Five randomly picked things to do in LA

1) The Griffith Observatory; the view is worth your time both day and night. The bonus at night is the possibility to take a peek through one of the telescopes!
2) Watch a movie in an authentic theatre; we went to Westwood Village Theatre (around the corner of Tomodachi Sushi, so a great option for dinner and a movie!)
3) The ‘James Turrel: A Retrospective’ exhibition in LACMA, it's truly amazing! It only runs until April 6, 2014, so go check it out while you still can! But even if this exhibition isn’t running anymore, the LACMA is still a great place to visit!
4) A late afternoon stroll on Ocean Avenue to enjoy the beautiful sunset.
5) Take the car and explore the city's great diversity; there is so much energy in LA and it is really cool to experience all these vibes in the different neighbourhoods of the city.

My top 5 favorite shopping areas

1) Abbot Kinney Road: a lot of really good boutiques, great for an afternoon of shopping without hopping in and out of the car.
2) Westwood Village: this is above all a really nice neighbourhood as opposed to a large shopping area, but it's great to spend your afternoon strolling around, have a delicious sandwich (Corner Bakery!) and do a little shopping.
3) Downtown LA: I didn’t get to explore this part of town the way I would liked, but I know it is currently upcoming and houses some of the greatest brands of this moment (Acne Studios just opened a brand new store and has its own little coffee shop!) and other hotspots like LA Chapter.
4) Third Street: a little crowded and a lot of tourists, but it offers a large variety in brands and has multiple department stores including my personal favorite Barneys New York.
5) The Grove: of all the shopping malls I liked this one the best; it has its own character and a real cozy atmosphere.

Take a break from the city

The great thing about LA is the close proximity to some really cool places that are good options for a road trip. A one-hour drive South will get you in Long Beach; it’s somewhat industrial but the contrast of sceneries is nice and they have the most delicious pizza I had in California so far. A little further down is Huntington Beach – great to watch surfers in action – and Newport Beach (remember the tv-show ‘The O.C.?). When you’re there, take a little detour to Javier’s at Crystal Cove – their nachos are to die for. If you have a couple days left, you can also opt for a trip to Las Vegas – which is a four and a half hour drive through the desert – whether it’s your style or not, you just have to see it with your own eyes. A little bit further but definitely worth the time is San Francisco, which is a seven-hour drive North.

What are your favorite things to do in LA? And what places in and around LA have you visited that really impressed you?

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