Los Angeles is a dynamic city where you can find both the trendiest shops and the oldest markets. The mix of cultures makes L.A. a really special and attractive city to visit, so much so that no matter how many times I visit, I still discover something new on every trip.
L.A. is so full of surprises that I don’t think I could ever get enough of it. Based off of my own experiences with the City of Angels, here are the 5 places you absolutely cannot miss in L.A.
The Original Farmers Market
The Original Farmers Market is a sprawling historic market that features a range of trendy shops, restaurants, and gourmet grocery purveyors, open seven days a week. You will find fresh produce at low prices and authentic foods from all over the world, not to mention a cool laid-back atmosphere.
Related: The Best Farmers Market in L.A.
Griffith Oberservatory + The Hollywood sign
A simply gorgeous view from the hill overlooking the city of Los Angeles. Taking a picture with the world-renowned Hollywood sign and going to the observatory are absolutely free. If you have more time, there are tons of hiking trails and picnic tables for you to enjoy.
It’s easy to spend a full day at Venice strolling the white sandy beach, exploring thrift shops, and chowing down at local restaurants. The view from the pier is spectacular. There are fewer tourists and more reasonably priced restaurants. Make a stop at the Cow’s End Cafe for some delicious sandwiches or an omelette, and take in street performances and art displays on a stroll along the boardwalk.
Grand Central Market
Nothing beats brunch at Grand Central Market. Just walk inside and you won’t be able to resist the savory-smelling food vendors. You’ll find long lines at Eggslut, the memorably named omelette and American breakfast eatery, but their breakfast sandwiches are worth the wait.
Open since 1939, Union Station’s Mission Revival architecture is sure to make your jaw drop. It is truly beautiful inside and out. Musicians will get a kick out of the stand-up piano in the middle of the station. It’s free to play and you’re welcome to put on a show!
What are some other must-see places in L.A.? What do you recommend?