In case you didn't know, I'm actually from Los Angeles! Well, born in Torrance and brought up in Orange County, to be exact, before moving to Taiwan when I was in third grade. So every once in a while, I would fly from New York and visit friends and family in southern California. Two weeks ago, I traveled to LA to spend mother's day with my mom and my grandmother. We went to Carlsbad to see The Flower Field, to Redondo Beach for fresh seafood, to the Glendale Shopping Plaza for some shopping and generally, to enjoy spending time together! I think the older I get, the more I really cherish the quality family time.
And in between all of that fun time, I would drag everyone to go to the many must-Instagram spots in Los Angeles (hehe). Here, you'll find some of the most Instagrammable spots on my favorites list:
The Pink Paul Smith Wall
On the crossroad of Melrose Avenue and N Harper Avenue stands the most eye-catching Paul Smith store you've probably already heard of or seen before. I didn't think much of this spot at first since it is essentially just a pink wall, but I actually still got excited when I saw it in person! You can't miss it because of its adorable pink color, but also because of the number of people standing in front of it, all waiting to take their photos, too!
Just a Note: There is a security guard walking around reminding people that professional cameras are not allowed; you may only use your phone to take photos here.
LACMA's Urban Lights
Urban Light is one of my favorite large-scale artworks in Los Angeles! Designed by Chris Burden, the installation is placed right outside LACMA, featuring restored street lamps from the 1920s. I love it's vintage, old-Hollywood vibe.
Just a note: Personally, I think the best time to visit is at dawn when the sky is still bright but the lights are turned on! Although, it really is still very cool to see and photograph anytime throughout the day.
Right across from the Paul Smith pink wall is Carrera Cafe's #Hello wall, which changes its look every once in a while. Currently, the wall has a beautiful floral theme done in collaboration with H2Rose.
I'm in love with the painted roses! But the interior is quite nice and the coffee here is great, too. So other than stopping by for the shot in front of the wall, consider taking a coffee break here before you leave!
I didn't get to go up OUE Skyspace's Observatory Deck this time but I've been up to one of the offices a few times and have seen the city view. And I think it offers one of the best views of Los Angeles! There's a pair of wings by artist Colette Miller painted on a clear panel with the city behind it, which makes any photo taken here effortlessly gorgeous!
The "Made in LA" Wall
To be honest, I don't think Cisco Home's "Made in LA" wall is exactly the prettiest in the city, but I love it because I was made in LA! I'm actually also a fan of the "Made in LA" collection they sell in-store. You can get caps, t-shirts, hoodies, tote bags etc., all featuring the logo.
Just a note: Unfortunately, there is a big smudge on the wall, which you cannot really avoid; I guess you can always just photoshop it out!
The Last Bookstore
Located on Spring St., The Last Bookstore sells new and used books and records in a very, very cool and artsy space. The decor is so much fun; it's kind of like a Harry-Potter-meets-Alice-in-Wonderland style, in my eyes. It was also voted as one of 20 coolest bookstores in the world!
What are some of you favorite Instagrammable spots in Los Angeles? Share with me by leaving a comment below!
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Tricia Chen is co-founder of Key To Radiance. She loves having fresh flowers in her apartment, putting on face masks, savoring cupcakes and a daily cup of grande almond latte. She works in PR and Marketing, and is currently based in New York.
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