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If you follow me on Instagram, you probably noticed that I was in Los Angeles this week. LA seems like one of those love-it-or-hate-it cities, and I don’t know if it was just the novelty of it all, but I could totally see myself becoming a West Coast girl. Yes, even with my pale, pale skin.

I hit up a couple of places on my bucket list (ahem, Alfred Coffee), but there’s so much cool stuff in LA, especially for coffee + design lovers. Here are a few hot spots I either loved or would like to check out on my next visit…A Little Leopard’s Los Angeles Travel Guide, if you will.


When Marc Jacobs assigns his name to something, you know it’s going to be good. The West Coast location of his bookshop features an amazingly curated selection of books on everything from design and fashion to music to classic literature. Shout out to the Bookmarc employee who agreed with me that “Grace Coddington” would be an adorable name for a ginger kitten and let me flip through Grace: Thirty Years of Fashion at Vogue. If only I had like $150 to spare and room for a very heavy coffee table book in my luggage…

Alfred Coffee + Kitchen (& Alfred Tea!)

I had to hit up the originators of the infamous “But, First Coffee” catchphrase, and the almond milk latte does not disappoint. The decor? Almost even better. Let’s face it, this highly Instagrammable spot is the stuff of every over-caffeinated blogger’s dreams.

Image: Racked LA

Kelly Wearstler

Even if you can’t afford a single thing in there (ahem, points to self), interior design and decor fans should check out Kelly Wearstler’s flagship boutique. The space — like Kelly — just oozes glamour and you’re bound to leave feeling inspired.

Image: Gracias Madre

Gracias Madre

I didn’t actually get to eat here, but it’s a must-do next time. I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about this Mexican restaurant, which emphasizes all-vegan, organic cuisine. And tequila. It’s very LA and I’m very into it.

Image: Vogue

Violet Grey

You may be familiar with Violet Grey, an editorial/shoppable site curated by the beauty industry’s best artists. Well, they have a boutique on Melrose Place, staffed by working artists who can speak to each and every makeup, skincare and hair styling product on the shelves. Also, it’s super duper photogenic and beautiful.

Okay, so everything on this list is very heavily concentrated around Melrose Avenue/Melrose Place. But it’s such a dream! What did I miss in the rest of LA? 😉