On non-busy weekends it was always nice to explore your own city like a tourist. Especially in Los Angeles, where there are so many diverse neighborhoods. LA is currently going through a revival. New neighborhoods are becoming gentrified with cute coffee shops, restaurants, and boutiques. There are those who don’t love the change, but it does make staying in town a lot more interesting.
I wanted to start exploring neighborhoods in Los Angeles, so selfishly I decided to create a series of different areas in LA that either I know very well or want to check out. This way it gives me an excuse to get out and try new places. First one on my list is Abbot Kinney.
Abbott Kinney has coffee shops in practically every corner. They have well known places like Intelligentsia Coffe and Blue Bottle Coffee to unique ones like Tom’s coffee shop and Shuhari Matcha Cafe. Personally my favorite is Abbot’s Habit. What it lacks in hipster decor it makes up with good coffee.
This street is full of unique and stylish boutiques. Great ones are Huset, The Piece Collective, and Burro. They also have well know brands like Rag and Bone, Steven Alan, and Lucky Brand. If your looking for a more casual basics there is Alternative or Roots. Many of the stores are too rich for my blood, but there are a few low priced boutiques like Skylark. One of the best places to shop is during the Flea & Arts Market, were you can find one of a kind finds from local vendors.
If you’re a foodie and health nut than, Abbott Kinney is heaven. There are restaurants catering to the healthy Cali lifestyle we all know and love, like Greenleaf, Lemonade, and Plant Food + Wine. This is where you can find the notable celebrates favorite Gjelina pizza joint. They are known for their fresh ingredients pizzas (not going to lie it’s pretty good). If you don’t have reservations, no problem! They have take-away restaurant, called GTA. Other foodies will enjoy Butcher Daughter or The Tasting Kitchen.
If you want go dance and not dress up, we love going to The Brig for it’s casual environment and good music. If your looking for a place to sit and talk I recommend The Other Room.
Other reads you might enjoy: Great Places to Visit in California, Best Coffeehouse in LA, and List of Healthy Eateries in LA.