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Last Updated: May 12, 2020
First Published: August 19, 2016
3 Days in LA: An Easy Intro Guide: I lived in LA for four years and absolutely loved it there. My love for the City of Angels along with one of my own three-day LA trips inspired me to write this guide from my actual itinerary. I realize how overwhelming it is when you have so much to see in a big city and very little time in which to do it!
Now you’re caught up and we’re ready! Day One is exciting because it’s filled with all of the top things LA is known for…Hollywood, anyone?? Let’s go!
3 Days in LA: Day One
Breakfast at The Griddle Cafe
The Griddle Cafe, in my opinion, is the best place to grab breakfast in all of Los Angeles. They are only open for breakfast and lunch and they serve both the entire time. They are famous for their giant portions and their very trendy Hollywood scene. Their very extensive menu consists of just about anything and everything one could want-even protein healthy breakfasts-and expounds to include fancy versions of the most basic of breakfast items!
The Griddle is most known for its gigantic, heavenly “Red Velvet” panCAKE! Notice the emphasis and spelling there? There’s a reason they spell it that way as you can see in the photo. The “Red Velvet” panCAKE is topped with swirls of cream cheese icing and it. is. FABULOUS! If you decide you must have more for later, you can get their “Red Velvet” panCAKE mix and make them at home.
Also at the top of my list is the Creme de la Creme French Toast. It is a graham cracker crusted French toast with the cheesecake icing and well, if you love cheesecake, then this is for you! I also love the “Muscle Bound” Scramble. It is a scrambled egg-white dish with tomatoes, spinach, green onions and your choice of meat such as the turkey maple sausage I went with. Yummy AND you walk away feeling healthy and proud of yourself! Options people!
Comprehensive Hollywood, Beverly Hills & Star Homes Tour
After breakfast, take a mid to late morning (we scheduled ours at 11:30 am) Movie Stars’ Homes Tour. Yes, this is a touristy thing, but it is a great way to see a LOT of what you’ve always heard about in LA such as the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Dolby Theater (home of the Oscars, formerly the Kodak Theater), Chinese Theater, the Hollywood Hills, closeup views of the Hollywood sign, Beverly Hills, Rodeo Drive, the Sunset Strip, Bel Air, views of downtown and yes, star homes!
This quick two-hour tour is decently priced and conveniently leaves every half hour starting at 9:30 am until sunset. It’s a great way to get a good idea of places you might want to spend more time seeing should some free time open up later in your schedule. This tour will cross a lot off your bucket list and save you a lot of time to move on to other things!
Lunch at Sushi Koo
Left: Dynamite Roll Right: Shrimp Tempura California Roll
After the tour, head to lunch at Sushi Koo in West Hollywood. It is a small hole-in-the-wall sushi place with some of the best sushi and the most friendly service around. With an average of $4-$4.50 per plate (excluding some of the special rolls) including tax, it’s a pretty good deal. My absolute favorite (and why eating here is a must every trip) is the Dynamite Roll. Other favorites include the Shrimp Tempura California Roll and the salmon sashimi!
Next, head on down to the famous Venice Beach. Take in the views, soak up the rays, put your toes in the cold Pacific Ocean (if it’s the first time you’ve seen it), see the Venice Canals and walk the boardwalk while shopping or grabbing ice cream!
Be sure to check out the famous Venice sign on Windward Avenue just west of Pacific Avenue. It’s lit up at night!
Downtown Disney Village
After this, we drove to Anaheim to Downtown Disney Village for the 60th Diamond Anniversary Celebration of Disneyland. I had to grab 60th Diamond Anniversary blue Mickey ears to match my 50th Golden Anniversary gold Mickey ears I got while living in LA! Yes, I’m a big kid and you’re never too old for Disney!
If you want to explore the OC instead, check out this local’s guide to Orange County from my girl, Jamie!
While we were there, we grabbed dinner at the Rainforest Cafe. If you’ve never been, it is a neat experience. It’s like your eating inside the jungle. Every so often, the lights dim and the animals come alive!
This is the Tropical Island Chicken Salad that I had and it was quite yummy. It has mangos, strawberries, grapes, roasted pumpkin seeds, and a honey-lime vinaigrette. I ordered mine with grilled shrimp. So good!
If Downtown Disney isn’t your thing, there are several other options. You could stay and eat at one of the many cafes in Venice Beach and watch the sunset or drive further south along Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) to see some of the other famous beaches such as Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach or Redondo Beach!
And just like that, Day One comes to a close. Having fun yet? Yes? That’s great because there’s much more to come. Get ready for 3 Days in LA: An Easy Day Two Guide. You won’t want to miss it! It is packed with fun things to do and includes relaxation LA style! 🙂
Also if you are just joining in, catch up to speed with the 3 Days in LA: An Easy Intro Guide to get caught up!
Have you been to any of the places Day One covers? Have you been wanting to go to a specific location? Do you have a question about any of them? Drop me a comment, I love hearing from you!
‘Til next time…