The Instagram Guide to Los Angeles

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I feel as though L.A. is definitely up there with one of the most instagrammed cities of the world. Palm trees, street art and hip coffee shops - does it get any more photogenic? Well today I'm taking you around the city in my very own Instagram guide to Los Angeles, showing you my favourite places to shop, explore and hike as well as getting those picture perfect Instagram shots that we all secretly (or not so secretly) desire.

Rodeo Drive Shopping Los Angeles

Hiking
A trip to L.A. is truly incomplete without taking advantage of the numerous hiking trails around the city. For a less intense hike try The East Trail at Runyon Canyon which is perfect for a mid-morning workout and a lot of seriously cute dog-spotting. Alternatively, head to Griffith Park where you can choose from a number of trails, enjoy views of the Hollywood sign and have fun recreating scenes from La La Land at the Griffith Observatory!

Wall Art
One of L.A.'s most unique features has to be the beautiful wall mural's, quotes and graffiti art painted across the city's streets. The two most Instagrammed walls are by far the pink Paul Smith wall and the 'Made in L.A' wall, both of which are located on Melrose Avenue (8221 and 8025 Melrose Ave to be precise). Don't be surprised to find a queue of bloggers and even a security guard(!) at these locations. No I'm really not kidding here, but it's pretty hilarious and all part of the experience right? 

Pink Paul Smith Wall Melrose Avenue Los Angeles Blogger

Shopping
You won't be short of places to shop in L.A. which include the picturesque streets of Melrose Avenue and Rodeo Drive, but I would also recommend a trip to The Grove. Not only is there a farmers market for you to browse and pick up a gift or two,  but you can also take a seat outside Ladurée to enjoy the sound of background jazz as you ponder over the extensive tea menu  - all served in delicate pastel porcelain nonetheless.

Melrose Avenue Los Angeles Palm Trees

Caffeine
Speaking of tea, what's an Instagram feed without the perfect cup of Matcha? For the best brunch spots be sure to check out my latest post here, however Alfred Coffee is also worth a little mention. The cute interiors and adorable coffee cups have certainly proved popular with the Instagram crowd and they have multiple cafes dotted around the city.

Alfred Coffee Melrose Avenue

Downtown L.A.
Now I didn't get to spend as much time Downtown as I had hoped, but I did manage to make a quick trip to The Broad. Definitely worth a visit if you enjoy contemporary art, just be prepared for a little queuing at the entrance if you didn't manage to book tickets online before hand.

Downtown has much more of a 'big city' vibe compared to other parts of L.A. and that's something that I loved to experience. Be sure to look up and appreciate the skyscrapers once in a while and also make a trip to OUE Skyspace or Ace Hotel's rooftop bar for the best city views.

Downtown Los Angeles DTLA Skyscrapers

Urban Light 
If you're an Instagram enthusiast like myself (@snippetsofamy), you'll probably have seen the Urban Light installation appear on your feed countless times in recent months. What you may not know, is that the installation consists of a grand total of 202 restored Californian street lamps from the 1920s and 1930s! How amazing is that? It's located just outside the LACMA and there are a number of other museums close by if you'd like to spend an afternoon immersing yourself in arts and culture.

Urban Light LACMA Los Angeles Blogger

Venice
Now what's a trip to L.A. without a pit stop at Venice beach? I would suggest visiting in the AM to make the most of the sunshine and hire out some skates if you're up for the challenge! Follow up with a peaceful stroll around the Venice canals and head over to Abbot Kinney for a spot of lunch at one of the many hip cafes. End the day at Hotel Erwin's rooftop lounge for sunset views - unfortunately closed for an event during our visit, but I'm definitely adding it to the list for next time!

Have you ever been to L.A.? What are your favourite things to do in the city? I'll be looking out for more recommendations in the comments :)

Amy 

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