Healthy Los Angeles: Where To Eat & Exercise When Visiting LA
Want to experience a healthy Los Angeles?
A lot my friends come to Los Angeles for work or pleasure and always ask me what to do. Of course, there are the typical travel suggestions of the museums, the beach, tacos, food trucks, Koreatown, etc. But one of my favorite things to do when friends visit is to take them to experience a healthy Los Angeles. What do I mean? I take my friends on hikes with beautiful views and eat delicious healthy meals without it seeming like a chore. Haha. Below is my go-to places to hike, workout, and eat healthy grub in LA.
*This post will get updated whenever I try out new hikes/workouts or healthy restaurants!*
Healthy Los Angeles – Outside Activities (free!!!)
Runyon Canyon, one of my go-to places in Los Angeles, is a great place to go for a free workout and people watch. It’s free and you can get a bit of a view (though usually smoggy) and sometimes you’ll even spot a celebrity amongst all the people “hiking”. It’s not much of a hike but if you’re not in the best shape, it can be a bit of a push. There are two trail paths to choose from. One is a paved path with an upward incline and then steps going down. Then there’s a second path that’s a bit more challenging. It’s an upward climb, some clambering on rocks, and then an easy walk down steps and a path. I always do the second path with my friends. It’s always quite warm so I like to go to Runyon either before 9 am or after 5 if the sun sets later in the day.
(excuse the photo quality, I usually just take my phone on hikes)
A view from Runyon
Another view from Runyon of Los Angeles
Another popular hike that I have done is Griffith Park. There are several trails but to be honest I’ve only gone one time. Visiting Griffith Park is a Los Angeles must do, for sure. Get yourself to Griffith Observatory, park your car, hike the trails, and enjoy the views.
Photo credit: Flickr
View from Griffith Park Observatory
A view of the Hollywood sign from my hike
There is a handful of other places to hike around Los Angeles but I haven’t gone to them. Here are a few that I have on my check out list if you’re interested:
- Culver City Stairs which is within Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook California State Park. The stairs lead to a great view of LA
- Temescal Canyon in Malibu
- Franklin Canyon
- Vasquez Rocks
Healthy Los Angeles – Fitness Classes
While these aren’t free, you can often take your first class free or at a heavily discounted price. Here are a few studios I have tried in Los Angeles.
I’m a huge fan of spinning. I have tried a bunch of classes but was gifted a pass to Flywheel. they have locations in West Hollywood as well as in Larchmont, a neighborhood I love. First class is free! You just have to sign up online to reserve your seat.
Geared up for spin class
Los Angeles is always on top of the next fitness craze. My friend came to town and she asked me if I wanted to join her for a Shift by Dana Perri class. I didn’t know what it was but I said yes. The first class is discounted to $10. I have been lifting heavy weights so I couldn’t see it being hard. I was wrong. There were some arm exercises that killed me.
The main thing about Shift is that you’re on a springy floor. The same kind they use for floor exercises in gymnastics. This I believe is supposed to keep the workout low-impact all the while engaging your core to stabilize yourself. It was fun. Not really my kind of workout but if you want to try something new, do it! It’s located in the Valley in Studio City.
My buddy Theola stretching out before class
Healthy Los Angeles – Where To Eat
After a good workout or hike, you probably don’t want to spoil your healthy streak with some fried food. In Los Angeles, you’re in luck with all of the juice bars and healthy eateries around town. Here are some of my favorite places.
M Cafe de Chaya on Melrose Avenue cross La Brea Avenue is a great place to stop in for a quick bite or grab some take out. They have a glass counter where you can grab vegetarian, vegan, and macrobiotic foods. I don’t remember if they have meat dishes but they do have fish and everything is really healthy.
M Cafe’s Bimbimbap Grilled Tofu Rice Bowl
Fresh Corn Grill
This eatery in West Hollywood is usually where I go when I’m over in that zone. I always grab the same thing, a kale salad with grilled salmon. Yum!
I discovered Sweetgreen when I visited my nephew in DC and got hooked. I have also had their salad in NYC. I couldn’t be more pleased they have a location on West Third in Los Angeles!
A delicious kale salmon salad from Sweetgreen
Another place I enjoy healthy eats is Cafe Gratitude. It’s a vegan restaurant with locations in Venice and in Larchmont.
Brown rice and curried vegetables
Vegan nachos. Seriously. I may have licked the plate clean!
Los Angeles and I included is so obsessed with poke right now. In Mid-City Los Angeles, I go to Mainland Poke and over on the West Side I go to Poke Poke in Venice.
Mainland Poke is so good!
Poke Poke in Venice
Other places for healthy eats:
- Tender Greens is a chain with locations all over California. You can grab yummy salads and food.
- Veggie Grill which is a vegan “fast food”
- I also go to Fresh Corn Grill in West Hollywood for some kale salad with protein
- Juice bars: don’t forget all the juice places in LA like Juice Served Here, Clover, Moon Juice, Kreation, Pressed Juicery
- Health Food Store/Market: Erewhon, Whole Foods, Bristol Farms, Gelsons
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Where are your favorite LA places to grab healthy eats or workout?