Doing LA right

Having an authentic LA experience is no easy task. If you ever find yourself in this city, you will see there is too much to do in one day. With bumper to bumper traffic you have to do LA right otherwise it can put you in a bad mood. You must be prepared to have no plan. The trick is letting the city come alive to you.

I usually have an idea of some things I want to do. With my friend in town from Puerto Rico, it was my job to make the city feel like an old friend to him. Over time I have gathered up a few places I like visiting in LA.  I packed my new ipad mini to test out the camera, my gps and we were on our way.

First stop, Griffith Observatory. This is one of the best spots to see the city of Los Angeles. There is lots to do inside but being outside is the most rewarding.

Next we made out way to pick up a friend. She was staying in an area where there was a cool cafe and record store I knew of. We parked by her place and took a walk down the street. This gave us all a break from being in the car and a chance to relax.

For dinner, I recommended pizza. If shared, its cheaper for everyone. I knew of this place in Silverlake that made Chicago deep dish. As we waited to be seated, we placed our order so our food can cook while we wait. We ended up having a good time outside the restaurant, laughing and telling stories.

Later that night we went for a drive downtown to see the old buildings. During the day this would be a mistake, driving across town could take hours, but since it was pass 10pm, it was safe to make the drive. We got there in a few minutes.

After, Joanna mentioned her love for ice cream, lucky there was a place in Silverlake that was open pass midnight. We drove back to where we came from and made out final stop for the day.

As the driver of this trip I wanted everyone to have a good time without worrying about what to do next. It was my opportunity to share some of my favorite spots in LA. Its a city that can stress an outsider out but once you make friends and spend the day with them, the city will no longer feel like a stranger.

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      1. I’ll definitely check it out. I’m super duper excited. Do you recommend any food places? Ahhh July 1st needs to come quick but at the same time slow, because I got to save money for it. Which one do you recommend, Walt Disney or Universal Studios?

      2. There are a ton of good places to eat, I mainly go to the following because of the trendy atmosphere, they are kinda pricey.

        Mustered Seed Cafe –
        1948 Hillhurst Ave
        Los Angeles, CA 90027
        Neighborhood: Griffith Park/Los Feliz

        Across the street there is a nice out door place

        Alcove Cafe & Bakery
        1929 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA

        The pizza place I mentioned
        Mesa of echo park
        1800 W Sunset Blvd
        Los Angeles, CA 90026
        Neighborhood: Echo Park

        I’m a Disney fan all the way, it’s a ton of money though. If you do go, go in the morning, it gets packed and annoying at 2pm.

  1. Monica,
    That was an excellent post, it reached me at an emotional level because I love to travel and found myself eager to see what you were going to say next. The pics were great as always and now I’m curious to find out if Miami had a record/book/cafe like that, it’s super trendy and comfy looking!
    Thanks for sharing!
    God bless,
    Jack

    1. Oh good! I’m glad you liked it. I’ve never been to Miami but I’m sure that’s a whole different world haha let me know if you find a trendy area, I’ll be sure to visit it. 🙂

  2. It looks like you did a good job of it! I used to live in L.A. and even then I felt like a tourist because there are just so many “touristy” things to do there, but I think you’ve done a great job of getting away from that. Going with the flow is the best way to see any city, I agree.

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