It’s no secret we have a penchant for travel. And while LA is not far from our home, it is home to some our most-loved spots to eat, drink, shop and explore. Today in the journal we share old favourites and new discoveries that we visited on our last trip.
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Sit inside at Figaro’s dark wood bar for long enough and you might think you were in Montmartre instead of in LA’s Los Feliz. Complete with Parisian style rattan bistro chairs and flaky butter croissants, we recommend stopping in for happy hour to make the most of your Franco-American experience.
It doesn’t get much more LA than Sqirl – guilt-free, healthy food that takes you all the way to flavourtown. This spot has amazing fresh juice and crazy good brunch bowls that always get finished. You’ll know you’re in the right place by the outside lineup of trendy LA creatives waiting to place their orders.
An old-school Italian restaurant nestled just off the 101 with amazing service and even better pasta. Known for being a celeb-spotting hub, this intimate Osteria is ideal for a cozy dinner in La-La-Land. The only difficult decision you’ll have to make is whether to opt for your eating pants or a slinky satin number.
Flowerboy Project (in Venice)
Yummy snacks, great coffee and aesthetic florals make for the perfect way to start any day. We loved the unique selection of fresh and dried flowers that we brought back to our Pacific Palisades Airbnb to make our temporary house more of a home.
We love Midland for its neutral bohème décor and sustainable selections. There’s always a new clean beauty line to be discovered or a beautiful linen jumpsuit that makes us want to move to the desert and don a wide brimmed woven hat. Beware: you will not leave this shop without purchasing at least a candle.
Next door to the aforementioned Figaro Bistrot, we discovered this eclectic vintage store with everything from Levis to MiuMiu. Vintage shopping in LA can be somewhat futile unless you’re willing to drop the $$$$ at quintessential designer vintage spots such as WCAGA and Happy Isles. But this place hits the sweet spot with lots of unique finds that won’t cut into your cocktail budget (priorities).
The new(ish) Mansur Gavriel store on Melrose Place will inspire you equally for its interiors as it will for the minimalist selection of drool-worthy bags, shoes and clothing. If we could live in this space we would. With a café, patio and indoor pond we would be more than happy to spend an entire afternoon here engaging in some retail therapy.
Shop Super Street
A must-visit on every trip to LA, Shop Super Street’s curated selection of well-known and emerging designers always leaves us coming back for more. This is the place you go to find the can’t-live-without piece you didn’t know you needed. Also, the very cool shop girls always have great recommendations for what to do on any given night in the city.
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Downtown Los Angeles often gets a bad rep, but we love DTLA for its historic architecture and quirky corners. No trip to LA is complete without stopping in at Grand Central Market for a bite to eat at one of the many food vendors lit up by old-school neon signs. Then, take a quick jaunt over to the Bradbury Building and gaze up at the sky lit ceiling and intricate iron work that lines this illustrious office building. Always looking for inspiration, we like to stroll through the famous jewelry district for all its madness and liveliness. Lastly, stop in at the Ace Hotel rooftop for a drink and some sun.
The Eames House in the Pacific Palisades is like being in an architectural time capsule. What was once home to Charles and Ray Eames is now open to the public and run by the Eames Foundation to give us a glimpse into their iconic lives and timeless taste. A walk around the property left us feeling inspired and bestowed a new-found love for wood paneling.
Family Amusement Corporation Arcade
Let’s call this place a ‘dive arcade’, wherin lies its charm. If the clouds get the best of the sky on a day in LA, a visit to this classic indoor arcade filled with all the essential games will keep the good times rolling.