Going lightly in…LA

Los Angeles Travel Guide

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have noticed I took a trip to LA last week. This was my second trip, visiting friends who live in Venice.

{> Read about last year’s trip to LA}

This time, I had the opportunity to check out a new list of places {and even went to my first Soul Cycle class!}. Here are my 10 favourites from this trip:

1 | Coffee at Alfred Coffee & Kitchen. Great coffee, cute decor and A+ on the cup design. I went to the Melrose location, which has a Compartes chocolate shop in the back.
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2 | Breakfast at Gjusta. From the same owner as Gjelina, this cute spot will have you enjoying your egg sandwich on an outdoor patio. The process to order is a bit confusing so FYI, the first line is for coffee and if you’re ordering food, take and number from the dispenser on the wall and wait until it’s called. Definitely try the chocolate babka.
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3 | Lunch at Butcher’s Daughter. With several locations in New York, Abbott Kinney is the first Los Angeles location. This cafe serves mainly vegan and gluten-free food that includes yummy fresh juices, avocado toast and salads. It’s also a really nice, Instagram-worthy space.
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4 | Dessert on Abbott Kinney. I always stop in at Blue Bottle Coffee when I see one {first tried it in San Francisco} and since my last visit, Blue Star Donuts and Salt & Straw ice cream opened. Blue Star has some interesting flavours including Rose Rosé Hibiscus and Blueberry Bourbon Basil, which I happily tried. At Salt & Straw, I went with the craziest-sounding flavour: Bone Marrow & Smoked Cherries. I liked the mix of cherries with the smokiness and there was slight after-taste which I assume was the bone marrow – interesting.
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5 | Palihouse, Santa Monica. We spent a day in Santa Monica and wandered over to Palihouse to check it out and take some photos. I loved the decor and would love to stay there some day!
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6 | Fig restaurant. Located in the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows in Santa Monica, we had both dinner and breakfast here. The food is delicious! They have a daily promotion – Fig at Five – where their most of their menu is 50% off from 5pm-6pm. I had to include a photo of the fruit salad that came with my breakfast because if you’ve ever had a fruit salad here in Toronto, it’s usually grapes and honeydew melon. Fig’s included nectarines, pomegranate and kiwi – yum!
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7 | Drinks at The Bungalow. Also located in the Fairmont Miramar, The Bungalow is decorated like a cozy California bungalow would be and is such a cool space!
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8 | The Santa Monica Farmer’s Market {downtown, Wednesdays & Saturdays}. This is a pretty big market, spread out over 4 blocks and I was so happy to find pistachio flour there! For some reason, it’s hard to find in Toronto.
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9 | Day trip to Laguna Beach. This is the perfect beach town to wander around in. Filled with little shops and restaurants tucked away on little side streets and of course, amazing ocean views. Worth checking out is La Rue du Chocolat, which is tucked away in the cutest little alley. The home decor shops feature that perfect white-washed, beachy look that made me want to redecorate my apartment.
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10 | Day trip to Newport Beach. Another beach town to wander around and eat seafood in! We enjoyed a really good lunch at The Crab Cooker {that is my very big skewer of scallops below}.
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> Read about last year’s trip to LA