My Travel Tips for Los Angeles + Healthy Restaurant Guide
Los Angeles definitely belongs to my favorite cities in the world. I spent my semester abroad in LA (at USC) and I still have some friends there. Hence, LA doesn’t feel like a vacation destination to me but rather like a second home (after Hawaii of course… hi hi) 😀
Today I wanna give you a few Travel Tips and some Tips for Healthy Restaurants in Los Angeles:
LA Travel Tips
1) Santa Monica
Santa Monica including Santa Monica Beach, Santa Monica Place and Santa Monice Pier belong to my absolute favorite places in LA. With Uber Pool it often only costs around $10 to get from the city to Santa Monica. Hence, even without car it’s very cheap and quick to get to another nice place in LA 🙂
2) Walk of Fame
I’m not a big fan of tourist attractions. However, at least once in your life you should walk along the Walk of Fame. It is really fun exploring the stars of your favorite VIPs 🙂 Furthermore, you almost always get to see Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley and other look alikes there who love to take funny pictures with people 😛
3) Runyon Canyon
My favorite hike in LA is the one that leads to behind the Hollywood sign, also called Runyon Canyon. I can recommend you hiking up there right before sunset because it’s not only a great time for taking beautiful pictures but also for experiencing amazing moments 🙂
Not far away from Los Angeles is Malibu located which you can reach via driving along the beautiful Pacific Coast Highway. Hence, it is definitely worth renting a convertible car or motorcycle to get there. In Malibu there are many great attractions such as Malibu Beach or the beautifully located Pepperdine University.
5) Getty Center & Getty Villa
I looooove the Getty Center and the Getty Villa. Both are especially of interest for design fans! My favorite is the less touristic Getty Villa which is also located in Malibu.
6) LA Nightlife
Los Angeles offers every day of the week an amazing nightlife. Hence, it is worth taking advantage of it! Those that like meeting locals when going out Hyde Lounge in Beverly Hills is a great location. The crowd there is… let’s say it “interesting” 😀 Hence, only for entertainment reasons it is worth spending some time there. We for instance met stars like Kylie Jenner at Hyde. The club is known for it’s high vip saturation. For those that prefer bars over clubs I can recommend you visiting Shore Bar in Santa Monica. It’s a beautiful bar with a cool crowd that is more casual than at Hyde 😉
7) Rodeo Drive
For those who like it glamorous Rodeo Drive is a must place to see. You cannot only find many luxury stores there such as Tiffany & Co, Chanel, Louis Vuitton etc. but also many luxury cars. Therefore, Rodeo Drive is also worth visiting just to watch 😀
Growing up is boring 😛 Hence, Disneyland is also for grown ups still tons of fun! My favorite park attraction is Space Mountain. I could ride it forever 😀 Besides that Disneyland is not only a happy place but also a great location for taking many nice pictures 🙂
9) The Grove
My favorite mall in LA is The Grove. You can find many great stores there such as Victoria’s Secret, Forever21 and many others 🙂 It’s an outside mall which I always find best.
10) LA’s Surrounding such as Hermosa Beach, Venice Beach, Newport Beach & Laguna Beach
In LA I like most its surrounding. Laguna Beach is my favorite as I always used to watch the series “Laguna Beach” as a teenager and it is really that beautiful like in the series 😀
LA Healthy Restaurant Guide:
Los Angeles is know for having many healthy food places in the city and its surrounding. Hence, it’s not difficult introducing a few of them to you guys today:
The name is not really promising because in the restaurant (besides the lemonade that is also available in a sugar-free version though) only healthy food is served. You can choose between different healthy salads, protein sources such as fish, chicken etc. and warm meals including various desserts.
2) Mendocino Farms
Another great restaurant which has various locations in Los Angeles is Mendocino Farms. You can create your own salads, sandwiches etc. there. Everything is really fresh, healthy and tastes amazing 🙂
3) Toca Madera
In LA there are also such cool locations as Toca Madera which is a restaurant and a bar in one. The mostly Mexican food there is totally delicious. However, the food is not even that important because the atmosphere including the great music at Toca Madera is amazing! It is definitely a place to see and to be seen. For those who like such locations this is your place to be 🙂
4) True Foods Kitchen
I’m a big fan of green juices and kale salad. You can get both in a great quality at True Foods Kitchen in Santa Monica.Hence, it is worth making a short stop there while shopping at Santa Monica place or while having a beach day at Santa Monica Beach 🙂
5) Paradise Bowls
For those who love acai bowls as much as me Paradise Bowls is very recommendable. We tried out the one at Hermosa Beach which is located very close to the beach. Hence, you can enjoy your acai bowl along with the sound of the sea there 😀 I went for the “Gaucho Bowl” which was a great choice 🙂
6) Whole Foods
Whole Foods is and probably always will be my favorite supermarket in the US. In LA there are many locations of Whole Foods and you can also create your own salads etc. there.
There are many more things to do and healthy restaurants to visit in LA. I will definitely introduce more of them to you guys after my next LA visit 🙂