Diversity, creativity and inspiration are originated from every corner in Los Angeles. There are many elements that make Los Angeles so unique, and art is one of them. No matter the masterpiece in the museum or the rebellious street art on the wall; these are all the reasons why we fall in love with this city. From downtown Los Angeles to West Hollywood, follow me and find out some cool places that you don’t want to miss out.
The Broad Museum
9:30 am – 12:00 pm
If you walk around downtown Los Angeles, it is hard to ignore a pure white honeycomb-like building next to the Walt Disney Concert Hall. This is a newly opened contemporary art museum – The Broad, the most popular destination for art lovers recently. The Broad Museum exhibits a wide range of artworks by many influential contemporary artists, for instance, Barbara Kruger, Jeff Koon, Andy Warhol and so on.
The Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrored room — The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away is an artwork that you don’t want to miss when visiting The Broad. Yayoi Kusama is a proactive Japanese artist who is famous for her polka-dotted soft sculpture and immersive installation. Infinity Mirrored Room is one of her famous walk-in exhibitions that has been touring around the world. And finally, it is here in Los Angeles!
When you walk into the room, you are immediately surrounded by mirrors 360 degrees. Endless LED light is hanging and blinking in the room. The dazzling light and the reflection make you feel like you are floating in an infinity galaxy. You will see unlimited reflections of yourself, some are floating, some are parallel, some are upside down… It is such a breathtaking experience that is purely beyond words.
Everyone only has 45 seconds to enjoy this amazing artwork. 45 seconds actually is longer than you thought! I recommend taking the first ten seconds to simply enjoy the moment, and then take as many selfies as you want.
The Infinity Mirrored room requires a separate ticket to get in and you cannot reserve it online. Tickets could be fully booked fast. If you want to get a chance to see this experiential artwork, make sure you sign up for the ticket as soon as you get into The Broad.
Walt Disney Concert Hall
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Right next to The Broad, it’s the Walt Disney Concert Hall. The big and curvy stainless steel building with matte finish easily catch people’s attention. The shiny and smooth surface is a total contrast to The Broad exterior, which is porous and perspective. If you don’t have a chance to enjoy a beautiful orchestra here, you can still explore the building through the “hidden” stairs and enjoy a different view of downtown Los Angeles.
Lady M Cake Boutique
2:00 pm – 2:30 pm
After several hours of walking, you might want to sit down and chill for awhile. There is nothing better than having a piece of cake. Lady M is a nice place to have an afternoon tea with your besties or a date with your man. Mille Crêpes is a must try at Lady M. The cake has 20 layers of super thin crepes with fluffy cream in between. Each bite of the cake is so soft that it slowly melts in your mouth. It is so good, but not overly sweet. I have to tell you I am obsessed with Lady M. Personally, green tea mille crêpes is my all time favorite.
3:00 pm – 6:30 pm
After rewarding yourself with some sweet treats, you might want to walk around and look for something fun. With only a five-minute drive, you will arrive Melrose Avenue, one of the coolest places that have all kinds of brands. From high-end brands such as Marc Jacobs, Fred Segal to edgy brands, such as Nasty Gal, Joyrich etc. Also, on Melrose Avenue, you can shop many brands which are only available in Los Angeles.
What also makes Melrose Avenue so special is that you will spot many interesting walls while walking along the street. Many young people are attracted by the street art on Melrose Avenue.
Fig & Olive
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
After a long day, you need a good meal to satisfy your stomach. Many fancy restaurants with high ratings are located near Melrose Avenue. Fig & Olive is one of them. According to Zagat, Fig & Olive has one of the best restaurant decor in town. Real olive trees and rosemary bushes are planted in the restaurant. When you walk into the restaurant, it brings you to the Mediterranean countries right away. Olive oil is the key ingredient of all the food here. Fig & Olive insists on bringing the best olive oil from the south of France to their customers. You can also purchase a bottle of its signature olive oil on the way out. With the relaxing vibe, excellent service, and delicious food, you won’t be disappointed at Fig & Olive.
Until next time!