15 Best Ways to Practice Self-Care in Los Angeles
Between gridlock traffic, work deadlines, and the garbage fire that is our current political system, Los Angelenos are more likely than ever to neglect self-care. But with all the city’s hidden gardens, CBD spa treatments, and feel-good social gatherings, it’s time to recharge, refuel, and reconnect. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to practice self-care in Los Angeles.
From an electronic sound bath in Venice to a puppy cafe in Westlake, here are 15 of the best (and most 420-friendly) ways to take care of yourself in Los Angeles.
Get a Cannicure at Bellacures
Brentwood, Beverly Hills, Larchmont Village, Pacific Palisades, Santa Monica, South Bay & Studio City
The mani/pedi of 2018 is the cannicure, now offered at Bellacures’ seven Los Angeles locations. Customers who opt for the canni-mani and canni-pedi are treated to maximum relaxation thanks to cannabis-based Kush Queen products including CBD bath bombs, hand and foot scrubs, lotions, and chocolates.
Dip Your Toes In the Sand at El Matador Beach
With sea caves, rock formations, and rocky cliffs, northern Malibu’s El Matador Beach is a refreshing alternative to the tourist-packed beaches closer to the city center. Make a day of it—hit the Pacific Coast Highway, and drive up the coast for a day of soaking up sun rays and scenic views.
Picnic the Day Away at Grand Park
With public art, manicured lawns, and stadium seating overlooking City Hill, Grand Park is one of DTLA’s epicenters of local culture. Dubbed the “Park for Everyone” and powered by The Music Center, the public space not only provides venues for lawn-lounging but also for events featuring food trucks, live music, and walking tours.
Watch the Sunset from High Lounge
Cannabis-themed Hotel Erwin and its signature rooftop lounge was always ahead of its time—but since the marijuana prohibition has been lifted in California, rooftop bar High Lounge has solidified its status as the hottest summer hangout in Venice. While any time is good to visit the lounge overlooking Venice Beach and the Pacific Ocean, sunset makes for the best views (and social media posts).
Balance Your Chakras at Dynasty Elektrik
Los Angeles’ OG crystal sound bath, by Dynasty Elektrik, gathers Fridays at 8 PM in—where else—the heart of Venice’s Abbot Kinney Boulevard at Mystic Journey Bookstore and Crystals. The hour-long session showcases the event’s signature blend of traditional sound bath instruments and electronic sounds.
Glow Up with a CBD Hair Treatment at Le Salon
The posh Sofitel Los Angeles isn’t necessarily where you’d expect to find one of the city’s first hair salons working with cannabis-based products. But that’s exactly what Le Salon is doing with the Green Goddess Treatment, a CBD oil treatment including a leave-in conditioner, scalp massage, and rinse.
Sip a CBD Juice at Moon Juice
Beverly Grove, Silver Lake & Venice
Take care of your body from the inside out with Moon Juice, one of Los Angeles’ most beloved destinations for cold-pressed juices, tonics, cleanses, nut milks, and, of course, CBD! In addition to offering a $3.50 CBD “booster” to any item from the coffee and tea menu, the juice chain retails CBD tinctures and the popular Charlotte’s Web hemp oil.
Find Your Center at the Peace Awareness Labyrinth and Gardens
Journey into the center of the maze a la Westworld at this spiritual hideout in Jefferson Park, a.k.a. the best way to spend a day in Los Angeles away from smog and I-405 gridlock traffic. The labyrinth and meditation gardens are located on the grounds of the historic Guasti Villa, built in the 1910s by a wealthy Italian wine purveyor; today, visitors can visit with a free tour (donations accepted) or attend events like meditation workshops and yoga classes.
Walk It Off at the Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine
This 10-acre temple, lake shrine, and yoga retreat is a true oasis, hidden between the mountains and the sea near the northmost intersection of Sunset Boulevard and PCH. Visitors can feed the ducks, visit the meditation garden, and roam the grounds on their own, or attend one of the fellowship’s ceremonies, classes, or retreats.
Cuddle a Furry Best Friend at The Dog Cafe
What better way to let the stress of LA melt away than by curling up with a pup in need? Find your new four-legged BFF—or simply visit with doggos for the day—at The Dog Cafe, a dog rescue and coffee shop. Guests can get their pupper fix for a $15 entrance fee, and beverages are available for purchase separately.
Stroll the Grounds of The Huntington Library, Art Collection, & Botanical Gardens
With 207 acres of art galleries, botanical gardens, and library collections, The Huntington offers plenty of room to get lost. Highlights of the massive site include the Desert Garden, one of the largest outdoor collections of mature cacti and succulents in the world, and the Japanese Garden, which includes a traditional Japanese house, bridge, Zen garden, and bonsai courts.
Laugh It Off at The Laugh Factory
If laughter is the best medicine, then a trip to The Laugh Factory should be a universal prescription. Seriously, you’d have to try not to feel more relaxed after spending an evening at The Laugh Factory, the Sunset Strip’s stand-up comedy club known for appearances by celebrity comics like Dane Cook, Dave Chappelle, and Whitney Cummings.
Elevate Your Massage at The Now
Santa Monica, Silver Lake, Studio City & West Hollywood
Boutique massage chain The Now is the kind of place that delivers on all fronts: design aesthetic, price tag, convenience, and, most recently, 420 friendliness. One of the newest in-store enhancements—which can be added to treatments for a $10 fee—includes CBD lotion therapy.
Get Out of Your Own Head at Unplug Meditation
Meditation has been proven as one of the best ways of reducing stress, improving concentration, and boosting health—and there’s no better place in Los Angeles to find your inner peace than Unplug Meditation. As the first drop-in, secular meditation studio, Unplug Meditation is beginner-friendly and welcoming to all.
Relax, Recharge, and Rooftop Gaze at Wi Spa
This Korean day spa is a legend for good reason—the 24-hour mega-spa offers everything from acupressure and massage to manicures, facials, and scrubs. But visitors don’t need to purchase a treatment in order to experience the magic that is Wi Spa; the complex also features five different sauna rooms as well as a co-ed lounge room, rooftop, gym, and restaurant.
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