California knows how to party

Justin and I recently took a trip to SoCal to celebrate the Lee’s wedding and had the best time! We started in San Diego and drove up the PCH to Los Angeles. I highly recommend this & wanted to share some of the places we ate and stayed!

San Diego:

I had some things on my list for SD and we hit all but one!

  • La Jolla Cove for some seal & sea lion spotting

  • Scripps Pier

  • Torrey Pines Gliderport

  • Wheat and Water - the hard kombucha was so good!

  • Justin was obsessed with Bird Rock coffee roasters’ pour over so he got that multiple times ha

  • We had an amazing brunch at Breakfast Republic

  • Pigment is the cutest store I’ve ever been in ever ever ever

  • Catch the sunset at Sunset Cliffs - it’s a must!

  • Salt & Straw for a dessert - we loved in in PNW and were pumped it was in SD!

  • La Valencia Hotel was a fancy breakfast spot with cute pink decor, but I don’t think it’s a must.

  • James Coffee Co. was the coolest coffee spot - 10/10 would recommend

  • We had a brunch at Cafe Gratitude which was just adorable.

  • On our drive to LA, we stopped at a beach on the PCH for some fun pics and people watching

  • Stop in Encinitas for cutie little shops!

Los Angeles:

I had zero plans for LA on where we wanted to go and what we wanted to do outside of seeing friends so we flew by the seat of our pants haha

  • We met up with a friend at 602 coffee house which felt very breezy, surfer-ish

  • We stayed at the Lido Hotel and I can’t wait to go back when the weather is better! Unfortunately it rained while we were there but it was the cutest hotel!

  • Sidecar donuts in Costa Mesa changed our donut life forever. The butter & salt was legit the best donut I’ve ever had!

  • We made it to LA and naturally our first stop was Abbot Kinney

  • We were staying with our friends, Matt and Aubrey, who took us to The Doughroom for some pizza and the best wings I’ve ever had, no lie.

  • Intellegencia coffee is Justin’s love language so we make it a priority when in LA & we brunched at The Butcher’s Daughter because we rarely went when we lived in NYC. It’s so cuteeeeee

  • There were some super cute shops near brentwood on Montana street that we bopped around before heading to Malibu

  • In Malibu we had dinner at Malibu Farms on the pier which was a dreamy place with a delicious menu. 10/10 would recommend again lol

  • Wanderlust creamery had ice creams inspired by places all over the world, which was neat. I’m not convinced I’d go back, but I’m glad we went.

Robert Bye photo

Robert Bye photo