Welcome to LA! The city where the sun always shines, the city of angels (kind of). Whatever stereotype you imagine, it’s only half true. There’s a vibrant world of pleasantries just waiting to be discovered. The kind of time you have all depends on the neighborhood…and your outlook of course. Since you’re an out-of-towner, we’ve made your adventure a little less taxing by narrowing down your list of to-dos and to-sees to only the hottest spots in town. Grab your shades and your cute shoes, let’s go!
Alfred Coffee (Melrose Place)
But First, Coffee (Both their tagline, and a rule to live by!) This tiny but trendy hot spot for coffee and tea isn’t just a bougie backdrop for your morning IG post, they actually serve up a variety of delicious concoctions. For a local, that’s a win-win, so go ahead and snap pic for the gram. (When in Rome, am I right?!) We got the Matcha Latte and the Pink Drink. Both were as delicious as they were photogenic.
Made In LA Wall (West Hollywood)
One thing you might notice cruising around LA is the amount of street art, or Instagram walls as the locals refer to it as. While some are better than others, this one is a classic, so go ahead and indulge in an obligatory IG pic.
Crossroads Kitchen (Melrose, West Hollywood)
This is a popular spot on the long strip of shopping that makes up Melrose Ave. Not only is the food delicious, but they have such a variety that you can bring all your friends here. You know, the vegan one, the low carb diet one––whatever the food preference, you can find it here! From ooey gooey mac and cheese to chicken and waffles and Bolognese, we ordered it all. But honestly, what stood out the most was the Impossible burger. As a self-proclaimed meat-lover I didn’t even realize this burger was vegan until I had already eaten the whole thing. Seriously, impressed!
Salt & Straw (Santa Monica Blvd. West Hollywood)
Even if you thought you were too full for a little post-lunch dessert, one step inside Salt & Straw and you’ll quickly forget you even had lunch. With a selection of both signature flavors and monthly selects (unlimited samples included), you’ll find it hard to choose just one flavor. We opted for a double scoop waffle cone with two flavors each. This creamy delight is a total must-stop. Ask any local where to grab the tastiest scoop and you’re sure to be directed here.
LACMA Urban Lights (Miracle Mile)
From the vast array of exquisite art to the architecture that encloses it all, the LACMA provides no shortage of “Instagrammable moments.” One in particular happens to be the Urban Lights, a series of large-scale restored street lamps from the 1920s that once lit the streets of SoCal. Take in the beauty, and snap away for memory’s sake.
California Donuts (East Side)
If there’s one dessert that classifies as an LA thing it would be donuts, by far! Donuts shops are everywhere here, and they all have their own unique spin. One of our favorite shops in particular is California Donuts. Unicorns, pandas, deep fried snicker donuts––you name it, they have it. These doughy delights are as delicious as they are post-worthy. Perhaps one of the best parts about this place is that they’re open 24-hours a day. Now that, my friends, is a night cap!
Loit Café (Downtown)
This isn’t just any coffee spot. This is a carefully designed space with a curated selection that attracts the work-from-home type of crowd. It feels like a design gallery but without the pretentious vibe. Think polished and calm. We tried one of their signature charcoal lattes from their “Black Line” and it did not disappoint. They also have a small selection of sandwiches and light bites.
Bottega Louie (Downtown)
If your feeling fancy or just have a hankering for French food, then this is your spot. They offer a full menu, but we prefer the baked goods. Macarons, specifically! This is great place to get a gift box of decadent treats to bring back to friends or family.
Honey’s Kettle (Downtown)
Last up on our list is this mouthwatering fried chicken spot. Honey’s Kettle has all the comfort food staples, none of which are to be overlooked. From the pie selections to the biscuits and mains, you can’t go wrong with anything on the menu here. Roll up your sleeves, and dig in!