Los Angeles | Where to Go + What to Do
The first time I came to visit California with Edwin he took me out on one of his infamous “LA Days.” It was a special tour he gave to all his friends and cousins that would visit. Since then, I’ve been obsessed with the city of Los Angeles. Our LA days have changed here and there over the year but I wanted to share with you some of my top places to visit, photograph, and eat in Los Angeles.
GRAND CENTRAL MARKET | Downtown Los Angeles
Grand Central is a must-do for me every single time we go to the city. It’s a smorgasbord of food ranging from pizza to Mexican food to fancy cheeses to ice cream - and that’s just a very small list of options. Some of my recommendations include Olio Pizza, Tacos a Tumbras, and EggSlut.
TENNO SUSHI | Little Tokyo
Talk about the best sushi EVER. Tenno Sushi is located in Little Tokyo and it’s single-handedly my favorite sushi of all time. Edwin and I usually go for the Rainbow Roll, Vegas Roll, Golden Tiger Roll, and the Roll Up Roll. Be advised that when they say spicy eel sauce they mean SPICY. I usually ask for my rolls without it but to each their own.
GRIFFITH OBSERVATORY| Griffith Park
The Observatory is one of my favorite places to go in LA. Wether you like to go and look at the exhibits or are like me and like to walk around, look at the LA skyline, or just lay on the grass and relax, there’s usually something to do for everyone. I love coming here just as the sun is about to set and watching the city transform.
PLACITA OLVERA| DTLA
Placita Olvera was one of the first places I visited in LA and it still holds a special place in my heart. Yes - its souvenirs are pretty touristy but between the awesome food, the culture, and the architecture I don’t even care. I love seeing the older couples dancing in the streets. I love the Mr. Churros chocolate and cream filled churros and Agua Frescas.
MANNA KOREAN BBQ| DTLA Arts District
I had Korean BBQ for the first time earlier this year and man oh man I’m obsessed. I haven’t had it in a while but this little spot in the Downtown Area is such a hidden gem. I love going to Korean BBQ with a slightly larger group of people - it makes it so much more fun! It’s a little bit on the pricier side BUT it’s well worth it and it’s a perfect activity to do to catch up with friends.
Whenever our friends come in to visit and want to take really cute instagram pictures we always take them down Melrose Avenue. Here you’ll find iconic street art, murals, and walls such as the ever-so-popular Paul Smith Pink Wall. Spend some time walking around because you never know what cool walls you’re going to find.
THE BROAD| DTLA
I went to The Broad a few months ago and found it to be so cool. It’s an art museum featuring tons of very famous instagram worthy art pieces such as the giant balloons, giant tables and tons of pop art. Admission is free though I do advise maybe going during the weekday as you do have to wait a bit to enter - nothing too crazy, though.
SANTA MONICA PIER| Santa Monica
The pier is one of those places where you have to make the most of it. Some people go there and don’t really appreciate it for more than a few minutes. Part of the fun is going on the ferris wheel, playing the crappy carnival games, perusing all the cheap souvenirs and indulging in some funnel cake. My favorite time to come here, again, is right before the sun starts to set. As someone who loves being near the water, I love walking all the way down to the end of the pier and sitting on the steps to watch the sun set.
If you guys decide to check out any of these spots feel free to let me know! Some honorable mentions include The Grove, Beverly Hills, Rodeo Drive, and anything in the Arts District. Also - if you have any favorite LA spots feel free to leave them in the comments below so I can check them out. Have a great week everyone and I’ll see you next time.
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