Yes travel: Los Angeles city guide

EmmaBy Emma  •  6 Jan 2017 at 7:00am  •  Places, World Travel
Emma

by Emma

I am going to make a confession. I wasn’t originally going to do a separate Los Angeles post, because (and I will whisper this bit) *I thought I wasn’t really a fan*. Awkward.

It’s true though, Hollywood really wasn’t my bag, but when I was writing the road trip post, I realised that there were surrounding parts of LA that I did love and they warranted there very own space on the blog. So here it goes…

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LA from Above

Our first stop in LA was the Griffith Park Observatory – and one of my favourite parts of our central LA experience. The views were incredible, you could see far and wide across LA, and experience the famous Hollywood sign before we headed into the bright lights itself. It is busy, so can take a while to park, but it is really worth it.

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Hollywood

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I’ve already said I didn’t love Hollywood. It felt quite dirty, with blocks of concrete buildings. When we wandered further out, I could see some beautiful abodes, and I am pleased that we saw the obligatory Walk of Fame, Capitol Records Tower and Hollywood sign (from a distance), but I’m not sure I would go back. It’s ticked off the list, it’s done.

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That said, we had a delicious lunch at Blu Jam café in West Hollywood. I opted for the soup and salad combo, while the boy went for Eggs Benedict. It had a chilled vibe and the food was fresh and tasty.

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We hung around in a sunny park for the rest of the afternoon so that we could head to Odys + Penelope on South La Brea Avenue for dinner. This place was super chic with a funky edge. We’d had a late lunch, so went for light bites but my chicken sausages with marmalade were incredible and the boy raved about the steak. With an open kitchen, the cooking is all part of the dining experience.

 

Wider LA

Some of my favourite parts of LA were actually on the outskirts. We took a day to visit Santa Monica and Venice and really loved it.

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Los Angeles, California, Planning a West Coast of America road trip, travelling in California, trip of a lifetime, via Year of the Yes

Starting off in Santa Monica we wandered along the beach at the seaside resort, taking in the pier and the views. It was certainly bustling. And conveniently it leads seamlessly into Venice, an eclectic bohemian haven that we found endlessly fascinating.

Along the broadwalk is a plethora of sights including the most incredible graffitt park with live art happening all the time. The graffiti isn’t limited to the park though; many buildings are adorned with murals as well.

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Venice Beach, Los Angeles, California, Planning a West Coast of America road trip, travelling in California, trip of a lifetime, via Year of the Yes

There’s the infamous muscle beach as well, which although not usually my thing, was fun to pose and mess around taking photos.

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But the true magic of Venice happens when you wander off the broadwalk and onto the beautiful canals. Idyllic and serene, it is like another world. We wandered there for a while and loved the peace and beauty of the place.

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While we were there we ate lunch in the incredible The Butcher’s Daughter. It was the beauty of the place that drew me in – somewhere with a bike full of flowers near the entrance is certainly one for me. It was light and spacious and full to the brim. The food focuses on healthy, as you might expect in LA, but it was super tasty as well.

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LA might not be somewhere I would dream of heading back to, but it certainly showed me sights that I will never forget and is a perfect road trip stop-off.

If anyone wants to attempt to convert me to an LA-lover please feel free to drop a comment below…

 

{If you are planning a West Coast of America trip, you will want to check out the other posts in this series: Planning a West Coast of America trip, San Francisco city guide, San Diego city guide, Las Vegas city guide}

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Emma loves sunshine and flip flops, prosecco, chocolatey treats, things that sparkle, trips to the beach, reading and blogging.

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  1. As a New Yorker who is now a Los Angeleno, I have to say, most people’s first feelings about LA are usually the finite ones. However, next time you come, try Malibu Beaches or go for a hike at Griffith Park or go downtown and eat an avocado toast on top of a rooftop bar or go to The Broad (just wrote a blog post on this – my favorite LA museum). I actually don’t love Santa Monica beaches myself, and Venice once used to be hip and cool, but now it’s gotten overcrowded. Hollywood? BLECHHH.

    x-Greta

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