8 Things to do Within 48 Hours in LA

Hi everyone! Last weekend, I spent two days in LA with my sister and our friend, Laura. As California natives, we’ve visited LA many times before. So everything we did last weekend, we’ve already done before. But if you’ve never been to LA before and don’t know what to do, here are some things to do within 48 hours in LA!

8 Things to do Within 48 Hours in LA

8 Things to do Within 48 Hours in LA

1) Check out a hotel’s restaurant and bar.

8 Things to do Within 48 Hours in LA

On our first day in LA, we were already exhausted from driving. We took it easy by doing some shopping and swimming. By the time we all washed up, we were hungry but too tired to drive anywhere. So we went downstairs to the hotel lobby, where there was a restaurant and bar area. I had a simple salad with delicious Asian pears.

2) Drink a green smoothie from a local juice bar.

How to Spend 48 Hours in LA

Whenever I am on the go and don’t have time for breakfast, I’ll usually have an energy bar or smoothie in the morning. While scrolling through Yelp for smoothies and juice bars, we stumbled upon Qwench Juice Bar, which has various locations throughout LA. I got the Spinach Greens smoothie, which contains spinach, kale, mango, banana, coconut water, chia seeds, agave, and almonds.

3) Hike through Griffith Park.

8 Things to do Within 48 Hours in LA

Hiking the Hollywood Sign was an activity on our to-do list for the weekend. We really wanted to complete the hike but didn’t because we started too late in the afternoon and it was already hot. At least we can say we tried and there will always be another time.

4) Eat at Umami Burger.

How to Spend 48 Hours in LA

My friend Laura is vegan and always raves about the Impossible Burger from Umami Burger, which is entirely vegan but “looks, tastes, and smells just like a beef burger.” Obviously, a stop at Umami Burger was a must for us! While Laura enjoyed her Impossible Burger, I had Sam’s Crispy Chicken.

5) Get coffee or tea from Alfred.

How to Spend 48 Hours in LA

We’ve seen the popular quote, “But first, coffee” all over Instagram and Tumblr. But did you know that quote is registered and trademarked by Alfred? They have a few locations around LA and they’re all quite IG-worthy.

6) Attend a concert.

8 Things to do Within 48 Hours in LA

From the El Rey Theatre to the Walt Disney Concert Hall, LA is full of concert venues. This time, I went to see Harry Styles at the Forum, where he played two sold out shows in a row. What made it even more special was that we went to the last show of his first solo tour. Not to mention, he played “Kiwi” three times before finally leaving the stage.

7) Recharge with some ramen.

How to Spend 48 Hours in LA

One of my most favorite places to eat in LA is JINYA Ramen Bar. I never went out for ramen until a few years ago, when I went to LA with some friends and they all wanted ramen. Now I understand the hype. The ramen from JINYA is so hearty and filling. It’s perfect on a cold day… Or when you’re recovering from the night before.

8) Get coffee or tea from Urth Caffé.

8 Things to do Within 48 Hours in LA

Another one of my favorite spots in LA is Urth Caffé. Before heading home, we stopped by Urth Caffé to fuel ourselves with caffeine. I got matcha tea with soy milk. But if you’re not into caffeine, they also have food!

It was a short but fun filled weekend in LA. It definitely helped me get my mind off of work and I can’t wait to go back.

What are some of your favorite spots in LA?

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Valerie Nguyen

Valerie. 28. California girl with insatiable wanderlust. Bookkeeper by day, fangirl by night. Beauty editor for MagickGal. Shameless foodie and retail therapist.

11 thoughts on “8 Things to do Within 48 Hours in LA

  1. Omg that’s so cool, and hilarious at the same time, we have a Griffith Park too haha. And we also have several restaurants that have the impossible burger on their menu and I cannot wait to go and try it.
    Aaaaahhh ramen!! The way to my soul! Lol. I’ll be sure to see if we can find this place when I go to LA because who knows where we will be lol.

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    1. Haha you guys really have a Griffith Park, too?! That is hilarious! I guess there’s only so many names you can give to a park without it being the same as another place.

      According to my friend Laura, the Impossible Burger is sooo good! She went vegan for health reasons but she said it tastes EXACTLY like a burger made out of beef. Now I wish I tried it!

      Yes, there’s just something about ramen! It warms your body AND soul. It’s definitely a comfort food for me. JINYA Ramen has a few locations! Hopefully you can find one near you when you’re in LA 🙂

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      1. haha right?
        I’ve heard the same, I’ve asked my husband if he wants to go try it but he’s skeptical about it haha. I’ll have to force him lol.
        I agree!! Ramen is my fave! ❤

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      2. Ohh, what Mexican restaurant were you thinking about? It’s funny you mention Mexican food but I don’t think I’ve ever really eaten at a Mexican restaurant in LA! I usually go for burgers or sushi.

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      3. It’s a place called Guisados, there’s like three of the, but this specific one is on east Cesar Chavez, or something like that, I might have written down the wrong street because I was in a hurry lol

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  2. Yup, I agree with everything you listed. I love Umami, Urth Caffe, and Alfred’s. Btw, the pink drink from Alfred’s is my favorite. Because of this fabulous post, I’m gonna try JINYA Ramen – I’ll let you know how that turns out. Loved this post so much, and everything you wrote about was spot on!

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    1. OMG yes!! My friend Laura was telling me about Alfred’s pink drink. I’ll have to try it next time!!

      And definitely try JINYA! I was never really a fan of ramen until I went there. Now JINYA is one of my go-to spots in LA! I definitely can’t wait to hear what you think of it.


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