My dad came into town this weekend and we had the best time ever! Which made me think about how I could create a guide to an entire fun-filled weekend in Los Angeles based off what we did. Maybe you have a friend or family member visiting, or maybe you and your friends just want some new ideas of where to go around town. Either way, here’s a map of places to go and things to do. On the other hand, maybe you yourself are from out of town and are going to be visiting LA soon. This is perfect for you too!
I can’t say enough good things about the Culver Hotel. I’ve been there for drinks before, but during the day it’s a whole different scene. Between the whimsical, jungle-like patio that looks onto the quaint Culver Square, to the historic-inspired interior that is filled with velvet seating and sparkly chandeliers (so chic), this place is an aesthetic gem as far as decor goes. Additionally, there is an expansive brunch (and liquid brunch) menu, complete with all the staple breakfast items, such as Belgian waffles and amazing rosemary potatoes.
According to their website, Platform is the epicenter of fashion, culinary talent, and creative entrepreneurs. Located a few blocks from the Culver Hotel, It’s the perfect place to stroll around and window shop after breakfast. You can find shops and eateries like Aespo, Blue Bottle, Soul Cycle, Sweet Green, and Reformation. Be sure to stop in Van Leeuween for some delicious gourmet ice cream!
Step back into a different era at this iconic LA staple. This majestic building contains six different floors, each with their own unique theme. The Cafeteria on the first floor is filled with…well, a cafeteria for dining, as well as throw back trinkets, art, and artifacts. The remaining five stories are each different bars: Monarch, Brookdale, Gothic Bar, and Pacific Seas. Each has their own vibe and are totally eccentric and interesting. Example: taxidermy everywhere!
Every Sunday you can usually find me at Melrose Trading Post, which is a HUGE flea market on the corner of Melrose and Fairfax at Fairfax High School. There are hundreds of vendors selling everything from craftsman furniture and art to jewelry and vintage clothes. There is something for everyone and there’s a high possibility that you will find some seriously cool items to take home. Whenever I have visitors (on a Sunday), this is one of the first places I like to take them. There’s a $3 entrance fee and you can easily spend two hours browsing the different stands. Advice: go right when it opens at 9am to beat the crowds, which usually appear around 11am.
I have driven past this cute little restaurant that sits on the corner of Santa Monica Blvd. and La Cienega on my home from work every day and always think about how I want to try it. So finally I gave it a go! My dad and I went around 1pm and sat on the flower encrusted patio that provided an enjoyable amount of sun and with just enough shade. The staff is so friendly and accommodating and if you are a first time customer you get free cream of mushroom soup, which is a favorite on the menu. Note: it was amazing. There were many large groups around us enjoying champagne brunch and the vibe is light and happy. I highly recommend this spot for a pleasant breakfast or lunch.
Even if you’ve been to LA before or if you’re a local, visiting Beverly Hills’ famous Rodeo Drive and surrounding streets is always a treat. And if you’ve never been before (or have visitors who haven’t seen it), it’s a must. My dad had never been, so I took him on a walking tour of the streets that contain the rich and famous’ preferred shopping and dining spots (not to mention, many pop culture references). The streets are so clean and awe-inspiring, so its fun to walk down and take a look through all the windows as you pass by, but driving through is equally as magical. We had a dinner reservation in Beverly Hills, so this was a nice way to start off the evening. Oh, and be on the look out for A-listers; you never know who you are going to see! Fun fact: Rodeo Drive has speakers built into the trees so music is playing at all times – such a nice touch, but would we expect anything less?
If you are looking for a special old-school, classy spot for dinner this is your best bet. This Italian restaurant that has been open since the 1960’s, is known for being Frank Sinatra’s favorite restaurant (there is even a steak on the menu named after him). He even had his own booth that still exists today. If you’re a history/pop-culture buff like me, this place will give you all the feels. The wait staff is superb, the food is delicious, and the entire ambience is top-notch. This is a great place to take your family so they can capture the full essence of classic Beverly Hills.
Here’s my dad in front of the famous Paul Smith Pink Wall amazed at how many people showed up to take pictures in front of it in the span of 15 minutes. Hilarious!
I love showing my friends and family around the city that I live! Where’s your favorite place in LA to take out oft owners? Leave me a comment below! xo