Where to take out-of-towners in LA
My Mama came for a visit to LA a few weeks back and we had an absolute blast. Growing up we had been to Laguna a bunch of times and of course Disneyland, but never LA. I was so excited to take her to our favorite spots. Honestly, I think I gained 5 pounds while she was here. All we did wast eat.drink.eat.and drink some more. And I am more than ok with that situation. The last time my mom and I spent time together was back in New York, so naturally I was ecstatic to see her!
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Republique : 624 South La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036
My mom loveeeeed Republique. It as if you are transported to Paris. The decor is stunning and the food is out of this world. Margarita Manzke, who also happens to co-own the restaurant with her husband and chef Walter, is the best in the game when it comes to pastries. So naturally we we went straight to the pastry display.
Stir Market: 7475 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036
I happen to live very, very, dangerously close to Stir Market. Which means it’s my go to. The breakfast is always BOMB, no matter what you get. My personal fave though: the meyer lemon pancakes with crème fraiche.
Gjusta : 320 Sunset Ave, Venice, CA 90291
Our lunch was so good, we didn’t have a chance to take a pic 🙁 oopsie. Gjusta is another market similar to Stir but 10x more hipster. It’s delicious. The Banh Mi and the Chicken Parm sammie are OUT OF THIS WORLD.
Malibu Farm: 23000 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265
Come for the views, stay for the food. The cocktails are delicious, but the kale smoothie pre-lunch is everything I needed and more.
Alfred Coffee: 8428 Melrose Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90069
BUT FIRST, COFFEE. You know you’ve used that insta-caption before. I know I have. Well, these are the guys who coined the phrase. Alfred Coffee is an insta-approved heaven. Their chocolate wafer cup shots are everything. Mom approved.
Salt & Straw: 1357 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90291
This innovative and delicious ice cream shop originally started in Portland, and brought it’s amazing flavors to LA. The lines are serious, but so are the flavors. I highly recommend the tasting flight!
Cecconis: 8764 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90069
We came her for an early dinner/happy hour feast after a long day at the beach one afternoon. The truffle burger is un-real, same with the gnocchi, meatballs, and pizzette’s. So, so, so good.
Jone’s Hollywood: 7205 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046
This place is a Hollywood landmark. The inside screams old Hollywood, and you can only imagine the stars who used to frequent the booths. Get the pizza, get the pomodoro spaghetti, and drink endless amounts of wine.
Malibu Wine Safari : 32111 Mulholland Highway, Malibu CA 90265
This was hands down the stand out of the trip. The wine safari is complete with zebra feeding, giraffe meet and greets, lamas, alpaca’s, and donkeys! And don’t forget the wine. So much wine. Not to be missed.