5 Things to do in Los Angeles

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1) Visit the Arts District – The Downtown Los Angeles Arts District is an amazing hub for young professionals, up and coming artists and creatives. The mix of warehouses and new condos/lofts makes it an interesting place to visit. In the Arts District, you’ll find beautiful murals, stunning buildings, stylish galleries, cute boutiques, hype coffee shops and also a ton of delicious restaurants. The approximate neighborhood limits are Second Street to Seventh Street and Alameda Street and the LA River. If you’re a fan of the series New Girl on Fox, you may also recognize some buildings from the show. The famous apartment in the tv series can be found in the Arts District. When in the area, another famous spot to visit is the L.A. River. Finding the entrance can be a bit tricky but it’s worth the trek and exploration. As soon as you get there, you’ll recognize it from countless movies, music videos, photoshoots, etc.

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2) Make a stop at California Donuts – Those who know me know that I have a serious thing for donuts. Thanks to Instagram, I heard of the infamous California Donuts shop, where they make the most colorful and unique donuts I’ve ever seen. Whether they’d be shaped like a panda, covered in cereal, cookies, peanut butter cups, etc, these donuts are beautiful to look at and most importantly super tasty! One of the coolest things they make are letter donuts that you can custom order for any special occasion. If you also have a thing for donuts, you’ll want to follow them on Instagram.

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3) Explore Marina Del Rey’s fisherman’s village – If you’re looking for a cute spot to ride a bike or for a leisurely stroll, the fisherman’s village is a great spot to spend time at. You can rent kayaks or SUPs and paddle around the different channels, you can also go for a boat ride or go fishing. It’s a great place to have an afternoon snack or beverage. Watching the sunset from the village is never a bad time either. It may feel a little touristy in the summer but during the rest of the year, it’s actually pretty quiet. They’ve also got a handful of shops (which I personally don’t care for) that could interest those looking for a local souvenir. But if you were to ask me what the best thing about the area is… I’d tell you that it’s looking for seals. They’re all over the place. I guarantee you’ll see them either propped up on a pier or swimming around the marina. They’re really the funniest to watch!

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4) Rent a surfboard from Malibu Surf Shack – The Malibu Surf Shack is a local institution in, you guessed it, Malibu. Located right across the PCH from the Malibu Pier, this shop has been around since 1972. They rent a great selection of longboards, shortboards, softops and also for those not into surfing, kayaks, SUPs, Body Boards as well as wetsuits. They also give lessons and tours of the area. The shop is located right beside the Surfrider Beach, the perfect spot if you want to longboard and spend the day at the ocean.

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5) Go for a trail run – There are so many great places to go running in and around Los Angeles. If you’re looking for a group run, you can join the Nike Running Club (NRC) in either Santa Monica, at The Grove in Beverly Hills or Pasadena for a guided run evenings and weekends. If you’re looking for a flat run, take the Marvin Braude Bike Trail, it’s a 22-mile trail that you can find right along the beach in Venice, Santa Monica and Pacific Palisades. If you’re looking for more of an incline, you can choose from a variety of trails such as Runyon Canyon, Griffith Park, etc. If you’re looking for a track, the Drake Stadium at UCLA, is a 9-lane 400-meter track that you can use if none of their local teams are training. There are so many other places to run in and around the city, but these are some of my favorites.

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5 Things to Do in Los Angeles

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1) Handboarding. Instead of surfing, next time you go to LA, try handboarding! One of the biggest handboarding companies and shapers is located right in Venice Beach. The company is called SLYDE Handboards and is run by the raddest couple – Steve Watts & Angela Ferendo. Steve, the founder and CEO of the company is originally from South Africa and has been shaping handboards for years. After traveling the world, he obtained a degree in product design and now is the leader of an amazing community of handboarders across the world. Their shop is located right off the Venice Beach boardwalk. They are always willing to initiate new people to the sport by taking them out in the water nearby.

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Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetI had the chance to get in the water twice with them, while I was in LA in August and it was one of the most enjoyable activities I’ve done in a while. It’s thrilling to be able to catch a wave and propel yourself into it, while kicking with your fins and letting yourself glide with the handboard. Hanging out with Steve & Angela, we also met other locals who are involved in the sport. There’s definitely a nice community of friendly handboarders growing in Southern California, Florida and other parts of the world. I am a big fan of their boards, all of their graphics are made with artists from around the world and the boards themselves are designed with the best materials. They also have boards for everyone from beginners to pros. Highly recommend stopping by their shop (you’ll also get to meet their beautiful dog Cowboy!!), getting in the water and trying out handboarding. Guaranteed stoke!

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2) Stay at The LINE Hotel. There are so many hotels always opening up in Los Angeles but I would say that one of the latest and greatest hotels that’s opened up in downtown LA is hands down The LINE Hotel. Located in Koreatown to be exact, The LINE Hotel is a new hotel collaboration between Roy Choi (the Korean American chef that create the famous Kogi food truck in LA), The Houston Brothers, Sean Knibb and Poketo. The hotel itself is located in a mid-century building that has been transformed to offer the coolest modern rooms with the dreamiest views of the Hollywood Hills. In addition to the amazing rooms, they have the nicest rooftop pool and restaurant called Commissary. I’ve talked about Commissary before in one of other blogs here. It’s special because it’s a little garden oasis in the middle of the busy cityscape. Pot and the Pot Lobby Bar is renown for it’s delicious Korean food. The customer service at the hotel is fantastic and the rooms are pretty affordable. I could wake up there every day…

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3) Explore the coast. One of my favorite things to do while in Los Angeles is exploring all the different little cities and neighborhoods in and around Los Angeles. I love driving around the coast, parking the car and exploring all the gems in the area. I’ve found so many amazing shops, restaurants and communities thanks to just wandering around up and down the coast. If driving isn’t your thing, you can also explore a lot of the coast by just renting a bike for the day. The Strand or The Marvin Braude Bike Trail starts at Will Rogers State Beach in Pacific Palisades and goes as far south as Torrance Beach, south of Redondo Beach. The 26-mile path can be done with a bike, skateboard, rollerblades or whatever your heart desires. It’s a beautiful way to get to know the area better. The view is just so incredible and it’s super freeing to ride a bike instead of being stuck in traffic with a car. Many people take The Strand to commute every day to and from work if they live close to the ocean.

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4) Visit the Sunset Marquis. Whether for a drink, a bite to eat, a day at the spa or even to just enjoy their two pools, the Sunset Marquis is a classic Hollywood hotel that just doesn’t go out of style. There are many things that still make the hotel so special. I personally love all the rock memorabilia and photographs that you can find all around the hotel. The Morrison Hotel Gallery at the entrance of the hotel is also filled with iconic rock photographs. Bar 1200 is a small and private bar that makes you feel right at home. They offer classic drinks and always have the best music playlist. Plus, they also have a super cozy patio at the front that is dimly lit with small candles. Their restaurant Cavatina is a great place for a lunch, a meeting or a mid-day snack. Their menu focuses on local California products and is creative but also affordable. Relaxing by the pool after getting a spa treatment is also quite special. If you’re willing to spend the cash, I’d have you know that the rooms are incredibly lush and comfortable. I haven’t slept that well in a hotel in a while!

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5) Shop at The Kooples & Anine Bing. It’s impossible for me not to mention my two new favorite stores in LA. The Parisian brand The Kooples, finally made it’s big west coast entrance this summer, which a luxurious and enormous marble-floored shop on S Robertson Blvd. in Beverly Hills. The shop is split into two sections, they have both their men’s and women’s collection in the store. I had discovered this French rock n’ roll band two years ago while in Paris and have been coveting every collection since. Shopping at The Kooples is a unique experience.

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Those who’ve been following my blog, know how obsessed I am with all-things Anine Bing. The lovely designer recently opened up her first shop in Los Angeles on West 3rd Ave. in Beverly Hills. It so happened that I was in town the day her flagship store opened and got to be one of the first ones to shop her new collection. It’s also always such a pleasure to see Anine, she’s such an inspiring woman. I have so much respect for what she does. What I love about her new shop is that it’s bright, modern and minimalistic. All of the items from her current collection can be found at the shop. I love Anine’s passion for flowers and candles, it adds a little personalized touch to the shop. Everyone at the shop is incredibly nice and helpful. An added bonus, it’s located right next to the FONUTS bakery 😉 If you want a nice personalized shopping experience and are looking for rocker meets bohemian threads, you’ve got to stop by the shop!

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