Today, our mate Jake Bulgin from Barney Cools shows us around LA, where he lived as a local for two months. He chats Mexican food, fun surf spots and Silver Lake. Over to you, Jake!
L.A would have to be one of my favourite places on earth.
I recently got to spend two months working in Los Angeles, setting up a pop-up store for my Barney Cools. I was based right in the heart of the hills in Laurel Canyon, so I got a good glimpse into LA life even if it was just for a short time!
I was working 10 hour days almost every day and I still found time to explore and have fun so if you’re on ‘vacation’ you’re in for a real treat.
There are a few things I learnt quickly: if I wanted to surf good waves it was a solid drive, if I wanted to party it was a 15 minute Uber and if I wanted to eat delicious food it was no more than a 5 minute walk.
When it came to eating out I mixed it up a lot as I wanted to experience everything the city had to offer, in saying that an Ideal day looked like this:
1. A run up the hill to the Hollywood sign, followed by Brekky at Café Gratitude, this place is deluxe and really good for you so that was refreshing, it’s not actually hard to eat well in the LA, you just have to be committed.
2. Lunch would have to be In N Out or tacos from a Mexican truck, The Mexican is amazing… the food trucks just park up all over the city and they have the best Mexican I’ve ever eaten.
3. Dinner was a no brainer, Sugarfish is where it’s at. The best Sushi I’d had in a long time, they even source their fish from New Zealand so you know it’s good!
4. If it was a night out, there is no place to start other than The Knowwhere Bar, just off Hollywood Boulevard, this little gem is so chilled and nice, has great tunes and ace drinks all night.
If you wanted to step it up a little I would head to Tenants of the Trees in Silver lake, the people here are the best, the closest thing to home I got!
The other thing I did which was amazing was a few road trips. One to San Francisco and the other to San Diego, I would suggest both but if you want to surf, head south toward the Mexican border. I had so many fun waves down there!