A weekend in LA: great music, good food and fun in the sun

I have been waiting for this weekend for a long time - and finally at the end of August we took a short weekend trip to Los Angeles for the Coldplay concert.

beachHappy three friends

Coldplay was on my list of favorite bands to see live for a long time, so when we got tickets for their concert, I couldn’t be more excited. The weekend trip to LA was already booked, when Adele announced few extra shows during that exact same weekend. The weekend announced to be legendary: Adele on Saturday, Coldplay on Sunday, great company, yummy food and a super fun city.

Our group of three little friends arrived in Los Angeles on a Saturday morning, bright and early.

Saturday & Good morning, LA!

Lunch: Sushi in Santa Monica Thanks to one of my favorite blogs, we discovered Sugarfish by Sushi Nqzawa restaurant in Santa Monica. Hands down one of the best sushi I had in a while, at a very reasonable price.

Tourists in LA: Venice Beach We spend the early afternoon walking around Venice Canals, enjoying the Venice Beach and driving on the coast. We all realized that we missed a real beach with soft sand, warm sun and hot weather.
Venice BeachWeekend activies

Concert no. 1: Adele @ Staples Center The day passed by quickly and after checking in at our airbnb, we headed to the Adele concert at Staples Center, home of the LA Lakers. The concert room was packed, even though this was the 8th concert Adele had in the same city over the last few weeks. What an amazing concert, crystal clear voice and perfect sound. This was everything I was hoping Adele in concert would be, and even better. Here’s the setlist from that evening: “Skyfall” has been by far my favorite song of the evening.

AdeleHello, can you hear me

Evening fun: Upstairs Bar After the concert we headed down to a great rooftop bar: Upstairs Bar at Ace Hotel. Yummy cocktails, nice crowd, poolside and nice views over downtown LA. One of the best bars I’ve seen so far on the west coast, but unfortunately not the type of bar one would find in Seattle. We loved it.

Sunday was already planned to be a full day and it started with a visit to Hollywood.

Sunday Funday

Breakfast: Healthy choices in Hollywood Yelp did not disappoint and we ended up having a delicious, healthy breakfast at a Groundwork Cafe in Hollywood. Not only they had delicious poached eggs, my go-to weekend breakfast, but also a list of 30 different teas to chose from. Great way to start the day.

Tourists in LA: Hollywood I’m a big fan of the concept of free walking tours, and whenever we have the chance, we take such a tour and discover parts of the cities we visit. If you don’t know how it works, it is simple: you only pay for the guided tour after the tour is over, and only what you think it was worth it. We took the walking tour in Hollywood and really liked it. Other than seeing all the touristy points, we also heard legends and stories about the city and its people.
Tinker BellAll you need is faith, trust and a little bit of Pixie dust

Take-away lunch & afternoon stroll: Getty Center Getty Center is where Getty Museum is located and it is famous for its architecture, gardens and views over the surroundings. The setting on the museum is amazing, and the gardens so beautiful that we barely had any time left to visit the actual museums.

Getty CenterWeekends are fun without hiking clothing as well

Pro tip: get lunch to go and enjoy it at the Getty Center. They have outdoor seating and seems to be a popular spot for weekend picnics.

Tourists in LA: Universal Studios We’ve been told that a visit in LA wouldn’t be complete without touring Universal Studios. It was quite surprising to see that, in fact, this is a big corporation, and somehow took away a bit from the childhood dream. But nevertheless, it was interesting to see how one of the best series and movies are filmed and to understand a bit more about this industry.

Concert no. 2: Coldplay @ Rose Bowl We realized how big the concert will be even before getting there: the traffic was so packed, that we ended up walking 40 minutes to the stadium. The location was huge, people excited and soon after getting dark, Coldplay started playing. The light show was really good, the setlist had it (almost) all, and everything was a big, big party. The sound however was not as good as in Staples center, but I guess that’s expected for an outdoors concert on such a huge stadium. New songs and “Adventures of a lifetime", old and “Yellow” songs, slow songs in “Paradise", songs that lifted everybody “Up & Up", everything was there.

An amazing weekend was over, and none of us was nowhere near ready to start a new week and go back to work. Thank you Adele, Coldplay and LA. We had a blast and can’t wait to see you all again! <3

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