Take A Break: Los Angeles
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
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.
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
- 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.
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.