Your Weekend Guide to Los Angeles

Los Angeles is a huge travel destination and one of my favorite cities in the world. When you’re in LA everything is surreal. It’s a movie backdrop around every corner and it can be quite overwhelming to plan what to do when everything is so spread out and there is much to choose from.

We’re sharing the top sights, shopping, and food spots that are worth the hype in the city of stars:

Outdoor Voices Los Angeles

SIGHTS

Griffith Observatory

Los Angeles Griffith Observatory

The Observatory gives you the perfect view of Los Angeles and the Hollywood sign. Getting up to the observatory is a bit of a hassle, but is worth the effort. If you go at night, you can use one of the telescopes and see the beauty of the stars above the big city.

Broad Museum

The Broad is a free contemporary museum with amazing exhibitions and installations that are perfect for the gram. I mean what else do you expect from a museum in the city of Los Angeles?

Santa Monica Pier

The Santa Monica Pier may seem like a tourist trap but, after finally heading there myself, I’ve changed my perspective. I went on the ferris wheel with my friends this past summer and the view is absolutely breathtaking. Although the pier is always crowded, if you’re in LA it’s something that you should do at least once.

Malibu

Los Angeles Malibu

Malibu is the perfect place to go for sunset. The atmosphere and the waves are serene. The drive down Pacific Coast Highway towards Malibu is so calming. Be sure to let the windows down and feel the wind on your face from the ocean breeze. You’re only thirty minutes outside of LA but it feels like a different world.

SHOPPING

Reformation Vintage Los Angeles

LA is the best for shopping, especially secondhand. I highly recommend walking down Melrose because there are constantly new pop-ups and brick and mortar that you can’t find anywhere else. The Melrose Trading post, a flea market, is open every Sunday. With only a five dollar entry fee, there are always new, unique vendors and the potential to find vintage goods. Some of my favorite stores that I always go to even just to browse are Reformation Vintage, Glossier and Outdoor Voices.

Los Angeles Reformation Vintage

FOOD

If I listed every restaurant that I rate as my “favorite place in LA” we would be 700 pages. However, here are four top spots along with my favorite dishes that are a must try in the city.

Jon & Vinny’s

Los Angeles Jon & Vinny's

Perfect Italian food but make sure you reserve a table or you’ll be waiting for hours for a seat. You can’t go wrong with anything on their menu but the best is the spicy fusilli and if you go for brunch you can’t go wrong with the avocado toast!

Donut Fiend 

Vegan donuts! You can’t go wrong with vegan donuts!

Sweet Chick 

If you love chicken and waffles this is the perfect brunch spot. I highly recommend the mac and cheese and the BBQ Veggie hash!

Los Angeles Sweet Chick

Sqirl 

I have never had a better meal than the breakfast at Sqirl. If I could have the Hash three times a day, I would. You can’t go wrong with anything on the menu. Be ready to get there early because it’s a first-come, first-serve, seat yourself restaurant. The wait is worth it!

Elham Mohamud

Lifestyle Director

Elham is twenty-year-old student, aspiring writer, and city lover stuck in Minnesota. A lover of quirky donut shops, professional athletes, attending concerts, and a consumer of too many iced caramel macchiatos.

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