Los Angeles Travel Diary (& Video!)

I touched down back in New York a few days ago, and have been in a delirious state ever since… Jet lag has magically hit me much, much harder than it did for my trip to Bali! Anyways, today I’m back with my favorite kind of post: a travel diary. I’m sharing all of my favorite places to eat, play, shop, and stay in the Los Angeles area (and boy, do I have a lot of recommendations!), and giving you all the details on my trip. Also, I have a quick video that I filmed while I was there, so stay tuned until the end to watch! Without further ado, here is my Los Angeles travel diary…

This was my first visit to LA, and I absolutely loved it! In fact, I was shocked at how much I enjoyed the city. It is so, so different than New York City — my second home — in the best ways possible. We all know the weather is near perfect, it is so much less crowded when you’re walking around, it felt cleaner, the people were friendlier, it is much more progressive — the list goes on and on! The traffic didn’t even bother me. What might be my favorite thing is how you have the mountains and the beach right in the same area; that’s essentially my dream world 🙂

Did I mention that I saw Kendall Jenner, Brittany Snow (one of my absolute favorites), and Cameron Dallas? I never see celebrities in NYC for some reason, so it was so funny to see so many in such a short amount of time.

{around west hollywood}

We stayed at an Airbnb in West Hollywood, which ended up being my favorite neighborhood in Los Angeles. The palm-tree lined streets were filled with cute coffee shops, tons of amazing shops and restaurants, and the coolest street art everywhere you looked. It was amazing.

My absolute favorite places to eat in WeHo were Carrera Café or Verve for morning coffee, Rawberri for an açai or pitaya bowl, Urth Café for lunch, and Gracias Madre (all plant-based Mexican? Yes, please!) for dinner. All of these places were picture perfect, and I would go back to each in a heartbeat — there were so many more items on the menus that I would like to try!

{view from hollywood hills}

Hollywood Hills is truly amazing. The houses are gorgeous, the winding roads weaving up and down the hills are insane, and the view of the city of Los Angeles can’t be beat. We went on a quick hike at Runyon Canyon which was nice — it was sunny and beautiful and an easy hike. Parking was a little iffy — we were so happy that we were driving a Jeep Wranger that could park on the uneven grounds! I would love to do a hike to the Hollywood Sign next time around.

{malibu views}

{el matador state beach}

{malibu wine safari}

My other favorite area was Malibu, which is of course a little ways outside of Los Angeles. It was absolutely stunning; there are no other words to describe it. All of the beaches that we saw were gorgeous, but I’d have to say my favorite was El Matador State Beach.

We also visited Malibu Wine Safari which was nothing short of perfect. We did the Giraffe Tour, so we got to meet and feed Stanley the giraffe who is a retired Hollywood actor. (Yes, seriously). We basically all got into a safari-style truck like you’d see on an African safari and rode it around Saddlerock Ranch. We got to meet so many animals who all had the most clever names… My personal favorites were the llamas, including Barack and Michelle Ollama, the Dalai Llama, Kendrick Llama, and Llama Del Rey. In between meeting and feeding the animals, we tasted both red and white wines. Animals and wine — you couldn’t ask for a more perfect combo!

As far as food, Sunlife Organic was my favorite place that we ate at in Malibu. I had one of the best açai bowls I’ve ever had! Too good.

{santa monica}

{venice}

The Santa Monica and Venice areas are talked about a lot, but I have to say they weren’t my favorite parts of the city. I’m so glad I got to see and experience them, but I didn’t love them as much as the other neighborhoods that I talked about. The Santa Monica pier was fun to see (and the sunset from there is supposed to be really pretty!), the Venice sign was iconic (stop by Animal House to shop around while you’re right there), and I could sit and people watch at the Venice Skate Park all day long. Other than that, it was a little too gritty for my taste.

{a few random iphone snaps}

A few posts ago, I mentioned that I would be placing a heavier focus on videos moving forward. So, I decided to put together a one-minute look into my trip. It’s definitely not my favorite thing I’ve ever created, but it felt like a great way to get started with cinematography. I recently read a quote that said something along the lines of, “in order to get good at something, you have to be willing to be bad at it.” It really resonated with me, and perfectly describes how I feel about videography at the moment.

That being said, this video was so much fun to create, and I can’t wait to make more (better!) videos soon. Thank you so, so much for watching — it really means more to me than you know! I hope you enjoy. And hey, if you have any ideas for videos that you want me to make, please just let me know 🙂

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So that just about wraps up my Los Angeles travel diary! Have you ever been to LA? What are your favorite places to eat, play, shop, and stay in the area?
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