Thursday, November 12, 2015

Our guide to hanging out in the City of Angels
on $50 or less.
It might seem near impossible to enjoy a weekend in a
major metropolitan area like Los Angeles on a budget, but it can be
done—especially if you opt for public transportation or biking instead of
renting a car.
Here are our tips for how to do a two-day weekender in the
central LA area on $25 a day.
Here's how it's done.
Saturday: Museum Row and Koreatown Start off your day with some of the
best breakfast burritos in town at Cofax, where they stuff their tortillas
with smoked potatoes, chorizo, and eggs for just $7, or go veggie for
They also do excellent drip coffee for $3.50 and espressos for
After strolling the Fairfax District, ride down the street to Museum Row,
where you can check out the public exhibitions and sculpture gardens at LACMA
and the La Brea Tar Pits park for free.
Be sure to explore nearby Little
Ethiopia, too.
Ride down 6th Street, or take the bus ($1.75) heading east on Wilshire to
get to L.A.'s bustling Koreatown, where cheap eats abound.
A personal
favorite is the Koreatown Galleria, where upstairs you'll find a food court
fit for the gods.
A massive bibimbap bowl at Jin Su Sung Chan easily feeds two
people for $9.95, and will keep you full though the evening.
you'll find K-beauty shops to stock up on trendy face masks and BB cream,
and on the bottom floor there's a cool restaurant supply shop where you can
pick up Korean cookery at bargain prices.
Stop by happy hour at EMC Seafood for $5 well drinks and $1 oysters between
4 p.m.
and 7 p.m., or hit up the lobby at the newish Line Hotel for DJs and a
lively vibe before the EMC happy hour starts again at 10 p.m.
(You'll learn
quickly that this part of the city never sleeps.) If hunger doesn't strike,
use the remainder of your funds for a round of tunes at K-town's most
popular karaoke dive, the Brass Monkey Bar.
Sunday: Echo Park, Downtown, Little Tokyo While there are plenty of great
things on the menu at Square One at Echo Park Lake, the most budget-friendly
items are the scones ($3.25), stone ground grits ($4), and steel cut oats
Grab your breakfast and stroll around this historic park, which was
originally built for drinking water in 1870, and then was transformed into a
sprawling landscaped public space in 1892.
It was recently shuttered for
renovations, and reopened in 2013 to include new paddleboats, repaved paths,
and the lake's iconic lily pads.
Work your way toward Downtown to enjoy some of the area's many free arts
and culture offerings, like the newly minted Broad Museum.
(Note: viewing the
massive collection of contemporary art does require reservations, which can be
booked ahead of time here.) Then, tour around architectural landmarks like the
Grand Central Library and the Bradbury Building, also gratis.
If at any point
you're getting hungry, there are plenty of eats inside Grand Central Market
to keep you sated; while some are a bit more expensive (part of the
modernization of the markets has brought in more artisans and hipster
vendors), there are some old-school vendors that offer great eats at a low
cost, like Sarita's Papuseria ($3.54 each) or Tacos Tumbras a Tomas ($2.50
each). Mosey on over to Little Tokyo, where you can escape the pulse of
the city at the hidden Koyasan Buddhist Temple and the lush James Irvine
Japanese Garden oasis or window shop along 2nd Street's boutiques from local
When you're ready for a nibble, head to Spitz, which specializes
in doner kebabs ($8.50), but also has killer happy hour if you're in town on
a weekday from 3 p.m.
to 7 p.m., including $3 pints, $4 sangrias, and $1 pita
and hummus.
Afterwards, be sure to check in to the Blue Whale, one of the best
jazz bars in L.A., where they're known to put on performances that start at
Krista Simmons is a culinary travel writer and native Angeleno; she covers
Southern California for Travel + Leisure.
You can follow her adventures
bite-by-bite on Instagram.
Our guide to a weekend in Los Angeles on a budget, spending
just $25 a day.
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