Okay, first post. Let’s do this.
I guess we’ll start with introductions. Hello, world (or, you know, just my two friends reading this)! My name is Lauren, I’m 23 years old, and I live in southern California. I was living in London from September 2012 to May 2013. Before that, I somehow managed to visit England 4 times in 2011. Did I mention I also studied abroad there in 2010? Are you sensing a pattern?
My obsession doesn’t stop at England. Traveling throughout Europe is one of my biggest passions in life. I won’t rest until I’ve visited every European country. So far I’ve explored France, Germany, Denmark, Hungary, Spain, Luxembourg, and England (shocker).
However, this post is about downtown L.A. After moving back from England I quickly realized that I’ve hardly explored my own city. While downtown L.A. is severely lacking in efficient public transportation and quaint cobblestone streets, there are a few hidden gems worth visiting.
Sticking to what I love most in life, books and food, here are a few of my new favorite downtown spots…
The Last Bookstore is a gorgeous independent bookshop in the heart of downtown Los Angeles. Housed in a beautiful old bank building, you feel as if you’ve stumbled into book heaven. The amount of books is overwhelming at first but take your time and explore the entire shop. There’s a magical upstairs section referred to as “The Labyrinth” where you can explore colorful and creative rooms filled with used $1 books.
Thanks to a $20 for $40 Groupon I found, I decided to eat dinner at The Farm of Beverly Hills located at L.A. Live. The food is delicious and the service is great. Go here. That’s all I can say.
Last on the agenda was Perch. This rooftop restaurant & lounge was the perfect place to end the night. The views are amazing as well as the ambiance. We went on a Sunday night around 9:30 and the place was packed. I’d definitely recommend making reservations. We only went for drinks and desserts (order the creme brulee) so I can’t comment on the rest of the menu but everything around us looked delicious. There was also live music playing so that just added to the fun.
Longer post than I expected but there you go! During my “staycation” I stayed at the Los Angeles Athletic Club Hotel just around the corner from Perch. A review of that hotel will be coming on Thursday.