I’ve traveled to 25 countries and probably a hundred or so cities throughout my 26 years of life. Although I love to get out of my comfort zone which is Los Angeles, where I reside, I don’t always have the time or money to leave. If you ask any well-traveled person what they do when they can’t get away for a real vacation they will tell you their favorite thing to do is to be a tourist in their own city or state. I’m a firm believer in exploring your own surroundings even if you think you’ve done a lot in your own city it’s amazing the things you can find when you ask around and pretend you’re a tourist. Even though I’ve lived in LA all my life my style, tastes and cultural perspectives are always changing and something that I may have found uninteresting before may seem interesting to me now. Here’s my Best of LA list with my favorite places to eat, drink and shop. Click here or watch the video below. Under the video are links to each place, just click on the name for more info!
Hi this is Nicole Hale, author of the travel blog lifeofavagabondgirl.wordpress.com and today I’m going to be talking about the Best of LA. As an LA native my opinions of the Best places to eat, drink, and shop
URTH CAFFE 451 South Hewitt Street, Los Angeles: Another one of my favorite LA eats it Urth Caffe located in the arts district. This cute café is always busy but the line goes quickly and is well worth the wait. Usually my friends and I will head over to Urth on a Saturday afternoon, find an empty table and enjoy a farm fresh salad and a made to order Spanish latte- my go-to menu items. Urth is the epitome of the LA art scene here you’ll spot some of the fashionable hipsters that make LA such a trendy city.
MILK SHOP 7290 Beverly Blvd:If you’re looking for a delicious dessert to finish off your meal from Urth Caffe or if you just have a late night sweets craving then Milk Shop is thee place to go. Located on Beverly Blvd in the Fairfax district of LA, Milk offers a variety of desserts from classics like a chocolate sundae to shakes, malts and a twist on the nostalgic root beer float. Wide variety to satisfy your sweet tooth cool place to hang out or should I say pig out haha with your friends
Another reason why LA is such a fun place to live is the night life.
HEMINGWAYS LOUNGE 6356 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles: Bars in LA can all be very similar in terms of atmosphere and crowd and usually the lifespan of a good bar is short due TO the every changing nightlife scene. One bar that has lasted and offers a very unique vibe is Hemingway’s Lounge in the Hollywood area. As soon as you walk into the bar you’ll notice how dimly lit it is giving an intimate yet mysterious atmosphere. The walls are covered with books from floor to ceiling which gives Hemingway’s Lounge a bit of old world charm yet you don’t feel like you’re in just another LA bar. It’s the perfect place to listen to a variety of music and enjoy a cocktail or two with friends.
ACE HOTEL 929 South Broadway, Los Angeles: Just recently LA has jumped on the rooftop bar scene and even though it’s a fairly new concept to the younger crowd there are a few good rooftop bars, one of them being on top of the newly built ACE hotel located in downtown. I’ve been here at night AND during the day and both experiences were very different. I would recommend a day time visit on a sunny afternoon when the city skyline views are most visible otherwise all you’ll really see is the good ole LA smog. Since there’s numerous restaurants within walking distance of the ACE rooftop bar the evening is also a great time to go and enjoy a cocktail either pre or post dinner.
While Los angeles is known for some great restaurants and nightlife, it’s also known as a city that offers a wide variety in shopping. The Beverly center and the Santa Monica promenade are 2 of LA’s popular spots to shop but a lot of people, even LA natives are unaware of the great discount shopping this city has to offer.
SANTEE ALLEYS 210 East Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles: Unless you’ve explored the fashion district for work or you found out about it through word of mouth you would never know about the shopping area nicknames the ALLEYS and it’s one of LA’s best hidden gems. Especially for all my girls out there that love a good bargain. The best way to get there is off the 10 freeway and exit Los Angeles street then make your way to 9th street and Santee where you’ll see the entrance into the shops. The Alley is literally an alley way lined with tons of little clothing, shoes and accessories shops along with the odd store or two selling knock-off brand name purses. I often come shopping here when I’m in need of something specific for my wardrobe but don’t want to pay mall prices.
CITADEL 100 Citadel Drive, Commerce : Speaking of not wanting to pay mall prices….. another great hidden shopping gem of LA is the Citadel outlets located right off the 5 freeway in the Los angeles suburb known as Commerce. My mom used to bring my brother and I here to go back to school shopping and back then there was only about 30 or so stores. Since then They’ve really expanded and the citadel now have hundreds of stores all offering designer good at outlet prices. I do have to warn you it can get quite busy on the weekends but I guarantee you will not leave empty handed
So If you happen to be looking for me one weekend in LA I’m probably either eating, drinking or shopping. I hope I’ve sparked your interest to explore Los Angeles, or your own hometown for that matter. If you need more information about the places I mentioned in my best of LA podcast you can find all the details on my blog lifeofavagabondgirl.wordpress.com. until next time