I love LA. If it weren't for the traffic I think many people would say the same. There's so much to do, so many places to be and so much food to be had. My local guide below is a short summary of all these things.
Los Angeles is a place where almost everything is accessible, but with how wide the city is, it helps to have a local show you around to help you narrow your options; so, here we go...
Favorite Local Hot Spot:
Father's office. Arguably one of the best burgers in LA and sweet potato fries with a wide selection of beer on tap. Looking for more delicious burgers and brews? Umami Burger is another LA favorite.
Favorite Place To Grab A Drink:
I would go to one of the many rooftop bars in downtown Los Angeles. There's something beautiful about being completely immersed in the midst of tall skyscraper lights, like you can feel all the life in the buildings and the city.
The Ace hotel just opened and they have an inviting, casual rooftop bar. There's a jacuzzi here where you can jump in at night if you are so prepared (there's towels, don't worry). They have some cocktails on tap, but they also have some great mixologists that can whip up even the most exotic drinks with their wide liquor and spirits selection. If you are more of a whiskey or scotch drinker head to Perch's rooftop bar. The atmosphere at Perch is a bit more formal but great for a special date.
The Standard is another rooftop bar that gets very crowded on weekends and you will have to pay cover. This is the swanky and trendy place to go to - great for large parties. Aside from that there are day parties here and a beer garden to enjoy during the daytime.
Favorite Local Goods:
Brunch at Bottega Louis. Get a wood fired oven pizza and maybe some caprese with a side of portobello mushroom fries. This spot also has beautiful french pastries like macarons of every color and flavor. Urrth Caffe has the most amazing lattes with Instagram-ready latte art - don''t be surprised if you see a bear staring back at you from your mug. Also fantastic desserta here. In the mood for a big savory dinner? Indulge in all-you-can-eat korean bbq in K Town where there are more than enough bustling locations to try.
The Observatory offers a panoramic view of all Downtown LA. If you are an outdoor person, there is a local trail around here that curves around the Hollywood Hills and allows for a photo opp with the Hollywood sign.
The Venice Beach boardwalk offers lots of fun for people watching. You can follow the boardwalk all the way up to Santa Monica pier (15 min bike ride if you want to rent a bike- inexpensive.
Describe Your Perfect Day In Los Angeles:
I am all about shopping, but first, I would start the day grabbing brunch at the rooftop venue mentioned earlier, Perch, where they have some lovely eggs benedict options and delicious sangria. Another option would be to hit the healthy cafeteria spot Lemonade for lunch (locations all over LA).
Then I'd go to Little Tokyo and grab a mochi ice cream from the original Mikawaya in Little Tokyo for $1.25 and stop by the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA across the street. Make sure to keep your eye out for the Walt Disney Concert Hall designed by Frank Gehry couple streets away!
Then, I would drive over to West Hollywood to Melrose and walk around the vintage shops and boutiques. There is a Dita LA shop for designer sunglasses designed in LA. Nearby is my favorite store American Rag which has a denim bar, and attached to that is Maison Midi which sells the most amazing home good finds.
Nearby is also The Grove which has popular stores such as Nordstrom, Topshop, and even a movie theatre, and the whole plaza is connected to a Farmer's Market with delicious and diverse dining options form around the world. The whole place is outdoors and is beautiful. Lastly, dine at one of the famous restaurants in Beverly Hills for dinner such as the steakhouse Mastro's.
If I had A Rental Car I Would Go:
Los Angeles has plenty of highways to choose from! You could take a rental car to Orange County for beaches and more shopping about 45 minute south, or go up about 45 minutes north up to Malibu for some surf. Stop by to pick up fried sea food at Neptune's Net on the coast (spotted Ryan Seacrest here once) and keep going all the way up to Santa Barbara where you can start a whole other adventure.
Ready to host your event at a Los Angeles private venue? Here's our favorite LA venue: Rooftop Gardens.