How to Explore Los Angeles in Three Days Like a Local: Day One

In this three part guide to L.A. I'll show you how to spend three days in the city like a California native.

Known for it’s glitz and glamour, beautiful coastline and trendy shopping, and oh yes… stars, California is one of the most beautiful places to live and visit. There’s no shortage of things to do in L.A. As a California native I thought it would be fun to round up of some of my favorite places to visit! My three part guide is how I would choose to spend three fabulous days in the Sunshine State’s most popular city.

Los Angeles in Three Days: Day One

In this three part guide to L.A. I'll show you how to spend three days in the city like a California native.

 

District La Brea

District La Brea, in the City of Los Angeles, is home to several of my favorite L.A. spots! It’s hip cafes and restaurants, coffee shops, furniture and art stores, boutiques and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art make it a trendy neighborhood you’ll love visiting.

In this three part guide to L.A. I'll show you how to spend three days in the city like a California native.
The Fried Egg Tartine at The Sycamore Kitchen cannot be beat!
In this three part guide to L.A. I'll show you how to spend three days in the city like a California native.

In this three part guide to L.A. I'll show you how to spend three days in the city like a California native.

Breakfast or Brunch: Start your day like a local and grab breakfast (or brunch) at The Sycamore Kitchen. Nestled in the design corridor of District La Brea this hip urban bakery-eatery is the perfect breakfast or brunch hotspot! Sit inside or outside and enjoy the modern meets retro vibe. I personally recommend the Fried Egg Tartine and Rosemary Caramel Iced Coffee or a Tuscan Latte, but you can’t go wrong ordering off of their delicious menu!

In this three part guide to L.A. I'll show you how to spend three days in the city like a California native.
Meet Me at Third and Fairfax: L.A. Farmer’s Market

The LA Farmers Market

Meet Me at Third and Fairfax: After breakfast head on over to the L.A. Farmer’s Market and The Grove. You’ll find much more that fruits and veggies there! You might even spot a celebrity. Start at the Farmer’s Market and leisurely stroll through the stalls and stores. Beyond picking up fresh produce and specialty foods you can also enjoy the many restaurants and sweet treats from the bakeries or pie and ice cream shops. Then head over to The Grove and go to town shopping! Catch the trolley for a free ride down First Street from one end of The Grove to the other. Be sure to check out the Farmer’s Market calendar of events for concerts, tribute nights, and contests and The Grove’s for social hours, special sales and launches. 

Ready for lunch? Head back to the Farmer’s Market! I recommend grabbing an amazing Brazilian meal at Pampas Grill! Self serve and pay by the pound. The meat is carved fresh off the spit and you’ll be treated to a delicious array of side choices. You won’t be disappointed.

In this three part guide to L.A. I'll show you how to spend three days in the city like a California native.
Urban Light Sculpture at LACMA

The Urban Light Display at LACMA

End the night with a visit to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and see the famous Urban Light display. The lights come on at dusk every day. An installation of 202 restored cast iron antique street lamps, the Urban Light Sculpture at LACMA, is one of L.A.’s most famously photographed locations.

Stay tuned for more of L.A. next week when I share my day two recommendations!

xoxo
Naomi

In this three part guide to L.A. I'll show you how to spend three days in the city like a California native.

14 Comment

  1. I’ve never been anywhere outside of the East Coast, but if I went out West the main place I’d want to go is California and I think LA would definitely be one of the places I’d love to go. That farmers market seems like a really cool gem!

    1. Naomi K Andrews says: Reply

      I love the East Coast! There’s so much history and beautiful architecture there. Yes, the farmer’s market is pretty great, but then again I love going to farmer’s markets! Thankfully we have one in town weekly too!

  2. Beth says: Reply

    I haven’t been to LA since I was a teenager. It looks like you know all the best places to go!

    1. Naomi K Andrews says: Reply

      The best part about LA is that it’s so big you can play tourist even if you are from California! Were you just visiting when you were a teenager? Any favorite spots you visited?

  3. I’ve definitely seen a lot of photos of those lampposts before! We’re flying into LAX for a few days in May, though I think we’ll spend most of our time outside the actual city, maybe we’ll sneak in a little time to visit some of these cool places!
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    1. Naomi K Andrews says: Reply

      That’s awesome Rachel! The Urban Lights display is definitely a fun spot to see. Where are you coming from?

  4. I love LA. My husband and I have been several times and always find new and exciting things to explore.

    1. Naomi K Andrews says: Reply

      That’s awesome! It’s such a fun city. What are some of your favorite spots?

  5. this made my heart swooonnnn! i miss la lol

    1. Naomi K Andrews says: Reply

      Aww! I’m so happy. It is a wonderful city to explore!

  6. Kierra says: Reply

    I bet brunch was amazing! The farmers market looks so cute, I love farmers markets!

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    1. Naomi K Andrews says: Reply

      Me too! I love knowing I’m supporting local businesses and the produce is always so good.

  7. As an Angeleno you totally did some great stuff in your first day. And you got to try out some really great eats!! Can’t wait to read all about your day two =]

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    1. Naomi K Andrews says: Reply

      Thanks Danielle! Looks like I need to get some LA spots for good eats from you! Any faves I should go check out?

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