Most dream about visiting Los Angeles, California, but lucky for me, I live here. I’m from the East Coast, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to be exact (black and yellow – heyyy Wiz!), and have been living in Los Angeles for about four and a half years now. I know I’ve only experienced a tiny bit of what this wonderful (and massive) city has to offer, but I put together the perfect guide to help you get around town if you were to come visit (which you totally should.)
To start your day… head to Go Get Em Tiger for the ‘best iced almond-macadamia milk latte’ in the United States, according to the NY Times and myself. I love iced coffee so that addition of almond-macadamia milk, sign me up. Their food selection is also epic.
Next, get your hike on at either Runyon Canyon or venture to the Hollywood Sign. For those of you lazy gals, I promise you can do it. I can barely run a mile without dying, and I can get my ass up that hill. And if you catch LA on a good day sans smog, the ‘views from the sign’ are incredible. Drake reference 🙂
Nails done, hair done, everything did… Now take these hair recommendations with a grain of salt because I am not the best when it comes to maintaining haircuts. To be honest, I haven’t cut my hair since last March (don’t judge me.) But I did some research and found two lists with the best salons. When it comes to nails, you must stop at Olive & June nail salon! They’re super affordable, clean, and cute! I went to their Beverly Hills location, but they have one in Pasadena and Santa Monica.
Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles | Now we all know Julz loves her crispy chicken, so if you’re in LA you must stop at Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles. If you want to be really touristy, go to the one on Pico Boulevard (President Obama ate at that one. ) Order the #13 with a side of mac and cheese. My mouth is already watering!
California Donuts | This spot is open 24 hours, and I can guarantee you will have a difficult time deciding what to order. Options range blueberry cinnamon toast crunch (my fave) to one that looks like a panda (Desiigner voice) and more but also including the basic glazed. Boring. But if that’s your thing, no judgment.
Tacos | Now how can you come to LA and not eat tacos? Here, you can find any type of taco at any hour, trusssi mi daddy, it’s lit. A few of LA’s favorites are Leo’s Taco Truck, Tacos Punta Cabra, and Tito’s Tacos.
Shopping… Wander down Rodeo Drive if you’re into that fancy gal lifestyle, but for those of us who aren’t there yet financially and want to do more than window shop, check out Santa Monica’s 3rd Street Promenade or Fairfax Avenue. Here you’ll find a bunch of stores that represent the culture and urban lifestyle. A few of my favorite shops are Popular Demand, Diamond Supply Co. Supreme, and Melody Ehsani who’s also a #NeverNotWorking gal.
You’re bound to see some celebs if you hit up Fairfax. I went a few years back and met 2 Chainz (super friendly) and Tyler the Creator (super awkward.)
Nightlife | There is truly so much to do at night! Hit up a Lakers or Clippers game at Staples Center, go to a concert at the Hollywood Bowl, rage at a 1AM Vibes party when Julz is in town, or turn up at 1 Oak or Hyde on Sunset Boulevard.
And if you’re about that life, hit up Ace of Diamonds Strip Club in West Hollywood. I was casually there on a Monday night about a month ago, and it was poppin’ so you’re bound to see some celebs there too! Keep a look out for popular LA DJs and Khloe Kardashian and French Montana. I’ve also seen Big Sean and 2 Chainz around too!
That’s LA in a nutshell. I hope it helps you the next time (or first time) you visit the West Coast Best Coast.
Until next time!
Sara aka Serge