Los Angeles City Guide: Sushi, Hiking, Best Beaches

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Hey guys! For my next travel guide, I decided on Los Angeles since, ya know, I live here. There’s so much to do and it was hard condensing this list down to 10 things. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised to find that a lot of these things are pretty inexpensive, or better yet, completely free 🙂 Enjoy!

Grab a coffee at Menotti’s– even if you’re not a coffee lover, this cozy little place in Venice Beach is a go-to for Stevie and I. He always gets the Spanish Latte, and I love the hot chocolate 🙂

While you’re in Venice, take a stroll down the Boardwalk– you can rent bikes or rollerblades for pretty cheap! Personally, this is my favorite place to people watch (trust me, you’ll see some interesting characters!). It’s also a great place to get those cheesy souvenirs for your mom!

Hike up behind the Hollywood Sign- most people think you can’t do this, but you actually can! It’s quite a walk so make sure you wear comfy shoes and clothes you can sweat a little bit in. I recommend going about an hour and a half or two before sunset so you can catch it when you reach the top 🙂 Be sure to bring along a cold drink and maybe a snack for the end! Keep this handy to help you navigate-

Get breakfast at Eggslut in Grand Central Market (don’t hate me- my favorite thing on the menu is called the “Slut”, and it’s so good). The line might be a little intimidating but no worries, it goes pretty fast and it’s totally worth it. If you have room for anything else, McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams is just a couple booths down- their flavors are the BEST!

Getty Center- this isn’t your typical museum. My favorite part is the Central Garden– so many beautiful flowers and a great view of the Santa Monica Mountains. If you’re into hiking/nature, you’ll be really close to the Parker Mesa Overlook too 🙂

The Broad– great for art inspo. They have a really cool exhibit right now called the Infinity Room that looks like a room full of stars! Make sure you buy tickets ahead of time if possible- you can still get in if you don’t, but you’ll have to wait in line. Who wants to do that?!

Drive up the PCH– time to roll down the windows and enjoy that Cali breeze. Seriously guys, the further you drive north, the more beautiful it gets. It’s so fun to do this in the evening and watch the sun set over the ocean 🙂

El Matador Beach- this is where Stevie and I took our wedding and anniversary photos! It’s unbelievably beautiful. It’s very unique from the other beaches in the area- perfect for a romantic walk or a picnic! It’s one of the few beaches where you can escape the LA crowds.

Weekend Activities- If you’re in Los Angeles over a weekend, there’s a couple of weekly/monthly things that are definitely worth checking out. Every Sunday the Melrose Flea Market opens up- they sell everything from clothes to furniture to cute little plants…I’ve decorated half my house from here it seems like! Also, on the first Friday of every month, all the food trucks gather together for First Fridays on Abbott Kinney in Venice Beach. Delicious food, casual environment, and lots of little bars around to go get a drink afterward!

Have dinner at Sushi by H- last but definitely not least, my absolute favorite sushi spot EVER. We never go anywhere else, that’s how much we’re obsessed. It’s affordable, and the sushi is INSANELY good. Make sure you make a reservation, just to be on the safe side. Get the San Vicente roll and the Crab Avocado Harmony if you wanna try the best. P.S It’s totally affordable. 😉

I hope you enjoyed this travel guide! Please comment below if you happen to try any of these or have other suggestions- I always love trying new places 🙂 Cheers!

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  1. Ahhh!! I love this. I’ve been to Eggslut!! Their Egg Salad Sandwich is the BEST egg salad sandwich I’ve ever had (and hope mom doesn’t disown me because she’s always made the best, haha 😉 Why did you and Stevie decide on settling in LA? I live in the midwest and would love to live there (i was born in the wrong state) but it would be hard to be away from family.

    1. Elizabeth, thought I’d throw my two cents in here, because I was in your exact position a year ago! I moved out to LA from the Midwest on a whim last May, just because I was really needing a change and was obviously over the brutal weather, and I honestly have not looked back. Even though it’s far from family, which is by far the biggest negative of being out here (it’s literally perfect in every other sense!), I figured it was likely one of the last times before settling down that I could truly do something for me that would allow me to grow and get out of my comfort zone. It’s such a unique place, with so many different types of people of all careers, so it’s really helped me to discover what I’m passionate about. I feel like career-wise, the Midwest was always a bit limiting, so I’ve definitely been more open-minded than ever since being here. Plus, most everyone out here are “transplants” from other states, so you won’t ever feel like an outsider. And fortunately, it’s paradise out here, so I’ve had tonssss of visitors since moving– I don’t even have time to be homesick! Ultimately, you have to do what’s best for you, and everything else should fall into place. If Cali is calling you, give it a shot! You can always move back 🙂

      1. Hey Lauren!!! I didn’t even know anyone responded until I went to look at this post again to send to a friend traveling to LA! Haha thank you SO much for the advice. I super appreciate it. It helps. I have commitments her and a new job but it’s still on my radar!!! So you didn’t find that ther was too much competition for work? (If you happen to read this again, haha). I’m glad your’re loving it!

  2. ahhh..excited to try these places! I ALWAYS love trying new places in LA… 🙂 Thanks for writin out this blog!You always post yummy food pics so keep em comin!

    And here are some of my recommendations …
    Lal Mirch Indian Restaurant (Studio City) – SO SO GOOD! Chicken tikka masala and their nan bread ..delish!
    EAT (North Hollywood) – Delicious breakfast. Nice outdoor seating. It just gets busy pretty fast on the weekends.
    More Than Waffles (Encino) – Soooo yummy! They have a variety of jams they give with the french toast, so so fresh and tasty. Waffles and French toast are amazing!
    Republic of Pie (North Hollywood) – Very cool vibe and environment. They have bands come and play often. Great pies and coffees! Worth it to check it out 🙂
    Niko Niko Sushi (Burbank) – Its like a whole in the wall sushi place, but SO amazing. This is probably my favorite sushi place. If you go, definitely order the Poki Salad ( the sauce is AMAZING!)
    Hope you check out some of these places and enjoy them!

  3. Thanks for the tips & places to visit! I’ve only been to Cali once before but I LOVED it! I can’t wait to go back!

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