writer: emma ranne
pictures: emma ranne
In November I spent a couple of weeks under the sun in LA exploring the city. Here are my tips for what to do and where to go (and what to eat) when in LA.
How to get around:
LA is a very big city (like very very very big, for someone that’s used to a tiny place like Helsinki). You won’t be able to walk everywhere and most of the locals rely on their cars. However I found that the public transport worked pretty smoothly as a way to get around. Give the local train, metro and bus a try! We also used Uber and Lyft quite a lot. By choosing the version where the driver picks up multiple people along the way, you save some money plus make it a bit more sustainable as there are more people benefiting from the drive.
Where to stay?:
I stayed at my friend's place in Down Town LA which was quite a convenient location as it was quite in the center of the city and it was easy to go to places from there. If you're looking for an Airbnb, check my top 3 suburbs here. They all had such a good vibe to them!
Top 3 places for art
- The Getty Center
Even if you’re not too much into the more traditional older art I’d give this place a visit. The building is every architecture lover's day dream. I basically just spent a morning here looking at the building from every possible angle, and snapping pictures of the changing light and shadow patterns that the sun created on it. Yeah that was a really good morning.
- MOCA and the Broad
Both of these are the place to go if you like modern art. For the Broad I’d recommend you to look beforehand though. I didn’t get to go because the exhibition was sold out for the month.
- The Stair Streets of Silver Lake
Silver Lake is a fairly hilly area with lots of stairs around. Most of these are painted with cool street art. There are lots of maps with walking routes you could choose to explore these (+get a good leg workout at the same go)
Top 3 places for thrifting:
- Sleeper, Silver Lake
A place full of treasures that I found by accident. It’s quite tiny and a little hidden, but they only have gems of vintage clothes and all in all the vibe to this place is really good.
- Melrose Trading Post
A groovy market with vintage, local designers, natural beauty products, crystals, food and live music held on every Sunday.
- Reformation Vintage
If you love the brand Reformation, you’ll love this one. Be sure to also check out the flagship store of Reformation that’s on the next block. Probably one of my favorite sustainable clothing brands around at the moment.
Top 3 places for food
LA is the place to be for vegan foodies. There was so much to explore that it was almost overwhelming (haha but still it was great!) Here are some of my faves.
- The Butcher’s Daughter
My favorite for sure from menu to interior. I ended up going there twice even though it was all the way in Venice. Their Acaí bowl was probably the best one I’ve had so far.
- Grand Central Market
A vibrant market hall filled with tiny food stalls from pretty much every cuisine you can think of. There were lots of vegan options too.
- Wild Living Foods
As good as their name promises. A fully vegan place with a super creative menu. Too bad I discovered it on my last day, otherwise I probably would have gone back for another visit or two.
I loved the positive and creative energy of this city, and would love to go back someday!