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Jessica Karle

Curator, Collaborator, and Creative

Los Angeles Guide

Coffee & Tea

  • Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea

    The coffee is the star but the atmosphere invites you to stay awhile. Find a seat on the stadium seating to chat with friends or get some work done.

  • Santa Monica Farmers Market - Sunday

    This farmer's market is a must for the food vendors alone — from breakfast sandwiches or crepes to fresh corn on the cob — there's something for everyone. Bring a blanket to brunch on the grass. Live music and pony rides for kids round out this market as a welcome addition to any Sunday morning adventure.

Shopping

  • Abbot Kinney

    Nicknamed "the coolest block in America" for a good reason, Abbot Kinney is a one-stop shopping, restaurant, and bar experience in one. Must-do's: Gjelina, Abbot Pizza, Three Square Cafe, Milkmade, Urbanic, Steven Alan, Tortoise General Store, and The Other Room.

  • Melrose Avenue Shopping

    For a more Hollywood-esque shopping experience peruse the classy retail showrooms on Melrose Ave and Melrose Place. My personal fav's: Monique Lhuillier, The Row, and A.P.C.

Food

  • Gjelina

    Approachable fine-dining for foodies and non-foodies alike. To order: The Shaved Asparagus Salad with Sunny Egg, Roasted Half Organic Chicken, and two desserts —the Butterscotch Pot de Creme and the Warm Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp. SO GOOD.

  • La Oaxaqueña Taco Truck

    The best tacos ever. Open late, cheap, and so delicious. Authentic toppings — radishes, pickled carrots, and lime.

Bars

  • Hinano Cafe

    Sawdust on the floor and draft beers on tap. Park your bike outside, order a burger and a pitcher from the bar, and settle in for a dive-bar-kind-of-evening.

  • The Otheroom

    Extensive wine and beer list with a candle-lit date vibe. Grab a window seat and watch the bar-goers on Abbot Kinney.

Adventures

  • Pacific Coast Highway

    Take a drive. The scenery up the coast is amazing and the most beautiful change of the pace from the city — from LA, to Malibu, keep going to Big Sur and up the coast to SF. There are many an Instagram-moment but you'll want to savor the memories IRL.

  • The West Side - Venice & Santa Monica

    Eclectic, hippie and hipster, and an all around cool vibe there's no place in the world quite like Venice beach. Pack a picnic and lounge at the beach, people watch at the skate park or muscle beach, find some friends for a game of beach volleyball, or take a bike ride along the Strand and check out the architecture of the houses along the path including early Frank Gehry work.

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