I have been to Los Angeles several times in my life. Usually when I find myself in Southern California, I tend to visit the same places over and over again. However, when my mom and I were planning our latest trip, we decided we wanted to do things that were off the beaten path (for us at least).
We basically had two days in California and two days of driving. (I guess that’s what you get when you plan a trip during finals week.) Our first day was spent visiting Balboa Island, which I wrote about a couple weeks ago. Our second day in California was spent mostly in LA, ending with Adele Live at the Staples Center!
Our first stop of the day was at the Getty Villa. If you are a returning reader, you know how much we love the Getty Museums here on At Home & Abroad. Last time I was in California, Caroline took me for my first time (which you can read about here). I loved it so much that I told my mom it was something we HAD to do while we were in town! It was the first time visiting for my mom, and she was blown away. It really is an amazing museum.
After the museum in the morning, we were both starved. We wanted to get a little closer to the concert venue because we had to pick up our tickets at the box office before the show. We ended up googling “Places to eat in Los Angeles.” We found a page about a shopping area called The Grove at Farmer’s Market and decided to give it a shot.
It turned out to be super fun. The Grove is a shopping district similar to many shopping malls. We found a wide range of stores there; most of them were more upscale stores. This is not a place to shop if you are looking for bargains, but it is fun to visit either way!
There were several places to eat and we ended up going to Cheesecake Factory (my favorite restaurant)! As usual, it was amazing. The restaurant was on the second level of the building, and we lucked out and got a table on the outdoor balcony. We enjoyed a great meal with a great view.
After our meal, we walked around the shops. In the center of the stores there is a little park area where live bands perform periodically. We also walked through the Farmers Market, which was the best part in my opinion.
Farmers Market is a historic landmark in LA and has been in operation since July of 1934. Unlike most farmers markets, which are held only at certain times of the year or certain days of the week, Farmers Market is open 7 days a week and is a permanent structure.
We found a lot of fun things there – it reminded me a little bit of the farmers market I visited in Paris last fall! There were lots of places to eat in the market as well that I would love to try, from Indian food to Brazilian BBQ. We had fun just walking around and looking at what the vendors were selling.
I would definitely recommend spending an afternoon at The Grove and Farmers Market. I know that next time I am in the LA area, I will be stopping back again!
Written by Kaycie Jordan.
*All photos in this blog article are taken by and property of Kaycie Jordan.