in Los Angeles
Carlos was an avid globe-trotter before he began working at SWISS. However, the 31-year-old is particularly drawn to Los Angeles. “I’ve got friends there who I visit regularly, and they give me several insider tips.” The west coast attracts millions of visitors every year due to the plentiful hours of sunshine and definite glamour factor. SWISS operates daily flights to Los Angeles (LAX) from Zurich (ZRH).
Los Angeles, nicknamed the ‘city of angels’ due to its Spanish name, is the bastion of stars and film-making. L.A. belongs to the state of California on the west coast of the United States of America and is a favourite travel destination because of its weather – mild temperatures are the norm and rainy days a rarity. The city’s many districts give L.A. an unbelievable number of different facets. Los Angeles definitely has something to attract anyone.
“But first, coffee!” – Alfred Coffee’s slogan, which has made this café famous, strikes a definite chord with many a visitor. It’s perfect as a first stopping-off place for tourists and locals alike: “The coffee and atmosphere are simply amazing!”
Afterwards, it’s time to get in the pink! It’s difficult to miss the wall of the Paul Smith clothes shop, just a short walk away along Melrose Avenue – not just because of the colour but also due to the large number of people who want to pose in front of it. “The pink wall even has its own security guards. Big celebrities such as top model Karlie Kloss and actress Hailee Steinfeld have posed in front of this wall and turned it into an absolute highlight." But a word of warning: if you’re looking to take a couple of shots with a professional camera you’ve come to the wrong place. “People are only allowed to use mobiles to take photos.”
Now it’s off to the next photo opportunity! The legendary angel’s wings are in the same district as the pink-coloured wall. “These wings may make popular Instagram posts, but they also carry an important message. The artist Colette Miller launched her Global Angel Wings Project to promote more humanity in our interactions with others.”
And now it’s time to jump in the car: “Los Angeles is best explored in a hire car – in a convertible, of course!” It’s the perfect way to get a view of the petticoat palms, which are also a renowned L.A. landmark.
When stomachs start to rumble, it’s time for Eggslut. This food stand is located in Grand Central Market. Whether its breakfast time, lunch or dinner, Eggslut will definitely keep hunger pangs at bay. “I’m having a delicious late breakfast, so I’ve decided to have bacon, egg and cheese. That’s a toasted brioche with egg, cheddar, bacon and chipotle ketchup – simply divine!” Don’t miss ‘slut’, the house special – coddled egg with mashed potatoes.
While in Grand Central Market, having a wander round is an absolute must. “The 100-year-old market hall is a top address for gourmets. I don’t necessarily come here to buy anything – just to stuff myself to my heart’s content!”
It’s now time for a detour to the Walt Disney Concert Hall and the art museum The Broad, which are both in the same district. “The concert hall was built in 2003 by the world-famous architect Frank Gehry. This wonderfully modern building is a magnet for concert-lovers and sightseers.” The impressive museum The Broad is directly opposite. “Entrance is free and there is always a permanent exhibition to discover.” The locals refer to the museum as the ‘concrete cloud’ due to its architecture.
It’s now time for the next museum, the Getty Center. “Besides its art exhibitions, this museum is surrounded by fabulous landscaped gardens.” Entrance is free, here, too – it’s a place that’s definitely worth a visit.
Now it’s time for a little relaxation, and where better to wind down than a rooftop bar with a fantastic view? “I’ve heard that the High Rooftop Lounge is the only rooftop terrace bar in Venice, so enjoying a refreshing drink here is an absolute must.”
A stroll along the Santa Monica Pier at sunset is the crowning finale to an exciting day. “The pier – which marks the end of the legendary Route 66 – is considered the landmark of Santa Monica. It’s simply magical to watch the sun go down over the coast.”