I have family in LA, and go there frequently, but my trips often stay in the same rut. I visit family, eat the tacos at Brentwood Mart, shop at the Grove, and visit Venice Beach. But as more fashion brands move to LA, there is a serious fashion renaissance happening, and I’m not talking about surf brands. This is a fashionable trip to Los Angeles, California.
- What to wear– Earthy but not beachy, relaxed but not lazy. Yes, it’s a bit of an oxymoron. Comfy is a key word here.
2. Where to stay- Forget ‘Hotel California’; you should stay at Montage Beverly Hills. Or Hotel Bel-Air. The Redbury Hotel leaves the beach behind and serves kitsch instead, if you’re looking for something new. Heck, you should stay at the Cal-Mar Hotel, if you don’t want to break the bank and still get a nice little pool.
3. Where to eat– Los Angeles’ food scene is much more than tacos (although you shouldn’t skip the tacos.) Mediterranean fusion has really hit the ground running here, as well as Asian fusion. In short, you’ll have a lot of options that aren’t green juice.
Guerilla Tacos- This food truck in Downtown LA supplies the best darn tacos I’ve ever seen. Example A: the picture above. With tacos consisting of roasted sweet potato, almond chile, fried corn nuts, scallions, and feta cheese, you know it’ll taste as good as it looks.
Gjusta- A favorite of the fashion set, Gjusta is a deli/bakery Califonia-fied. There’s a smoked brisket bahn mi, but also a kale smoothie. Bring a crowd with varied tastes, and don’t miss the bakery. There are baklava croissants!
Kismet- They say they reimagine Mideast flavors for modern day Cali. I say: they have shakshuka and I need it right now. Also, the restaurant decor is prime Insta-bait. I’d go for brunch or breakfast rather than dinner, though, since I’ve read some warning tales about overcrowding and long waits.
Sqirl- It’s a little out of the way, but Sqirl is worth it. Get one of the brioche french toasts and do not look back. While you’re up at the counter buy their jams and a cookie or two. You’ll thank me later.
What to do-
Hit downtown- Buy tickets to The Broad and ride down on the new metro rail. It’ll take longer than driving, but you should try it. Also, make sure you get to experience Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrored Room at The Broad.
Bike or roller skate along Venice Beach- Yeah, yeah, everyone does it. But there’s a reason why, and it’s that on a sunny day, nothing feels better than stopping for a lemonade at a cheese-on-a-stick shack after a long bike ride. Trust me.
Go to the farmer’s market- How to feel like a local? Hit the farmer’s market. You’ll find the best veggies and fruit around, and lots of food you didn’t know you needed until then. Take big tote bags and load ’em up.
People watch at the Brentwood Mart- Okay, this was another I said I was tired of, but it’s the best people-watching in LA. Just don’t take pictures of famous people! It’s very uncouth. After your people watching, slip into Diesel Books, scan their selection, and after buying a book (because you will) buy an ice cream at Sweet Rose Creamery. It’s the best, especially their mint!
That concludes a fashionable trip to Los Angeles. Hope you enjoy! Have you been to any of these spots? What’d you think of them?