits going on. They had contemporary pieces as well as classic paintings from Van Gogh and Monet. Also they displayed Renaissance decor throughout that reminded me of The Met in New York. Such a beautiful museum - I highly recommend visiting!


Every Sunday the Fairfax Flea Market takes place and it is filled with vintage clothing, jewelry, antiques, records and so much more. There were countless tents set up with all sorts of merchandise and we spent a good couple of hours browsing throughout it. There was also a farmers market for dining and there was even a local band that was performing, it was the perfect way to spend a Sunday morning! 


At Santa Monica we shopped at the 3rd Street Promenade which was another outdoor shopping center. Then we went to the Santa Monica Pier and embraced the tourist attraction.


Lastly, our final and in my opinion best meal of the trip was at Pink Taco. It was AMAZING Mexican food and I could've ordered one of everything on that menu it all sounded so delicious!!

I loved LA and hope to return in the near future! 
All images are our own.


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