This dreary January weather has us dreaming of sunny travels! Los Angeles is one of our favourite destinations ever and we wanted to share our most beloved spots and findings!
Where would you like to travel this year? If you need inspiration read up on our gal Barbara Jacops new book GUIDED BY FOOD. She gives us the where to go to eat and be seen in major cities like Cape Town, Amsterdam and Ibiza. Before you book that flight, take a look at her book!
THE JUS JUS GUIDE TO LA
Los Angeles is huge. Its sprawling city limits stretch upwards of 300 km, so it's wise to plan your itinerary before heading out for the day. That being said, there's plenty worth seeing on La-la-land.
Here's where you'll find us loading up on fresh organic eats, vintage shopping, and soaking up the Cali sunshine.
EAT + DRINK
320 Sunset Ave, Venice
Crossed between a food hall, deli and cafe, Gjusta began as a bakery and soon expanded to become the market-like California style food destination it is today. Everything’s made on site with an open kitchen, and they even smoke + cure their own fish sourced locally!
Grab a table outside and order anything from French pastries (the tahini croissant is a must), Middle Eastern style plates + open face roast chicken sandwiches.
Or do as we did and go every day and try their entire menu!
1620 Silver Lake Blvd, Silverlake
1620 W Sunset Blvd, Echo Park
Botanica: There are few prettier spots for a healthy breakfast or lunch! We loved Heather and Emily’s Mediterranean-inspired menu like the Fattoush-y salad but we died for their soft scramble (creamy soft-scrambled eggs with a side of lemony greens) and the entire pastry case! The space is kid friendly, comfortable and inviting, with high ceilings and airy décor. The terrace in the back is super cozy too!
Honey Hi: Kacie and Caitlin make some of the most exciting food in LA, it’s seriously worth the trip to Echo Park! We went twice to Honey Hi, once for lunch and the last day of our trip to enjoy their legendary pancakes. The food is cozy and familiar but sourced locally and made with clean ingredients put together with optimal health in mind! You need to order their turmeric poached egg and their miso bowl and they serve their gluten-free pancakes all day long!
507 Rose Ave, Venice
Amanda Chantal Bacon’s Moon Juice inspired us 7 years ago to follow our instinct and open what today is Jus Jus. Their “moon mylks” are addictive, we are huge fans of Deep Chocolate and the Silver Strawberry. Their raw sweets are so delicate and delicious, we loved the Chaga Choco Donuts.
You can also buy their fantastic line of Moon Dusts and herbal supplements like Super You. We came home with a suitcase filled with their products! They have stores in Silverlake and in Melrose but our fave is the original Venice spot!
4648 Hollywood Blvd, Los Feliz
And another female owned restaurant! Hmmm, we are starting to see a pattern here... Chef duo Sara Kramer and Sarah Hymanson bring Middle Eastern all-day fare to Loz Feliz! We really loved the flaky bread with labneh, and the Persian cucumber salad with rose water.
245 Main St, Venice
Have dinner at Venice or Santa Monica and then take a walk to Kippy’s for their coconut based ice creams, you can’t miss out on this treat!
Her vegan cinnamon ice cream topped with bee pollen is so so good! Everything is dairy and sugar free but don’t be scared, the taste is heavenly!
2800 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica
This is a natural food paradise. It’s impossible to describe it, you simply need to go, period. From fresh cold-pressed green juices to vegan "bone broth", their take away offers are insanely delicious!
You can do your groceries while perusing on the latest offers on organic supplements, the best sourced adaptogens and CBD oil products.
We went every day of our trip to Erewhon, it helps that it’s open until 23h, for those long jet-lagged days!
Warning, you may see Natalie Portman or Jake Gyllenhaal inside- it's a celebrity sighting spot. Keep your cool.
1801 Lincoln Blvd, Venice
There are stores you shop and others you’d like to move right in to. General Store in Venice is the latter. Their West Coast/70s aesthetic is designed by Mason St. Peter (check his IG for some drool-worthy Cali vibes)
From creamy ceramics to washed-out woods, we left the store with the perfect pair of vintage jeans and suede clogs. You cannot get more L.A. than that!
8475 Melrose Pl, Los Angeles
We stumbled upon this gorgeous store by accident when our 2 year old had a mega tantrum at Glossier. Normally, we would not recommend that you visit a high-end fashion store with a little tot but the staff was extremely friendly and understanding.
They have a café with outdoor seating and you need to order their gluten free warm black sesame cookie (I still have dreams about it!)
While you wait for your lunch, go inside to check their beautiful bags and shoes. The store and entire place is decorated in pastels and soft pinks complete with an indoor pond. It’s simply gorgeous.
California is world known for its high-quality produce, so if like us, you are obsessed with fruits and veggies, we recommend that you make a stop at one of the many farmers markets around L.A. We only had time to visit two: the Venice Farmers Market (only opens on Friday) and the Santa Monica one (opens on Wednesday and Saturday).
Go early to score on local breads or simply to enjoy the many sights and smells! It’s a foodie heaven.
2800 E Observatory Rd, Los Angeles
The best views of LA, period. This gorgeous hike offers stunning, 360 views of Los Angeles and there are many different ways of getting up and down the mountain, you'll never get bored and you’ll score your daily fitness goals while at it!
1200 Getty Center Dr, Los Angeles
Get your dose of culture at the beautiful Getty museum, the most beautiful museum grounds in LA! And the only thing that makes art more beautiful is when it's free. From Van Gogh to Monet to the succulent garden and Japanese garden, there's so much to discover here- you can even bring your own picnic to eat on the lawn!
Ocean Front Walk
Santa Monica and Venice
Rent a bike or scooter by the Santa Monica Pier and take a ride all the way to Venice. The path is filled with shops, restaurants, children’s play area but all you need to do is enjoy the wind in your face and the Pacific Ocean in front of you.