Los Angeles | What We Did in 3 Days

I have said it before, but I’ll say it again. LA, you stole my heart. This wasn’t a city at the top of my bucket-list. In fact, the only reason we booked this trip was because friends of ours were going and they had asked us to join them – so, why not?

DAY ONE: ARRIVAL IN DOWNTOWN LA

11am-12pm: We arrived midday to a pretty chaotic airport, found our bags, called an Uber and headed to downtown LA, to the Omni Hotel. Check-in was quick, easy and painless. Before we could waste any time, we headed out the back entrance for a quick bite to eat.

1pm: It wasn’t even half an hour into our visit that we stumbled upon a filming set (of which we were quickly scooted off), on the street on our way to Otium, for lunch.

If you want to read more about our Foodie Adventures, here is a full guide of the Hot Spots in Downtown LA. You’re welcome. 

3-6pm: Then we settled in at the hotel, met up with our friends who had arrived. We also had a quick dip in the pool! And then planned dinner (with no reservations) and such late notice, it wasn’t easy!

6pm: We hit up a hidden bar called Birds & Bees. And boy was this place hidden!

10pm: Dinner at Water Grill, for amazing fresh seafood. But to be honest, it was also the only place we could get a last-minute booking on a Saturday night. I’d come prepared with reservations in the future!

DAY TWO: RODEO DRIVE + SANTA MONICA + VENICE BEACH (ALL IN ONE DAY)

9am: Breakfast at Bottega Louie, just a short walk from the hotel, for the best fruit parfait I’ve ever had.

10am: Head off to Rodeo Drive, for the obligatory tourist stroll. The walk up and down was relatively quick – that is if you don’t stop to buy something ridiculously priced. But in saying that, if you are planning to make a When-in-Rome purchase, some shops need an appointment to go in, so do be sure to get that in place before you knock down the door.

11am: Stop for a smoothie at Kreation Organic at the top of Rodeo Drive (like all the celebs do).

12pm: Onto Santa Monica, for a stroll along the busy Pier and onwards to Venice Beach along the promenade. But don’t underestimate this walk, before we knew it, we were starving, unprepared with a booking or plan and ready to retire back to our hotel.

Check out Santa Monica & Venice in Photos here

3pm: Uber back to the hotel for (a late) lunch and a dip in the pool!

8pm: Dinner at Baco Mercat.

DAY THREE: UNIVERSAL STUDIOS 

8am: Breakfast at the hotel before a long day at Universal Studios!

9am: We took the subway/metro to Universal City.

10am: We arrived at Universal ready to get our geek on.

Check out the blog post on our day at Universal Studios here and Harry Potter’s Wizarding World here.

5pm: Subway back to Downtown, and back to the hotel to get ready for dinner.

7pm: Drinks at Everson Royce.

9pm: Dinner at Broken Spanish.

DAY FOUR: QUICK COFFEE + BREAKFAST BEFORE LEAVING

7am: We had spotted this Market one night out strolling to dinner and so I had to check out before we left LA. The Market is called Grand Central Market and it reminds me so much of a Cape Town Foodie Market. Grab a coffee and a museli bowl from G & B Coffee.

OTHER BLOG POSTS ON LA:

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Missing LA,

Leigh

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