On our second morning, we wanted to spend more time in the Silver Lake area of our Airbnb. Although we didn’t spend a lot of our time there, our Airbnb was comfortable, cozy, and close to a bunch of great shops and restaurants.
Our host, Tiffany, was very sweet and accommodating, and we picked one of her walkable coffee shop recommendations for breakfast. The walk down the hill to Lamill was enjoyable – lots of people- and dog-watching to do (there’s a big dog park nearby). At Lamill, we picked two breakfasts to split: their Eggs Benedict and their seasonal fruit and granola bowl. For coffee, we both got their cold brew. Everything was great, and we picked up a bag of their Black Onyx blend to cold brew at home. Too hungry to take photos.
After breakfast, we went on a rather impromptu, self-guided walking tour of Silver Lake. We started down Silver Lake Blvd., with all of the cute little shops, boutiques, and restaurants. After wandering around there for a bit, we walked back up the hill towards the area where we knew a lot of Neutra homes were.
The Kambara Residence, 1960 – Richard Neutra
Richard Neutra is one of the mid-century architects we admire. He has several builds in the Silver Lake area, a lot of them residing on or around Neutra Place. We found a lot of them, but we left feeling that there was more to discover in that area. We had more plans for the day though, so we saved further Neutra exploring for our next trip!
Another neighborhood that we set out to Los Angeles wanting to visit was the Mar Vista neighborhood. We went there next.
I first saw one of these extraordinary homes (the house above) in one of my favorite movies, Matchstick Men, with Nicholas Cage (p.s. if you haven’t seen the YouTube video “Nicholas Cage losing his sh*t”, go watch it now – pure gold). We both agreed that this might be our ultimate favorite neighborhood, and since being back from our trip, we’ve talked about how picturesque and perfect it was several times. Truly a dream.
From the Mar Vista neighborhood, we drove to Beverly Hills to visit the Beverly Hills Hotel. We follow the hotel on Instagram, and the pictures they post always make us want to be there. It was fun to walk around, but we immediately felt out of place. So, we booked it!
There was a quaint little park across the street where we sat and people-watched for a while. Then we ventured down the way to find Rodeo Drive and did some more sight-seeing.
By lunchtime, we were starving from all of the walking. We found a cute little taco shop not too far away. Street tacos and horchata cold brew. Yum.
Recurring theme – too hungry to take pictures.
For dinner, both of us had a taste for pizza, so we looked up places and found one called Bestia near/in the arts district. It was about an hour walk away, but the weather was perfect and the sun was still out, so we started off on our journey. Apparently, this place is really popular because when we showed up and told the hostess we didn’t have reservations, he said “it’s a 2-hour wait for bar seats…”. No thanks!
After a few almost-tears and frantic googling, we were in an Uber on our way to another pizza place across town. It was a fun atmosphere, and the pizza was really good, but we definitely settled on the most convenient place by our Airbnb since we were so tired and hungry by that time.
We turned in early that night, either because of our food babies or from all of the exploring we’d done that day.
On our final morning, we made a last-minute decision to leave much earlier than we had planned. We had the whole day to hang out in L.A., but we 1) wanted to get back home at a semi-decent time and 2) we decided to stop in one of our favorite cities, Palm Springs, on the way back. Before heading out, we had to stop at Stumptown for coffee and pastries (it was closed when we were in the area the night prior).
We sat and drank and ate while we watched the workers roast the beans in the warehouse. We also talked about our favorite moments of the trip, and what items we would be putting on our list to do next time we were in L.A. Both of us were surprised at how much we loved Los Angeles, a place we’d always put far below San Diego on our list of CA travel destinations.
A while later, we found ourselves about a quarter of the way home and in Palm Springs. One of the hotels that we follow on Instagram, Arrive, always advertises that their pool is open to the public. We thought it would be fun to have a poolside lunch to close out our trip. Lunch, mid-day cocktails, lounging around, and finally, an ice cream stop – it was relaxing to say the least. Afterwards, we hit the road for home sweet home!