When I heard about her move, I made her a list of my favorite places in Southern California. As you know, I love sharing my favorite places in The City Beautiful, so I am sharing some of my hometown favorites with you too!
So here is a bit of my list. Just in case you decide to go to LA too!
Phillipe’s Restaurant (a few blocks from Union Station) : a fun, iconic restaurant - try the Lamb French Dip Sandwich. This place is super causal, there is sawdust on the floor and you order at a counter, no waiters.
ChinaTown/Olvera Street: fun place to check out.
SanteeAlley: Fun for shopping for cheap clothes, jewelry and random things. (a bit dirty, but great people watching)
TheBiltmore Hotel (Now the Millennium Biltmore): this hotel is the sight of many famous movies including Pretty Woman. It has a beautiful art deco lobby/staircase and is a fun place to check out while in LA. Good place to relax after shopping in Santee Alley.
The Pantry Restaurant: I used to go here with my dad; it’s near the theatre where the first academy awards show was held. Many famous people have eaten here: Marilyn Monroe, Martin Luther King Jr, and Bill Clinton (and me). You should go too!
The Hollywood Bowl: This place is amazing, a huge outdoor concert venue where you can pack your own food to bring in and have a giant picnic. Find a cheap show and have a date night!
The Getty: It’s not the same as the Getty Villa, but you need to see it. Go on a clear day and you can see Catalina Island.
Griffith Park Observatory: Want the best view of the ‘Hollywood’ sign? Go here. You can also hike here.