In my last post I took my first ever solo trip to Philadelphia! Which was a nice little warm up to the beginning of my solo adventures this year but I knew I was ready to kick it up a notch. And this trip I had planned right here means the world to me…
MY SOLO TRIP TO LOS ANGELES baby!
If you’ve kept up with me on social media (__@melbae) last year I took my first ever trip to La La Land and I loved it. Loved it enough that I was officially convinced bicoastal living is a dream of mines that I really want to make a reality when the time is right. I spent quite a bit of time out there BUT I still had some places I wanted to visit, things I wanted to experience and this time I wanted to do it on my own. So being my typical spur of the moment self, I found a great deal via JetBlue and booked my birthday trip and needless to say… I was excited af!
Now let’s get into some of my favorite places that I visited:
Runyon Canyon Park
If you go to Los Angeles and don’t take a hike on Runyon, did you really even go? In Runyon Canyon Park you can find both LA natives & tourists hiking and getting their workout on while enjoying the beautiful scenery of the city! As a New Yorker, you don’t see mountains that’s just not a thing for us, so being out here and just soaking in all of the nature surrounding you really creates a spiritual moment. It reminds me why I love California, it provides a balance of both the peace of nature but when looking out into the distance you see the liveliness of the city just waiting for your return.
Runyon Canyon is of course FREE to enter and open from dawn to dusk!
Please note: Service is not always the best up there! So if you have any questions on how to get out and things of that nature don’t be afraid to ask a nearby hiker, they’ll be more than willing to help you out. Also if you want to view specific spots such as the Hollywood Sign check out some of the tips here.
While walking down Hollywood Boulevard, your girl got hungry and of course I was craving what I always crave… tacos. Now when I came across Calle Tacos I honestly thought that the tacos would be mediocre being that it’s right where all the tourists are, they have a huge sign that claims they make the best fish tacos and they just looked way too commercial for my taste. But when I saw their 5 dollar margarita pitcher deal of the day, I was sold enough to at least try it.
MAN THESE TACOS WERE EVERYTHING – I REPEAT THESE TACOS WERE EVERYTHING
Thinking about how good they were already has me looking up flights for my next return. The fish tacos were delicious & fulling, oh and the huge $5 jalepeno margarita just made the whole experience even better. They have a really cool food truck interior and have a seating area that’s indoors but open windows x doors. If you’re in the Hollywood area and a taco lover like myself, you must go. You haven’t lived till you had Calle Tacos.
Calle Tacos is located at 6508 Hollywood Blvd – Open from 11:00 am – 1:00 am
Mel Tip: If you check in on Yelp you can get free chips and salsa.
Museum Of Illusions
Before my trip to LA i did some investigating of what cool things were happening and discovered that the Museum Of Illusions just recently opened, so you know I had to check it out! The museum couldn’t be any more self explanatory. In here you can find a series of artwork that create illusions and it’s all instagramable! After having lunch with a friend we both decided to visit together.
What’s funny about the illusions is sometimes you don’t actually get what the illusion is but then you take the photo and you’re like hey I get it! Admission into the museum was $25 dollars, now in LA you can find a ton of art for free or even cheaper but since it’s new, we were with it. Was it worth it? Completely we had so much fun figuring out the illusions and there were SO many, it was to the point we were actually surprised how much art there as in there. I’ll be posting pictures until 2020 tbh and don’t judge me.
The Museum Of Illusions is located at 6753 Hollywood Blvd – Hours: 10am – 12am
If you know anything about the restaurant/hospitality biz in Los Angeles you know that Catch LA is a major hotspot in the area! You can find celebs such as Kim K, Chrissy Tiegen.. even Drake and J. Lo had a dinner date there. So it was the perfect option for my birthday dinner & I made reservations prior to my trip! The venue is just beautiful. The fact that it located on a rooftop is clearly what attracts people to come and it’s picture perfect landscaping. Major #NoFilterNeeded alert the lighting here is just perfect. Inside is equally as gorgeous with beautiful seating areas, beautiful staff and immediate understanding as to why celebs come here. I wanted to order the lobster roll because I was really craving lobster but unfortunately they didn’t have any so I opted with the Lobster Mac & Cheese + their Sesame Mai Tai to drink! All good because they were both amazing.
Mel Tips: The menu is pricy (birthday behavior) but ambiance + quality makes it so worth it. Making reservations in advance is a MUST. During my trip I met alot of LA locals who told me the difficulties they’ve had trying to get in. A reservation really makes sure it’ll be a smooth experience
Catch LA is located on 8715 Melrose Ave in West Hollywood – Hours: 5pm – 2am weekdays and two intervals on the weekends: Friday, Saturday, Sunday 11am-3pm & reopen 5pm-2:00am
If you want one of the best views of the LA skyline, 71 above is the place to be. Their Skylounge is perfect for cocktails and quick bites while looking out at the stunning view. I originally was planning to go to OUE Skyspace LA (located upstairs) to get the view of the city but ended up stopping here, realizing it’s just as great.. if not better because food and drinks haha! Their staff was amazing and so so sweet! I started chatting up with an employee there and shared how I was traveling solo and we had an great conversation about life & chasing your dreams (it got deep) – I ordered their Fritters and a drink, can’t remember the name but also got a complimentary glass of champagne for my birthday! I had sucha great experience definitely will be returning anytime I’m in LA
Mel Tips: Also another pricey spot, listen yall I was on my birthday behavior. But everything about this place makes it completely worth it.
71 Above is located at 633 W 5th Street – 71st Floor Hours vary but generally from 11:30 am – 11pm on weekdays and on weekends 5pm-12am
Yall I kind of hate to admit it, but I really love LA.
In NYC, life is: fast paced, the hustle is consistently on the mind & you don’t have time to really gather your thoughts. Coming to LA helps calm down my need for urgency & even though it was a vacation I still had to get ish done & I did! I love both cities but could see myself living in both! If you’re thinking about making a solo trip soon, Los Angeles is definitely a a great destination to visit.
What are your thoughts on the city? Will you be visiting LA or taking a solo trip soon? Leave a comment, send an email, @ me share your experiences I would love to hear!