This month’s stop on our Mapiful Travel Guide is Los Angeles. This city is for the wanderer, the dreamer, the athletic, the film fanatic, the fashionista, the food lover and the hedonist. Surrounded by mountains, the Pacific Ocean and with an average of 300 sunny days a year – this is a city to escape to during all seasons.
Staying in Los Angeles
Los Angeles is a huge city, which means it could be wise to map out the places you want to visit and choose a residence to stay in that area. Like most cities Los Angeles has public transport, however the most convenient way to get around is by car, but always make sure to have extra time on your hands since traffic can be crazy. Finding a place to stay is easy but LA is a bit on the expensive side. There are, however, lots of hotels, hostels and AirBnB’s to choose from.
Places to see
The list of musts are endless but I shall narrow it down to the top things to cross of on your bucket list. First of all, this is the heart of Film Productions and the Television Industry. A visit to one of the studios is therefore highly recommended. Universal Studios, Warner Brothers, Paramount Pictures offers daily tours behind the scenes. You could also visit a talk show like Conan O’Brien or Ellen Degeneres, however, you might want to book ahead of time since there is a high demand for tickets.
While on the topic of fame – taking a stroll and checking out your favorite actors and actresses on The Walk of Fame is great fun! If you are lucky you might even stumble upon a film premiere and get a glimpse of the red carpet.
I am a bit of a geek when it comes to museums – and you can’t leave LA without a visit to Griffith Observatory. The place is beautiful and the view is stunning! Other museums worth a visit are:
- The Grammy Museum
- The Getty Museum
- The Broad Museum
- Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Places to eat
Eating well is essential when traveling, it’s half the fun right? Well, LA has lots of places to make your tummy jump for joy! By the way, who said you can’t stay healthy while traveling? LA is full of activities to try. How about a hike to the Hollywood sign, a bike ride along the beach in Santa Monica, a workout at the famous Muscle Beach or a swim in the Pacific ocean? I personally love cruising along the beach. But back to the food topic, here are some places worth a visit.
It’s the most important meal of the day and these places will definitely get you the perfect start. Joan’s on Third has an extensive and scrumptious breakfast menu with pancakes, German sausages, omelets, and sandwiches. However, if you have a weakness for eggs and then Eggslut is the place for you. The line might be long, but it’s worth the wait because these breakfast buns are delicious. A few other favorites include:
- Alfred Coffee Melrose Ave
- Urth Cafe
After a busy morning in Los Angeles, it can be nice to sit down and relax your feet over a lunch. Malibu Farm is located on the pier in Malibu and this place is amazing – great food, beautiful interior and overlooking the beach. Another place worth a stop is the Home Restaurant, located in Los Feliz, with a good atmosphere where you can spend hours and not want to leave. A couple of other favorites include:
- Malibu Farm
- Mel’s Drive-in
- Home Restaurant
My personal favorite, California Pizza Kitchen, has as the name reveals a bunch of different kinds of delicious pizzas. They also have a wide range of other dishes like chunky salads, pasta, steaks, fish tacos and power bowls. This place is also great if you are gluten-free or vegetarian. If you want a restaurant with a cool vibe then you need to visit Bestia, it’s located in an urban warehouse with hipster/modern interior and the food will have you indulging in flavors. Other places worth a visit are:
- Cal Mare
- 189 by Dominique Ansel
- Inko Nito
To give my final advice – you obviously have to spend some time strolling around in Beverly Hills, Rodeo Drive, Melrose Ave and, of course, Santa Monica. Oh, and why not catch a sunset? Watching the sun go down over the mountains is magic. You might not have time for it all, but the great thing about Los Angeles is that this city always gives you a reason to return.
We hope these travel tips will inspire you to head for the stars and land in Los Angeles. Let us know if you have been to the places and what you think!