If you’re thinking of heading to LALA LAND, I would suggest 4 days will give you enough time to explore, eat, and chill. I traveled to LA with my girlfriend QING for a quick girls getaway. Lincoln Motor Canada hooked us up with the amazing Lincoln Continental, giving us the full #LuxuryUncovered experience during our stay in Los Angeles. And if exploring is what you are doing, then you definitely need a car to get around. I do not recommend taxis or ubers unless you are staying within one area.
Thanks to our gracious Lincoln Motor Canada hosts, we stayed at the Mr. C Beverly Hills, a luxury 5 star hotel located in Beverly Hills. We absolutely adored our room with the white tufted furniture and clean minimal aesthetics. If you are thinking of staying here, I highly recommend ordering their signature Bellini. It’s UH-MAZING. I will be comparing all future Bellini’s to this particular one. And as service is always top on my list, Mr. C’s was friendly and impeccable.
Below I’ve given you our travel itinerary and how we explored the sites and food of LA. Take some (or all) of these ideas and add it into your own LA adventure! Our food photos are really limited to breakfast, coffee and doughnuts. All make for great Instagram worthy photos. HAHA.
We checked into our hotel around 2:30pm and started exploring around 3:00pm. We hustled to as many places as we could before dark. Cus that’s what Instagrammers do!
If you’re looking to do some damage to your bank account, then head over to Rodeo Drive for some big ticket shopping.
We stopped by the famed Beverly Hills Hotel for a quick pic.
Got super thirsty, so we grabbed a bubble tea at the super cute and pink Alfred’s Tea Room
Right across the street from Alfred’s we couldn’t help but snap a pic of the beautiful Isabel Marant store.
A short drive from Isabel and Alfred’s is Cisco Home where you will find this Made in LA wall.
And a short walk from Cisco, is the Assembly store where you will find another Instagrammable wall.
We visited LACMA twice. Loved both the night and day vibes of these lamp posts in front of the museum.
We woke up bright and early and headed to VENICE.
For breakfast, we headed to The Butcher’s Daughter for those vintage cafe vibes.
A short drive from the Butcher’s Daughter, is the Santa Monica Pier where you can walk on the board walk, and take a ride on the ferris wheel. I preferred just chillin’ on the beach.
Let the doughnut/cafe hopping begin! If you’re feeling like the munchies, a short drive from Venice Beach is Sidecar Doughnuts.
As if one doughnut shop wasn’t enough, we headed to K-Town for these Fantastic Donuts.
Most of you would not do this much doughnut hopping, but since we love taking pretty food pics, here is our third stop for doughnuts at Birdies LA.
Needed something to wash down all the sugar and carbs, so we headed to Verve Coffee for some juice and coffee.
We obviously needed to shed the calories we just inhaled, so we decided to do a 45 minute hike to the Hollywood Sign.
IMPORTANT TIP: If you are planning to do this hike, park your car at the end of Beachwood Drive (corner of Beachwood and Hollyridge Drive). There you will see a gate that goes into the Hollyridge trail to the Hollywood Sign. It also goes to the Sunset Ranch where you can take a horse to hike up the trail. We hiked by foot and it takes about 45 minutes to an hour to get to the sign, depending if you want to get to the very top. We stopped about 20 minutes away from the top and where everyone else stopped to take photos. This is not the only trail to get there, but I believe it’s the shortest hike close enough to the sign to take pretty pics.
POST HIKE FOOD: If you’re looking for some really kick ass THAI FOOD, head your way to Palm’s Thai Restaurant, a short drive from Beachwood Dr. I judge a Thai place by their Pad Thai dish and this was one of the best I’ve ever had.
Sometimes you just need a day to chill and that’s exactly how our day was. Plus it was raining all day which made exploring a little more difficult.
We still woke up early to shoot at LACMA. It was 8:00am and we had it all to ourselves.
We then headed back to the hotel for breakfast and some indoor shooting.
We popped into Laduree Beverly Hills for some coffee and macarons. But if you want the cute pink seats, it’s only available for lunch patrons.
We woke up super early (4:30am!) to drive out to San Diego to visit my wifey Erica of Fashioned Chic at Caffe Calabria.
Just around the corner, we made a quick stop to Holy Matcha, the prettiest matcha cafe I’ve ever visited.
After a two and a half hour drive back into LA, we stopped by Mr. Holmes Bakehouse for yummy cruffins and picked up some pastries for late night snacking.
After the munchies, we had to visit the BATES MOTEL where an artist decided to white wash the building and palm trees. The paint they used on the trees is called Premium Greenhouse Shading and apparently will do no harm to the tree or hurt any animals that come in contact with it. PHEW!
Famished for real food, we hit up Dinette LA for breakfast pizza and waffles! So yummyyyyy!
Our last stop was the Griffith Observatory where you can see both the Hollywood Sign and downtown LA for free. You can also head into the planetarium for a low fee.
Hope this helped you plan for your next LA adventure and you enjoyed my travel diary!