I lived in Orange County for four years, but never really liked going to Los Angeles. I would go for concerts or the occasional day of exploring, and one semester of college I interned in L.A., but the traffic was such a pain (I don’t even want to think about the hours of my life wasted driving back and forth during my internship) that I rarely wanted to go.
Many of my friends moved to L.A. post-grad, so now I have a lot of great excuses to go visit my friends and have fun in the city without worrying about the 1-2 hour drive back to school. I’m not a fan of being in the car for more than 40 minutes.A few weeks ago, I made the first of what I’m sure will be many trips down to Los Angeles and stayed with one of my wonderful college roommates, Alice. One of my only requests for my trip was doing a little mural tour on Melrose Avenue. 75% of my motivation was to take a ton of killer photos for my Instagram and I’m not ashamed to say it.
After some Insta-stalking, I found a few cute ones and in between taking pics at the murals, we found a lot of other cute places (and saw many cute dogs) on Melrose Avenue.
First up on the Mini Melrose Mural Tour: Girls Tour.
I’ve seen this all over Instagram, but didn’t realize it was part of the branding of the boutique!
Address: Sorella, 7829 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA
(excuse the awful photos, it was very sunny and my phone camera was doing that weird fuzzy thing)
Stop #2: Crocheted Rainbows.
This was my favorite wall, by far. So fun and creative!
Address: The Paper Bag Princess, 8050 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA
Artist: These awesome rainbows were crocheted by London Kaye.
And our final stop: “HELLO” at the Carrera Cafe.
Address: 8251 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA
And across the street is the Paul Smith Pink Wall, but we skipped it. We also didn’t eat at the cafe (sorry!).
After all our adventuring on a typically hot L.A. day, we cooled off with iced tea at Alfred’s Tea Room, which is just as adorable as you think it is. On our way to Alfred’s, we passed the not-yet-open Glossier store (sob. I wish it had been open) and some cute cacti.
What’s your favorite spot on Melrose, or in L.A. overall?