What would you do if you had just 24 hours to see a major city like LA? It’s not ideal, but if that’s all the time you’ve got, you want to make the most out of your brief visit, right? This was our exact situation last time we were in town, and I wanted to give our friends Hala and Oguz a memorable first impression of LA.
We decided to hit more of the touristy spots because first time visits to LA should be all about seeing the wealth of Beverly Hills and the grit of Hollywood.
After a quick vote at the Turkish Consulate for Mustafa and Oguz (and a brief stroll around Beverley Grove for Hala and I) we were ready to start our day.
Brunch at Kismet
Ever since I’ve read about their Turkish-ish Breakfast, this Los Feliz restaurant has been high on my LA eats list. It was a perfect meal for our group, who is all very familiar with traditional Turkish breakfasts and we all loved the tiny dishes with so many inventive flavor combos.
I highly recommend you split their Turkish breakfast with someone else, since they’re basically a mini-feast.
Yes, seeing La La Land definitely influenced our visit, but it’s completely worth it for the LA views alone. I couldn’t comprehend how sprawling the city was until I saw it from this vantage point and now I understand why everyone drives everywhere they go.
Also, I may or may not have crawled army-style on the ground when a swarm of bees came towards me on the Observatory deck. Definitely not my finest moment, but glad it provided plenty of entertainment for our group (and those who witnessed it). Turns out I’m terrified of those little suckers.
We walked around Rodeo Drive, picked up ice cream that was made with nitrogen and then when it was too much sensory overload (fancy cars! designer shops! plastic surgery!) we retreated to the Paley Center for Media. This museum has a stunning exterior and always house interesting exhibits and events. Best of all it’s free with donations encouraged.
You may know the drill for showing it to newbies: stroll down the Walk of Fame, avoid those street performers handling live boa constrictors, look at famous handprints in front of the Grauman’s Chinese Theater and then get the hell out of there.
Though I’ve always had a soft spot for the Roosevelt Hotel nearby.
Dinner in West Hollywood
On a whim, we were craving Italian food and this restaurant nearby was Yelp-approved. I just had basic penne pasta with olive oil, garlic and tomatoes, but man was it good. And I didn’t feel an ounce of guilt inhaling all those carbs after all that walking around town.
After dinner, we drove back to our Airbnb apartment rental in Silverlake (highly recommended if you have two couples or a family of four) and crashed. Mission accomplished.
If you go…
For more suggestions on what to do or see head over to my LA posts for ideas.
Don’t overdue it! Instead try to choose a few main destinations for the day (food included) that are high on your list. LA is a lot bigger than you think!
Choose activities by their close proximity to one another (for example: Kismet for breakfast and the Griffith Observatory to walk it all off). Unless you want to spend the majority of your time in the car battling that ubiquitous traffic and experiencing classic examples of road rage.
Have you done LA in a day? What are your tried-and-true tips?