LA is the gateway for most Australians who visit the USA. It’s the first stop where we go through immigration and sometimes no more then an airport for those continuing on to NYC or another destination. I’ve found over the last 2 years though that once you’ve done the LA tourist stuff – Disneyland, Hollywood, Beverly Hills and even Santa Monica, LA can be an awesome city to stay for a while.
Until February this year I had always loved to base myself in West Hollywood, near Melrose Ave, where I had found my favourite cafes to visit, cool shopping and an intersting culture within LA. However, my affection for WeHo has been overtaken by a complete love for the South Bay area of LA, in particular Hermosa Beach!
I don’t know if I can explain in words why I love it so much? I believe that it’s a combination of the beach, the sunsets over the beach, the walks along the strand, the cafes, the bars, the SO VERY laid back atmosphere, constantly being surrounded by people who are happy and having fun, the never ending beach volleyball courts that just go for miles and miles, and the super nice people who always say hello and chat! The beer tastes great in Hermosa too!
Fav food spots:
Great for breakfast and lunch is Martha’s 25 22nd Street Hermosa Beach &
Uncle Bills Pancake House 1305 Highland Avenue Manhattan Beach
Great Tapas & Sangria – Mediterraneo – 73 Pier Avenue Hermosa Beach
Vietnamese Soup – Number Nine – 1342 Hermosa Ave Hermosa Beach
Mexican – El Gringo – 2620 Hermosa Ave Hermosa Beach
Hot’s Kitchen – 844 Hermosa Ave Hermosa Beach
The Spot – great vegetarian cafe – 110 2nd Street Hermosa Beach