LA is filled with insta-worthy spots! On my, short-but-sweet, recent trip to LA I managed to visit/find just a handful of these spots; the below list is just a few of the options the city has offer so if you’re visiting for longer then I’m sure you’ll find a tonne more to add to the collection!
Made in LA Wall
Address: Cisco Home, 8025 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood, Los Angeles
This spot is located on Melrose Avenue, on the side wall of Cisco; the furniture store. The wall was painted in 2013 and has been a hot-spot for photos and ‘grammers ever since.
Salt and Straw, Abbot Kinney, Venice
Address: 1357 Abbot Kinney Boulevard, Venice, Los Angeles
This heavenly ice-cream spot has shops in both Venice and LA city centre – the ice cream here is to-die-for so not only will you have the sweetest treat but you’ll also get some fab shots that’ll snazz up your insta feed!
Paul Smith Pink Wall
Address: Paul Smith, 8221 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood, Los Angeles
Another famous wall is the pink Paul Smith wall. This “landmark” has been present since the day the store opened in 2005 and has since become a bit of a phenomenon. People queue up to pose in front of the famous wall and it’s become that popular that the store has even appointed a security guard to control crowds and ensure visitors aren’t getting in the way of traffic. Ridiculously, there are even “rules” for posing in front of the wall – no professional cameras, no feet on the wall and a limit of 10 minutes are just a few of the strictly imposed rules. It’s all a bit silly and blown out of proportion when you really think about it but the wall makes for a great selfie/background non-the-less.
Alfred Tea Room
Address: 705 North Alfred Street, Los Angeles
This cute little tea cafe is the sister version to Alfred Coffee. Think neon lights, pretty pastries, an extensive tea menu, cute gifts and lots of pink. There’s a small seating area outside to enjoy your purchases and take those ‘gram worthy shots. I went for the Raspberry Rose Croissant and Phil had an Earl Grey tea. This was the perfect little morning refresher after the bottle (or two) of wine we had the night before at Catch.
Griffith Park and Observatory
Address: 2800 East Observatory Road, Los Angeles
This free-to-enter observatory sits on the south-facing slope of Mount Hollywood and looks out towards downtown LA in one direction and has great views of the Hollywood Sign in the other. If you drive up, which you no doubt will, then you pay for parking which is $4 per hour but it’s worth it as it’s a pretty long walk up the hill – the observatory itself is then completely free. Alternatively, if you’re a hiker or enjoy the exercise, then you can walk up and the whole activity will be free. Even if you choose to drive up the hill then there are plenty of hiking trails to explore and you can even get up close to the Hollywood Sign. There is also a fab cafe in the observatory that has a huge salad bar – perfect for a healthy lunch between exploring!
The Hollywood Sign is probably one of the most icon landmarks in LA history! It can be pretty hard to get a decent view of the sign without hiking up to it (make sure to research a good trail as it’s not the easiest thing to find once you’re up in the hills). If you don’t fancy the hike then you can see it from afar by driving up North Beachwood Drive or alternatively take a visit to the Griffith Observatory where you can see it from the viewpoint which is where this photo was taken.
Address: 8715 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood, Los Angeles
Phil and I spent our anniversary at Catch LA and let me tell you, the food is out of this world! They suggest you have several smaller dishes in order to really taste all the options they have to offer. We had sushi, crispy shrimp, wagyu rib tacos, chicken lettuce cups, and then shared the filet steak and parmesan-truffle fries. Everything was absolutely incredible! Alongside their INCREDIBLE food, Catch have the dreamiest entrance walkway! I’m not sure you can actually see it unless you’re eating/drinking at the restaurant as you have to check in to be let up in the lift to get to the rooftop restaurant however it’s totally worth it!
Random pop up walls on Melrose Avenue
Occasionally random walls pop up along Melrose Avenue – these vary from unauthorised art pieces to advertising instalments. At any point there will be unique pieces that might not be there on your next visit. When I visited there was a wall of roses promoting Sam Smith’s new song…
Can you recommend any other spots to get those insta-worthy shots? I know there are so many more options in the amazing city of LA…