Meet Joseph, @joemillian, a 25 year old content creator, born and raised in Los Angeles, California. Like all of us here at Don’t Be a Stranger, Joe has a thirst for travelling the globe, but currently living 20 minutes from downtown LA, he can’t see himself living anywhere else than the place he has grown up loving.
We spoke to Joe and got him to give us the inside knowledge on where to get the best coffee, Los Angeles’s thriving nightlife and how to find some peace and quiet when city life gets a bit too hectic.
What is a typical breakfast and where would you go?
I’m a coffeeholic so for breakfast 95% of the time you’ll find me at Tierra Mia Coffee. It is literally the best coffee you will find in LA, in my opinion.
Where is your favourite place to grab lunch?
Cafe Los Feliz is an absolute must! It’s not your typical cafe, but their food options are AMAZING. It is also minutes away from The Griffith Observatory, where you can get a perfect view over LA, the Hollywood sign, and watch a live planetarium display right after you have fuelled up for lunch.
What is an ideal afternoon activity in your city?
The afternoon is usually a ideal time to make use of the LA sunshine. Hiking is a huge staple in Los Angeles, there are so many amazing trails throughout the city. However Runyon Canyon takes the top spot. Who doesn’t want to get up close to the Hollywood sign.
Where are the best places for dinner?
Burgers are big here in LA with In-N-Out and Shake Shack as two big rivals and can lead to heated debate about which one is better. LA has a very elite variety of vegan restaurants as well, with Nic’s On Beverly being my absolute favourite. Fat Sal’s have a unique line of sandwiches that are absolutely delicious. And of course, tacos. The best tacos ever are at King Taco. Thank me later.
In the evening what is the city like and where do you usually find yourself?
One of the best parts of LA, is the nightlife. There are so many bars in the Downtown area with my favourite being The Rooftop on The Standard Hotel, (best view in Downtown). I also usually end up at a brewery; the top ones you will find me at would either be Angel City Brewery or Golden Road Brewery.
However, my favourite is a bar in Santa Monica called The Bungalow. The atmosphere is amazing.
In a busy city, is there anywhere to chill?
My favourite way to chill is driving up the Pacific Coast Highway. It gives you an amazing view of the ocean and if you drive far enough you will end up in Malibu, where there are some of the most peaceful/secluded beaches I’ve experienced.
Is there anything a little bit fun and different in your city to do/ see?
It’s kind of touristy but I’d recommend visiting the Wax Museum in Hollywood. It’s always a fun time “hanging” with your favourite stars and I’ve never seen anything like it.
Also we have 11 professional sports teams, so it’s a sports heaven. I’d recommend you try and head down to a Lakers, LA FC or Galaxy game; they are the funnest crowds to be a part of.
Where is the best area to stay/sleep for young travellers?
I always tell my friends visiting to stay in the Beverly Hills area. So much to do in that city alone (The Grove; Melrose district is a sneaker head’s dream) and you’re right in between the major areas of Santa Monica, Hollywood and Downtown. You’re set up for an epic trip.
What season would you recommend to visit?
You can’t beat a spring or fall in LA, usually sunny enough to visit the beach in the day without the aggressive summer heat. Only risk spring has is that it does rain sometimes in May and June and who wants rain when you’re on vacation?!
Is your city is best for family/ friends/ couple holiday?
I think LA is unique where there’s something for everyone. Families can enjoy major Theme Parks (Disneyland, Universal Studios, Raging Waters). You also have The beaches and Griffith Observatory, the best view of all of Los Angles. I think anyone at any age can enjoy these places, they’re the kind of places I like to go to escape the city, even if it’s just for a few hours.