a millennial’s Los Angeles guide | hot spots, vintage, vegan food
a millennial’s vacation guide through Los Angeles
best places for shopping, thrifting, vegan eating and relaxing in L.A.
I have to admit, the last time in L.A. I was a bit disappointed. The city is so big and dispelled, there’s almost (from a non-Cali-person’s view) no structure and everything is very far far away from everything.
But what about all these Los Angeles Lovers? I really wanted to experience that southern california (soCal) vibe by myself! & somehow this time it worked and now yep, I gotchaaa. There are so many lovely places, so many lovely people and I’ve never felt such a calming balance in my heart like here (so cheesy but almost crying typing this because it was such a special time for me)
So here are my personal favorites to do, shop and eat in LA; from classics to my personal discoveries:
TO DO & SEE
Rather a must than an insider, but Venice Beach is one oft the most unique places I’ve ever been. You can do so much stuff and I could literally spend a whole week just there and it wouldn’t get boring at all.
Of course, people watching is incredibly interesting there. All these crazy, talented, individual human beings. Just so inspiring and satisfying
–streetdancers who can do moves with their bodies I didn’t even know that’s physically possible. lol
–artists, cartoonists as well as mural painters who just take their acrylics / spray cans and try to catch the magical sunrise on canvas
–basketball players. take some time with you, because once started watching them, you definitely wanna see who’s gonna win
–skaters. their tricks and flips but also their style is so cool
-‘muscle people’. because it’s unbelievable what they can lift and it’s also nice to watch (hehe)
Take a ride to Santa Monica
I’d recommend to take the city bikes which are much cheaper and definitely not worse than the over-priced ones from the bike stores directly at the beach. The ride itself is magical. You bike along Venice Beach through palm trees and arrive after a light 30 min ride at the Santa Monica Pier. I think that was one of my favorite things of the whole journey
Get there at sunset (or sunrise for the early birds) and get the ultimate view over L.A. 😉 its crazy how big the city is!!
my brother’s enjoying the view haha
Hike in the Hollywood Hills
This can be combined with the Griffith Observatory, but there’re also multiple trails directly to the Hollywood sign, just look online for your favorite hike (btw you can’t touch the letters, there’s a fence with CCTV)
Walk of Fame
It’s not as glamorous as you would expect, but definitely a must for everyone who’s visiting L.A.
Didn’t make it to the Broad on time but I heard so much incredible stuff about this museum of art! Make sure you visit it if you’re in L.A. and tell me about it 🙂
Venice / Venice Beach
Some people call it L.A. ‘s ‘hippest 1,5 miles’ and I totally agree. There’s one cute (vintage) store next to another cute restaurant, next to another cool store… and so on. Make sure you have a stroll and get inspired 🙂
at the beach walk
Venice is not only a paradise by itself, it’s also a vintage paradise! At the beach walk you can find many vintage stalls… Maybe a bit more pricey but very cool and original from Venice beach…
But there’re also many stores in the neighborhood…
Such a cute concept store located in Venice. They have vintage stuff as well as new clothes and accessories in a very cool bohemian style
The best vintage store I’ve ever been. They have so much vintage stuff and everything is selected with so much love and passion. Really enjoyed strolling around (and found the hat of my dreams!!!)
Found that lovely flea market in Venice and loved it! They’re many vintage stores and designers from Los Angeles & everything in a great and relaxed atmosphere
THE street for shopping and strolling oh and of course with lots of vintage stores haha
That’s your place to go if you’re interested in vintage clothes! The market is every Sunday and incredible huuuge. Disadvantage: because of all the hype about that particularly flea, they require an entrance fee of 5$, which is imo a lot for just entering a market…
OMG. THAT WAS INSANE. We drove by this store and I recognized that huge poster saying ‘every Sunday 1$ EVERYTHING’. I was freaking out and had to go there on Sunday. (where I freaked out another time) It’s crazy, just a huge parking lot with piles of clothes. You have to rummage a lot, prepare for dirty, shabby ‘clothes’ (I found a life vest, too), heat and lots of people in kinda ‘hunter-mode’. But for me it was 100% worth it and after I dealt with the situation I really enjoyed that quest for some vintage treasures. I found so much high quality vintage stuff in very good conditions, aww it still makes me so happy!
Not really an insider tip, but I loved all these different food (you can literally taste the world) and veggie stalls. Sometimes there’re playing bands which is also quite nice 🙂
A gigantic mall with all the american brands you can imagine! I also really loved all the lighting and decoration there (+ here’s a healthy ice cream stall which sells heavenly Halo Top ice cream)
A healthy grocery store with a huuuuge food bar which serve everything healthy you could imagine. All kinds of kale/ tumeric/ avocado -casseroles, -kelp noodles, wraps, bowls, everything! It was so hard to decide!!!
This really fancy and instagramable restaurant is located in the fancy Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice and offers great breakfasts as well as nutritious bowls and vegan desserts... yum
We found this mostly raw vegan restaurant accidentally in L.A. Downtown (actually searching for a different one). This was my favorite meal of the whole trip. Everything tasted so fresh, light and delightful, it was amazing! (so happy the other restaurant was closed haha)
Super cheesy vegan Pizza by the slice with many many other fancy toppings…yum!
A 100% plant-based fast food chain? Had to try this and ate the best and cheesiest burger of my life. The ‘meat’ tasted and looked shockingly real but it was soooo good.
Besides amazing Mexican food, Los Angeles has many great Indian restaurants. We found that vegetarian and organic place pretty close to our Airbnb and it was simply delicious!
Every sunday there’re Farmer’s markets all over L.A. where you get super fresh and local food! (and many samples 🙂 )
Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods and Co.
Also loved our simple ‘Mexican suppers’. Consisting of sprouted tortillas, guacamole, hummus and some veggies from Trader Joe’s (btw. their Bagel seasoning is bombbb).
At WholeFoods there is a huge selection of salads, veggies, rice, pasta, tofu etc. etc. A paradise for every vegetarian/ vegan 🙂
I had the best and happiest week in Los Angeles. The people are so nice, the weather was great, I loved our place in the heart of Venice and I could finally calm down 100%. (that was much needed!) I could even imagine myself living there for some months/ years. L.A..
I really appreciated feeling that Cali- vibe 🙂