TRAVEL, weekend

California Day 3: Exploring LA

The last California post is officially here! Day 3 was super fun but it was our last day there so we didn’t have a ton of time to explore.

We woke up around 8am, got ready, and checked out of the hotel. We were able to check in our bags after checking out though, which I always love. Exploring is never as fun with multiple bags, so always check to see if you can leave them with the hotel!

We Ubered to Alfred Coffee after our hotel. I hear so many people talk about this place and there were a ton of locations to pick from, so we headed to the one in Silverlake. I got a matcha latte with almond milk and it was really good. Connor and I sat there awhile talking and sipping our drinks, and then decided we needed breakfast.

We tried to go to Blue Star Donuts down the street but it was closed (it was Labor Day so we weren’t surprised). Then we got an Uber to Cafe Gratitude. I have seen this restaurant on YouTube and it’s all plant-based. It’s overall a very positive/cute place. We decided to split a sweet and savory meal. We went with “Vivid” which was an açaí bowl and “Nurtured” which was a breakfast wrap. Both were yummy.

After breakfast, we went to a couple stores I love: Glossier and Outdoor Voices. I picked up some new products and some that I ran out of. I will likely do a post on my favorite Glossier products, so I will share more then. I love getting a chance to go to the actual store, rather than ordering online. I wish the pop-up would come back to Chicago.

Our second to last stop of the day was Griffith Observatory. It was my second time there, but Connor had never been. It was such a nice day out and it was super crowded. We walked around a little and saw the Hollywood sign. We didn’t stay super long, but it was still a good place to go.

The last stop of the day was Koreatown. We had a couple places in mind to get food and we honestly planned to go to multiple places (that didn’t happen haha). Our main stop was Myung In Dumplings. Connor saw this restaurant on Anthony Bourdain and the food looked great! We both got dumplings and they were giant. I got the veggie and Connor got the kimchi/pork.

Our friend was able to meet up with us here too, so it was great to catch up with her! We also got bubble tea with her at Mr. Boba. It wasn’t my favorite bubble tea, but it was fine. There were so many bubble tea shops to pick from, so there might be a better one nearby to try!

After eating too many dumplings, drinking bubble tea, and catching up, Connor and I went back to our hotel to get our bags. It didn’t take too long to get them and then we got an Uber to the airport.

So that was basically the end of the trip, other than flying back to Chicago SO LATE at night. We had a really nice time exploring so many places in California. I think my favorite part of the trip was Joshua Tree, but it is always fun exploring big cities too!

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