My Los Angeles Travel Guide

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I've been to Los Angeles a handful of times in my life. It’s a great place to live, and a fun place to visit! There are so many places to visit and experience. Here's a growing list of my favorite spots to see and eat.


FAVORITE FOOD SPOTS:

  • KazuNori - Ever since I tried the hand rolls at KazuNori, i've been dreaming of going back for more! The rolls are made fresh right in front of you, and it's best to eat it right away. The crab roll and the creamy scallop roll is my favorite!

  • Sugarfish - I am a sushi lover, and it's no surprise that this spot is owned by the same people at KazuNori. They have sushi sets that you can order so you can try a variety of sushi. Everything is high quality and very satisfying.

  • Eggslut - Looking for a good breakfast/brunch spot? Eggslut should be on top of your list! I wrote a blog post about my experience here. They have delicious breakfast sandwiches that hit the spot.

  • Quarters Korean BBQ - You can’t go wrong with Korean BBQ, especially if you’re near K-Town. Great quality meat and service. Another good spot for BBQ is Kang Ho-dong Baekjeong, which is literally right across the street from Quarters, but usually has longer wait times.

  • Marugame Monzo - One of my favorite udon restaurants located in Little Tokyo. They make their noodles from scratch! I like getting their cold udon which is perfect when it’s scorching hot out.

  • Shake Shack - My go-to burger spot (better than In-N-Out in my opinion). For $5 you can get a good quality burger that is juicy and flavorful.

Marugame Monzo

Marugame Monzo

Quarters Korean BBQ

Quarters Korean BBQ

Shake Shack

Shake Shack


DESSERTS + DRINKS:

  • Porto's Bakery - I've been going to this bakery ever since I was a little kid and they never disappoint! My absolute favorite pastry there is the guava cheese roll. Get it and you won’t regret it!

  • Bottega Louie - I wrote a post about my first experience at Bottega Louie and it was wonderful! Everything they have is so beautiful and carefully made. They are most known for their macarons. A bit pricey, but nice to try if it's your first time.

  • Alfred Tea Room - If you're looking for an Instagram-worthy cafe, this is the one! Here they sell pastries, boba, and lattes. 

  • Milk - Try a macaron ice cream sandwich ($6) if you get the chance to visit Milk. It's a treat!

  • Sul & Beans - Never tried Korean shaved ice? It's called "bingsoo", and makes a great dessert for those hot days. The shaved ice is covered with sweet condensed milk and various toppings. 

Alfred Tea House

Alfred Tea House

Porto’s Bakery

Porto’s Bakery


ACTIVITIES:

  • Griffith Park - I have yet to visit this place yet. It's something that everyone says to do when you visit LA. It's known to be one of the largest urban parks in North America. There are multiple trails you can take but at the top you'll find the Griffith Observatory and some beautiful views of Downtown LA! I believe the hike up to the Observatory is only about one mile.

  • Universal Studios - Harry Potter World and rollercoasters. You’ll want to dedicate the whole day to go on all the rides!

  • Disneyland - The happiest place on earth, Disneyland is a must if you've never gone. I've gone three times in my life and even though the lines can be ridiculous for a five minute ride, it's super fun to feel like a kid again. Make sure you stay late for the fireworks!

  • The Broad Museum - I wrote a blog post about my visit her with lots of photos so be sure to check it out! You'll find so many inspiring artwork here, and it's amazingly free! Just be prepared to wait in a long line to enter.

  • The Pink Wall (aka the Paul Smith building on Melrose Ave) - The perfect spot to take photos! The whole building is hot pink! It’s funny to go and see a bunch of people waiting to take their turn for a photo, me being one of them!

  • Little Tokyo - You’ll find lots of cute shops and Japanese restaurants here.

  • The Grove & The Americana -  For all your shopaholic needs, you can head over to either of these shopping centers to find some cute stores and good food!

  • MUJI - This store is like the Ikea of Japan. You'll find anything and everything here from furniture to t-shirts. I love to visit this store and stock up on gel pens! They're the best and affordable!

Pink Wall @ Paul Smith Building

Pink Wall @ Paul Smith Building

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Entering Yayoi Kusama’s infinity room!

Entering Yayoi Kusama’s infinity room!


Los Angeles is a beautiful city and I always enjoy my time there! I can't wait to go back and add more favorites to this list. If there is a place that you recommend, I would love to know!

—  Love, Minna