Finally all the rain storms have passed! This weekend was the perfect time to have an adventure in downtown LA, clear skies, lighter traffic, and of course our reservation date for
was finally here. A lot of the stuff we did today was totally spontaneous and we only had planned the museums and our friends birthday party later that night. Follow along and see what stops we found ourselves at throughout the day!
We woke up early to get to The Broad by 10am. We lucked out a found a parking structure on Olive, right across the street for $9. Since it was all day parking we decided to leave our car there instead of paying for parking again at another structure. I absolutely loved walking around The Broad museum, there were so many art pieces to observe and of course take pictures in front of. Out of all the installations, my favorite was the
. I didn’t know a tiny room can transport you to different world. We only got 45 seconds to admire the lights and the space we shared, time definitely passed too fast.
We exited the museum, hungry for some lunch, but we didn’t know where to eat. There were a few food trucks lined up in front so we quickly decided to try out
, Korean Mexican fusion really hit the spot. Andy got the Bool Bowl and I got the Taco Mix, both were absolutely delicious.
After, we walked a few minutes down the street and went to the
(Museum of Contemporary Art). This was a quick browse, and we finished it in an hour. They have very interesting pieces, like videos and a large anti-war installation. Take to time to read all the descriptions, it helps to understand what you’re looking at.
After the MOCA, we decided to take a short 20 minute walk to
. Walking around and exploring isn’t too bad, plus you get to save some parking money. We stopped by a grocery store in the heart of Little Tokyo, admired all the super cute food and bought a small refreshment. Then we stopped at
for yummy matcha soft serve. This light dessert was delicious, it had matcha powder sprinkled on top.
Once we were done, we were so excited to see that
was right across the street! The entrance was through the back and I was blown away by how big their space was. There were two floors, room for corn hole, a gift shop in the middle, and tons of board games that are available to play. Andy got a Wee Heavy Scotch Ale, and I got the White Nite, a nitro ale with hints of coffee. Both were so good!
After playing a game of Battleship and enjoying our beers, we walked a few minutes to
, a popular barcade in the Arts District. They have a ton of old school arcade games and pinball machines that you can play while you drink. We didn’t drink anything since we were going to a friend’s birthday in a few hours, but their drinks are game themed and they sounded delicious . We spent only a few dollars on a couple pinball machines, but we had so much fun trying to get that high score!
back to the parking structure and it only cost about $5, then it was off to
! Parking isn’t too bad, just find a spot about a block away from the main street in the residences. We walked down the street, browsing stores we can’t afford. Window shopping was fun, but we were getting tired from exploring LA. Then we spotted
, and got the Iced New Orleans Coffee, the perfect pick me up. We also browsed a small art and craft fair, with handmade accessories and unique furniture. There were so many cute dogs and people had amazing style. Abbot Kinney definitely had a chill vibe, I loved it.
Then it was off to our friends birthday party at
, a very popular Dive Bar with $7 drinks! We ended the night with good friends, and went home to sleep and rest after a long day. Another LA adventure for the books!
What are you favorite stops in LA?