Along our trip from San Diego to San Fran, my boyfriend and I made a quick stop in Los Angeles to visit a friend for a night. Although it was great getting to see our friend, we did not plan this portion of our trip well. We were also visiting during a heatwave, which didn’t make for ideal sight seeing conditions. Hopefully I can offer some tips and help you make better use of your time while in the LA area. My #1 tip is to make a plan, don’t wing this portion of your trip. There is so much to see in LA that it can be overwhelming. The night we were there, we narrowed our plans down to two options; a Mumford and Sons concert or the more touristy option of seeing the Santa Monica Pier. I kind of felt like we could have seen Mumford and Sons in NY and I wasn’t sure that we would visit LA again, so I decided we should go to Santa Monica. After sitting in LA traffic for over an hour, I realized that I had not made the right call. When in doubt, go to the concert!
While in LA, we stopped at EVO Kitchen on Sunset Boulevard for lunch. EVO is completely gluten-free friendly and offers a large variety of options. They also have gluten-free beer. Although the pizza looked delicious, I opted for a salad. We enjoyed our meal and I would have went back for a second time to try the pizza, but we were in LA for less than 24 hours.
From San Diego to LA, one of my favorite frequent stops was to The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf. I loved that they offered almond milk! At home, the only place I can find coffee with almond milk is Dunkin Donuts. In addition to almond milk, they offer gluten-free instant oatmeal. When I’m not traveling I make fresh oatmeal almost every morning for breakfast, so after 5 days of not having oatmeal I was thrilled to find some at The Coffee Bean.
While in LA we stayed at The Line Hotel and I would definitely recommend it to others. The Line is an awesome boutique hotel with an urban feel. I loved how unique it was. It was like no hotel I’ve ever stayed at. Every room has a huge window with a view of the city and a comfortable bed. We also got a great price on Expedia. To top it off, we saw a member of Portugal. The Man in the elevator.
Do you have any gluten-free recommendations for LA? Leave them in the comments below!