LOS ANGELES, MY SECOND HOME
I have been to Los Angeles before I met Kerem, but of course it is completely different once you visit with a local. My boyfriend has been living there for 15 years and he knows the place like the back of his hand. He used to live in a penthouse in Downtown but since he spends more time in Turkey now, we Airbnb and rent a car from Turo usually. Here are my favourite spots for you to go if you decide to book a trip to La La Land.
Where to stay
Last time we stayed in Venice beach. It is a very relaxed neighbourhood and you can comfortably walk to the beach or Abott Kinney Avenue where you have lots of cute little boutiques if you feel like shopping. We went end of March and even though it got warm enough to walk around in a t-shirt during daytime, it got quite chilly at night. You may choose to stay in the city if you want to wear a dress with your high heels at night. If you want to join a cool party, you should stay at Petit Ermitage Hotel which allows members and hotel guests exclusively to their events.
Where to have coffee
I don’t understand the hype around Urth Cafe, I think that their coffee sucks and the food is not great either. I definitely prefer Groundwork, Blue Bottle and Intelligentsia. But none of them carry the breakfast I would want to have after my coffee. My favourite breakfast place is Joan’s on Third. I usually have their omelette which tastes amazing. It is a wonderful place to meet up with a friend or to start the day with your sweetheart. They have outdoor seating which makes it even more enjoyable. Once you are done with breakfast you may take a stroll and admire all the street art while checking out small boutiques and fashion stores.
Where to have lunch
I love to have salad for lunch and the best one I ever had was the one at Sweetgreen. You can chose a salad from the menu or mix your own. They prepare it in front of you and the sizes are big, you will definitely have had enough after such a salad. I don’t like garlic in my dressing and they had a balsamic dressing without. If you want to have coffee afterwards, you can go next door to Verve Coffee Roasters. Just make sure you don’t step into the hamburger place in between. They have super greasy food there. Zinc is a nice place for lunch too. It is vegetarian but not necessarily healthy. You may order a tofu sausage with french fries but you can also make healthy choices like me