A Foodies Guide to Los Angeles – The Ginger Abroad
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A Foodies Guide to Los Angeles

Los Angeles has recently become one of the biggest health and food meccas in the world, with some of the best vegan and vegetarian eateries popping up all over the city. From West Hollywood to Little Tokyo, hot new places are opening up every week that are all worth a try, but being the massive city that it is, it’s almost impossible to try to fit in all that LA has on the menu. However, if you think that your stomach can handle the crazy amounts of amazing food you can get here, then definitely try to stop by as many of the places listed below on your next visit.

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Cafe Gratitude

A completely plant based restaurant, with a few locations scattered across the city, Cafe Gratitude is a unique and incredibly delicious cafe with an inspiring perspective on food. Each item on the menu is named something positive; dazzling, dynamic, and infinite are only a few, and while the names will make you feel amazing, the food will make your body love you even more. Make sure not to leave without trying the Unicorn Milk cocktail, it is the most lip-smackingly good drink you will ever have.

Locations: Larchmont, Arts District, Beverly Hills, Venice

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Urth Caffe

One of the original organically healthy restaurants in LA, Urth Caffe has always provided outstanding food from the Urth Salad to the Nori Plum Rice Wrap. Though, the real highlight is the Spanish Latte that is one of the best coffee’s that you can find in the city. You best get here early though, Urth Caffe tends to get busy very quickly, so make sure to leave plenty of time to get a table.

Locations: West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Pasadena, Downtown LA, Laguna Beach

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Gracias Madre

If there is one restaurant that you need to go to in LA Gracias Madre is it. A vegan Mexican restaurant with a seriously outstanding menu, you will more than likely end up ordering one of everything because it all sounds so good. Being so ridiculously delicious it is no surprise that it can get very busy, so make sure to make a reservation and request a table on the patio for an even more magical evening.

Location: West Hollywood

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Daikokuya

Decorated to look like it is from a 1960s Imamura poster, Daikokuya is the place to get ramen in LA. Always with long lines out the door, you know that the food is going to be good (and worth the wait). With vegan ramen flavours, and perfectly portioned gyoza’s you will definitely be leaving full and satisfied.

Locations: West Hollywood, West Los Angeles, Little Tokyo

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Kreation Juice

Healthy, organic, raw, and delicious, Kreation Juice has become increasingly popular that they have had to keep expanding to areas all over LA. All their juices are made from locally sourced fruits and veggies in the Santa Monica region, and will leave your insides feeling as happy as can be. They also make some amazing desserts, that are actually healthy too! So no need to feel guilty about eating them.

Locations: Venice, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills (North & South), Westlake, Larchmont, Brentwood, Manhattan Beach (North & South), Marina Del Ray, Toluca Lake, 3rd Street, Santa Monica

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Alfred Coffee

If coffee is more your thing, than you must stop by Alfred Coffee. Their signature Iced Vanilla Latte is the perfect blend of sweet and bitter, and their collection of pressed juices are the refreshing beverage that is needed on a hot LA day. Don’t forget to grab a pic of their famous But First Coffee signs that they showcase in each shop, for that perfect Insta snap.

Locations: Melrose Place, Brentwood, Beverly Hills, Silverlake, Studio City

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Compartés Chocolatier 

One of my favourite finds in LA, I first saw Compartés on Facebook and knew I had to go there on my next trip to the States. Although not a restaurant, Compartes has some of the tastiest treats in the city, including a frozen hot chocolate that can be topped with whipped cream, Lucky Charms, or even gold!! With some weird and wacky chocolate flavours, there are some that sound truly tasty, think Roses & Rosé, Coffee & Donuts, and Hazelnut Toast.

Location: Westfield Century City

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Tacos Tu Madre

In a colourful building, on a little corner through a tiny window in Westwood you will find some of the best street tacos in all of LA. With a little bit of tradition and a little bit of fusion the guys at Tacos Tu Madre have created a downright scrumptious menu that everyone will enjoy, even embracing the healthy LA spirit with taco bowls fashioned around kale. After business boomed they expanded to a few locations around the city, and I’m sure even more will be opening up very soon.

Locations: Westwood, Los Feliz, Larchmont Village, Downtown LA

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The Butcher’s Daughter

A “vegetable slaughterhouse,” The Butcher’s Daughter has become a staple of Venice. Offering up some of the best avocado toast throughout LA, and decorated beautifully, this restaurant is just waiting to be posted all over your Instagram feed. Situated on Abbot Kinney Blvd, it is in the prime location for a weekend brunch followed by just a little bit of shopping.

Location: Venice (+ Food Truck)

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Ostrich Farm

Another one for your Instagram, Ostrich Farm is an intimate restaurant in LA’s trendy Echo Park neighbourhood. It serves up locally sourced foods, some even coming out of the owners own garden, that will leave your mouth watering. They also offer some of the best cocktails in the area.

Location: Echo Park

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Cosa Buona

If you’re wanting excellent pizza, look no further than Cosa Buona. Italian wood fired pizza with a Californian twist, you will struggle to find a tastier pizza in LA. With a casual and cozy atmosphere, you can relax in a booth with a drink in one hand and a slice of pizza in the other, which to a lot of people, myself included, is a perfect version of heaven.

Location: Echo Park

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RBTA

A restaurant designed to be reminiscent of crowded Tokyo alleys, RBTA is an amazing Japanese restaurant specialising in delicious skewers of chicken, steak, seafood, and mushrooms. Opened till late, it is the perfect place to end the night with a little sake and teriyaki.

Location: Highland Park

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HiHo Cheeseburger

The cheeseburger… a true American staple, one you cannot come to the States without having, and there is no place better in LA than HiHo. Being the only restaurant serving 100% Wagyu beef, you know that the burgers are going to be amazing here, and they even cater to vegetarians with a vegan burger on the menu, so it’s a win-win for everyone!

Location: Santa Monica

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Ivory on Sunset

If you are wanting to get one of the best views of LA without having to hike Runyon Canyon or in Griffith Park, then a visit to Ivory on Sunset is a must. Inspired by old Hollywood, with glamorous and refined furnishings, you will feel like royalty while dining here. If you want the best seat in the house out on the patio make sure to book well in advance, and if you’re lucky enough to come at sunset you will be rewarded with a truly spectacular view.

Location: West Hollywood

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The Polo Lounge

There is nothing quite like going to a fancy bar in a fancy hotel, and The Polo Lounge in The Beverly Hills Hotel, might just be the fanciest one of them all. With luxurious interiors and jazz music drifting in from the patio, you might even spot a celebrity or two. Relax into the soft booths and enjoy a cocktail as you experience life as the rich and famous know it, even if only for the night.

Location: Beverly Hills

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