5 Things to do in L.A. During "NO-CHELLA"

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This weekend marks the first of two that will be a breath of fresh air for many of us Los Angeles natives. The hipster haven, Coachella, is upon us and we could not be more excited for a break from ‘man buns’ and ‘selfies’. So to honor our excitement for our “No-Chella” we decided to make a list of 5 things to do when all the hipsters leave LA. 

1. Go to one of the biggest hipster hotels.

On any given weekend The Roosevelt in West Hollywood is most likely packed with people in outfits purchased at a really expensive ‘vintage’ store. So while everyone is away, go enjoy their dance club Teddys, the Tropicana pool bar, or the Bowling Alley cocktail, Spare Room. 


2. GO AND ACTUALLY Find a spot to sit at Intelligentsia.

If you are looking for top-notch coffee from Intelligentsia on a regular a weekend, make sure you have about 30 minutes + to spare and aren’t looking to sit and enjoy your coffee. You might be able to walk up, order, and have a seat at 2 p.m. on a Monday, but for those of us with lives… these next two weekends might be our chance to snag a great table outside Intelligentsia and enjoy it. 


3. Go for a hike, without the rest of L.A. 

If you have ever been to Runyon Canyon over the weekend then you know that just about everyone and their dog are thinking the exact same thing as you. Most of us like to hike in peace and quiet and enjoy the sounds of nature, which is never the case in Los Angeles. Well…this is your time! For the next two weekends get up on a Saturday or Sunday and go enjoy the peace and quiet of the Hollywood Hills. 


4. Get a Fast Pass to breakfast at SQIRL 

With an average wait at around 40 minutes to an hour, this small hipster breakfast spot, located by Silver Lake, may finally be just like any other restaurant over the next two weekends. You might just be able to walk right in to SQIRL, be seated and have some time to go over the menu before ordering! 

p.s. We definitely recommend the brioche toast with raspberry jam. 



The beauty in the mass-clearing of over 100,000 people is that freeways and parking in Los Angeles might actually bebearable. For the next couple weekends of your “No-Chella”, be a tourist in your own town. May we suggest a drive up to see the Griffith Observatory, a trip to the Grove, or even going to Santa Monica or Venice beach for the day? You won’t regret it!



Thinking about going in to the Apple Store of the next two weekends? Don't! There probably won't be any employees working, and if they are we can guarantee they will be unresponsive and most likely daydreaming about Coachella. 


Have yourself a merry "No-chella"

Michael Maughan