LA is the bubbly but shy beauty the guy overlooked in the bar for the hot girl.
Sure, if you're looking for something short-term and superficial, well then LA has that. However, if you're looking to try a little harder and take a detour here and there, then I promise you LA will reward you for your efforts.
Honestly, I didn't think I would like LA when I first moved here. For those lucky enough to have called LA home, I think you know what I mean. I imagine there was a moment we all recall when the penny finally dropped and you realized you actually loved Los Angeles. In talking to others, it's clear one's love for LA isn't always automatic. It took me around 2 years to warm up to the idea that, "Wait, am I falling in love with LA?!"
Having grown up and attended college in the Bay Area in Northern CA and lived in Europe, There's truly a love/hate with this city before one discovers just how great it really is (enough that you are willing to deal with the traffic). Now when I land into LAX, there's no better feeling than knowing I'm 'home'. I may not have a boyfriend (yet!) greeting me upon arrival, but boy are those palm trees and sunshine just as warm a welcome! (Ha! The irony being I write this post today on a dreary and wet day in Los Angeles. Rare, but it happens!)
I didn't know anyone when I first moved to LA (Venice to be exact), which now that I look back on it was probably for the best. Why? It forced me to meet people and explore LA on my own and see a side of the city typically reserved for curious folk like myself. I honestly felt like the city would 'gift' me a new discovery if I put my time in, and sure enough...it never let me down. This is how I learned I had a love for the eastside of LA, which would later contribute to my move from Venice to WestHollywood/Fairfax.
No joke, I'd literally get lost on weekends and explore whatever neighborhood I ended up in. Yes, this is what I did. I figured if I waited to visit/explore/attend/eat and do all these things in LA until I had made friends or met a guy, then I might be waiting a while. Flash forward a few years and I've done it all in the company ofmen I've dated, family visiting, my girlfriends, or as a single lady.
Now, having experienced LA at different stages of my life, I've seen this city from various lenses, which has only contributed to my love for Los Angeles. This city has helped me mend a broken heart, has gifted me lovely and dear friends, taught me to get out of my routine, has introduced me to some wonderful gentleman (and some jerks, but doesn't every city?!), so I can't complain. Those of us who live here know that there are a million more layers and depth to LA than what the Lonely Planet guide book tells you, and if you're lucky enough to ask the right people and get local and trusted pointers, then any visitor or Angeleno can tap into the lovely little bits of LA that make-up this colorful and intricate city I call home.
To help get you started, be sure to explore the neighborhoods below next time you're in town and email, direct message (DM), or tweet me if you're looking for recommendations. I'm always happy to help!
My hope is that you get to explore LA just the way you should, hidden gems and ALL!
My Personal Favorite Neighborhoods: