As part of a recent two week road trip in California, our first stop was LA. We were only there for 1 whole day as we landed in the evening and had a busy schedule for the next 15 days. We had a little help planning what to do on our whistle stop tour in LA as we have a few friends who have either lived there or visited recently. Ideally you would need a good week or so in such a big city with so much to see but, if like us, you only have a limited amount of time, here’s what to do…
Get up bright and early and head to the famous Venice Beach for a stroll past muscle beach, along the skater lined beach boardwalk to Santa Monica pier. We were staying in West Hollywood so we drove via Beverly Hills to stare at some beyond gorgeous houses, it should be on everyone’s list. No visit to Venice Beach is complete until you have either rented skates or a bike, so that’s exactly what we did.
After a productive morning, cycling and walking the 3 mile stretch of beautiful beach it was time for some brunch. There is no better place to have brunch in the Venice than the Butcher’s Daughter. Amazing avocado on toast and the coffee – oh the coffee! A friendly waiter suggested their Angeleno avo toast which was the most unusual avo toast I had ever heard of but when in LA, I thought why not try something different. You would not believe how good this avo, strawberry, corn, burrata and chilli oil concoction was! If ever you get the chance to try this please do!
Next stop of course has to be Hollywood – shiny star studded sidewalks, coffee shops on every corner and obviously the infamous sign up on the hills.
All of the must-see streets are in walking distance of each other – Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood Boulevard and so on. After too many hours on your feet you will need a safe haven to recoup. I love a rooftop and made it my mission to find one with a good view of the Hollywood sign. Mama Shelter is the perfect retreat, cool quirky and has great views of the city. I could have spent hours there sipping the delicious cocktails but we still had to cram in a few more sights.
For the evening West Hollywood is the best place to head to as it has all the best restaurants and bars. It’s also a great spot to stay, it’s still central and you can leave the car there for the evening. After freshening up in our AirBnB we went out for a few cocktails and dinner. I’d heard good things about Laurel Hardware – a former plumbing and electrical hardware store turned funky cocktail bar and restaurant. It was the perfect way to end a day in LA with a glass of pinot and sharing some yummy food.
There is so much to do in this amazing city, these are just a few things that were on our hit list. It’s safe to say I fell in love with LA just a little, I definitely have unfinished business there. It felt like we only scratched the surface of what the city has to offer but we crammed as much in as possible while we were there.
Has anyone else got any LA recommendations? I am already starting to plan my next visit!