After recently having gone to LA for the first time, I finally understand the hype. And let me tell you it is NOT underrated. I hope the people that live there appreciate how good they have it, cause it is truly the perfect place to live (seriously like palm trees everywhere). So I thought I’d make a list of the places I loved and you must see for your first time in LA.
1. Sunset Blvd
If you want to enjoy the city and nightlife, I suggest staying at a hotel on Sunset Blvd. The location is so lively and within walking distance of the best West Hollywood spots. I stayed at the Mondrian, which had great service, surprisingly spacious rooms, and an amazing pool. Even if you don’t book a room there, you can pop by the pool during the day – or checkout the Sky Bar at night, which is a VIBE.
2. Santa Monica
If you’re going to LA, to relax and chill by the beach then this is the place to be. Surrounded by the ocean and soft sand, just typing about it gets me in my feelings. You need to spend at least one day here, there’s so much to do. An insanely nice outdoor shopping mall called Third Street Promenade, that includes shops from Louis Vuitton to Forever 21. Not to mention some amazing restaurants (the patios are on another level). And obviously can’t forget Santa Monica Pier – like really who doesn’t love a good carnival?
3. Venice Beach
What use to be considered the poor district of LA has now become the hippest spot in the city. Known for its boardwalk and street performances, this has got to be the most entertaining beach you’ll ever come across. With the eclectic characters of muscle beach and dancers of all sorts, you will be skipping from crowd to crowd snapchatting the whole thing. If you have extra time, rent a bike for the whole experience.
4. Abbot Kinney Boulevard
Located right by Venice Beach, this is the coolest fashion hub in LA at the moment. With high end boutiques such as Rag and Bone, while also featuring local designers and cute little jewellery stands, among so many other things. Salt and Straw ice cream shop is a must try – though be prepared for an out-the-door lineup.
5. Rodeo Drive
Ok this is an obvious one but had to be included. Even if you’re not planning on spending dolla dolla bills you gotta see Rodeo in all its glory. With expensive cars parked all the way along the street and lots of celeb sightings if you’re paying attention, just window shopping alone is worth it.
6. Manhattan Beach
If you prefer a less touristy area then hit up Manhattan Beach. You’re still getting miles of sand and oceans but in a more relaxing way. Plus the shops and restaurants look like they’re straight out of a dream. Make sure to walk up the pier to see the local seals (the animal – not the navy) just chillin’ out on the rocks.
7. Shake Shack
Don’t believe the hype of In ‘n Out, nothing compares to Shake Shack
8. Urth Cafe
Who would’ve thought healthy food could also be delicious? Avocado toast is a must have.
9. Ivory on Sunset
This is the restaurant located at the Mondrian. First of all the aesthetic is A1, secondly you get a view of basically all of WeHo. Lastly, go for brunch and trust the breakfast burrito (thank me later).
For all the Vanderpump Rules fans out there, this one is a MUST. The restaurant itself is gorgeous and the service is great. Plus you’re bound to see one or two members of the cast. I even got to get a picture with Lisa, who was the sweetest!!