I decided to be a tourist in my home state for the day and wanted to share my experience with you. Los Angeles isn’t somewhere I go very often, mainly because the drivers aren’t the best! However, I decided that I want to see everything that this city has to offer while I’m still living here. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to see everything, but I will be coming back to explore more of the city hopefully in the near future.
Original Pantry Café
877 S Figueroa ST, Los Angeles, CA 90017
We decided to start our day off eating breakfast at this cute little diner that was right across the street from our hotel. This diner opened up back in 1924, and the minute you step inside you, it’s like you time traveled by to the 1920s. You can see that they kept everything the same from when they first opened. If you aren’t staying in a hotel in Downtown, they don’t have a parking lot for you to just park your car. However, you’ll pass by plenty of parking lots you can pay for that aren’t crazy expensive. Once you arrive at this location, you’ll have to stand in line to be able to get seated. This breakfast place is on a first come, first served basis, and so I would recommend coming in for an early breakfast. They have two different lines that you can stand in for. One of them is for a table, and the other is for the bar. When we got there, we got in line. However, we didn’t know they had two options until we were next. You’ll see a long line of people depending on when you arrive, and the bar seating line will be on the other side of the building, and that line had no one waiting. So, if you’re not picky and you want to be seated fast, I would choose the bar seating. But, the line for the table wasn’t that bad either. We had arrived at around 11 am and waited about 40 mins to be seated. On a Sunday I would say that’s a pretty good time. Another tip for this location is that they only accept cash! We had no idea until we made it inside to be seated. They luckily had an ATM inside the restaurant, so that made our lives so much easier. So, if you want to avoid that ATM fee, I would make sure you have cash on you. Now, the food! The food portion
Grand Central Market
317 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013
Let me just start off by saying that this place is the ULTIMATE foodie paradise. I’m someone who can eat anytime anywhere, so I fell in love with this location. This place is located in Downtown Los Angles. This market as literally an unlimited amount of choices for everyone in your party. If you love Chinese food, they got it, if you’re vegan don’t worry they got that too. The options were amazing, and everything smelled fantastic. But it did get a little overwhelming because of all the fantastic options to choose from. They even had some trendy restaurants like PBJ and Eggslut. I decided to eat at the China Café. This place was amazing, and I would recommend it if you love Chinese food. They also had different bars that you could get a drink at as well! Looking on their website, it seems like they hold various events on different days. But, we went in the middle of a Sunday and only ate there for lunch. Not only does this place have food but they have kind of like a mini farmers market inside. Let’s just say that everything about this place is fantastic and would recommend eating lunch here.
221 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012
The Broad is a fantastic contemporary art museum located in Downtown Los Angeles. This museum is on so many people lists to do for visiting LA for a good reason. You can literally spend hours just looking at each of the works featured in this museum. This museum is free to get in, but, I would register online to put your name down for tickets. You can pick the date and time you want to visit and how many people are in your party. I’ve been to this museum twice now! The first time we didn’t have tickets, but luckily we didn’t wait too long to get inside the museum. The second time we went, we did have tickets, but a crappy time slot, so we waited about 20 mins to get inside. Now, the real waiting begins once you put your name down on the infinity mirror room list. This list is on a first come first served basis, so the earlier you’re there, the better your wait will be. I actually did an entire blog post about this museum and checking out the Infinity Mirror room if you would like more details.
250 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012
It was my auntie’s idea to check out this place. And, if you’re visiting the Broad, it’s right across the street. So, if you’re waiting around and don’t know what else to do, I would check this place out. They have plenty of outside seating, which is perfect on a nice sunny day. This is a cafeteria- style restaurant that serves seasonal food. We didn’t come here for the food though. We came here specifically to try out their lemonade. I honestly wouldn’t exactly come here to eat for lunch, but the lemonade was amazing. And that says a lot coming from someone who’s not exactly a lemonade drinker. I decided to get a lavender lemonade, while my mother and aunt got the blood orange lemonade. They also have different pastries and desserts that you can choose from. You can find this place all over California!
189 The Grove Drive , Los Angeles, CA 90036
The Grove is a high-end shopping mall that has plenty of food, entertainment, and retail stores to choose from. Depending on the day, you’ll find different events or live music playing in the courtyard. I love going to this mall, and I try to go every time I’m in the area. Not only to go shopping but because this mall has an amazing farmers market. This farmers market is at the end of this mall and is something you’ll have to experience. It has so much to offer and a variety of food choices from different cultures.
But, the main reason for this visit was to try the famous Laudree. Macaroons are one of my favorite desserts, and I’ve always wanted to get some from Laudree. If you’ve never had a macaroon before please stop what you’re doing and go get one immediately because they are the best things you’ll ever try. But, Laudree is a very famous French luxury bakery that is all over France. Well, since I’ve never been to France and heard they opened one up at the Grove, I decided while we were visiting for the day to give it a try. And, I wasn’t disappointed! They were some of the best macaroons I’ve ever had and worth every penny. If you would like you can sit down and have tea time there, but I’m a little too cheap for that.
Another must-try is Domingue Coffee. If you have an Instagram, then you’ve probably seen the hot chocolates with the blooming flower marshmallow. Well, this place luckily has that pretty looking marshmallow and plenty of cute pastries. However, by the time we got there they were already sold out of the flower marshmallow so I ended up just getting a chai tea latte with almond milk. So, if getting that Instagram worthy drink is your priority then, I would recommend going there earlier in the day. We also decided to get a chocolate gingerbread pine cone to-go because we couldn’t resist the look of the pastry.
Public Art “Urban Light”
5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036
If you decided to give shopping a break, I would recommend making a pit stop at the famous Urban Light at LACMA. It’s close to to the Grove, so it makes it an easy and fast stop. The only issue that you might run into is the parking issue. So, we decided to pull over on the side of the road to take some pictures. And, we weren’t the only ones that decided to do this. Even though we saw other cars pulling over and no signs stating that wasn’t allowed, I would do it with caution.
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