My cousins from the Philippines came to visit Los Angeles, so of course I took it as an opportunity to rediscover the amazing city! We spent the day being tourists from Santa Monica all the way to the Hollywood Hills. I’ve included my favorite eateries and sights.
Our first stop was Santa Monica / Venice Beach. It is one of my two favorite places to take anyone visiting. Since it was perfect out, I decided to wear a summer ensemble with a flattering cold shoulder ruffled blue striped top [SIMILAR 1, SIMILAR 2]. I paired it with 3″ chino shorts [also seen HERE] and finished the look with a camel colored Soludos Lace Ups; we walked for miles and these didn’t hurt one bit.
For lunch we ate at the most delicious Caribbean cuisine LA has to offer—Cha Cha Chicken. I don’t usually eat meat, but when I do it’s jerk chicken from this hotspot. We got lucky because it was right before the lunch rush, usually the line is wrapped around outside! I would also recommend getting one of their refreshing frescas [freshly made fruit juices with flavors like watermelon and cantaloupe]. Make sure to bring a big appetite because their serving plates are huge.
Other recommendations that I love and frequently eat at are:
Urth Cafe / Get the green tea smoothie with tapioca pearls, Great selection of pastries and brunch items
Casablanca / The tacos are to die for! I usually just do the veggie
Misfits [on 3rd Street Promenade] / Gives out free cookies [clearly a winner in my book!]
Manchego / Spanish tapas / Must order dish: Goat cheese with fig and honey on bread
We walked the boardwalk all the way from Cha Cha Chicken and Shutters Hotel [the cutest hotel on the beach, which also serves brunch] to the Santa Monica Pier. People can rent rollerblades and bikes, but we preferred to just walk. As you can tell by the pictures it was a scenic view!
Our next stop was LACMA [Los Angeles County Museum of Art]. Everyone loves to see the Urban Light exhibit [beautifully restored street lamps from the Roaring 20s]. Although you have to pay to get into the museum building, you can walk around and visit the Urban Light exhibit and the La Brea Tar Pits [warning: it smells like a construction site laying down asphalt] for free. You can also have a picnic in the huge green area in the back and there are usually food trucks at lunch time.
Our last stop and my second favorite spot in the city is Griffith Park / Griffith Observatory. You can also do the hike all the way to the Hollywood Sign, BUT it is a long hike and I suggest doing it in the morning [one time we hiked at sunset and got lost! It got dark and all we had were our cell phones as flash lights!]
I can continue post after post about all the things you can do in LA but for now, I leave you with my favorites and this adorable SoCal outfit. Let me know if you’ve visited and what your favorite things to do were!