For the third time, I visited the City of Angels. While the past two times I visited I did very touristy things, this visit was far more chilled out. I spent time with friends - old and new, explored the city, and ate plenty of food. While i don’t think I could live in LA, I love traveling there. Each time it’s different and each time I appreciate the city more. Here’s what I got up to during a long weekend in LA.
I stayed with my friend Katya, who I met while studying abroad in Singapore. She lives just outside of LA itself, and she let me crash at her place during my stay. She also drove me around all weekend, so thank you Katya!
The first day in LA was spent hanging out in Santa Monica. Katya was off volunteering for the day so I spent some time wandering around and shopping. Santa Monica is fun - they have the beach, the peer, so many food options, and so many cute dogs to watch. We started the day with breakfast at Philz Coffee before parting ways. I got the vegan donut and a Ambrosia Coffee with soy milk. It hit the spot. I had been deprived of Philz for MONTHS.
After some coffee, I wandered around alone before meeting up with a new friend, Jordan. We have some mutual friends, so it only made sense to say hi when I was in the area. We got lunch together at Huckleberry. Sorry, I didn’t get any pics. I thought it would be weird to photograph food around a new friend. Here’s the link to Huckleberry’s website in case anyone was wondering about it! Would definitely recommend! We walked around the area after lunch. It was vert needed after stuffing my face.
Later in the day, Katya and I headed over to Griffith Observatory to catch the sunset. We did a mini hike up to the top, and I’m so glad we did. We got there just at golden hour. It was insanely beautiful. The sun was glowing, LA was shining, and it made me so happy
We spent some time enjoying the views before hiking our way back to the car. And of course, we had to get In N Out after. In N Out was another West Coast delicacy that I haven’t had since moving from Palo Alto back to Boston. It was just so good.
Double double, animal style with fries and lemonade. Duh.
Day 2 started off with a trip to the farmers market and a mexican food stand! I tried a tamale for the first time. It was good. I would eat it again. Katya also made me try Elote. It’s Mexican street corn covered in mayonnaise, crema, and chili powder and cheese. Holy guacamole it was good.
After a small feast, we headed over to the Huntington Library. It’s a bit outside of LA, but definitely worth a visit. They have extravagant botanical gardens. My favorite was the Chinese Gardens or the Desert Gardens. I suppose I am partial to desert plants. And I am half Chinese, so it was only fitting that those were the two I enjoyed the most. The weather was beautiful, too, so we had a great time strolling around!
We spent a lot of time in the sun, so by the end of the day, we were ready to sit for a while. We drove back towards Malibu and ended up going to Moonshadow, a restaurant on the water. We had some oysters and wine while enjoying the best sunset ever. It was really spectacular. You could see the waves coming in, the boats floating along the horizon, and seagulls scavenging along the shoreline. It would be a great date spot ;)
This was my last full day in LA. I technically was there for 4 days because of some flight cancellations, but no one wants to hear about that disaster. So, for your sake and mine, let’s call this my last day in LA. One of my good friends, Ashley, lives outside of LA can drove in to meet me. We ended up in Santa Monica again, but I didn’t mind. I love the ocean, so any chance to be close to the water is always welcomed. Ashley was running a bit late, so I had some time in the morning to myself. I took a Bird scooter down the beach and ended up a bit south of Venice Beach. I just spent a few hours people watching. I spent some time by the water too. I sat in the sand and watched the surfers. I could have spent all day right there.
Ashley and I love Acai Bowls, so we walked over to Backyard Bowls. SO GOOD. Thanks to Jordan for the recommendation! After that we just did some shopping and wandering around before dinner. For dinner, Katya, Ashley, and I got tacos from Leo’s Taco Truck. Again, SO GOOD. God, the food in LA was amazing.
And then it was time to leave. Yeah, my flight home was cancelled and then it was a STRUGGLE to get home, but I had such an amazing time in LA. Don’t worry, I’ll be back before long. Thanks to all my LA friends who made the trip that much more special! Xo, until next time.