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Where to go to do LA like a local

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Heading to LA and want to know the local vibe?

Best place to have brunch

I have recently become a huge Bloody Mary fan. I love the brunch menu at Granville in Studio City. It’s never too heavy and it always has great music playing, good drinks and friendly staff.

Best place to eat dinner

Inn of the seventh ray – this is the perfect date location. It’s super romantic and stunning. I went with my family but could not recommend it more.

Best group hang out

Head to Malibu Café, located close to Malibu wines. This is a great spot for a weekend lunch or dinner and drinks. There is great music, lots of activities and a very cool vibe. I am a huge country music fan and they are always playing my favourite songs. Grab a beer, play some corn hole and set up camp for the day in this beautiful chill setting!

Best way to give back and have fun

Shambala Safari. Spend the day with Lions and Tigers and learn all about them from the amazing volunteers who are dedicated to giving these big cats a forever home. Pack a picnic and some wine and make a day of it.

Best date activity

Malibu Wine Safari or hike. Feed the farm animals and Stanley the Giraffe, and do some wine tasting at the stunning Saddlerock Ranch in Malibu.

Best place for drinks

I am a big fan of local pubs. In LA, I still can’t beat Laurel Tavern. Also, a great spot to catch any Football games. If you are looking for somewhere a little fancier, check out Black Market across the street.

Best place to shop

I love Abbot Kinney. Just minutes from Venice Beach, Abbot Kinney Boulevard is a mile long strip of the latest fashion, art and food. It’s a little pricier but I love the boutiques and cafes.


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Best Hike

I love Fryman Canyon. Most tourists head straight for Runyon Canon, but I find parking there far too crowded. Fryman is far less populated and much more beautiful. Keep an eye out for snakes in the summer months.

Best place to treat yourself

Donut Friend. It’s a little bit of a drive, but you will not be disappointed. Coming from someone who has a huge sweet tooth, these donuts are the best. You can also check out Sprinkles in Beverly Hills and try their cupcake ATM.