As someone who has lived in Los Angeles for many years, I have truly fallen in love with my surroundings, from the twinkling city lights and the traffic on the 101 to the outer suburbs and the lifestyles. Although I have often been around people who reject the city life, I have found that Los Angeles has something to offer for everyone, no matter their interests or personality. The city works well under the pressure of having to keep up with the times so there are constant opportunities to try new things and discover new interests.
A great place to start is The Last Bookstore, located in Downtown LA. The whimsical decoration of the store can leave anyone entertained for hours. With artist booths, a tunnel made completely out of books, and sections dedicated to any topic, this place creates a utopia for academic and artistic minds.
Grand Central Market is a walking distance away from The Last Bookstore. Walking a few blocks to and from each location is a great way to get acquainted with the city life. Grand Central Market is a large indoor space that consists of dozens of food vendors, each one promoting the culinary style of a different country.
While Los Angeles is famous for its blue skies and warm weather, there are days when the temperature can rise well over a hundred degrees. I recommend cooling off with one of the unique ice cream shops around the city. Somi Somi, located in Koreatown, serves ice cream in a waffle cone shaped like a fish and offers flavors such as matcha, black sesame, milk, and ube. Another unique ice cream place is CottonHi, which is known for rich ice creams topped extravagantly with cotton candy.
Afterward, try getting acquainted with a different vibe of the LA lifestyle by exploring the Westwood/Beverly Hills area. It is home to UCLA as well as some famous eateries. While you’re there, be sure to check out Rodeo Drive, which is full of high end shops. If you want to get a taste of a stereotypical Los Angeles diet, try getting juice at Pressed Juicery or In-N-Out. In addition, Greystone Mansion, a great place for photo ops, is located nearby.
A fun way to end the night would be to drive to Santa Monica. Here, you can check out some street performers at the Third Street Promenade or a nearby hiking trail with views over the Pacific, then make your way over to the beach to watch the sun set. After sunset, thrillseekers should head over to the Santa Monica Pier and try out the roller coaster, which sits on the very edge of the pier, providing an intense view of the ocean.