Laura stood in front of the Paul Smith pink wall on Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles

Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles

Melrose Avenue. Even the name sounds pretty idyllic, right? Having heard about its quintessential LA vibe, quirky shops, and delicious brunch spots, we made a beeline for the street having woken up with slightly heads from our night out in Santa Monica.

Grabbing brunch on Melrose Avenue

Our initial intentions were to go and grab brunch before hunting down a Hop-On-Hop-Off bus where we could conveniently tour round Beverly Hills and Hollywood (or even go for one of those cheesy – yet so me – TMZ tours that attempt to hunt out a celebrity. Well, that didn’t turn out quite as planned, but it was definitely for the best.

We hopped out of a Lyft at a cute little restaurant for brunch, which we happily went for thanks to the patio seating in the sun. Seriously, I would get very comfortable with melting in late October – hello sun. I later saw the restaurant was British themed, complete with flags and a UK map on the inside, and it was aptly called the Village Idiot – make of that what you will.

Brunch on Melrose Avenue, LA

Feeling famished, we hurriedly ordered in smoked salmon eggs benedict and lattes (twinning once again), and it was delicious. Just look at those potatoes, and potatoes really are my weakness. Honestly, you know you’re in LA when your server doesn’t bring you tapwater, but ‘reverse osmosis’ water… of course.

Having had a fail in attempting to discover the Hop-On-Hop-Off bus as it only had a couple of stops on Melrose and comes only once every 30 mins, we decided to give it a swerve in favour of Uber-ing our way around some of the stops we wanted to visit instead. We began on Melrose, and found that one of the most fun things about the street is simply discovering all of the cool murals and street art along the avenue.

Finding murals on Melrose Avenue

Monopoly Man mural on Melrose Avenue, LA
Street art in LA
Murals in LA
Girls Tour mural on Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles
Made in LA mural, Los Angeles

That Paul Smith pink wall

Then, of course, we found that wall – the fucking pink wall! I was honestly in shock at how seriously it was all taken. Firstly, there is a sign listing out rules for how to treat the wall. Then, there’s an attendant. There was also a line up for using the wall. It was honestly ridiculous!

Rules for the Paul Smith pink wall, LA
Paul Smith pink wall

But, when in Rome…

Laura stood in front of the Paul Smith pink wall on Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles
Girls in front of the Paul Smith pink wall, Los Angeles

Pretty much wherever you look along Melrose is Instagrammable. It’s pretty impressive how the city is almost entirely a creation for the app and phenomenon.

Murals and cafes on Melrose Avenue, LA

Melrose Place

Walking a little further up past the trendy and bars restaurants of the city, we stumbled across Melrose Place. It’s the most beautiful little shopping area I’ve probably ever seen. Surrounded by neatly manicured gardens and stuffed with adorable boutique shops, I only wish I had the money to shop in them! We headed into Glossier for a peek, before walking along the street.

Shops at Melrose Place, LA
Shop entrance, Melrose Place, LA

Such beautiful entrances to the shops.

Entrance to shops, Melrose Place, LA

See what I mean by everything being perfect for Instagram?!

Cafe on Melrose Place, LA
Rose all day, Melrose Place, Los Angeles

We ended our time on Melrose Avenue off with a browse around some gorgeous consignment stores before grabbing a juice and heading on to the next stop – Beverly Hills.

Juices from Joe and the Juice, Melrose Place, LA

How do you like to spend your time on Melrose Avenue? Let me know!

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  1. Totally going down the California posts rabbit-hole on your blog…but it makes a LA-native like me very happy! I was in Melrose earlier this year; I went to the Pink Wall, but there wasn’t a queue for photos (then again, I went on Sunday, so maybe that’s why). Just across the street is Carrera Cafe, which specializes in latte art; I got one with palm trees, and the cafe’s interior is pretty Instagrammable, too. Melrose is a pretty (and expensive) part of LA, which I rarely go to, but it’s a fun spot to go to while in town!

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