I went to LA once and I didn’t like it. The smog is heavy for miles before you actually get there, and for an Australian it’s just an overwhelming amount of suburbs that go on forever, with so. many. people. We planned to drive past, but I decided to give it a second chance, so we stopped in for lunch.
We’re now LA converts.
On a mission as always, we ran up and down a fun street we found, popping our heads into pretty little shops and tasting the coffee from a few cafes just meters apart. We stopped in at a cafe called Gjelina for lunch. Big high ceilings and this rustic old glamour bar. Gjelina had lots of super yummy veggie options. We wanted to go back before we’d even left.
This street, Abbott Kinney Blvd, was really fun. There was a vegan ice-cream van that was really delicious, a place that sold totally over-priced fresh squeezed juice (I think we paid $10 or $15 for organic almond and vanilla milk before we realised the cost!), an amazing perfume shop.
Perfume shop interlude – we maybe spent an hour of our precious LA time in this perfume place, Strange Invisible Perfumes. If you’re a perfume person and an all-organic lover, I don’t think it gets any better. I keep writing sentences and erasing them because words that describe smells are obviously not my forte. You can go to the website, but really, you just need to go there. http://www.siperfumes.com
We loved the little bits of street art, the boutique shops, and the lemonade. And the palm trees that reminded us we were in LA.
We couldn’t explore LA without heading to the ocean. The skate park was fun, but Venice Beach isn’t really our scene…
LA didn’t disappoint – we sat in the traffic we’ve heard so much about for hours on the way out.