When our best friend Dominique arrived from New York for the first time ever in LA, we knew we had to show her the ropes of LA, and most importantly, try to convince her to move here, duh. She arrived, and straight-up, before any “Hi, how are you’s,” told us she didn’t care about Hollywood Boulevard or Universal Studios, but that she wanted to get to see the LA that you see when you live here. See how the Shut Up and Go brand extends even within our friend group?
So we whipped up a list of not-so-obvious things to do and this is what we came up with:
Free on Thursdays, from 5pm-8pm. If you can’t make it then, take the Metro and get two-for-one admission.
The Last Bookstore
A cozy, classic bookstore that even offers $1 books upstairs.
Ok, maybe a little pricey, but you’re “paying for the ambiance,” right?
Furniture shopping on La Brea
You’re bound to find something quirky and antique, and probably really expensive. Go anyway, to do something different, and get some interior design inspiration for your own place.
Bark N’ Bitches
A pet shop with dogs roaming the store while you shop. It’s adorable, but watch out for that puddle of pee, btw.
Thrifting on Fairfax
Fairfax from 3rd Street to Melrose Ave is loaded with various independent shops and cafés, or in this case, thrift shops.
Strolling through Silver Lake
Cappuccinos at Café Midi
This place is literally located in the back of a French furniture shop, which by default, makes it feel ultra-secret and speakeasy-like. I’m especially proud of this find, thank you very much.
What other not-so-touristy places should we visit in LA?
Check out Dominique’s Guide to New York here: Locals of New York: Dominique Boyer