There is literally so much to do and see in Los Angeles! So when you are planning your first trip to LA you are inundated with information. You have to find out where to stay, where to eat and what to do. Of course you have to visit and see popular sights such as the Hollywood Sign, the stars on Hollywood Boulevard or Venice Beach. The list goes on and on but among all those sights and places you have to decide on some of your favorites that are must-sees and have always been on your bucket list. I was in LA for only four days and I really had to cut my list down because you would probably need weeks or even months to explore everything or at least most of the City of Angels because there are just so many cool things to do! Runyon Canyon and Malibu are two places that I’m definitely gonna visit the next time I’m in the city so hopefully this will be very soon (maybe in November!?).
I think that you have seen most of the famous sights on TV or read about them in travel books so I won’t list them all here. If you would like to know what I’ve seen in LA you can read everything about my four days in LA in these blog posts:

Arrival and hotel in Hollywood

Michael Jackson Tour

Movie Stars’ Homes Tour

Celebrity Spotting – Restaurants

Celebrity Spotting – How I met Paris Hilton

My favorite California Travel Guides and Websites

So instead of giving you a list of LA’s sights I thought it would be a great idea to give you some insider tips that you can experience in addition to the must-see places. Who could give you a better insider’s perspective and insider tips than a native Angelino? So I asked my friend Layla if she was up for a little interview and luckily she said yes 🙂

Layla has her own blog called LA Travel Girl. She spends half of her time living in her hometown Los Angeles which she absolutely loves and the other half of her time travelling the world. So here’s our little interview about her favorite places in LA and California.

Favorite breakfast/lunch/dinner places

Breakfast: Coral Tree Café

Favorite bars/clubs

I’m not a huge club person but I like in Santa Monica: The Bungalow, Rooftop Shangri-La and in Downtown: Villains Tavern & Ace Hotel rooftop… Hollywood is a shit show! 

Favorite parks

I like national forest you can hike in LA: Malibu Creek, Fryman Canyon, and Calabasas Backbone Trail!

Favorite “touristy places”

I’d say for the beach areas like Malibu or Santa Monica… also Venice beach. 

Favorite places for a day trip

Disneyland or anywhere with a good food or music festival from Pasadena to San Diego! 

Favorite places for a weekend getaway

Palm Springs, Las Vegas or San Diego!

Favorite places of a stunning view over the city

Mulholland, Ocean Avenue (view of city by the bay) or Griffith Observatory 

Your personal favorite places in LA

I like Santa Monica as I was born there… I love Downtown for Lakers games at Staples Center… I love the Hollywood Bowl for concerts… and Korea town for yummy food! Abbot Kinney in Venice is great too!

Thank you so much for this little interview, Layla! I’m sure my friends and readers are gonna love your tips. And I can’t wait to visit all these places the next time I’m in LA and that is hopefully gonna be very soon 🙂
You can find Layla’s blog here. And make sure to follow her on her Instagram accounts latravelgirl and lafoodiegirl.



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Los Angeles – I call this place my space on Earth! I miss this city soo much 🙁



Me too! The city is so special ??

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