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Guide to Los Angeles, CA

First time visiting The Golden State? Here are some of my top suggestions! I’ll try to keep it as short and sweet as I can.

Alfred Coffee

8428 MELROSE PLACE, LOS ANGELES
In need of some coffee? Look no further. This cool little hang has made quite a name for itself, having the best cup of coffee in LA. Situated on Melrose Place you can enjoy some brew while interacting with the friendly staff.

El Matador Beach

32350 EL MATADOR BEACH ROAD, MALIBU

Get up early, grab a coffee and take the car to the beach side. On the way to Malibu type into your GPS ‘El Matador Cliff Beach’. On the way there you are able to drive past all the huge, lavish homes – and when you get there, the views are stunning.

Santa Monica

SANTA MONICA, CA, USA

On the way back from Malibu stop by Santa Monica Pier. Although I’m not a big ‘rides’ person, the experience was still a lot of fun – grabbing an ice cream cone and browsing all the different stores along the boardwalk. When you head to the bottom of the pier, they have the cheapest bike rentals at $7 p/h! So cheap and worth it to take a cruise down to Venice Beach and back.

Venice Beach

VENICE, LOS ANGELES

At Venice Beach you will see their iconic skate parks, basketball courts and Cali sunset over the towering palm trees. The SkyBar Rooftop of the Erwin Hotel overlooks all of Venice Beach – highly recommended! Oh, and don’t forget to take your tokin Venice sign photo before you leave!

Warner Bros, Studio Tour

If you are a movie or television buff, this is the place for you. The tour inspired me so much, I was tempted to cancel the ticket to NY, live in LA and apply for a job! Being a huge ‘Friends’ fan, seeing the original set was incredible. Not to mention all the behind the scenes work that goes into each and every program. After the tour if you’re hungry, head over to The Smoke House. George Clooney went there every week for 15 years while shooting ER and the food is out of this world! Must try their Famous Cheesy Garlic Bread. There is also a large mural on the wall of celebrities who have dined there while working at Warner Brothers.

In-N-Out Burger

7009 SUNSET BLVD., HOLLYWOOD

All you locals are laughing, but coming from Australia this is such an attraction for some typical American takeout (but a little better for you, maybe?). Think of it as a better version of Mc Donald’s, all the chips are hand cut and burgers made fresh in the kitchen. This was right around the corner from where we were staying, and was packed every time we drove by. If you’re game, try the Animal Fries – that’s all I’m saying.

The Laugh Factory

8001 SUNSET BLVD, HOLLYWOOD
A fun thing to do if you have a night to spare is grab some dinner and head to The Laugh Factory. Open since 1979 the original Sunset Boulevard comedy club has been the starting point for comedy stars and emerging talent. The night before I went Kevin Hart even made a drop in performance – and this is not a rare occurrence. It’s never a bad thing to laugh! So go on, have a few drinks and you’ll leave feeling peachy.

Blu Jam Cafe

7371 MELROSE AVENUE, CA, USA

My posts wouldn’t be mine without an ah-mazing breakfast suggestion would it!? Blu Jam is situated on Melrose Avenue, providing the freshest of both local and organic produce. It also features it’s own line of gourmet coffee! Absolutely must try the Crunchy French Toast while there – it will blow your mind!

Hollywood Sign Walk

LOS ANGELES, CA, USA

During the stay I was tossing up between the famous Runyon Canyon walk, or the Hollywood sign walk. As I was already going to view the sign, I thought I would ‘kill two birds with one stone’! And I’m so glad I did! I suggest going at dusk – bare in mind the walk is roughly 40 minutes to an hour depending on how fast you walk. The easiest way to get to the starting track is to go behind the Griffith Observatory and keep driving as far as you possibly can go to the top – seriously keep driving, the walk is long enough! The views of the city are breathtaking and all the walking is completely worth it. Not to mention it was surreal to be standing above such an iconic part of Hollywood history.

Katsuya Hollywood

6300 HOLLYWOOD BLVD, HOLLYWOOD
The best fine dining Japanese I’ve had! Katsuya was expensive but the quality of food can speak for itself. The restaurant has a great vibe and you must book in advance!

Beverly Hills

So you’ve already got Rodeo Drive on the ‘to do’ list. Once you have finished shopping, take a drive to the beautiful baby pink – Beverly Hills Hotel. Walk in like you can actually afford the place, and follow the signs to their pool area. If you aren’t in awe by now, I would be surprised. This hotel is like a timewarp back to classic Hollywood – making me want to slip into some high waisted bikinis and drink cocktails by the private cabana’s. Grab a drink or some lunch by the pool, and take in how much history the hotel holds! By far one of my LA highlights.

Big Sur

If you have a car, you should make it a priority to drive to San Francisco. Be prepared for a long drive around 10 hours (beach/back-highway)- but the views make it all worth it! Go on the highway and in the GPS enter ‘Big Sur’ and stop at Bixby Bridge. The views are breathtaking. Because the scenic drive takes around two days, I would suggest booking accommodation half way at Monterey for the night.

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