Caroline Juen’s blog, Love and Loathing LA, is often singled out as one of the go-to for all those looking for somewhere new to eat, shop and be inspired in the city. With a background in photography and an eye for all the best places to go, we knew we had to steal her little black book of where to visit in LA over the summer. Exclusively for The Chosen Club, here are Caroline's top picks...
LA doesn’t have a crazy amount of appreciation for history, but Dodger Stadium is one of those places that has completely stood the test of time and is one of my favorite places in LA to be because of it. A day or night at the ballpark with beers and hot dogs is one of the best ways to experience this city’s culture and is a guaranteed good time - whether your a Dodger fan or not!
Gjelina is an LA mainstay and to this day remains my favorite restaurant in town. Whether it’s breakfast, lunch, or dinner, they simply do no wrong! Plus Gjelina gets major bonus points for being located on the famous Abbot Kinney - AKA “the coolest street in America”. Whatever you do, don’t miss out on the mushroom toast or the butterscotch pot de creme!
Beverly Hills Hotel
Does it get more quintessential and classic than the Beverly Hills Hotel? Even if you’re not actually staying at the hotel, visiting the famous Polo Lounge for a McCarthy Salad or the Fountain Coffee Room for a burger and a slice of pie is an absolute must! And don’t forget to snap a picture in front of that gorgeous infamous pink and green banana leaf wallpaper!
Santa Anita Race Track
There is absolutely no (horse) race track in California that is as beautiful as Santa Anita - at least in my humble opinion! Spending a day at Santa Anita is like stepping back in time and it’s the perfect “out of the norm” activity. Between a stunning scenery, having an excuse to dress up, and of course gorgeous ponies, Santa Anita is one of LA’s best gems.
The Hollywood Bowl
One of the best things to do in LA during the warmer months is to pack a picnic and go see a concert or film at the beloved Hollywood Bowl. The Hollywood Bowl is a very special place to us Angelenos and something everyone can appreciate.
Everson Royce Bar
Everson Royce Bar is relatively new on the LA scene but it’s hands down my favorite place to go in LA/Downtown LA for the best outdoor patio, craft cocktails, and one of my all time favorite burgers in town. The place has a cool casual vibe and is perfect for a fun relaxed night out with friends.
This may be the place to see and be seen, but it’s certainly well worth all “the hype”. The hotel is absolutely stunning and its another one of those beloved LA landmarks, so dinner and/or drinks at the Chateau is a no-brainer. The setting is something out of a 1940’s tinsel town film, and the food and drinks are absolutely delicious.
Museum of Ice Cream
The Museum of Ice Cream just popped up a short time ago and is already one of the most amazing yet ridiculous things to ever be created in Los Angeles. If you’re an ice cream lover or you “do it for the gram”, The Museum of Ice Cream is a must. What about a sprinkle pool and all kinds of ice cream to eat doesn’t sound amazing?
For one of the best views of the city I always head to Griffith Observatory. Of course, outside of the fantastic views, Griffith Park has amazing hiking trails and Griffith Observatory is home to the city’s Planetarium. I love that you can experience so much here and find new reasons to love and appreciate LA with every single visit!
LA is known for its taco scene and if there’s one restaurant I particularly love for their AMAZING tacos, amazing cocktails and perhaps the best outdoor ambiance in town, it's Salazar in Frog Town. Their website is enough to make you love and appreciate them, but just wait until you have the tacos and tequila cocktails. THE BEST!