Tucked into the stylish street of Melrose Place and surrounded by high-fashion boutiques, Alfred’s brings a bit of Parisian flare to L.A. Stepping inside under the black-and-white logo, you get the full ‘hipster’ aesthetic with a mix of potted plants, rustic hardwood floors, black wooden walls with a neon pink hashtag reading #Alfredscoffee, and a fireplace with a framed map proclaiming ‘Everything here is Wonderful.’ Alfred’s own motto is ‘But first, Coffee,’ and here, the brew is Stumptown. Not only do Alfred’s stylish coffee sleeves add to the fashionable flare, the café’s friendly staff makes this a regular go-to stop.
Alfred’s, 8428 Melrose Pl, LA, CA, USA, +1 323-944-0811
Abbot Kinney Boulevard
Abbot Kinney Boulevard was named after American developer and creator of ‘Venice in America,’ Abbot Kinney. Now, the Boulevard is one of the best places to explore both day and night. With its rows of many colorful and artistic shops along with welcoming bars and restaurants, it’s a place to get away from the regular LA tourist scene. As you walk through the neighborhood, the architecture unites iconic So-Cal beach houses with a modernized yet minimalist influence. By night, enjoy the warm and cozy restaurants for casual or fine dining: from restaurants to Lemonade to Gjelina, Abbot Kinney brings the best eats.
Love a good French-inspired eatery and café? Well, Bottega Louie is one of the best, complete with an L.A. version of the famous Ladurée macaroons. Just walking across the white marble floors and rows of colorful, delicious treats, you feel like you’re being transported to a Parisian bistro. With breakfast, lunch, and dinner on the menu, one can never go wrong with a fabulous meal here. Not only are Bottega Louie’s desserts decadent, the stylish boxes of the macaroons are easy on the eye as well.
Bottega Louie, 700 S Grand Ave, LA, CA, USA, +1 213-802-1470
DTLA Arts District
Nearby Little Tokyo is the DTLA Arts District, which has been receiving more and more attention from L.A.’s acclaimed hipster culture. Not far from the exposed-brick Urth Café is the District’s own permanent flea market, with many local artists hawking their indie crafts. From morning ’til dawn, the market attracts sellers and buyers on the hunt for everything from vintage jackets to finely-made handcrafted jewelry. Famous local eats such as Eat.Drink.Americano and the Pie Hole create the L.A. version of indie minimalist fusion cuisine. Up and coming stores such as Poketo and Apolis: Common Gallery lends a modern aesthetic, with their motto ‘We are socially motivated lifestyle brand that empowers communities worldwide.’
As a solid alternative to the famously extravagant Rodeo Drive, The Grove is known to attract shop goers with its mix of high and low fashion brands. L.A’s historic buildings inspired the Grove’s architectural design, and its courtyards have the essence of classic L.A. Here you can find events such as movie premieres in the Grove theaters, performances and fashion shows including Teen Vogue’s Back to School Style presentation as well as niche shops like Dylan’s Candybar. The Grove is also a celebrity hotspot, and shows like Entertainment Tonight (E.T.), E! News and Extra often film here. International brands such as Topshop, Zara, and Barneys New York are located in the outdoor promenade, while other attractions include the animated fountain that plays music every hour–designed by WET, it’s of a piece with the fountains at the Bellagio in Las Vegas—and the Trolley that carries passengers from the Grove to the nearby Farmers’ Market. During Christmas time, the legendary Grove Christmas tree is placed in the center of the outdoor promenade, where visitors come from all over town to see the tallest tree in Los Angeles.
The Grove, 189 The Grove Dr, LA CA, USA, +1 323-900-8080
Love the great outdoors with an amazing view? Then check out Griffith Observatory. Not only is it one of L.A.’s most notable tourist spots, you also can hike all the way to the famous Hollywood Sign. Many Angelinos love to ramble along the vast winding trails, to enjoy nature along with a captivating view of all of Los Angeles. Seeing the DTLA skyline to your left and looking at West Hollywood and Santa Monica at your right, the view is absolutely breathtaking. Two of the best times to go are at the crack of dawn, to watch the sunrise, and at sunset, to gaze on all of the night lights. You can also head to Griffith Observatory itself to check out the wonderful astronomical exhibits, and even use the telescope to witness the beautiful night sky.
Griffith Observatory, 2800 E Observatory Rd, LA, CA, USA, +1 213-473-0800