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Three Fantastic Days in LA for under $20

Three Fantastic Days in LA for under $20

We realize that sometimes the weekend starts on a Friday night while your paycheck inconveniently arrives direct deposit on Monday morning. We’ve come up with some thrifty ways to combat the “but I want Bazaar every day” blues for under twenty big ones! That’ll still allow you to fly in high style no matter what sort of vibe you’re feeling. You don’t need to thank us. Your wallet already did.



Bradshaw Brekkie: Though it’s not the most practical decision to start the day with dessert, sometimes Carrie B. goes as wild as the rest of us and starts with a sweet treat or two, especially at a hot spot like Bottega Louie. Though it is a sit down restaurant, you can people watch in the front area and enjoy treats that sparkle with gold in a crisp NY meets LA eatery filled with downtown’s beautiful. ($5)

Bottega Louie, 700 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90017

Syrup Desserts: Write the next great novel at Syrup Desserts, where you can get a large cup of Intelligensia coffee for less than $2. This friendly local coffee shop oozes with board games, knick knacks, and homey seating. ($1.85)

Syrup Desserts, 611 S Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90014

The Museum at FIDM: The fashion-friendly Museum at FIDM follows trends throughout history. They focus on high end fashion collections that are free for the public to explore. (FREE)

919 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90015

Window Shop: Just because you can’t go designer all the time, why not daydream about it? Immerse yourself in some fashion espionage by using a notebook to jot down designer names, styles, colors, and patterns you like to determine which trends suit you best. (FREE to look at, FREE to hold, but if you break it, consider it … run!)

Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills

Be Forever 21: Hit up Forever 21 in the Beverly Center and see how your new fashion expertise can be put to use on a budget. Was there a color that makes your eyes pop? Buy a headband. ($5)

8500 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048

Nature’s Stairclimber: Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook is your go to spot for burning off those AM carbs. Getting to the top of this giant staircase will take you less than fifteen minutes, but it will feel like much more. You’ll break a sweat and hurt the next day, but your hair will still look (sort of) okay. (FREE)

Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook, 6300 Hetzler Rd, Culver City, CA 90232

The Hudson: Enjoy $3 drinks in a posh bar, with a tree growing out of it, seven nights a week from 4-7pm at the Hudson. Like a hip old ship filled with mason jars, we love its open windows and cozy corners. We figure you’ll want two drinks and a tip. ($8)

The Hudson, 1114 N Crescent Heights Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046

Griffith Park Observatory: If you’re anything like Carrie, you like classic views and you love watching the nightlife come alive in the streets below you. Get stood up by a guy at the Griffith Park Observatory only to have all of your girlfriends show up instead, and immerse yourself in the romance of the city at night. (FREE)

4730 Crystal Springs Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90027



Wake Up: Awaken your senses with a cappuchino at the 101 Coffee Shop, where you might just feel inspired. You’ll be surrounded by other artsy people in a vintage diner filled with an even mix of people just waking up and just ready to end their night ($4.50).

6145 Franklin Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Take a magical mystery tour: On the first Saturday and Sunday of the month, you can take a free Metro Art Tour, which leads you around LA’s underground art scene … Literally … Through the art in metro stations. More information on exactly where and when to meet here. (FREE)

Hollywood and Highland, Hollywood, CA

Veg Out: At Elderberries on Sunset you can warm your senses with a cup of tea and peruse the huge bookshelf filled with cookbooks you haven’t seen anywhere else in this Anthropologie gone vegan mecca of succulence. ($4.50)

7564 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046

Sun Salute: Find your inner yogi at 2pm on Saturday and Sunday by doing free yoga in Runyon Canyon. If someone tries to get you to hike the long trail after, just say “ohm.” (FREE)

2001 N Fuller Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046

Museum of Jurassic Technology: Visit this zany museum filled with the oddest odd oddities. There’s really no describing The Museum of Jurassic Technology to people that haven’t been, as it’s really just a [come on, didn’t you read the description? we can’t describe it!]. If we told you what it was all about, we’d ruin it for you, but really, we’re a little confused ourselves. ($8 suggested donation)

9341 Venice Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

Downtown Arts District Photog: Explore downtown LA’s arts district with a camera on hand (or your camera phone, instagram!) and convince your inner photographer to capture some of the sickest graffiti you’ll ever see. If you start at Angel City Brewery, you’re in the right place. (FREE)

216 S Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Do the Cha Cha: Before retiring for the night, stop by the Cha Cha Lounge for a $2 PBR as a part of their nightly happy hour from 5pm-9pm. Be prepared for a bar filled with Day of the Dead decor and the weirdest vending machine you’ll see (in LA … Japan is still number one when it comes to questionable vending machines). ($2.99 with generous 33% tip)

2375 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039



Breakfast: There’s no better way to start the day than a decadent breakfast in bed. Arouse your tastebuds with some “strawberry infused pancakes” (frozen strawberries and Bisquick, I’d like you to meet my friend Thesaurus dot com) or an asparagus egg scramble with risotto for two? ($4 for groceries)

(Where you live)

Slow burn: Walk off those calories at Beverly Hills’ Franklin Canyon Park. You can find yourself in the sort of nature that has ample parking, a friendly guard to lead you down trails, and free public restrooms. It’s more of a stroll than a hike, but a few loops around their nature pond will make you feel like you’ve ventured deep the lush greenery and wildlife of the east coast. Be sure to stop at every single stop sign as they do have stop sign cameras. (FREE)

Franklin Canyon, 2600 Franklin Canyon Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Dream a little dream: While you’re in the neighborhood, visit our favorite al fresco free mansion walk at Greystone Park and Mansion. Explore hidden nooks, crannies, and fountains for hours on these opulent grounds that will make you think your favorite dollhouse has sprung to life. (FREE)

Greystone Park and Mansion, 905 Loma Vista Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Sustenance: Make your way downtown and grab a taco at Grand Central Market, where you can find plenty of small eats and treats in a price range to keep you tied over until an early dinner. ($3)

Grand Central Market, 317 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013

Witness a world record: Ride Angel’s Flight, the shortest railway in the world, up to Angel’s Knoll, where you can view architecture from the same spot as Zooey and Joseph in (500) Days of Summer. The bench that they sat on is up there, and you can enjoy the remnants of your Grant Central goodies as you take in the Los Angeles skyline. ($0.50)

Angel’s Flight, 351 S Hill St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

Spring for beauty: The Los Angeles Flower Market is only a dollar to enter on Saturday afternoons until 3pm. Surround yourself with color as you walk through row upon row of discounted flowers at just the right price (we’ve found bouquets starting at $3). Beautify your home and shower your loved one with roses. ($7)

Los Angeles Flower Market, 754 Wall St, Los Angeles, CA 90014

Perfect Picnic: Your next stop is a romantic late afternoon picnic at the Exposition Park Rose Garden. You can sit outside and stare into each other’s eyes longingly as roses blossom behind you. (FREE)

701 State Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90037

Venice Canals: Nothing says romance like a trip to Italy, but that’s not exactly budget (or jet lag) friendly, so why not visit California’s version of the Venice Canals? End on the right note by walking the Canals at night, something we think is swoon-worthy enough for Gos himself.

Carroll Ct & Eastern Canal Ct, Venice, CA 90293


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