Thanks to almost year-round sunshine and 70 degree weather, Los Angeles is the ideal quick getaway…especially when it’s still coat season on the East Coast in April. While there are so many things to do, see and eat, two days is enough time to hit up some highlights. Read on for my 48-hour L.A. travel guide!
Order a double double.
You can’t visit Los Angeles without making a pit stop at In-N-Out. As an East Coaster, I’m Shake Shack ride or die but I have to admit, an immediate post-airport pit stop for a double double really hit the spot. Just make sure to get your order animal style.
Hit up the city’s most Instagram-able walls.
There are plenty of walls that make for the perfect Instagram bait, but the Paul Smith pink wall on Melrose in West Hollywood is by far the most famous. There are hordes of Instagrammers here as long as there’s daylight, so just go for it the second you see an opening. As it happens, there’s another feed-friendly wall just across the street from Paul Smith, on the side of Carrera Café. But don’t just stop for the ‘gram, pop in for an iced latte too (I can attest that they’re really good!).
Pay a visit to LACMA.
Perhaps you saw Chris Burden’s Urban Light in No Strings Attached, but it’s worth seeing in person. The art piece is comprised of 202 street lamps from Southern California and Portland, OR on a grid. Check it out on your way in to see the rest LACMA has to offer!
Get your hands on some pizza.
The pizza at Pizzana was so good, I didn’t stop to take a photo. Food critic Jonathan Gold compared the pizza to the best in the world…high praise indeed. The Brentwood restaurant’s offerings live up to the hype—we ordered a classic and hearty Amatriciana, the Corbarina with surprisingly sweet and sour squash blossoms and the decadent Cacio e Pepe. The latter was a special of the night and my mouth is watering just thinking about it.
Start your day off grateful.
Get a healthy start with a visit to vegan brunch destination Café Gratitude. It’s a restaurant that really leans into its name and is a little kitschy as a result—our order came out to a Holy (the aptly-named donut), one Vivid (the açai bowl) and one Nurtured (the breakfast wrap)…see what I mean? However, the food was good and the patio was delightful so who am I to judge their menu naming structure?
Venice has a wealth of things to do, from checking out the boardwalk to getting your toes a little sandy.
See the iconic Venice Historic Canal District.
Escape the crowded Venice streets by turning into the quiet, residential Venice Historic Canal District. These man-made canals were created in 1905 by developer Abbot Kinney, resulting in a charming maze of bridges, greenery and impressive real estate (properties here are selling in the $3M range).
Shop along Abbot Kinney.
If you’re feeling some retail therapy, walk along Abbot Kinney for the best buys (and more Instagram-able walls!).
Grab a glass of rosé at Neighbor.
Skip the line at overly-hyped Butcher’s Daughter and walk down the street to Neighbor. Try for a seat in the front windows or on the patio for the best atmosphere.
Indulge in a little something sweet.
If you’re willing to brave the line, Salt & Straw has an abundance of flavors perfect for sampling—try the honey lavender or chocolate rose petal!