Instagram’s popularity is off the charts, and with no signs of it slowing down anytime soon businesses have definitely taken note. Which makes it my go to, whether I’m visiting a new city or exploring my own, for finding the fun.
Following city centric accounts will ensure that you get the latest information about what is happening in your own hometown, or wherever you might be headed.Thanks to Instagram we’ve discovered many fun events around Los Angeles.
The second largest city in America, LA has no shortage of #InstaWorthy locations, and I’ve been doing my best to seek them out. From high flying over the city on a secret swing to the iconic Hollywood Sign, and mouthwatering culinary experiences here are some of the city’s most Instagrammable locations:
We spent a lovely morning at the Invader show in the Downtown LA Arts District. This show is no longer on, but did you know there are 200 Invader works throughout LA? So even though the show is over you can still see his work… all you have to do is keep your eyes open! Not in LA? There are over 3600 of his works around the world!
We recently attended Secret Walls, the Fight Club of the art scene, which took place at the Start Los Angeles Gallery. 29 artists armed with nothing more than a marker, a brush and some black paint had 45 minutes to complete their drawings. No pencils and no sketches allowed! 10 artists moved on to the next round… This fun event will be taking place every month until the last artist is standing.
The Sparrow Mart
We loved the Sparrow Mart, I could have done my entire grocery shop there, a temporary pop up shop in the Downtown LA Standard Hotel. The only problem? Everything was made of felt! Yes, that’s right, ALL 31,000 handmade and painted grocery items from gefilte fish to bubble gum and pork chops were pretend! It’s the ultimate “playing store” experience!
Location: SouthWest Terminal
Even LAX has jumped on the #InstaBandwagon, and with plenty time to while away while waiting on a delayed flight we took advantage of this #InstaWorthy bench in the SouthWest Airlines terminal.
Location: Abbot Kinney
Reservations are a must at MTN Venice, Abbot Kinney’s latest culinary go-to, where Asian style food both lovely and delicious.
Location: US Bank Building
You’ll feel like you’re really flying when you visit these gorgeous @colettemiller angel wings located 69 floors above the City of Angels at SkySpace LA, but If pretending to fly isn’t enough for you consider the slide, which will see you sliding around the outside of the building.
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Location: US Bank Building
This is the view from the bar at 71 Above a fine dining restaurant located high above Downtown Los Angeles. 71 Above offers prix fix menus for both the lunch and dinner menu, but the choices are plentiful and we found the lunch prices reasonable, the food delicious and the views stunning!
Location: The Platform Culver City
I had the most amazing lunch @margotlosangeles located on the 3rd floor of the @platform_la Every detail is perfect, from the perfectly on trend “I want to live here” decor to the elegant, but mismatched dishes, all that and the food was delicious too.
The Container Yard
Location: 800 E 4th Street
The @thecontaineryard is located in the heart of the Downtown Los Angeles Arts District. The entire complex is covered inside and out with gorgeous paintings by some of the best muralists in the world.
Location:519 S Spring Street
The Wolves is a newly opened bar and restaurant located in the historic Alexandria Hotel building. Famous guests of the hotel include Rudolph Valentino, Jack Dempsey and Charlie Chaplin and the hotel is said to be haunted by multiple ghosts. With interiors inspired by the year 1910 stepping inside The Wolves is like going back in time.
Location: Griffith Park
18 years after I first moved to LA I finally did the Hollywood Sign hike, and it was fabulous. There was something really special about getting so close. Remember to wear comfortable closed toed shoes, and bring water.
Elysian Park “Secret” Swing
Location: Elysian Park
You’ll get unique and sweeping views from this not so secret “Secret Swing” in Elysian Park. Do use caution when visiting this spot as the swing is not official.
Artist: Bumblebee Loves You
Location: Ventura Blvd & Tujunga
Posing with street art always makes for some #instafun especially get into it! Props Anyone?! I’m especially proud to share this fun mural because I actually helped bring it to life!
Marciano Art Foundation
Location: 4357 Wilshire Boulevard
Each group of 15 will be allowed two minutes inside the With All My Love For The Tulips, I Pray Forever exhibit, at the Marciano Art Foundation, but you can enter as many times as you’d like. We went twice! Shoe coverings are provided to keep the environment pristine.
The Row DTLA
Location: 777 S Alameda Street
Located in the old American Apparel factory, the Row DTLA, is hoping to be LA’s next shopping and dinning destination. They have a good chance as the area is filling up quick with one-of-a-a kind shops, restaurants and murals. If you do go, keep your eye out for the secret shop and a visit to the new Tartine is definitely a must.
Location: The Row DTLA
@smorgasburgla is an outdoor Sunday market with 70+ food and shopping vendors from all over LA. It’s conveniently located @rowdtla an outdoor shopping and dining destination with many one of a kind boutiques and restaurants. Plenty of parking too!
Location: Melrose Avenue
I am not a vegan or a vegetarian, but I LOVED my dining experience at Gracias Madre a plant based Mexican restaurant. The “fish” tacos were some of the best I’ve had as was the guacamole. The service is perfect and so is the atmosphere. The decor is so lovely I’d consider living there. Oh, and the drinks… almost too pretty, but we managed it.
Location: Melrose Avenue
Melrose Avenue is a great place to find Instaopportunties, so keep your eyes open. My boys and I were out on a secret art mission when we stumbled upon this lovely piece of yarn art by @madebylondon.
Location: Century City Mall
Isn’t this wall cute? It’s actually an ad for @meundies but the moment I saw it I knew I would visit anyway.
Venice Beach Art Walls
Location: Ocean Front Walk Venice Beach
A visit to the Art Walls on Venice Beach is always #instacolorful and its even better if you ride your bike there.
A visit to the @lacma Urban Light sculpture is always worthwhile, but if you visit on a Wednesday when the museum is closed you might get lucky and get the place to yourself!
The Milk Bar
Location: Echo park
Sampling the local treats is an important part of exploring any neighborhood. Especially if they’re as pretty as these macaron ice cream sandwiches at the Milk Bar.
The Milk Tavern is my kind of bar with unicorn crepe cakes, cotton candy burritos, rainbow grilled cheese sandwiches, and ping pong! Video games too, if you fancy them. As the name suggests the @milktavern does serve alcoholic beverages, but children are welcome too.
Santa Monica beach
The beach is always #instaworthy.
Location: 23000 Pacific Coast Hwy
Looking for an escape from the hustle and bustle of LA? Look no further than, Malibu, LA’s closest neighbor to the north. Stretching 21 scenic miles along the Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu is the stuff California dreams are made of. We love the Malibu pier it’s so picturesque.
We love poking around the and shops and grabbing a bite to eat.The mini boutique on the land end of the pier is aesthetically pleasing with a pink and red theme.
Location: Lake Elsinore & Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve
We’ve had a lot of rain this winter, and for the first time in 7 years California isn’t experiencing drought conditions. Another great side effect of all that rain: A super bloom!
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These are just a few of the places I’ve found since our last #instaLA posts, stay tuned for more Instagrammable LA!
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Wow, that’s a lot of Instagram. Great photos of things that I had not seen in L.A. I’d like to have been able to visit the Sparrow Mart and pick a felt jar of pickles.
Oh! Pickles! Good choice. Yes, a lot of Instagram… seems like there’s no other way these days.
Well, LA has to be one of the most colourful places on the planet, so it makes sense it’s also one of the most Instagrammable. Only in LA would you get a Sparrow Market – hilarious! A trip to the Wolves would be a must – I’d love to bump into Chaplin’s ghost. #farawayflies
It’s definitely colorful with plenty to see and do. Apparently there are multiple haunted spots here, the Wolves might be the prettiest.
Wow every picture pops, you nailed it!
Trish @ Mum's Gone To
Macaron ice-cream sandwiches!!!
You might use Instagram to inspire you – I only need to visit your blog! Fantastic 🙂 #farawayfiles
I know, they were so delicious! You’re very kind! Thank you.
You’ve taken some wonderful photos. I love the Milk Bar ones, as they are so in your face and colourful. And of course I always enjoy a pier photo. #farawayfiles
Thank you, so much. Those rainbow treats are very cheerful, they do all the work for me. 😘
What a fabulous post, Hilary! You always end up making me dream of going back to LA and you seem to have a talent for finding the coolest places in the city. #farawayfiles
It’s hard work, but someone has to do it. 😘
Incredible shots Hilary! I love the look of Margot for lunch and that photo at Urban Light is lovely. #FarawayFiles
Thank you! Good choices, two of my favorites!
I know that this post is all about how pretty LA is, but I’m loving your outfits so much! Your style is totally killer and I one day aspire to be as non-sloth like in the fashion stakes as you are. But first I think I have to stop working in tech. It breeds jeans and t-shirts all day every day. #FarawayFiles
Awe, thank you so much! I love jeans and t-shirts too! Nothing wrong with that!
LA looks like a canvas just made for Instagram. Looking through this post, I think I’d love to visit LA again, I don’t think I did it justice last time I was there. Definitely need local advice. Have pinned this for later.
Definitely let me know if you do come. I Would be very happy to share advice and or even show you around!
Ladies What Travel (@LadiesWTravel)
LA looks amazing for Insta spots! I love retro places so the Wolves really stood out for me – it’s beautiful! This makes me want to go back to LA, which is pretty impressive as I didn’t really fall in love with the city when I visited in the past for work… #FarawayFiles
LA is so big and spread out it can be a tough town to figure out. Definitely give it another chance, there’s a lot worth seeing!
Ladies What Travel (@LadiesWTravel)
Ps – I really love your wellies! lol
Are We Adults Yet
Ha, we certainly love our ‘gram moments in LA! This is a great roundup!
We sure do! Thank you!
I have been loving your instagram feed recently Hilary with all your fabulous LA shots so it great to read this. i will defintiley file this away for any future trips to LA. A felt supermarket – whats to to like!! #farawayfiles
Thank you! Playing tourist in my own city is a favorite pastime for sure!
Love your site!
Thank you very much!