Hi babes! I hope you’re having the very best week!
If you’ve followed me on Twentyapolis, Mountain Shadow Morning or my Instagram account, you know that traveling is a priority for me. I’ve been so lucky to travel to see my friends and teach yoga, and am continuing to make traveling with Hayden and close friends a priority as we reach our 30s.
This past weekend, I put my out of office on for a few days in LA with two of my girlfriends. If you haven’t been to LA before, I highly recommend you put it near the top of your list.
What I like about LA is you can make your trip into whatever you want it to be. Want a weekend at the beach? Done. Interested in visiting the well-known Hollywood spots? Can do. Want to feel alive and vibrant in Downtown LA? Absolutely. Is sunshine, yoga and happy hour on rooftop patios calling your name? Why yes. It’s incredible all of the different weekend trips you can take within the same city.
Naturally, we went the sunshine, yoga and happy hour route. Truth be told, I wish we’d had at least one more day on our trip (we arrived late Thursday and left early Sunday). I’d recommend giving yourself as much time as you can to enjoy the city - seriously, I’m already planning our next trip back (Hayden, you’re coming with!)
We stayed in West Hollywood and spent most of our time there, as well as in the Beverly Grove and Hollywood Hills neighborhoods. We loved the vibe of these neighborhoods, how walkable they are and how many of our favorite shops and restaurants were in such close proximity to one-another. Plus, there’s great hiking and fitness classes, both of which we did on our trip.
If you’ve been to LA and have go-to spots you’d recommend, please list them in the comments! I’m already homesick for that lovely city and can’t wait to go back.
Whenever I travel, I almost always book an AirBNB. It’s nice to have space when you travel, and a kitchen is a necessity (especially when I travel with Hayden). We wanted a little bit more space during our time in LA, and a kitchen sounded great (I’ll note though…we didn’t actually use the kitchen on this trip at all - way too much good food in LA!)
We stayed in a cute, mid-century modern apartment that’s part of the Hollywood Hills Hotel. It’s up on a hill in the northern part of West Hollywood, which is a bit confusing to get to (especially if you arrive at night like we did). But in the morning, we woke up to the most incredible view of LA! It was such a great surprise. The price was equally as incredible - we paid less than $160/night for this two bed beauty. I actually thought that many of the AirBNBs in the neighborhoods we like were really affordable - we definitely felt like we had options when choosing a place to stay. The apartment was perfect for the three days we were there, and the pool was a bonus (more on that below).
I’ve been following (and basically fangirling) over Y7 Studio over the past year, and getting in to their 9 am WeFlowHard Vinyasa class on Friday afternoon was honestly a bit of a dream. The yoga was so damn good - the instructor was CorePower trained, so we knew exactly what to expect (and honestly, I was feeling muscles in my back a few days later!) She also couldn’t have been any sweeter (if you’re in the area, take her class - Sam D!) The concierge couldn’t have been any nicer either (she told us we needed a photo under the Namastizzle sign and took it for us!) The studio itself is a freaking dream (hello Namastizzle neon sign, “A Tribe Called Sweat” wall and hip hop references everywhere). It was the best way we could have started our LA trip, and I’m sending as many good vibes to the Y7 leadership team as I can to get them to open a studio here.
We also went on a hike in Griffith Park, which was the perfect way to get outside and sweat out the rose from the night before. We hiked a 5 mile loop trail to see the Hollywood sign (not as touristy as you’d think, actually!) To top it off, the Hollywood Hills neighborhood couldn’t be cuter - so many groovy LA homes with flowers, succulents an palm trees.
We treated ourselves to green juice at Press Brothers Juicery & Kitchen after our hike (much needed). GET THE VITALITY SMOOTHIE. And if you’re feeling wild, get the Endurance shot - holy smokes that was weird.
Shopping is always a necessity on a girl’s trip, but honestly, our suitcases were pretty full and we mostly wanted to sip rose outside and catch up as much as possible. However, we did find time to stop at Glossier on Melrose Place, and it was honestly one of the highlights of the trip for me (trust me, I know how insane this sounds). We had just come from Y7, so I was on a total yoga high and my endorphins loved everything about Glossier. The Glossier Canyon (yes, that’s a thing), the badass babes running the shop, the millennial pink everything and of course the product, I was in beauty heaven. I’m currently obsessed by the Boy Brow, Cloud Paint, Zit Stick (yep, that’s right) and Rose Balm Dotcom.
And of course, head to a pool if you’re able to while in LA. For our group, a pool was a requirement for this trip, even though we only spent about three hours there on Friday afternoon. When it’s 77 degrees and sunny, there’s just no better spot to be!
Our AirBNB came with shared pool access, and we were the only guests there (which was so nice). It had a Japanese vibe to it (more on that below), which made us feel like we were in Tokyo in the middle of LA. They had a huge floatie that we used while listening to music and sipping rose - highly recommend!
Alfred and Night + Market
After getting in to LA late, we needed coffee first thing in the morning. Alfred Coffee on Melrose is a super cute little shop with a great coconut milk latte. Important to note, the shop is super Instagrammable (hey, it’s LA, everyone’s doing it). Don’t forget to snap a pic by the green ivy wall down the street.
We grabbed Night + Market for dinner one night - highly recommend it! They specialize in Thai street food and are well-liked by celebrities, according to our server (hey, Chrissy Teigen). The atmosphere is authentic and the food was damn good. Make a reservation though!
We grabbed lunch at Gracias Madre and wow would I recommend it. The restaurant is Mexican and plant-based - none of us are vegetarians, and we absolutely loved it. Especially having been veg/vegan previously, having access to killer plant-based restaurants is a total score.
The inside is gorgeous, as is their patio (which I’d recommend sitting on - it’s shaded and full of greenery). If you’re unsure of the menu, get the Dos bowl - I’m honestly sill dreaming about it.
E.P. & L. P.
If you’re looking for a great rooftop patio, head to E.P. & L.P. We went for happy hour and were able to get a corner table with one hell of a view (hello, cotton candy skies). Yes, this might have been because we visited during Coachella weekend…
Just as great as the view is the happy hour - even on a Friday night, their happy hour ran from 5-7 pm. We sipped $5 classes of wine and snacked on tacos, waffle fries and caramel popcorn for less than that. This is as good as any happy hour I’ve seen in Minneapolis/St. Paul!
Petty Cash Taqueria
I don’t think you can head to LA without getting tacos somewhere (they’re really not hard to find). We headed to Petty Cash Taqueria for our taco fix.
They had great cocktails, killer tacos and nachos (kale and cauliflower nachos are LIFE CHANGING) and a super great staff (we adored our server). Plus, we couldn’t get over the cool atmosphere of the restaurant, which is full of skylights and open windows.
We also heard they have a killer happy hour, check it out if you can, and don’t forget to make a reservation!
Our AirBNB was on the same property as Yamashiro, which truly does boast the best view in all of LA (it sounded like everyone knows that you come here for one of the hands-down best views, it’s not just our opinion!)
The entire building is Japanese, complete with pagodas, buddhas and a gorgeous courtyard garden. It has a really rich and interesting history. Also important to note, they have incredible sushi (you NEED to order the sticky rice). The staff was also incredible and made us feel right at home. I’d recommend going right when they open at 5 pm and sitting in the bar, or plan on making a reservation.