Playing tourist for the day.

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?

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I just don’t know when to quit you.

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…

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The Last Bookstore located at 453 S Spring St in Los Angeles.

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.

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As if it couldn’t get any better, you’ll also find this magical book tunnel upstairs.

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.

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Meatloaf with mushroom gravy, garlic mashed potatoes, and green beans & bacon.

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Pan roasted white fish, pumpkin gnocci, carrots, and golden beets w/ tarragon buerre blanc sauce.

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.

Overlooking downtown L.A. from our table at Perch.

Overlooking downtown L.A. from our table at Perch.

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Drinks at Perch.

Here's one more shot of our gorgeous view!  This is overlooking Pershing Square.

Here’s one more shot of our gorgeous view! This is overlooking Pershing Square.

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.

Happy Travels!

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12 comments

  1. jade says:

    off to a good start. Check out our latest post as it’s about staycations and being a tourist at home. 🙂 We’d like to know what you think and we’re taking stories for an upcoming collage post!

  2. Audrey - That Backpacker says:

    There’s something about living / travelling abroad that makes you see your hometown differently when you return. It wasn’t until I started going away for long periods of time that I realized there was so much left to uncover in my own city. Good luck exploring LA. 😉

    • Lauren Meshkin says:

      I totally agree. I’m now very eager to explore not just LA but the rest of my state! It’s about time.
      Also, love your site. I can’t believe I haven’t stumbled upon it before. Followed you on Bloglovin.
      Thanks so much for reading 🙂
      Happy Travels! <3

  3. Suzy says:

    Wow, that bookstore looks amazing. I have never heard of it before. I’m the same way. I love Europe but sometimes you have to take a look a your home to see how remarkable it can be too.

    • Lauren Meshkin says:

      It was a seriously cool place. I was surprised to find it in L.A. Europe is still my main love but I’m excited to explore more of California. 🙂
      Thanks so much for reading and picking me for your stumbling segment!

  4. Alcor says:

    The bookstore looks awesome! But I’m curious, what happens if you pull out a couple of books from that book tunnel, say from the top? 😛

  5. Stefania says:

    That book tunnel looks exactly like something you would find in the Acqua Alta bookstore I posted about. I love bookshops, and when they are original it’s even better. I wonder how the books in the tunnel manage to stay there without falling on the floor!

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