Top 11 Places to visit in LA

 

Universal Studios LA

I am a huge Harry Potter fan and an avid movie buff , therefore this place is a must.  We were in LA during the Christmas holidays so it worked out really well when we decided to spend Christmas here while all the other shops were closed on the public holiday.  This is our second visit to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter  after  Warner Bros. Studio London and although this version was sans Diagon Alley , it was still a wonderful and fun experience. 

Jacket : BlankNyc | Scarf: Burberry | Jeans : Topshop | Bag: Gucci soho | Shoes: Adidas Superstar

 

 

 

 

 
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Rodeo Drive

Home to the most luxurious brands around the world. This place is just gorgeous and even more so with the  Christmas decor.  Love the vibe here even  if it’s just window shopping! The Aussie dollar at that time was not in our favour 🙁 

 

Jumper  : Zara | Scarf: Burberry | Skirt : Camilla&Marc (similar  in black ) | Bag: Gucci  | Boots: Stuart Weitzman 

 

 

 

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Hollywood 

It’s always interesting to see familiar names and favourite celebrities on those pink stars that dot the streets of Hollywood’s Walk of Fame. Do not forget to also pay a visit to the  TLC Chinese Theatre and Dolby Theatre!

 

 

 

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LACMA, The Broad and Grand Central Market

Head over to Downtown LA and see some really interesting culture and art, namely the famous Urban Lights display by LACMA.  If you are interested to see contemporary art at The Broad , be sure to book in advance  or be prepared to queue up early for a couple of hours to get in . After that you could walk to Grand Central Market to try some amazing food from all sorts of cuisines. 

 

Urban Lights

 

 

Dress  : Self Portrait | Bag : Chanel  |Shoes : Chanel slingbacks| Necklace : Tiffany & Co. 

 

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The Broad

 

Grand Central Market

 

Santa Monica Pier

Oh how pretty and whimsical this place is -the colourful ferris wheel , carnival vibes and sea breeze. Best time to go  there would be close to sunset. After enjoying the pier views, head over to The Lobster at downtown Santa Monica. The size of the lobster will blow your mind away …you won’t regret it !

 

 

 

 

The Lobster Restaurant

 

Venice Beach

Strap on some comfy shoes and take a stroll along this iconic beach. 

 

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Beverly Hills Hotel

The Beverly Hills Hotel is home to Hollywood royalty past and present; also known as the ” Pink Palace” . You don’t actually have to stay here (unless you  are willing to fork out almost USD 1000 per night )but it is worthwhile visiting this iconic place. It is just so stunning .  I might do a separate blogpost later on featuring this place. We dined at the Cabana Cafe, which overlooks the  beautiful hotel pool. The waffles there were so amazing and will definitely be back if we visit LA again. 

 

 

The Cabana Cafe/Dorchester Collection

 

 

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The Grove and Farmers Market

Best time to hit the shops is during the Boxing Day Sales and we were lucky to be able to time our holidays that way.  Again , the Christmas decor was really stunning and festive. After shopping,  you could either stop by the Farmers Market for a quick bite or head over to 189 by Domanique Ansel for a delicious meal and dessert. 

 

 

189 by Domanique Ansel

 

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Melrose Place

What can I say… I love this place. Spent half the day  exploring this place while sipping coffee. My favourites are Alfred Coffee and Kitchen , Mansur Graviel’s cafe and shop, Aritzia ,The Row, the iconic pink wall and there are so many other aesthetically pleasing shops and cafes

 

Jacket:  Burberry Trench | Sunglasses :  Celine | Jumper : Club Monaco | Shoes:  Chanel | Bag : Gucci Soho

 

Mansur Graviel the Cafe 

 

 

 

 

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Shopping at Citadel Outlets & Beverly Centre

I would recommend taking an Uber to the Citadel outlets. If you are interested in sportswear , affordable designer brands  or even just a family day out , this place is perfect. The Beverly Centre was right across from the  hotel we were  staying , which was Sofitel LA . Amazing hotel by the way, and such a great convenience to get food , quick bites or just shop .

 

Griffiths Observatory 

This place is a must-visit when you are  in Hollywood. I wished I had more time to catch the sunset but seeing it at night was  also pretty spectacular. For astronomy enthusiasts, this place is  a gold mine ! Dubbed as southern California’s ” gateway to the cosmos” ,  you can explore space via telescopes, watch exhibits and live shows as well as enjoy an amazing view overlooking  Los Angeles. Such a treat!

 

 

 

 

 

I hope you enjoyed this post and that it will help you plan your trip while visiting LA . I found it useful reading travel blogs so I decided to journal my LA travels and share with you! Do let me know some of your favourite places in LA.  See you soon in my next blogpost about where to eat in LA. Stay tuned ! 

 

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Chanel Espadrilles
Chanel Espadrilles
Club Monaco
Club Monaco
Zara Jumper
Zara Jumper
Camilla and  Marc
Camilla and Marc
Burberry Scarf
Burberry Scarf
Self Portrait Dress
Self Portrait Dress
Gucci Marmont Bag
Gucci Marmont Bag
Burberry Trench Coat
Burberry Trench Coat
Blank NYC leather jacket
Blank NYC leather jacket
Stuart Weitzman OTK Boots
Stuart Weitzman OTK Boots
Gucci soho disco bag in rose beige
Gucci soho disco bag in rose beige
Chanel slingbacks
Chanel slingbacks

 

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16 Comments

  1. Larissa
    February 20, 2019 / 9:11 pm

    Such an amazing post! So helpful for my upcoming trip x

    • fashionflylivefree
      Author
      February 22, 2019 / 1:35 am

      Thank you! Glad that this post can be a guide for your LA trip! When are you going ?

    • fashionflylivefree
      Author
      February 22, 2019 / 1:36 am

      Thank heaps for dropping by !

    • fashionflylivefree
      Author
      February 22, 2019 / 1:37 am

      It is quite an interesting place I must say!

    • fashionflylivefree
      Author
      February 22, 2019 / 1:34 am

      Aww thanks for dropping by ! There is always something new to explore in LA !

    • fashionflylivefree
      Author
      February 22, 2019 / 1:34 am

      Thank you! You definitely should. There are so many things and places to explore!

  2. February 22, 2019 / 11:06 am

    Such a wonderful and informative post! Too bad I’m discovering it only now! 🙁 It would have helped so much a year ago when I was in LA for the first time! If I go back one day, I will definitely use these tips, loved them! <3

    xoxo,
    https://blog.brigitadaisy.com/

    • fashionflylivefree
      Author
      February 22, 2019 / 11:57 am

      Thanks Bri for dropping by and you can always use these tips when you visit LA again 🙂 glad that you found this post helpful ! 👌

  3. February 25, 2019 / 3:37 am

    Can’t go wrong with any of these, especially the Universal Studios. Love your cute outfits dear!
    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

  4. February 26, 2019 / 11:12 am

    the wings graffiti has been on my Instagram list forever! super cool!

    Cate // 35mminstyle

  5. February 27, 2019 / 10:36 am

    Never been to LA but when I go I definitely think of your tips here – thanks for sharing these.

    lots of love, Miri
    http://www.meetmiri.com

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