I feel most creative, inspired and truly happy when I am outdoors, immersed in nature and close to the ocean. Full of promise and light, with sunshine 300 days of the year and palm trees as far as the eye can see, Los Angeles is my kind of city.
We stayed in the heart of lively Koreatown (known locally as K-Town) at luxury boutique hotel, The Line. Our minimalist, light filled suite featured postcard views of the Hollywood Hills and palm trees as far as the eye can see. After a day of exploring, we loved nothing more than coming back to our suite, ordering an all-American shrimp Po-Boy, fries and vanilla milkshake and watching the sun slowly set over the hills.
Los Angeles is best explored by car, and it’s worth hiring one even if you’re only staying for a few days to make the most of this vast city. Skip Hollywood Blvd and the star studded Walk of Fame and head to emerging Silver Lake or nearby Echo Park for a coffee, before exploring laid-back Venice Beach with its Bondi-style vibes. Wander along Abbot Kinney Blvd stopping at Steven Alan, Aesop and Garrett Leight. Nearby Lincoln Blvd is also a must visit for General Store, Bassike and concept store LCD.
Skip Hollywood Blvd and the star studded Walk of Fame and head to emerging Silver Lake or nearby Echo Park for a coffee, before exploring laid-back Venice Beach with its Bondi-style vibes.
In the morning, put on your runners, order a double espresso from downstairs F cafe and head to Runyon Canyon in West Hollywood for a hike with locals and their happy-go-lucky dogs. There are a few paths to reach the peak, but we loved climbing the steeper East Ridge trail and walking back down the main paved path. If you’re really up for a challenge, take the path to the left after the main gates and start the steep ascent along the West Ridge. It’s worth the hike for the breathtaking views of the canyon, downtown LA and the infamous Hollywood sign.
Ostrich Farm in Echo Park is a favourite for a healthy post-Runyon brekkie with their cool interior and fresh, seasonal menu. Settle in to one of their moss green banquets or hang out at their marble bar. Order the summer fruit bowl with fresh mint, freshly squeezed tangerine juice and the smashed avo on toast or ‘tartine’ as locals like to call it.
Drive back along Sunset Blvd to Silver Lake, where you’ll find newly renovated coffee bar Intelligentsia and Mohawk General Store – a multi-purpose boutique stocking the latest from Acne Studios and Mansur Gavriel among vintage Levis. There’s also a Mohawk Man a few doors down. Spend the afternoon enjoying happy hour at Gracias Madre in West Hollywood, an all organic, plant-based modern Mexican hangout. Relax in their sunlit courtyard under the olive trees and order their roast cauliflower tacos – they are seriously good!
No trip to LA is complete without spending some time by the beach. Road trip along the coast to nearby Malibu to enjoy modern Japanese by the water. Listening to the waves crashing on the shore with a lychee and elderflower cocktail in hand was the most perfect way to end our honeymoon.
LOCATION / LOS ANGELES, USA