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One week in Los Angeles – an itinerary

Sunshine, palm trees, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica or even Venice… a lot of things come to mind when thinking about Los Angeles, and I always associated it with a certain freedom and progress, a glamourous vibe, and the world of endless possibilities stemming from the association of the “American dream” and Hollywood.

I went there for a week at the end of October with my boyfriend, my sister and her boyfriend, and I was extremely excited to finally go to the US and to discover this amazing city. I feel like we did a lot of amazing things, so here’s a little recap of this fantastic week to inspire a future visit or just to travel a bit through words and pictures!

Day 1: a day of shopping

Me and my boyfriend arrived from Montreal a day before my sister and her boyfriend, so instead of starting to check things off from our common LA to-do list, we just thought we would take our time for a nice brunch and then go on to explore the Santa Monica area and do some shopping. For me, it was also the perfect occasion to check out some stores that I don’t find here in Belgium/France, and to go to some thrift shops, as they are much better in the US than in Europe!

After a nice day of strolling along the beach and by some cute shops, we had an amazing Cuban dinner at a place called El Cochinito. I had never tried Cuban before but I really loved it, and the atmosphere in the place was really great and the food delicious!

Day 2: Hollywood and Beverly Hills

Snippets of Hollywood boulevard (2 on the left) and details of Rodeo Drive

This time with my sister and her boyfriend, we, again, started our day with a perfect brunch at Millie’s, then walked to the Hollywood boulevard to discover the very famous Hollywood Walk of Fame, trying to see which names we recognised on the stars and hopping in some shops here and there.

In the afternoon, we took the car around Beverly then ended up in the very posh and European-like Rodeo Drive and, to finish off this glamourous day, we took some burgers to go at In-n-Out. I don’t know what they put in them, but they are fantastic!

Day 3: Warner Bros studios and walking around

Left: inside Central Perk in the show Friends
Right: towards the entrance of The Grove

Our third day stated off with yet another brunch at Sqirl, where we also bought some homemade jam, followed by a nice walk in Melrose, a popular shopping street with lots of nice and unusual shops. Then, it was time to go on our Warner Bros Studios tour, where we could visit the studio sets and learn a lot about the movie industry in general. I absolutely loved it and already want to go back!

It was still early when we left the Warner Bros Studios, so we spent some time at The Grove, a huge open-air mall that almost feels like a theme park, with a four-story Barnes and Nobles bookshop. For dinner, we went to a guide-recommended Thai restaurant called Night + Market Song which was amazing, served delicious food in great portions and had such a fun and lively vibe.

Day 4: along the coast

Left to right: El Matador Beach, the Venice canals and the rides of Santa Monica pier

To take a break from all the walking of the previous days, our fourth day was dedicated to the ocean. After a delicious (maybe the best of the whole trip?) take-away coffee and fresh matcha scones at Lab & Coffee Roasters, we headed out North to Malibu, to check out the stunning Californian coast. We stopped at the beautiful el Matador beach then around Point Dume, where we walked on the sand, collected seashells, saw dolphins and maybe a sea lion, and where I also got in my swimsuit and swam in the ocean!

Then, we headed back South towards LA and stopped at Venice to check out all the beautiful canals and Venice beach. Our walk lead us to Santa Monica, where we walked around the rides of the pier, and the night ended with a very chill dinner consisting of take-away tacos and leftovers from the day before!

Day 5: LACMA and Observatory

Left to right: our colourful lattes, the artwork in front of the LACMA and the view from the observatory during sunset

On the fifth day, we started with a fantastic brunch and colourful lattes at The Butcher, the Baker and the Cappuccino Maker, then we went to the LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art), only to realise it was closed on that day. We still had a walk around and also went to see the nearby Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, designed by the famous Italian architect Renzo Piano.

Then, as the sun was starting to set, we headed to the Griffith, stopping by the peaceful Bronson Caves, where we were completely alone. We reached the Observatory at sunset and it was absolutely glorious. The view over LA was simply breath-taking, but what I liked the most was that we were also able to see Saturn through the big telescope, as well as Jupiter! With galaxies and stars in our heads, we ended this beautiful day with a mouth-watering burger at Cassell’s – again, absolutely fantastic!

Day 6: Downtown and Venice

Left to right: the Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Bradbury building downtown and happy me checking things off my bucket-list

On the morning, we dropped my sister off at a conference and set out to explore Downtown LA, passed by Chinatown to grab some bubble tea, then went to explore The Last Bookstore, an amazing bookstore with book sculptures and mazes.

In the afternoon, my boyfriend and I went back to Venice to do some roller skating as it had been a bucket-list dream of mine since as long as I can remember, while my sister’s boyfriend visited the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. After enjoying a bit of the Californian lifestyle that I had always imagined, we went back towards downtown and had a fantastic dinner in Little Tokyo.

Day 7: Little Tokyo and Observatory show

Our final day in Los Angeles started by going crazy over the cute shops in Little Tokyo, which reminded me so much of Japan! We also had a great lunch there, then took the car and went back to the Observatory to watch a show called “Signs of Life” in the Samuel Oschin planetarium. It explored the origins of life, looking at our planet but also beyond, going well outside our own galaxy. The images were beautiful and it was well worth going back to the Observatory!


Los Angeles is a huuuuge city, with tons of things to see and do, and while we obviously couldn’t do everything, I’m really happy with everything that we managed to do, as we struck a good balance between chill moments, long walks and also a bit of nature. I also feel so excited that I could check off my all-time bucket-list item that had been there since the beginning!

I’ll also take this opportunity to give a shout-out to Rebecca’s blog, where I found loads of great ideas of things to check out in LA!

Have you ever been to Los Angeles? Do you want to go?

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Hey, I'm Juliette! I'm starting this blog to keep a record of and share my adventures. I love everything sweet, sunny days, fluffy kittens and people who smile. When I don't work I like to discover new places and try to learn languages. I hope you will find something that you like in here! ☼

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  1. While the US isn’t on my bucket list of travel countries, LA has always fascinated me. The land of hollywood! Some Youtubers I follow live there and I love their thrifting videos! Finding Gucci and other high-end brand bags for USD25 and lower – howww?!! Did you get anything from the thrift shops?
    Central Perk set – 🥺🥺❤️❤️
    Little Tokyo sounds really cute!!

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    • Same here, I was always fascinated by LA and the “Californian lifestyle” (or at least my idea of it)! I don’t think I would like to live in LA, but oh my, the thrift shops were fantastic! I found so many amazing items that were so cheap compared to their original price!! We all went back with suitcases filled with items from the thrift shops ahah!There were so many Friends-themed things at the Warner Bros studios, it was amazing!

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  2. ThingsHelenLoves says

    I’d LOVE to do LA, this trip sounds amazing. The colourful lattes are beautiful, I’ve not seen anything like that before!

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    • The trip really was fantastic, and I feel so lucky that I was able to go there – it still feels a bit surreal! The lattes really were amazing, and I also hadn’t seen anything like that before! Thanks for stopping by!

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    • Yes, the next thing I plan to do in California is a roadtrip along the coast, as it seems to be truly stunning! Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. Wow, just look at all the wonderful photos from LA, especially the beautiful sunset views from the observatory and the rugged coast. California is a dream destination for many and with endless sunshine, beaches, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and an abundance of things to do, it offers so much to those who visit. It’s one of the cities I would love to visit – I grew up watching and re-watching Fast and Furious movies, so I would love to discover the iconic locations from the films throughout Los Angeles, from Downtown to Malibu. Thanks for sharing and inspiring! Aiva 🙂 xx

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    • Yes, LA is a huge city but there are still many ways to see a bit of nature and immensity! I knew I would love California for its amazing weather, but turns out the lifestyle is not that bad either! For me, part of the fascination I had with LA was linked to the Red Hot Chili Peppers, a band that I used to listen to a lot growing up! Thanks for reading and commenting Aiva!

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  4. Fantastic post, Juliette! This really made me realize how awesome the whole week was and everything that we could achieve and end up enjoying thoroughly. It makes me want to go back there as soon as possible too hahah Also love how you put aside your detour to Ski Drow. 😛 Clearly it didn’t leave a big enough lasting impression on you!!! We must return! 😀

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    • I hope you get to one day too! The first few days were very efficient, thought the last days were a bit less, as we had to find a balance betweeen all of our plans and schedules, but I do feel like I saw so many things! Thank you for stopping by!

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  5. A week in LA (longer if possible, but trying to be realistic) is probably the highest on my travel list, and I really hope I get to live that dream soon. Those colourful lattes are incredible. I love your itinerary as I think that it has all the essential places and experiences for a first visit. There’s a plethora of movie sights I’d like to check out in LA.

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    • I think that a week is enough to check out different spots in LA while still taking your time – we went for brunch almost everyday and some days or hours were just dedicated to browsing shops, so we really took it easy! There are plenty of movie spots there! I hope you get to go there soon!

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  6. Thank you so much for the shout-out, Juliette! I’m very glad that you enjoyed my hometown and got to see so much of it… and some places I haven’t even been to before! There’s no doubt that there’s so much to do in LA that it’d take a lifetime to see them all– but for a week in town, you saw a ton! Hope you decide to return someday to check out more: LA welcomes you with open arms!

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    • Oh yes, I loved it, and it was so different than what I’m used to as well! There are plenty of things that we didn’t do and I already have a list of places to check out for next time ahah! Thank you so much and thanks again for all the great content on your blog!

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  7. Wowza! What an amazing week – looks like you made the most of it and saw a lot of things as well as eating great food / brunches! I love the artwork on those lattes too – very impressive. To be honest, I never really imagined LA to be that big at all – I’ve never been to the US but always thought it was just Hollywood. So great to see and learn of the other places through your post and amazing pictures. A lovely read x

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    • Oh yes, LA seemed huuuuge to me! From one side to the other it can easily take 1 hour and 30 minutes or even 2 hours, with a car! But there are also so many things to see! Thank you for your kind words!

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    • Venice Beach is truly something I didn’t expect, and I definitely felt safer there during the day, but it was beautiful! Hope you get to go there one day too!

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