A Day in LA: The Farmers Market & Grove, La Brea Tar Pits, Alfred’s Tea Room

I’m so excited to roll out another addition to one of my favorite sections for Young Cosmopolite — my city guides! This post, I’m taking to the streets of LA to bring you a perfect day itinerary, complete with a little museum perusing, a bit of shopping, some yummy food, and the most adorable tea shop!

The Original Farmers Market

We started out with lunch after the hour or so drive. Adjacent to the Grove, the Original Farmers Market has dozens of yummy stands serving all kinds of cuisine — and I’m talking really, really good food. There are choices galore! Desserts, sandwiches, pizza, coffee, meats, fish, the list goes on. I’m a sucker for falafel, which is what I opted for from Moishe’s (it’s right in the main courtyard area) and really enjoyed it. To be totally honest though, I wish I could’ve sampled everything! 🙂

The Grove & Ladurée

It’s totally possible to spend a day at the Grove in and of itself. There are so many stores to go into, including J.Crew, Madewell, Anthropologie, and Nordstrom. Plus, they have a Sprinkles (the most delicious West Coast cupcakery!). We popped into a few shops, but really just wanted to check out the new Ladurée that just opened a few weeks ago. Macarons are my favorite, and though I think I’ll reserve something as special as Ladurée for when I’m in New York (and Paris someday!), it was such a treat to have a few. (My favorite flavors are rose and strawberry marshmallow — comment below if you have a fav flavor!)

La Brea Tar Pits & Museum

I’ve been wanting to go to the La Brea Tar Pits for so long! The history of them is just fascinating. Essentially, the pits have remained unaltered since the Ice Age, and researchers have pulled fossilized remains of mammoths, wolves, and other creatures from their depths. I don’t recommend going there on a hot day, because the tar is very much alive and bubbling, and I can only imagine how thick the smell would be on a steaming summer day. I also highly recommend paying the extra fee to see the film — it puts the whole area into context and is worth the $4. The museum itself is easily covered in an hour, and the pits take no more than a half hour. It’s pretty neat to see the fossils and observe researchers cataloging their findings. Also, the park around the tar puts is totally gorgeous just to walk around and explore. I’d recommend setting aside 1.5-2 hours for the La Brea Tar Pits.  LACMA (LA’s art museum) is also right across the way, and it’d be pretty easy to hit up both if you were interested.

Alfred’s Tea Room

This is officially the cutest café! It’s photogenic pink design and adorable rosy cups have taken social media by storm. We had to stop and get a matcha latté, their signature drink. Note that the tea room doesn’t have coffee (though the sister shop, Alfred’s Coffee is across the street!) and that the shop itself is small. It’s so worth checking out though. We wish we could’ve explored Melrose Avenue a little more, but we headed home to beat L.A. traffic!

For my outfit, I wore a simple black turtleneck with a scalloped faux suede skirt, a pair of patterned black tights, and tie-up boots to fend off the unpredictable rain. My pink trench coat is one of my absolute favorite pieces, and I paired it with a really simple pink crossbody bag! I also wore a rose-gold necklace in the shape of a little hedgehog. I’ve got a mild obsession with hedgehogs, and this necklace is such a fun and dainty way to show that off! For my hair, I lightly curled it and pinned one front piece back — again in an attempt to compensate for the rain.

Black Mock Turtleneck // Faux Suede Scalloped Skirt (similar one here and here!) // Pink Trench Coat (similar one here and here!) // Patterned Tights // Tie-Up Boots (similar pair here!) // Rose-Gold Hedgehog Necklace // Fossil Rose-Gold Watch // Light Pink Crossbody // Essie Lady-Like // Gold Bobby Pins

It was a memorable day for sure! Where’s your favorite place to go in LA? Comment below!

XOXO,

-H

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