Take A Break: Los Angeles

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Have you ever visited a place and digged the vibe so much you swore you’d move there in an instant? Last month I made a quick trip to L.A. and it wasn’t long before I was seriously vibin’ with the joint.
Here’s what I got up to…
Hike, play & scrub

A morning hike through The Hills was one of the highlights of my trip (it also helped ward off the impending jet lag). To catch a glimpse of the Hollywood sign & spot The Biebs in his natural habitat, catch an Uber to 1999 Fuller Avenue and hike through Runyon Canyon.

Spend half a day at The Getty Museum. This was hands down, the best museum I have ever had the pleasure to visit. And it’s free!

“Change your body, find your soul”, take a SoulCycle class.

A friend who lives locally suggested I spend an afternoon in the buff at this traditional Korean day spa. Even though I had to sit in a bath of boiling hot red bush tea and was scrubbed to within an inch of my life, my post traumatic shiny, smooth-as-a-baby’s-bottom skin made it all worth it.

 Shop ’till you…

Take a stroll down Melrose Avenue for favourites including Reformation, Marc Jacobs, Fred Segal, and Creatures of Comfort.  I think that a Taschen book store is a sign of a great city – there’s one on Melrose with David Hockney’s gigantic book sitting in the window. #mademyday

Although I didn’t get to Acne, Elyse Walker, or Opening Ceremony, in hindsight, they should have been in my mandatory must-dos column.

Take a quick sticky beak at the high rollers & stunning shop fronts on Rodeo Drive before heading over one street to N. Beverly Hills Drive. There’s a whole run of solid options including Theory, Intermix and Alice & Olivia.

Abbott Kinney in Venice is great for eclectic shopping. While you’re there head to Gjelina for lunch and Salt-N-Straw for ice cream.

Mr D does vegan

Catering for Mr D’s vegetarian tendencies was easy as (chicken) pie. In fact, we took it to the next level, opting for vegan at Crossroads Kitchen: an innovative, upscale restaurant with highly edible little plates of plant based nosh. Mr D was in heaven. Two thumbs up.

Depending on whether you’re keen to rub shoulders with the Kardashians… or not, head to the Beverly Hills Hotel for a drink at The Polo Lounge. Try the McCarthy salad.

For the cocktail of your life and the hottest place to hangout in L.A. right now, head to Toca Madera and order an El Guano…plus a side of milk for those with sensitive palates. Then eat your body weight in guac.

Uber eats and sights
Use Uber to get around –  I rarely waited for more than 1 minute for mine. All of the drivers were friendly and eager to add to my L.A. itinerary. Here are a few of their suggestions:
  • Have a seafood lunch on Santa Monica Pier.
  • Catch the best view of downtown L.A. and the Hollywood Sign from the Griffith Observatory.
  • Take a tour of Universal Studios.
  • Stroll along the promenade at Venice Beach.
  • Traverse the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  • For home decor, accessories & retro clothes in a cool gallery-like space, try Alchemy Works.

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Downtown Los Angeles from Runyon Canyon
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Downtown Los Angeles from Runyon Canyon

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The best Los Angeles travel guide - what to do in LA California with irislillian.com

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The Beverly Hills Hotel, Los Angeles
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The Beverly Hills Hotel, Los Angeles
The best Los Angeles travel guide - what to do in LA California with irislillian.com
The Beverly Hills Hotel, Los Angeles

The best Los Angeles travel guide - what to do in LA California with irislillian.com

The best Los Angeles travel guide - what to do in LA California with irislillian.com
The Beverly Hills Hotel, Los Angeles
The best Los Angeles travel guide - what to do in LA California with irislillian.com
The Beverly Hills Hotel, Los Angeles
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The Getty Museum, Los Angeles
The best Los Angeles travel guide - what to do in LA California with irislillian.com
The Getty Museum, Los Angeles

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The best Los Angeles travel guide - what to do in LA California with irislillian.com
The Getty Museum, Los Angeles
The best Los Angeles travel guide - what to do in LA California with irislillian.com
The Getty Museum, Los Angeles
The best Los Angeles travel guide - what to do in LA California with irislillian.com
The Getty Museum, Los Angeles
The best Los Angeles travel guide - what to do in LA California with irislillian.com
The Getty Museum, Los Angeles
The best Los Angeles travel guide - what to do in LA California with irislillian.com
The Getty Museum, Los Angeles

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The best Los Angeles travel guide - what to do in LA California with irislillian.com
Sunset on Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles
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Rodeo Drive, Los Angeles

Hot tip: don’t wait (like me) until the night before you fly to apply for your visa. It’s mandatory if you want to enter the US.

Thanks to Magdalena Wielopolski of Bird for her multitude of cool L.A. insights – keep an eye out on irislillian.com for my interview with this clever, creative, Australian/Polish, seemingly perpetual nomad.

Have you ever been to L.A. or the United States? What do you think I should check out during my next visit?
3 Comments
  1. Susie says

    Great photos Elissa, you’ve ticked all the boxes! Uber makes it so much easier to get around.

    1. Elissa says

      Thanks Susie! It sounds like you’re familiar with LA – what’s your favourite thing to do when you’re there?

  2. ENRICO says

    I am accustomed to your amazing photos but this clip on L.A. is really something special. It’s like you brought L.A. into my lounge room!! Looking forward to your next travel guide.

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