The hustle and bustle of the city brings limelight to Los Angeles. LA is amidst sunny California filled with palm tree lined streets, beautifully landscaped beaches and artistic trendy places to eat perfect for any foodies out there. Since LA is the hub for television and movie production sets, if you are lucky you may even spot some celebrities as you explore this golden city.
Below are my best recommendations on must see sights and eats in Los Angeles:
Museum of Ice Cream – Most adorable museum I’ve ever seen, the backdrops were amazingly cute. The photos alone made the admission fee totally worth it. The sprinkle pool was so much fun, but tinnier than I had imagined. My favorite ice cream we got was the strawberry vanilla oreo cone at the end. Loved the gummy bear, popsicle and banana rooms.
LACMA-Go here to take Instagram photos in front of the tall white iconic lamps display called ‘Urban Light’; showcases some of the most interesting artwork
Griffith Observatory-The views here are stunning; check out the beautiful architecture of the observatory building; also can see the Hollywood sign in the hills at a distance (best time to go is at sundown)
Getty Villa– Gorgeous property in the hills of Malibu; houses some of the most intricate European style artwork; beautiful gardens can be viewed year-round
Manhattan Beach & Pier-Famous surfing spot and home of beach volleyball
Santa Monica Beach & Pier-Cute little amusement park & iconic ferris wheel at the end of the pier (way better to see during the day than night)
Malibu Beach & Pier-Lovely little town and beautiful sandy beach
Hollywood Sign Hike-Hike to the top to see the back of the sign, I recommend Hollyridge Trail; there is a fence that will block you from being able to go up to the sign closely; go early in the morning to avoid crowds (take Mt. Lee Summit .3 mile hike to the back of the sign)
Pantages (Broadway Shows)-If you love broadway shows like me you must see a production here (I’ve been to Phantom of the Opera, Wicked, Lion King, Cinderella, Mamma Mia, Matilda & The Sound of Music; all amazing)
Runyon Canyon Hike-Might be closed for awhile due to safety, but this hike offers amazing views of the entire downtown skyline
The Grove-The best shopping center in the area; filled with trendy popular stores and delicious restaurants
Broad Museum-Three words “Infinity Mirrored Room”. Incredible, mirrored room with LED lights surrounding peninsula platform surrounded by water. Yayoi Kusama’s installation is on view through fall 2017. Other highlights of the museum are the multi-colored tulip structure, Under the table exhibit (life size table & chairs) and the blue balloon dog art structure. Such a fun unique mid-century modern museum
Knott’s Berry Farm Amusement Park – Not a huge fan of the rides, but we used to go every year during Christmas for the Snoopy on Ice show at the Charles M. Schulz theatre which was a favorite
Universal Studios Hollywood-Just opened the new Harry Potter World
Dodger Stadium – My favorite sports team in the entire world; go early to batting practice to snag a baseball; check out the clubhouse during a tour to walk the field and see the club’s trophies; get a chocolate malt during the game and you won’t regret it; Dodger dogs in my opinion are the best in the nation but again I’m biased
Staples Center-Most go here to see the Lakers basketball games, but I’m an NHL fan so “Go Kings”; spend a night watching ice hockey at it’s finest (Got to see the Stanley Cup in person)
LAX-LA’s main international airport hub; the largest airport in California
Bottega Louie-Get macaroons here (my favorites were the raspberry chocolate and earl grey) ; aesthetically beautiful interior design; known for their decadent desserts; the packaging alone is to die for
Urth Caffe-Best brunch spot besides Toast Bakery Cafe; try the artistically crafted coffee drinks (you can get a bear or swan drawn on the top of your latte with the cream, so neat)
Toast Bakery Cafe-Located in Beverley Grove, the place that started the avocado toast trend; amazing for brunch (my favorite was the berry wonderful french toast)
Lemonade-Known for their lemonades of course; I love the blood orange it’s my absolute favorite but have tried them all and you cannot go wrong with any; Food is delicious as well but served cafeteria style
In&Out Burger-Iconic California burgers; order the Neapolitan shake as well; a staple for even the locals because it’s just that good (the “animal style” burger and fries are highly loved among most; get the protein style burger to replace the buns with lettuce for a healthier take)
California Donuts – These are just too cute to eat, no shame but I got these because I kept seeing them all over instagram and pinterest
Diddy Riese– Home of the ice cream cookie sandwiches; unbelievably cheap and delicious; so many flavors to choose from; parking is bad here in downtown Westwood so be forewarned go early or be prepared to stand in line for awhile (I love the snickerdoodle cookies so much)
Rawberri – Amazing acai bowls in Santa Monica; love the palm leaves interior design aesthetic plus the bamboo egg chairs are super fun
Sprinkles Cupcakes-Overly hyped cupcakes but you’ll need to try at least one during your visit; check out the cool cupcake atm in Beverly Hills
The Strandhouse– Located in Manhattan Beach straight up from the pier I first stumbled upon this place at the LA Kings Stanley Cup Parade; best for brunch on the weekends get the chicken & waffles or the belgian waffles; make sure to request to sit on the upstairs level across from the bar to soak in the gorgeous views of the beach as you enjoy your meal
Alfred Coffee & Tea Room-Beautiful coffee house that attracts locals alone on merely the decor; the new take on Starbucks
Houston’s Steakhouse – My favorite are the BBQ ribs and Filet Mignon (always cooked to perfection)
King’s Hawaiian Bakery – It’s a tradition to get the King’s Hawaiian Paradise Cake on my birthday; perfect fluffy light chiffon cake with whipped cream frosting, yum! Plus the colors alone are to die for
Sugarfina – Champagne Gummy Bears are seriously amazing! The bubbly bears are my favorite along with the peach bellini and apple frogs
Gelato Lounge – Located in Manhattan Beach and just a short stroll away from the beautiful pier; love all the delicious sorbet and gelato flavors
Malibu Farms – Delicious healthy salads, amazing Swedish mini pancakes and the organic fresh squeezed juices are terrific. Plus gorgeous views of Malibu Pier
Grimaldi’s – The most amazing pizza…get The Don and always love caprese, yum!
Salt & Straw – A favorite from Seattle, but they brought this trendy ice cream place to LA; Pssst their coffee ice cream is amazing
C&O Trattoria Ristorante Italiano – In Venice Beach; cool ambiance with the Italian like architecture and cute place for a dinner date with the string lights, delicious pastas and garlic bread knots are super yummy
Cha2O – coolest boba / smoothie drinks in Artesia; they look amazing!
There you have it friends—have fun discovering these Los Angeles gems!