As some of you may know, I visited California twice last year and I just returned from this year’s trip with my sister. My Godmother, Uncle, and two cousins live in the area and since I barely see them I’ve decided to travel to LA at least once annually.
Los Angeles is my dream city, mainly because of their year-round sunshine 😉 Can you blame me though? I live in a city where it rains more than half of the year! Through my multiple trips and crazy Instagram exploration skills, I’ve come up with a list of what I believe to be the hottest tourist spots and activities in LA.
Alfred Tea or Alfred Coffee– you’ve either been here or you’ve seen famous pics of their drinks on Instagram. This is the cutest little café serving everything from coffee to ice cream! Try out the iced matcha latte if you stop by.
MILK – let me tell you, I have never had a better snicker doodle or red velvet cookie in my life. This little gem’s menu is one that will have you stumped and wanting to order every item!
Afters Ice Cream – This is not your average ice cream parlour that’s for sure! My favourite flavours here are the Jasmine Green Tea and Milk & Cereal flavor. This time around they had added new flavours, one of them being Thai Tea and it tastes EXACTLY like thai tea! Yum!
Urth Caffé – Looking for a quick breakfast snack, full lunch, or a sweet and refreshing drink? Urth Caffé has everything and more that you would expect from a “café”. I tried the Mediterranean Plate and Coconut Green Tea Boba and it completely made my day!
Porto’s Bakery – Dream up every pastry or dessert you’ve ever wanted…..lucky for you Porto’s Bakery probably has it ready for you behind the counter! I’ve never seen a bakery as big as this one. The service was excellent, the lunch item I got (Pork sandwich) tasted delicious, and their famous cream cheese rolls made my mouth water.
LACMA – you know those super tall lamp posts that everyone likes to take pictures in? This is the spot! It doesn’t end there though. LACMA has a huge variety of places for photo ops, so if you’re in the LA area make sure to visit.
Beverly Hills Sign – right in the heart of Beverly Hills you’ll find freshly cut grass, flawless sidewalks, silver fire hydrants, and the BH shield on almost everything you look at. The pool of water that says Beverly Hills behind is a great place to stop for a picture.
Rodeo Dr. – you know me, I love to shop 😉 Window shopping at it’s finest happens on Rodeo Dr. where you’ll find the most luxurious stores in all of LA.
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Venice Beach – the beach vibes here are real! I personally love walking down the pathway right along the beach to watch street performers, purchase little knick knacks, and catch the best bites to eat.
Santa Monica Pier – I’m warning you, do not walk on the sand with barefoot on a hot summer day. Don’t even wear sandals. When I visited Santa Monica last August I went down to the beach to take photos, my mistake. The 30 degree weather had my feet burning like never before!! The pier is definitely on the pricey side, but good for photos and fun if you really want to experience the rides and all. The light blue lifeguard shacks on the beach also make for fantabulous photos.
Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour – I could do this bus tour for the rest of my life it’s so good. There’s always something new to see with this tour. You have the freedom of getting off and back on at any of the tourist spots. This is how I get around Los Angeles to visit all of my fave places.
Universal Studios – I really love USH more than Disneyland now because in my opinion most of the park is for an older audience. The food here is fantastic and the rides are quite fun!
Disneyland – obviously Disney has to be on the list, but it’s not a place that I would visit every time I travel to Cali. It’s become pretty expensive to get even a day pass, so if you can try to find a Groupon or something!
Visit or Hike to the Hollywood Sign – so I found out this year that the hike is actually 5 hours long, so my family and I took the easy route and visited the park that you can view the sign from. We still had to walk up the hill if that counts 😉
Walk the Walk of Fame – definitely something to do during the daytime near the Chinese Theater. At night it’s also really nice to walk along the star strip and visit some of the restaurants and shops in the plaza nearby.
Am I missing a few great spots? Let me know, I’ll visit and try them out the next time I travel to LA!
Until next time love bugs, happy travelling!