Some of My Favorite Los Angeles Spots

I am a bit behind, but Sam and I had a fantastic time in Los Angeles earlier this year.

I wanted to share some of the places we went, ate and stayed.

p.s. All the restaurants are at the very bottom for all my foodie people.


HOTEL:

CARLYLE INN

This hotel had so much character. The room was a really great size and the overall location was perfect. It was central to everywhere we wanted to go and the area wasn’t crowded + there was a Starbucks right on the corner to help with those early mornings.

Carlyle Inn + LA Places | The Simplistic Chic
Carlyle Inn + LA Places | The Simplistic Chic
Carlyle Inn + LA Places | The Simplistic Chic
Carlyle Inn + LA Places | The Simplistic Chic

PLACES:

GRIFFITH OBSERVATORY

If you’re a La La Land lover, and even if you’re not, this place is phenomenal and worth visiting. You could spend hours here touring all the floors and reading about all of the science. The Griffith Observatory also offers a stunning view of the city and the Hollywood sign. The only downside to the Griffith Observatory is that it is a bit difficult to get to and is a pretty steep walk, but it is worth seeing if you can manage that.

Griffith Observatory | The Simplistic Chic
Griffith Observatory | The Simplistic Chic
Griffith Observatory | The Simplistic Chic

SANTA MONICA PIER

The Santa Monica Pier was by far one of my favorite places we visited. While it wasn’t as large or long as I had expected it to be, it was full of little vendors and people and Santa Monica ended up being my favorite stop of the trip. The food within the city is so good! See the bottom of my post for some reccos.

Santa Monica Pier + LA Places | The Simplistic Chic
Santa Monica Pier + LA Places | The Simplistic Chic
Santa Monica Pier + LA Places | The Simplistic Chic

THE GETTY

I thought Crystal Bridges was big… LOL. The Getty was absolutely stunning. Sam and I spent a few hours one evening there and hardly went inside. The architecture was absolutely beautiful and the garden was a fairytale. You could easily spend a full day here.

The Getty + LA Places | The Simplistic Chic
The Getty + LA Places | The Simplistic Chic
The Getty + LA Places | The Simplistic Chic
The Getty + LA Places | The Simplistic Chic
The Getty + LA Places | The Simplistic Chic

BEVERLY HILLS + RODEO DRIVE

Beverly Hills that’s where ya want to be - if you have all the monies… Haha we had the opportunity to eat breakfast at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel and it was delicious, but not anything out of the ordinary, although they did have a mean chocolate croissant. The Hotel itself was absolutely beautiful and I loved the retro artwork.

Rodeo Drive was obviously a must, but you have to have a THICK wallet to make any purchases on it. The stores were stunning and heavily secured. Such a fun experience!

Rodeo Drive + LA Places | The Simplistic Chic
Rodeo Drive + LA Places | The Simplistic Chic
Beverly Hills Wilshire Hotel + LA Places | The Simplistic Chic

VENICE BEACH

Venice Beach was so much fun! The boardwalk was HUGE and the skate park was one of my favorite things. You have to stop by Muscle Beach if you go because Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Venice Beach + LA Places | The Simplistic Chic
Venice Beach + LA Places | The Simplistic Chic
Venice Beach + LA Places | The Simplistic Chic

TLC CHINESE THEATRE + HOLLYWOOD WALK

On top of all the tourist places we had to check off our list TLC Chinese Theatre was one that we were thrilled about as our dear friend had a film festival the weekend we were there. This area of Los Angeles was by far the most crowded area we visited, naturally, but it was definitely still worth visiting.

TLC Chinese Theatre + LA Places | The Simplistic Chic

STAPLES CENTER

Last but not least, Sam and I HAD to go to a Lakers Game because #LebronJames this was my first NBA experience and was an absolute blast. Although Lebron didn’t play in the game we went to the energy at NBA games are unmet. If you can swing it, go to a game!

Staples Center + LA PLACES | The Simplistic Chic

FOOD:

Elephante + LA Places | The Simplistic Chic
Elephante + LA PLACES | The Simplistic Chic

FARMERS MARKET

TONS of food options, its truly like an outdoor food market. It’s also in the middle of a fantastic shopping center. If you can’t decide what kind of food you want just go here because there is a little bit of everything.

VINCENTI

Great and unique Italian dishes. It is quite expensive, but worth it for a date night.

MAYURA

Really delicious Indian food and super reasonably priced.

ELEPHANTE

One of my favorite places located in Santa Monica. It was delicious, hip and reasonable. You MUST get the whipped eggplant if you go, you’ll be craving it for months to come!

TACOS TU MADRE

The most delicious and largest breakfast burritos I have ever had. The location is tiny but so artsy and fun.

BLUE BOTTLE COFFEE

A favorite we discovered in New York and got to enjoy in LA. Be sure to get the New Orleans.

I already have an extensive list of places I want to visit next time around. If you’ve been to LA where were you favorite places to eat, stay or visit?

Hi! I’m Aislinn. I am enjoy beautiful things from food, an outfit or a beautifully decorated home. I like to think I do it all, but my main goal is to help people love the space and body they are in.