12-Hour Destination Guide Around Los Angeles
Los Angeles could be considered the heart of California; there is so much to do in this town with amazing restaurants, clothing stores, views, tourist attractions and even great people watching. This guide will let one know the in’s and out’s of what to do in the city for a 12-hour day! Tip: Los Angeles is just 30 minutes away from Beverly Hills and Malibu, which leaves plenty of options of where to go.
10AM: CiCi’s Café is a local breakfast spot with a wide variety of breakfast plates. They are located a bit north of Los Angeles on 18912 Ventura Blvd, Tarzana, CA 91356. CiCi’s food ranges from salads, omelets, waffles and more than 30 types of pancakes. Go before 11 a.m. because the wait can get pretty long. The fact that people are willing to wait hours to get a seat proves the food is worth the wait. When I went, I got the Strawberry Sunrise Waffle. The waffle consisted of strawberries with fresh whip cream. Sadly, I did not get to take a picture because I ate the food way too fast!
11:30AM: After having such a decadent breakfast, one couldn’t help but feel full! What would be better than going to see the Hollywood sign on the famous Runyon Canyon trail? Runyon is one of the most popular hikes in all of Los Angeles; it is 3.25 miles long and takes about an hour or so to complete depending on the speed one goes. This is a free activity with one of the best photo opportunities in California! Also, there are celebrities who take this hike daily such as Justin Bieber so there is always have the possibility of running into someone famous. The address is 2000 North Fuller Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90046.
1:30PM: After a nice early afternoon hike, it’s time for lunch! There are two great restaurants close to Runyon Canyon. The first is Joan’s on 3rd. If you are looking for a quick delicious bite to eat, this is the place. They have all the staples for brunch with a variety of salads, sandwiches and yummy bakery goodies. When I went, I got a salad of baby field greens with grilled chicken and it was delicious! If you are looking for a longer lunch with a high chance of a celebrity sighting, also close to Runyon, I would go to The Ivy. The Ivy is located on Robertson Blvd. and North Beverly Drive aka, the center of everything! They have great drink specials as well as salads and other American food options. When I’ve eaten here I have either gotten the stone crab or the chicken enchiladas – which most people do not think about getting. If you’re looking for a delicious, classic drink to wash down your meal, you have to try the Ivy Gimlet. It is their famous drink.
2:30PM: Want to window shop? Robertson Blvd. is a great place to do so! They have clothing stores, bakeries and restaurants up and down the street. Some of the clothing stores are All Saints, Lululemon Athletica, LF, Intermix, Kitson, Beach Bunny Swimwear, Chanel, Tory Burch and many more. While walking, go into Georgetown Cupcakes for a quick sweet treat!
4PM: After the hiking and eating, you must be exhausted. Now would be the time to go back to your hotel and take a nap to get ready to go to dinner! Dress trendy and chic, you never know who you will run into.
6:30PM: After resting, you may be hungry again – as I am always hungry, take the drive into Malibu to watch the sunset while eating dinner. Two of my favorite locations to eat dinner are Nobu and Taverna Tony’s. Nobu is a fabulous Japanese restaurant located right on the water on the Pacific Coast Highway, but it is a bit expensive. Taverna Tony’s is a great Greek restaurant with authentic Mediterranean food and is less expensive. If you want to go on the less expensive side and enjoy a contemporary American meal, you can try Moonshadows. Moonshadow is also right on the water on PCH with a live band and features a unique style of Asian, Italian and American fusion food.
8:45PM: Dessert time! If you’re not too stuffed from dinner, go to the gelato store Grom in the Country Mart. Grom is located seven to eight minutes away from Nobu and Moonshadows and walking distance with Taverna Tony’s. My personal favorite gelato flavor is Dark Chocolate. Since Grom is in the local Malibu Country Mart it’s a great place to walk around while finishing the gelato! Just beware Grom closes at 9 p.m.
10PM: Let’s live it up, go back into the city and check out the local hot spots or clubs! Check out the amazing rooftop bars overlooking all of Los Angles. The places I went to during my stay were the Sunset Tower Hotel and the Roosevelt Hotel. I also got quick drinks at Perch and Eveleigh all located in the heart of Los Angeles.
Now that you’ve had a full day, it’s finally time for bed to rest up for the next adventure. Hopefully this helps when traveling to Los Angeles. I have tried to make the guide full of restaurants and activities on a college student’s budget but one should know, California is always so expensive so prepare before coming!