What to eat, see, and do over a long weekend in Los Angeles
Chris and I visited Los Angeles a few weeks ago and I fell in love immediately. The sunshine, flowers and plants, fashion, outdoor activities, shops and street art sucked me in. It was my first time visiting LA, but not my husband’s since he used to live there. Regardless of how many times he had done the touristy things or seen landmark that were on my list- he was along for the ride and wanted to do whatever I wanted to do. He’s a sweet, sweet man!
We spent four days and five nights in Los Angeles and packed the trip to the absolute brim. I did NOT leave feeling like we hadn’t done everything and seen everything on my wish list! If you’re trying to get the most out of a long weekend I recommend doing what we did and adding in some fun things of your own!
MRKT at The Reserve
On our first full day in LA, my Husband had to work so I met up with a friend who recently moved to the area to hang out! Neither of us had had breakfast and MRKT was the perfect spot to quick for a grab and go breakfast. Also the coffee, so good!
Salt & Straw
Salt and Straw in West Hollywood had the tastiest vegan flavors. It was also the creamiest vegan ice cream I’ve ever had. This was the strawberry coconut water vegan flavor and it was YUM!
While checking out a Jen Stark mural on The Platform we saw the Beignet Box parked nearby! Apparently it had been parked for a couple days in this location, but isn’t always there. I recommend checking out their website to find them because holy wow, these were good! Dare I say….the best beignets I’ve ever had and I’ve eaten New Orleans beignets. The truck is owned by a celebrity who sometimes can be seen serving up sugary pastries so take your chances and fill up because they’re delicious!
Drinks at El Tejano
This new Tex Mex spot just popped up in Hollywood and it was such a fun spot to have drinks with friends when we got into town!
Electric Owl was my absolute favorite restaurant we went to in LA. We had brunch here and I ordered the biggest breakfast plate of eggs, hash browns and bacon. Also- it needs to be said that their fruit bowl is unlike any fruit bowl you’ve had before! None of the melon or honeydew garbage- it was full of strawberries, grapes, pineapple and a full slice of watermelon. Yes please!
Ray + Stark Bar
Ray’s is a cute little restaurant on LACMA’s campus and was the perfect spot to have a drink and the most perfect crispy fries before heading into the museum.
The view from Runyon Canyon
I’ve seen the view of downtown Los Angeles from Runyon Canyon in photos and on tv, but it was so much better in person! We have friends who live next to the entrance to the canyon so we walked it to see the view and it helped me get a better grasp of where each area of LA is.
Street Art in Culver City & Hollywood
I was SO EXCITED to see murals by my favorite artists and discover new artists while in LA. I had a map of murals I wanted to find and we not only accomplished that, but found so many more! I have a blog post coming next week that highlights the murals and art I saw in Los Angeles.
Chinese Theater & Hollywood Walk of Fame
Although this area of Hollywood is super touristy, I wanted to see it with my own eyes at least once! We found the stars for so many celebrities that we love and I was honestly most excited to find Houdini’s.
Dazzle at the huge blooms of Bougainvillea
The bougainvillea flowers were in full bloom while we were in town (the second week in October) and they were STUNNING. I have so many photos of their bright pink blooms on my camera roll because they stopped me dead in my tracks each time. ps. the photo below is without filter- the perfect sun flare with the perfect flowers!
Los Angeles Zoo
A friend of mine works at the LA Zoo so a visit was quickly added to the itinerary. I enjoyed seeing another zoo with a completely different campus and different animals!
We only spent an hour in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and it was stunning/impressive/beautiful/inspiring. All the things! A full recap of our visit to the museum is hitting the blog in the coming weeks.
La Brea Tar Pits
The La Brea Tar Pits are a unique thing to do and see AND SMELL in LA. I have a full blog post coming about this as well!
Go Thrifting on Melrose Ave
We were in town for a wedding and the dress code was silver/gold sparkly so of course we had to visit Melrose Ave and go thrifting. I wish we had packed another suitcase just to take home all the coats and jackets I found along the way. The street art was also really fun along this road as well.
Dip your toes in the Pacific Ocean
Having grown up at the Delaware beaches I am a beach lover at heart, but I had never had the opportunity to visit the Pacific Ocean until this trip! We met up with friends in El Segundo and watched the Ravens game before packing up chairs and hitting the beach for a couple of hours. It wasn’t warm enough to get in, but we dipped our toes and enjoyed the sounds of the waves crashing as our trip came to an end.
Four days in Los Angeles sounds like a decent amount of time, but trust me I could have done four more. We packed this trip to the gils with fun museums, landmarks and must-do’s when visiting LA! Stay tuned for recap posts on the tar pits, street art and LACMA!