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Welcome to Los Angeles, the cinematic cityscape that beckons dreamers, doers, and risk-takers from all across the globe.
It’s hard to describe the City of Angels without drifting into a tangent. It’s not that Angelenos are easily distracted—though this might be the case if the surf is just right—it’s that the city is bursting with exciting and exotic flavors around every palm tree.
In Los Angeles you’ll find the foodies strolling the streets of Koreatown, the bohemians selling crystals on the Venice Beach boardwalk, and perhaps a celebrity in a Hollywood farmers market. But the city does more than nurture tomorrow’s Oscar nominees; Los Angeles is also home to groundbreaking yoga instructors and innovative raw chefs. Regardless of whether you’re a screenwriter, a yogi, or an aspiring taco truck owner, you’ll never be bored in Los Angeles.
Where to Eat
Sage Organic Vegan Bistro
4130 Sepulveda Blvd., (424) 228-5835
In LA there’s no shortage of vegan and vegetarian restaurants, but you’d be hard-pressed to find one more nourishing than Sage Organic Vegan Bistro. With outdoor and indoor seating, Sage is a vegan and gluten-free fairy world. Munch on jackfruit tacos under the cute string lights, or slip inside for a kombucha cocktail with a handsome stranger. Hungry for something sweet? This joint takes care of everything, and offers a range of raw desserts and vegan ice creams for your sampling.
1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd., (310) 450-1429
Home to some of Los Angeles’s best American cuisine, Gjelina cooks up more than just seasonally-inspired pizzas, salads, and small plates. The restaurant’s creative, mouthwatering vegetable dishes and sandwiches are also not to be missed. The flavors of each dish are so intricately woven and expertly paired that it’s nearly impossible not to want to try everything. This Abbot Kinney hot spot is no secret though, so prepare for a worthwhile wait if you plan on g during busy hours.
Grand Central Market
317 S. Broadway, (213) 624-2378
Short on time but dying to sample all of the city’s best flavors? Then swing by Grand Central Market, a downtown marketplace bursting with the various cultures and cuisines of Los Angeles. Favorites include Eggslut, Madcapra, Belcampo Meat Co., and Sticky Rice, but you can also score some artisanal jewelry or fill a growler with kombucha. If Los Angeles had a Narnia, this would be it.
Where to Sweat
1357 N. Highland Ave., (323) 967-8855
We may be a bit biased, but it’s for good reason. More than just a yoga studio, Wanderlust Hollywood offers workshops, a meditation den, and a healthy foods cafe with a seasonal, veggie-rich menu designed by superstar chef Seamus Mullen. It’s easy to spend an entire day in the center, going from yoga to meditation to a workshop, and finishing it all off with a refreshing libation on the patio.
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Bhakti Yoga Shala
207 Arizona Ave., (310) 804-9290
Should you find yourself in the Santa Monica area, do yourself a favor and visit Bhakti Yoga Shala. It’s definitely on the more spiritual side of things, with many of the classes utilizing chants and aromatherapy. Most of the offerings are donation-based, making BYS a great spot for travelers or locals looking to explore.
Where to Shop
Melrose Trading Post
7850 Melrose Ave., (323) 655-7679
A mecca for artisanal jewelry, vintage clothing and furniture, and various fashion treasures, Melrose Trading Post is a breeding ground for trendy Angelenos. You’ll find the perfect pieces for both your living room and this summer’s festivals. (It’s also an ideal spot for food trucks and celebrity sightings… But you didn’t hear it from us.) Check out some local music and shop to your heart’s content Sundays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. rain or shine.
Santa Monica Certified Farmers Market
Arizona Ave. and 2nd St., (310) 458-8712
The perfect way to begin your weekend is with a leisurely stroll through the Santa Monica Certified Farmers Market. Whether you’re looking to buy fresh flowers, local produce, or an egg and cheese burrito, you’ll find all that and more from some of the friendliest vendors the city has to offer. It’s located right off the Third Street Promenade and the Santa Monica Pier, so you can easily squeeze in an entire afternoon of Los Angeles adventure.
Epic Ways to Spend an Afternoon
Cinespia at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery
6000 Santa Monica Blvd., (323) 221-3343
It doesn’t matter if you’re hanging with your pals, family, or lover, the Cinespia at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery is one the most beloved SoCal experiences. Movies span the spectrum of genres and audiences with films like E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, The Silence of the Lambs, and Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Bring a pillow, some blankets, your favorite snacks, and a bottle of wine to witness the nostalgia of iconic Hollywood.
Aloha Brothers Surf Lessons
Venice, (323) 316-8108
Surfing might be one of those things that you’ve sworn you’d eventually try, and now’s your chance. Aloha Brothers Surf Lessons are some of the best on the Coast. The instructors have loads of experience helping surfers of various levels, and lots of newbies find themselves standing up during the first few lessons. Book in packages or individual sessions, Monday through Sunday.
Favorite Outdoor Hang
30050 Pacific Coast Hwy.
LA has no shortage of beautiful beaches, but there’s nothing quite like Zuma. Located right off the Pacific Coast Highway and beside the Malibu mountains, Zuma is a white sand beach with plenty of space to lounge and picnic. Parking along the PCH is free, and you can wrap up the afternoon with a patio lunch at Malibu Seafood. Check yes for a perfect day.
Night Out on the Town
Angel City Brewery
216 South Alameda St., (213) 622-1261
Support small-batch and local beers by hitting up Angel City Brewery. The Brewery and Public House has a wide variety of craft brews on tap, including the Srirachelada (Angel City’s take on a michelada), the Angel City IPA, and the West Coast Wheat. Open until midnight, Angel City Brewery is a great place to start or end an epic LA evening.
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