Welcome to Part 2 of my recap of our December 2017 LA trip (you can read Part 1 here). On the third day of the trip we got to see an amazing flea market, hike, and check out West Hollywood. These posts are a little late...but hopefully better late than never. There is also a full list of my LA recommendations at the end of this post!
As I mentioned in the previously, the Airbnb that we stayed in was a garage that the owners had converted to a guesthouse. It was perfect for our stay and I was really impressed with the way that the owners maximized this small space. It was probably roughly 250 square feet in total, but felt open, airy, and spacious. You can see the full gallery here, but below are a few more shots.
MELROSE TRADING POST
While we didn't end up getting anything, the prices were great and there were some prints and photographs that I definitely regret leaving behind. I should have scooped up the entire pile that you see in the first picture below!
Jeff and I were very lucky to have an amazing tour guide for the second leg of our LA trip, April! While I would love to head back to LA and check out the Rose Bowl, April recommended the Melrose Trading Post, which ended up being perfect for this short trip.
Open air flea markets are one of my favorite things and I can't wait for it to be Spring on the East Coast, so that I can start hitting up some flea markets again.
After Melrose Trading Post we walked around West Hollywood, which is honestly in my head how I pictured most of LA would be. Sneaker stores with security guards and poodles with a big attitude.
One of the highlights of our trip was the hike in Griffith Park. These views are a must-see if you're in LA.
I know that there are a million hikes that you can do in LA, but this one was pretty great. We only hiked for about 3 miles, but it felt like a lot more because the hills were so steep. Check out the Hollywood sign!
SHOPPING ON LINCOLN BOULEVARD
On our last afternoon we were back in Venice and Jeff was a good sport and did more thrifting! Our Airbnb was off of a main drag called Lincoln Boulevard that was lined with thrift and antique stores.
My only complaint about shopping in LA (with the exception of Melrose Trading Post) was that everything was SO EXPENSIVE. I honestly thought that I would buy a lot on the LA leg of our trip, but actually didn't get anything (except our Gjelina cookbook). It was still fun to check out all of the antique and thrift stores on Lincoln Blvd. and do some window shopping. If I had a bigger budget I would have walked away with that marble hand below in a heartbeat!
All good things must come to an end...
After three incredible and jammed-packed days, we said goodbye to LA and headed off to the second leg of our trip in Joshua Tree. More on that in a future post!
Here is a complete list of my LA recommendations
Bring an extra suitcase for your finds and leave yourself plenty of time to explore this amazing flea market. I would also bring cash. I didn't have any and it was the big reason why I didn't end up getting anything. TIP - I saw some amazingly affordable planters made by local artists (under $10!) and loose prints and photos that I should have picked up, framed, and included in a photo ledge or gallery wall. Next time.
One of my favorite boutiques on Abbot Kinney, the front of this store is really unique and there are gorgeous clothes, ceramics, and accessories.
Japanese ceramics and other household items fill this thoughtfully curated store. TIP - be sure to check out the second building of the store, which you can find if you go through the back courtyard.
This was the antique store that I liked the best on Lincoln Blvd. The prices were a little steep for me, so we were only window shopping, but they have a really wide selection and I saw lots of pieces I would have loved to walk away with had the budget been bigger.
Take a stroll down Abbot Kinney and take in all of the designy boutiques, beautiful succulents everywhere, and some great people watching.
The historic Venice canals are quite simply...breathtaking. Bring your camera and you will not regret coming to this special place. TIP - We went during "magic hour" (3-4ish PM) and the light for photos was perfect.
Rent a convertible and take a day trip out of LA on the Pacific Coast Highway. We headed up to Malibu, but there are so many places you could stop depending on your schedule. Driving along the water with the top down was something I'll never forget.
Great eating and shopping right on the water. TIP - Grab a glass of wine and head up to the roof deck of Malibu Farm Cafe for great views of the ocean.
Take a hike for some of the best views in LA.
So...we went to Superba A LOT (three times in a three day trip, I think?!). It was right down the street from our Airbnb and the food was amazing. Indoor and outdoor seating, open early, closed late, great prices -- there are so many good things I can say about this place. I really wish that Brooklyn had a restaurant like this because Jeff and I would be there all. the. time. TIP - Go for brunch and get the Baked Eggs “In Purgatory.”
This interior is as dreamy as the food. We sat inside, but the back deck looked gorgeous. TIP - Get a side of fries (Fun Fact, fries are my favorite food). The Harissa ketchup is out of this world and I wish they had that recipe in the Gjelina cookbook!
Gjelina's sister restaurant. We stopped here for brunch our way out of town. I wish that we had been able to stock up on some of their preserves, bread, and infused oils because they looked amazing.
This place is a must-visit and we went for dinner on our second night (thanks for the rec, April!). The interior is spectacular and we got a lot of apps to share among three people, which were all delicious. I feel like you can't go wrong with anything on this menu. TIP - At the risk of this turning into a post about fries...get the Truffle Fries. You will regret nothing.
We went here on our first night in LA and it was a great meal. TIP - Get the Baby Beets and Lasagne.
Go check out Helen Levi's beautiful work in the wild and get some delicious food in the process. TIP - Try the Flaky Bread! So good.