Bobbi and I were impressed with the breakfast at the last hostel in Hollywood however this free breakfast topped it! With cornflakes and a bottle of orange juice and apple slices it filled us up for the morning. From the hostel we took a walk to the Santa Monica pier as Sara and Bronwen had told us about their Hollywood tour they had done the previous day we went in search for the guys in blue polo shirts to see if they would honour us the same deal.
Gerald started with the price of $85 per person and we managed to pay the same price for the both of us. The tour departed at 10.00am so we popped back to the hostel to get Bobbi's sunglasses and were on our way. We met Garry the tour guide and from the beginning we knew the tour would be fun and entertaining.
The first stop on the tour was at the Los Angeles Farmers Market, with over 45 stalls to choose from, everyone from the pickiest of eaters to the most adventurous are sure to find the ideal meal or morning snack. We were not hungry as it was too early for lunch so before we stopped for a coffee we looked around 'The Grove' shopping mall.
We continued our tour through Beverly Hills and drove past some of the famous celebrity houses in LA including Katy Perry, Leonardo DiCaprio, Taylor Swift, Britney Spears, The Osborne's and Mariah Carey. From Beverly Hills, the second stop was up scenic Mulholland Drive at "The Hollywood Sign Lookout Point." This provided the perfect panoramic view of the eclectic city of Los Angeles, as well as a nice photo opportunity with the Hollywood sign, which was from the left of where we hiked to yesterday.
We headed to downtown Hollywood for forty-five minute stop on the Hollywood walk of fame. This allowed us ample time to walk the walk of fame again, mosey through the courtyard of the Chinese Theatre, and do some souvenir shopping in LA LA Land. We also had time to walk by the Dolby Theatre, Capital Records and The Roosevelt Hotel.
On the way back to Santa Monica we cruised through Beverly Hills and Rodeo Drive, one of the premier fashion districts in the world. Featuring stores such as Fendi, Gucci, Prada, Valentino, and many more, Rodeo Drive is an LA hot spot. The streets were made famous in the movie Pretty Woman We all kept an eye out for celebrities as we passed.
Once we arrived back in Santa Monica we took a detour via the beach and the pier to get some photographs in the sunshine. For dinner we tried a waffle sandwich. Mine was filled with chicken and pesto and was a lot nicer then it sounded.
Later on in the evening we met Sara and Bronwen for drinks at The Bungalow, which overlooks Santa Monica beach and had a great view at sunset. They had a live band playing among the well-lit outdoor trees, this was a magical destination with tasty cocktails. I especially recommend the Topanga Canyon - Bacardi Run, mint, soda and crushed raspberries. Make sure you do a lap inside through the many rooms; the aesthetic is consistent and there are a couple of hidden spots worth exploring.