As promised in my previous post about Los Angeles (if you didn’t see it, check out the link here: What to do in LA in 3 days), I’m going to tell you guys about the best food / restaurants we had. Our trips are usually revolve around restaurants and different food we want to try. We had a fabulous time eating in Los Angeles, especially since there are so many options to choose from.
We stayed in Venice, so the first morning we went to Gjusta because of the rave reviews we read, and also since it was a few blocks walking from our apartment. The have an infite amount of options of breads and pastries. Everything looked and smelled so good. I ordered a croquet madame, a French sandwich with ham, egg, and cheese on toasted bread.
Address: 320 Sunset Ave, Venice, CA 90291
Egg Slut is right where the big “Venice” sign is in Venice Beach and has a few different options to choose for delicious egg sandwiches. The place is small and the line can be long, but it moves fast.
Address: 1611 Pacific Ave, Venice, CA 90291
URTH Café, Hollywood
One of the most famous breakfast/brunch spots in LA. There are a few different stores, but I went to one in West Hollywood. They have outside tables and fast service. Get there early because it gets crowded, especially on the weekends. I ordered a poached egg (as always) and it came with some fruit. Overall, it was very delicious.
Address: 8565 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90069
Alfred tea room
The cutest tea shop ever! Everything is pink with flowers. They offer a bunch of different teas, coffees and pastries. Since I had breakfast before, I just ordered a matcha tea.
Address: 705 N Alfred St, Los Angeles, CA 90069
Dogtown Coffee (DTC)
Being from Brazil, I love Acai bowls (where acai originates from). To me, it’s hard to find acai bowls of similar quality in America. This place surprised me in a good way. The Acai tasted very similar to the ones we have in Brazil, and the sandwiches were also delicious.
Address: 2003 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90405
How can I talk about the west coast without talking about In-N-Out? I went twice in the same trip, just because lol (We actually almost missed our flight back to NY to eat before going to the airport). I ordered the “Double Double, Animal style”.
The burger is great for the price, around $3 (just the burger). You have to try this if you’re on the west coast!
Many locations available. Check website: in-n-out.com
This was one of my favorite spots in LA. Perch is a French restaurant located several stories up in a building, and takes up two floors. The first one is the restaurant, and the floor above (the rooftop) is a bar. The atmosphere is great, the view is beautiful at night and the music is fantastic (for the 80's fans). Perch is the perfect way to finish your night.
Address: 448 S Hill St, Los Angeles, CA 90013
Reservations: perchla.com, opentable.com
Nobu is a very popular Japanese restaurant in Malibu (with a bunch of other locations worldwide) where celebrities love to go. It’s right on the beach, with options to sit inside or outside. It’s difficult to get a reservation, since we tried for 3 weeks before going to Los Angeles. Luckily we got a table for a Friday around lunch time (we wanted to go while it was light out to see views of the beach). We shared a few plates, such as Kobe beef tacos, spicy shrimp (my favorite) and the salmon sashimi. Everything is so well made and fresh. Take a look at the salmon, it’s like an artist put it together!
As expected, it’s a fancy place and very pricey.
Address: 22706 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265
*To make a reservation you have to call the restaurant at least 3 weeks in advance*
Great Italian restaurant in Venice with a laid back atmosphere (as everything else in the area). The food was absolutely delicious. I got a classic bolognese fettuccine (with lots of Parmesan cheese as always 😉 ) and as a dessert a blueberry panacotta.
Address: 3386, 1023 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291
Ivy at the Shore
Ivy at the Shore specializes in sea food, being right along the beach in Santa Monica. The place has a Spanish vibe with many colorful flowers everywhere. It’s also a popular spot to eat in Los Angeles. They offer you a welcome drink when you sit down, which is a nice touch. I ordered the salmon with mashed potatoes, and my husband ordered the chicken dish. It was a great choice.
Address: 1535 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Brick + Mortar
A super crowded bar with some good food options. We went there our last night in LA to have a few drinks (and food as always). The waffle churros with ice cream is a must.
Address: 2435 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90405
The Farmers Market is another great option for breakfast or lunch. There’s a ton of food stands with all types of food (including Brazilian). We passed by, but didn't eat anything.
Address: 6333 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90036
*image from Google
Sugar fish is a very popular chain in LA, so we gave it a try in our first day before heading to the Staples Center for the Clippers game . Honestly, I was very disappointed with the food. It didn’t really taste fresh, and it was nothing amazing. I expected a lot more after reading all of the positive reviews and knowing it’s a popular spot.
Address: 600 W 7th St #150, Los Angeles, CA 90017
I hope you enjoy this post! If you have any other good places to eat in LA, comment below and I’ll try it out on my next trip to LA (hopefully soon!). Follow me on my Instagram @eat_travel_andlove and check out the places I’m going in real time.