Back in August, I spent an amazing week in Los Angeles. My sister lives in LA with her doggies and going to visit her is better than going to Disneyland!
For LA newbies, the guide below will be a helpful orientation starter pack to familiarize yourself with the city. For the experienced visitors or locals, the guide will serve as a cheat sheet for finding a fun, healthy place to eat! I will soon be reviewing my favourites in more detail 🙂
Let’s get going:
Breakfast comes first – Juice Crafters to the rescue! If in need of a green monster or an acai bowl, this is your place. They have around a dozen location scattered around LA; my local one was the Brentwood one. Pictured above is the Acai – Brazilian Super Blend, which is their “regular” acai bowl with bananas, strawberrries, almond granola, coconut flakes and guarana!
Malibu is a must-see when visiting LA; I am always surprised that the locals seem to think it’s so far away when in fact it’s only a short 30 minute drive from Santa Monica. I guess for us Londoners 30 minutes of travel is nothing 🙂
Anyways, Malibu Farm Cafe offers great salads and breathtaking views. There’s a restaurant and a cafe; but it really doesn’t matter where you snatch a seat. Their menu is Cali-inspired with loads of salads (more detailed review to come)
If you follow any of the Real Housewives on TV, you have probably heard of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and you might know who Lisa Vanderpump is. If you don’t, then that’s okay too – all you need to know is she has a good taste in restaurant decor and salad choices.
Pump is more of a dinner/lunch spot -perfect for meeting up with friends or even for a date. My sister and I actually witnessed a semi-awkward Tinder date 🙂 It’s located in WeHo or West Hollywood, so very convenient for grabbing a drink somewhere before or after dinner. It has also been voted sexiest LA restaurant, so you might get lucky!
4. Il Pastaio
Beverly Hills Classic – al fresco dining at Il Pastaio is great for people watching and good Italian food. My sister got one of their pastas, which looked delicious, and I went for the Lobster Salad.
I have to say I was still hungry after my salad, so we shared a dreamy panna cota:
Nothing that a little bit of sugar can’t solve! I’d recommend booking a table outside if possible and if you are flexible with timing, go for a late lunch or early dinner if you want to spot a celeb or two.
It’s hard to pick the best places in LA because there are so many that offer not only great food, but also good al fresco dining options. The Polo Lounge at The Beverly Hills Hotel is a classic though – its amazing patio with live jazz on Sundays in hard to beat. I’d recommend it for a lazy long brunch or even afternoon tea.
I went for a late lunch and one of the best things I had was the Ahi Tuna Tartare – Avocado, Sea Beans, Dukkah Spice, Pine Nuts. It’s pricey and starters are around $30-40 mark, but definitely one of those places in LA you need to check off your list when visting.