When it comes to us Angelenos, we like our things a particular way and there are also certain things we just can’t live without. Take them away from us and you’re likely to hear about it. You might even cause a riot. From the deliciousness of In-N-Out Burger to hiking Runyon and our cars, here is a list of the top 16 things L.A. residents can’t live without.
1.) Fuel efficient hybrid cars & gas guzzling SUV’s
If there’s one thing that us Angelenos can’t live without, it would have to be our cars. Hell no we’re not walking 3 blocks to get our Starbucks like they would in New York. We drive. And we’re proud of being that lazy. On top of that, there’s nowhere in the country where driving a hybrid or a huge gas guzzling SUV is more important. LA residents need hybrid’s like an addict needs his next fix.
2.) In-N-Out Burger
Mmm…biting into a hearty Double Double is one of the finer things Angelenos have to look forward to in life. And, being able to brag that the vast majority (221 locations) of In-N-Out locations are in California is something we love to do when visitors flock to L.A. From Animal Style French fries to the grilled cheese sandwich and the malts, lines out the door and cars practically down the block are just one way of proving how into this fast food chain we are.
3.) Hiking (for exercise) & hiking (socially)
Regardless of whether it’s Runyon or Franklin Canyon, Griffith Park or Solstice Canyon, if there’s one thing LA residents love, it’s going for a hike. Here’s when it starts to become tricky though as this group gets split into two types of people. While it is true that the majority of those who go for a hike do for exercise, most Angelenos take our exercise with a little bit of social on the side. Whether its hiking on a cell phone call or with a friend, most residents of this great city don’t exactly strive for a strenuous workout. At best it’s more of a social workout.
LA has to pretty much be the juicing capital of the world. After all, where else in the world holds the largest concentration of juiceries and a whole culture to go with it? From Pressed Juicery to Kreation, delivery or shop, LA residents take juicing seriously. In fact, in LA, juice bars have become just as common as frozen yogurt shops or cupcake bakeries. From juice cleanses in place of your regular food intake to cold pressed kale juices with spinach, celery, cucumber and sage, we take our juicing seriously.
Related: Best Juice Bars in Los Angeles.
Like the rise of juiceries in L.A., one could argue that the rise of Yogurtland and other yogurt shops like Pinkberry in our great city and around the country can be attributed to Angelenos. After all, the first Yogurtland was located in nearby LA, or Fullerton to be specific. With the semi-recent rise in Yogurtland franches in L.A., there can be no denying how much we love our yogurt. Especially the do-it-yourself Yogurtland kind.
6.) 70 & Sunny 365 Days A Year
Knowing that we have the best weather in the world is something to brag about, right? Right. If there’s one thing Angelenos love, its the weather. Leave your scarves and jackets at home people, because we love it when its sunny and hot every day of the year.
Let’s face it: avocados pretty much make everything better. And, given that we live in the produce capital of the U.S., everything just tastes that much better because of how unbelievably fresh they are. With most California avocados being harvested between San Luis Obispo and the Mexican border, Angelenos eat up this goodness and simply cant and won’t live without it.
8.) The Grove
Although recently The Grove has become a huge hassle to go to because of the hordes of residents, tourists and everyone else, Angelenos love a trip to the Grove. Whether it’s for a movie, or to hang out at the Nordstrom’s, or to walk around, The Grove has become our favorite outdoor shopping mall. And, with the Farmer’s Market serving up deliciousness day in and day out, how could you resist? We can’t even imagine a life without this outdoor gem anymore. Does anyone even remember what the Grove looked like before it was built?
9.) Mexican Food
Tacos, guacamole, fajitas, burritos, enchiladas, flan…does it get any better than this great type of food? With a huge hispanic population, L.A. boasts some of the best authentic Mexican food around. And, with chain restaurants like Chipotle and Poquito Mas to taco trucks and more upscale joints like Gracias Madre in West Hollywood, LA natives have no shortage of it. It’s something LA residents can’t live without.
10.) Las Vegas
If you live in L.A., chances are you’ve taken that road trip at some point in your life with your buddies or your family. That simple jaunt down the I-15 North will get you to the land of debauchery in just about 5 hours. Taking the weekend excursion to Las Vegas is one of the best parts of being an LA resident.
11.) The Beach
Regardless of the weather (it’s always sunny anyways, right?), the beach is something that draws locals as well as new transplants to LA to come take advantage of in surging numbers. As one of our best assets, beaches from Malibu to Venice, and Manhattan Beach to Ventura County, line draw millions of residents each year to splash around in the water and have some fun in the sand. Nothing’s going to keep us apart from each other.
12.) Workout Classes
“OMG, I’m totally going to SoulCycle tonight – meet me there?” As citizens of this great city, we absolutely cannot live without our workout classes. With so many to choose from including even the strangest types, there really is something for everyone.
13.) Medical Marijuana
As one of the only states to have legalized marijuana, you can practically feel the people rushing in from other states to get a piece of the action here. While not everyone is into the mary jane, it definitely tops our list as something we can’t see Angeleno’s being without.
14.) Wearing Lululemon clothes outside of the gym
A fashion faux pas, wearing Lululemon outside of the gym should be outlawed, but it’s so popular in L.A. as something we just can’t seem to live without, that there shows no signs of stopping the madness.
L.A. has some of the best sushi in the world. Hands down. And, whether you’re talking about the Hollywood Katsuya sushi or the top-notch valley spots serving up freshly cut pieces of salmon sushi or baked crab handrolls, L.A. residents love their sushi.
16.) Judging Tourists
Let’s face it: we could probably live without judging and making fun of tourists, but what would be the fun in that? After all, why do they find a need to take a walk down the Hollywood Walk of Fame and take pictures of buildings with the word “Cartier” on them?