I’ve arrived in the City of Angels and I’m going to share some of my fav cool stuff to do in Los Angeles. I come here for work a couple of times a year and I never want to leave. And I would not leave if my family didn’t all live in New Jersey.
And no I would not “miss seasons.” Why does everyone always say, “But wouldn’t you ‘miss seasons?”?! SEASONS ARE FOR PUNKS GET OVER IT ALREADY.
The weather here is incredible and it makes living every day life 100% better. My mood is fully elevated and I don’t feel like I want to punch everyone in the face. And there are cool plants everywhere! I admit they have been irresponsible with their water but I do really enjoy the plants you guys.
I am so tired from travels and I don’t have photos for you but I do have information about cool stuff to do in Los Angeles so please enjoy that. Edited 12/11: Pics of Homestate added.
Here is some of my fav cool stuff to do in Los Angeles…
Homestate – 4624 Hollywood Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90027
OMG. These are Austin-style breakfast tacos and they’re all named after rivers in Texas. HOW DID THEY KNOW THIS IS EVERYTHING I HAVE EVER WANTED. Homestate breakfast tacos are incredible and I have walked 4 miles roundtrip for them. It was also for exercise but the breakfast tacos were involved.
I have been to Austin a couple of times and I can confidently say these are the real deal and they mean everything to me. Another cool thing here is that they collab with bands to make special tacos named after the bands that they feature for like a month. Once time they made one with my fav band Best Coast and that’s how I became aware of Homestate! It’s a beautiful life.
Sugarfish – 600 W 7th St #150, Los Angeles, CA 90017 (DTLA)
I enjoy sushi as a food overall but when I go out for dinner I’m usually like “suhsi isn’t enough.” But let me tell you that SUGARFISH IS ENOUGH. I wouldn’t be lying if I said I have never had sushi that tasted like this or like…FELT like this in my mouth. It’s something with the texture? I hesitate to use the word “buttery” because that doesn’t sound right for fish but…that’s kinda what it is.
They have meals there called “Trust Me” and “Trust Me Lite” and you really just have to trust them because either is a good choice. The regular sized “Trust Me” is a bit much for me as far as quantity. Which is rare for me to say, but the “Trust Me Lite” fills me just fine.
Sugarfish almost always has a line or a long wait, so be ready for that. It’s best to go by yourself and they can slide you in at the bar somewhere. I have been to the one in DTLA and the one on Sunset but I’ve heard of one in Santa Monica. There is also one in NYC now! And it’s just as good, promise.
Literally any Mexican foods
LA people always say they have the best Mexican food and it’s truly really good! Just…anywhere. All of the Mexican places I’ve tried here have been great. Just pick one.
“Vegetarian Meal” at In-N-Out Burger
French fries and a milkshake and you dip the fries in the milkshake. WE CALL THAT “SHANIMAL STYLE” AROUND HERE.
Sorry, I dislike burgers but everyone else always wants to go to In-N-Out Burger for a special cowabunga lifestyle treat so that’s what I get.
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Grand Central Market – 317 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013
Grand Central Market has great foods and snacks and things and it’s never too ridiculously crowded or overwhelming. I’ve had falafel there, BBQ sides, ice cream, and EGG SLUT. Egg Slut has been my most favorite sampling from here. Their breakfast sandwiches are the best I’ve ever had, I think it’s something with the sauce. THE SLUTTY SAUCE. It’s delicious.
They also have bars/places to get drinks there, and a nice area to sit outside, BECAUSE IN LA YOU CAN ALWAYS SIT OUTSIDE. Across the way from Grand Central Market is the Angels Flight Railway which I inexplicably follow on Instagram but inexplicably will not NOT follow them on Instagram. It’s interesting and historical! It reminds me of the inclines of Steel City PITTSBURGH but way more glam. Because this is Hollywood, folks.
The Last Bookstore – 453 S. Spring St., Los Angeles, California, 90013
When I was in LA in August my co-worker took me to the The Last Bookstore and my life was changed forever. It’s just a bookstore I guess but boy is it BADASS AF. There’s old books in a vault, there’s art made out of books into a tunnel, there are SO MANY BOOKS and SO MANY GENRES of books, and there is an art market part. It’s a super cool place! There is actually an event here on Thursday that I’m super pumped to go to with some co-workers. Yesssssss love itttt.
Perch – 448 S Hill St, Los Angeles, CA 90013
Perch was pretty consistently recommended to me by one of my co-workers every single time I’ve been in town and I finally made it there this past summer. It’s cool! I really like Downtown LA. I think it’s because when I first started coming here I stayed there most often and I have fond memories there. Actually most of my “stuff to do” is there. I like it because you can walk around.
This rooftop is great! You can see all around and the cocktails are good and it’s a cool vibe. I mean just a regular kind of rooftop vibe but that’s always cool you guys. A pretty place to see a sunset, too. Getting up there isn’t too annoying if you go after work, either. I’m used to nonsense lines and a lot of stress while attempting to enter a rooftop in NYC.
One of the things I love about LA is that HIKING IS ALL AROUND YOU. You can drive to hiking, or you can even walk to hiking. Now that I stay in Hollywood at Mama Shelter it takes like 30 minutes to walk to Runyon Canyon and it is BAD. ASS. You walk down Hollywood Blvd past all the gross tourist stuff and everything smells like pee and the stench of broken dreams and wasted promises but then you turn right up a hill and you’re in a lovely park!
Everyone lets their dogs off-leash in LA, which makes me very nervous and I do not approve. I live in fear that dogs off-leash will attack each other and create public discord. But everyone also wears sports bras or no shirts at all in LA which is a lifestyle I’m obviously fully on board with.
My personal walking path to Runyon Canyon from Mama Shelter is as follows:
– Walk toward Hollywood Blvd then go west on Hollywood Blvd, for like a while. You’ll pass all the stuff. Then turn right up a hill on N Fuller Ave. Boom you’re there. Have fun.
The Sweat Spot – 3327 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026
Pure Barre – 740 South Olive Street, Suite 106 Los Angeles, CA 90014
LA was the first place that I tried Pure Barre when I was here a few years ago and I really liked it. I’ve only been to the DTLA studio but it was great! I was actually really into the efficiency of it. It’s a small space but they get everyone in and worked out and out of there quickly and it works out great. Great, great, great, all she’s got to say is “great.”
Soul Cycle – 6201 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
Okay again I apologize because this shit is basic as hell but I do love Soul Cycle for whatever reason and it just seems right while here in LA. I’m going to try to make it there this week too, I frequent one on Hollywood Blvd. OMG and the restaurant next door has lemon trees outside i MUST go visit those.
That’s about it! Of course there’s way more but those are some of my favs. What is your fav cool stuff to do in Los Angeles? What do you think is NOT cool stuff to do in Los Angeles? Do you even care about cool stuff to do in Los Angeles? You should. It’s a cool place. To do cool stuff. Like the cool stuff above. K cool.