7 Things We Love In Los Angeles
We love our city. There are so many places to go explore and activities to experience. Although the city seems very intimidating at first, we have compiled a list of our staff’s favorite things to do and places to go so you can get the most out of your time here.
This magnificent building has the best view of Los Angeles. Located on Mount Hollywood in Los Angeles’ Griffith Park, it gives full view of most of the city. The best time to visit Griffith is at sunset and night when everything is lit up. It’s the perfect spot to pray for the city and get God’s passion for the people that live within. The best part is that it’s free!
Downtown holds so many treasures within its streets. I recommend getting food at the Grand Central market, hitting up Blue Bottle for coffee, then heading to The Last Book store for an afternoon of reading. Also near by is the flower district which offers everything you need to brighten up your dorm. Bring money for food, coffee, and parking (if you’re driving your own car).
The Arts District
If you’re looking for a good place to take pictures, The Arts District is where its at! The streets are filled with incredible wall art, interesting buildings, and aesthetically pleasing pop up shops. If you’re not into photography, the district still holds plenty to do and see. The transformed industrial district offers amazing food, great coffee, and plenty of shops to explore.
Southern California is known all around the world for our beaches. Surfing, swimming, or just plain relaxing, the beaches are the best place to be. The closest beach to the base is Santa Monica which is home to the famous pier. A bit further down the road are Huntington Beach or Long Beach which are both perfect if you’re looking for good places to surf. My personal favorite is Ventura. It’s a small beach town with 70’s vibes, great thrift shopping, and clean/quiet beaches.
Coffee is always at the top of the list for most of us here at YWAM Los Angeles. We are passionate, caffeine-fueled, young adults working to serve a hurting world. So that being said you can imagine that we would have a very lengthy list of coffee shops to visit during your time with us. In Downtown there is Blue Bottle and Verve. In the Arts District Stump Town and Blacktop Coffee are great spots. Pasadena has Intelligentsia and Copa Vida which are favorites of many. The best local coffee shop near the base is House Roots. No matter where you are in LA, you can always find a quality shop to get recaffeinated.
Our local community has a lot to offer and we love being able to pour into the people around us. Sun Thrift is a must on a Saturday mornings with everything being half off, it’s the best thrift shop around. The perfect quiet time spot has to be the Backdoor Bakery. Grab a drink, a pastry, and bring your bible! If you’re in the mood for tacos then just walk to the next parking lot over from backdoor to Peña’s. If you’re wanting to get even more involved, the local churches always have ways you can jump in and be a bigger part of the community.
Wandering through LA’s amazing museums is always a great way to spend the weekend. The Broad is located downtown and offers free admission. LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art), one of the most popular museums with the iconic lantern display outside is always great choice. Where ever you decided to go make sure to bring good walking shoes and snacks.
Los Angeles is full of unique places to explore and opportunities to find God in the city. You may not be able to get to this whole list during your DTS (Discipleship Training School), but no worries, you can always come back and do a secondary school or join staff and keep on exploring!
Written by Autumn Phillips