So today's post is a little different, I thought I would give you guys a city guide from our recent trip to LA. Travelling is something I like to do as often as I can, as I love to explore new surroundings and live like a local in our chosen destination. I have to say this particular holiday was one of my favourite city breaks we have ever done. We covered a lot of ground in the five days we were there but felt we picked well for the time we were there. The key to making the most of your time is making a list of key places you want to visit and marking them out on Google Maps, especially for a sprawling city like Los Angeles.
Let's start with getting around Los Angeles. Now the public transport in this city is pretty rubbish, it's not like New York with the subway or London with the tube. In LA the majority of locals get around by car, so if you feel confident driving around then I would suggest hiring a car. We decided as we were on holiday and I didn't want to be stressed out from driving, we would get Ubers around town or just walk between places. I love walking around a new city as you come across an interesting side street and you start to get your bearings. However LA was so big it is hard to walk around everywhere and you will need to get taxis between certain places.
Where we stayed
For this trip we stayed in the Dream Hollywood hotel, this was really central to getting around town and we didn't have to travel too far in a taxis to get anywhere. Dream is a fairly new hotel with luxe interior downstairs which extends to the rooms and the rooftop pool and bar. One of the key features of this hotel was the rooftop bar which has a stunning view of the city, I would recommend just before sunset coming here to check out the view.
Tip: Don't book breakfast, they have a complimentary 'breakfast to go' bar in reception which includes coffee and pastries. Perfect pre-brunch food.
Where we ate
Before we even landed in LA we already knew were going to be covering a lot of ground, so had already planned out our days for shopping and eating. Both me and Joe are massive foodies so we were super excited to try as many different places as possible. The quality food was amazing and had a similar standard and variety to what you would find in London. We honestly didn't have one bad meal while we were there. So let's get into the yummy bit!
This was our first stop in LA following a long flight with delays and all we wanted to do was eat and then sleep. It was just around the corner from our hotel and was the perfect first meal for our trip. This place is a chain but certainly does not feel like that. The food tastes delicious, they have a great selection of unique dressed burgers and Jaden Smith recently launched a range of vegan burgers on the menu (very LA!)
Tip: Put this place on your list if you are wanting something quick to eat.
Before our first day of shopping, we headed here for some good coffee and brunch. We visited the Beverly Boulevard cafe where we sat in the window eating our eggs and avocado on toast whilst people watching. This is a great space for chilling and we saw lots of people working away on their laptops.
Tip: Perfect brunch place if you are in a rush, very quick service.
This place is a no-frills New York style pizza place, with generously sized slices. I went for a cheese slice with tomato, mozzarella & basil toppings, dead simple but my god it tasted amazing and at $3 a slice you can't go wrong! This place is a great stop off when shopping around Melrose Avenue.
A cute little cafe located on Larchmont Blvd, just slightly set back from the road. There is a gorgeous outdoor bit with trees to the front of the cafe, where we sat and ate our food. I had salmon and capers on toast whilst Joe had these amazing soft doughy cookies. We loved them so much we ended up having two in the end! I really loved this place and it was somewhere I felt I could sit for hours relaxing drinking my iced coffee.
This is another great place to eat that so many people had recommended we visit whilst down near Venice Beach and it certainly didn't disappoint. We both ordered different brunch plates and a side of thick cut bacon which we both shared with our food. We sat outside on the terrace soaking in the well needed LA sunshine feeling a little hungover from the night before.
Tip: This place is high on the list of places to eat in LA so arrive early and be prepared to wait for a table, we waited 20mins but at weekends expect to wait up to 1 hour at busy times.
We stopped off at one of the Eggslut's (they have a few locations in LA) down near Venice Beach after visiting the beach and the local skate park. This is high on my places to visit as eggs are one of my favourite foods to eat. We ordered the Fairfax scrambled eggs with cheese, caramelized onions in a brioche bun. OMG, this tasted incredible, I would highly recommend this place for a quick pit stop while out in the day. They also have a stall at Grand Central Market but have been told this gets very busy in the morning!
For me, this place was a highlight of the whole trip. The market which is situated in DTLA area and has a variety of different food trucks and bars in which you can order different food from. We started with fish tacos from La Tostaderia, then moved onto a vegan ramen from Ramen Hood, which was in the top three foods we had eaten all week. To finish we had BBQ meats from Horse Thief BBQ. All of them were so tasty and it was great being able to sample loads of different foods in one place.
Tip: We got to the market for 9 pm. I would recommend getting there from 5 pm onwards to experience even more of the food.
This was the number one food place we visited all trip and one Joe was particularly excited about visiting. LA is known for its love of tacos and this place is often rated number 1 by locals. So simple but so bloody tasty! Leo's Taco Truck was set up on the side of the road next to a gas station just off La Brea Avenue. When we turned up at midnight there was a queue of about 10-15 people waiting to order and tables set up where people were eating the tacos they had ordered. Tacos were $1.25 each which is a bargain and they were so good!
Tip: Order the pork and pineapple to watch them carve the meat and slash the pineapple.
This was such a fun-filled food holiday and I hope that if you are ever in LA you enjoy visiting one of the recommendations above!