Must Do's in Los Angeles!
Before heading out to the beautiful city of Los Angeles, I did my fair share of research to see which spots to hit, what places to visit, what to order at restaurants, and even where to stay. Every recommendation that you all gave me was absolutely fantastic, so I wanted to share with you my top places during my visit in LA so if you ever visit (which you must at some point- its amazing) you know where to go!
We stayed at the Mondrian Hotel which had the most amazing views of the entire city! It is located in the West Hollywood area, and part of the reason I wanted to stay here was because of it's amazing location. Most of the places I wanted to stop by were walking distance, including all of the amazing workouts, coffee shops and restaurants. The hotel had a very young and fun crowd, and they also had amazing pool parties for those days when we just wanted to relax and have some fun!
Our first stop was none other than Cafe Gratitude, as seen everywhere on Instagram and as recommended by most of you! This place is a delicious vegan restaurant with the most amazing creations. We asked the waitress to bring out their most asked for dishes, so we got to try a little bit of everything! Some of the dishes we most liked were the Pad Thai Kelp Noodles, the Pizza of the day, and their Probiotic Bowl. If you go with friends, I recommend to get a few dishes and share them so you can explore their different selections of incredible vegan food!
After Cafe Gratitude, we went for a nice walk and came across one of the best ice cream stores I've tried! It is called Salt and Straw, and they are famous for making the most insane creations of flavors such as Black Olive Brittle and Goat Cheese, and this delicious Honey Lavander Ice Cream. It is not a healthy ice cream store, so if you are looking for a healthier ice cream definitely stopped by for a Freeze from Pressed (I went to the one on Abbot Kinney because not all Pressed have the Freeze). However, if you are in the mood to indulge a little bit during your vacation, this place is a great way to cool down because their ice cream flavors are worth it!!
Guys... Ysabel's is a MUST! Not only is it gorgeous with lights all around and beautiful people, but the food is really good too! If you are looking for a fun place to go dinner, this place is it. It is tapas-style, so we ordered a lot of healthy appetizers to share and then for our main courses we also shared the Salmon pictured above and their handmade Truffle Tagliatelle pictured below!
Ps. this is a great example of how balance is key- we ordered different healthy appetizers such as Tuna Tartare, Heirloom Tomato Salad, Brussels Sprouts, Avocado Salad and Hamachi Sashimi, and then for our main courses we shared two plates- one healthy (the grilled Salmon) and one not so healthy (Truffle Tagliatelle) because it was a must try on the menu! By the time we got to the pasta, we were already pretty full on the healthy appetizers so each of us got to try a little bit of the pasta without actually taking in a lot of it!
Ok so this next spot was by far my favorite place in LA!!! Alfred's has a few places by Melrose Ave and Melrose Place, so I would go a lot to the one by Melrose Ave for breakfast because they had one of the most amazing Avo Toasts and Nut Butter Toasts I have tried. Their coffee and Matcha lattes are pretty amazing as well, and it is just overall a very cute and delicious spot! If I lived in LA, I think I would be at Alfred's every single day of my life, so if you happen to be visiting this place is also a MUST!
Gracias Madre was also one of those spots that was recommended by everyone. It is actually vegan heaven! The restaurant is gorgeous with great ambience. They have amazing vegan Mexican food, and they're also known for their delicious cocktails! The best part about it is that this place is not only meant for vegan lovers because their food is so good that everyone you go with will love it! To drink, I ordered a Spicy Mezcal infused cocktail and to eat once again we ordered a bunch of the waiter's recommendations and shared them all. It was an amazing experience and I can't wait to go back for more!
Next stop was Craig's. If you want a delicious meal with a chance of running into someone famous, this place is it! As soon as we walked in, there were already paparazzi at the door which I had never seen before so that was crazy! The food was beyonddd delicious. Everything was so delicate with the freshest, most amazing quality. I ordered the Tuna Tartare as an appetizer and then shared a Sesame Crusted Salmon that was to die for! So if you have a chance to stop by, definitely do so- but make sure that you reserve a few weeks in advance because it is very hard to get a reservation!
Urth Cafe is also one of those places that if you happen to have time, its an amazing spot for breakfast or brunch! They have a huge selection of delicious, healthy options such as omelettes, fruit plates, almond milk lattes, Matcha, and multigrain waffles to name a few! We stopped for breakfast a couple of times to fuel up for our hikes up Runyon Canyon and Griffith Park, which I also totally recommend to do if you can!
If you love sushi, Sugarfish is one of those places you just have to go. The fish literally melts in your mouth and its by far one of the most delicious sushi spots I have tried. If you visit, order the "Trust Me" which comes with a selection of different Tartares, Nigiris, and Hand Rolls to try and they were all absolutely amazing. If they have it there that day, also order the Albacore Belly Nigiri pictured above- it was one of the most delicious nigiris I have ever tried! If you are really want to stay healthy during the trip, they also have a fit version where they can make everything without the rice!
By now, you probably know that one of my favorite activities is going to the Farmer's Market. And this one is just one of those markets that one can't miss! It is located in Santa Monica, and I happened to go on a Wednesday right before my flight to see what local fruits and veggies California has to offer! This market was filled with delicious, sweet fruit such as oranges and grapefruits, figs, berries and peaches, and I got to sample a little bit of everything! My favorite was by far their sweet peaches, their figs and their strawberries. After the farmers market, we walked around by the Santa Monica Pier which is also a must and let my inner child out to play. We went on the ferris wheel where I got to see a view of the whole city and beach, and it was so stunning and so recommended.
I hope you enjoyed my post about my recommendations in LA! If you have any other questions about anything else from my trip you want to know about, feel free to email me! Whether it's hikes, nightlife, what to order, and any other places to visit in the area that did not make it to this post. Thank you so much for reading!