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Cloudy and 62°? Here’s How to Spend a Gloomy Day in LA

Make the Most of the Cloudy Weather With This Curated Itinerary

Los Angeles is rightfully known for its endless sunshine—and rainy days in SoCal can feel hard to come by. Gloomy weather should be looked at as a rare treat; it should not be wasted sitting around waiting for the sun to come back! Every day offers its own gifts, so maximize the cloudy weather by giving yourself the perfect rainy-day itinerary. From coffee shops and comfort food to new books and a Swedish massage, this list just might unlock your best rainy day yet.

 

Coffee at Caffe Luxxe

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There’s no better way to set the tone for your rainy day than to treat yourself to a hot cup of coffee at LA’s most beloved coffee shop. Caffe Luxxe provides the ideal rainy-day environment: warm, welcoming and stocked with freshly roasted coffee. To top it all off, Caffe Luxxe even has an adorable, fluffy dog as their store mascot (@olliecafeluxxe)! While indulging in your rainy morning feels, be sure to try the toasted breakfast biscuit sandwich and the Cafe Nico latte.

Locations: Brentwood, Santa Monica, Pacific Palisades, Malibu, Long Beach

 

Explore The Getty

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While wandering through the naturally lit halls of The Getty—Brentwood’s hilltop monument to all things artistic—be prepared to feel like the main character. Check out Uta Barth’s photo exhibition, which focuses on exploring the passage of time, before allowing yourself to get lost in the installation of 18th-century pastel portraits. You won’t want to miss taking a stroll in the Central Garden, carefully curated with seasonal flowers and a maze of azaleas in a stream-fed pool, so be sure to have your umbrella ready (they are offered at the museum!).

Location: Los Angeles

Indulge in Some ‘Za

Comfort is key on rainy days, and nothing says comfort like gourmet pizza and a craft cocktail. As a Bib Gourmand Award recipient, Pizzana is bringing the excellence of Naples and the boldness of Los Angeles right to your plate. The Pignatiello, featuring braised short rib and parmigiano crema, is sure to make you forget any rainy-day woes. Pair your meal with the elderflower and lavender flavors of the Fiori cocktail or the coffee liqueur-based Caffe Corretto. You’ll be ready to jump in some puddles in no time.

Location: Brentwood, West Hollywood

 

Make a Pit Stop for Pie

 

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Winston rotates its menu monthly, so it’s worth making more than one trip to this renowned pie shop. There is no pie to skip at Winston, but the Chocolate Cowgirl and the Cookie Dough are the perfect hearty desserts for a gloomy day. The mini pies, full pies and pie slices make Winston ideal for enjoying by yourself or with your cozy companions. Plus, if you need a little break from the elements, Winston delivers and offers Bake at Home pies as well.

Location: Brentwood, West Hollywood

 

Wander Through a Local Bookstore

Indie bookstores and rainy days were simply made for each other. Friendly for any budget, Diesel is the perfect place to relax and wait out a downpour. Lose yourself in the shelves and allow yourself to indulge in that novel you haven’t gotten around to reading. For the avid reader, Diesel offers tons of author visits, so you might just meet some of your favorite writers. Most importantly for your gloomy day, this Brentwood store has been serving major rom-com vibes for decades. Meet cute, anyone?

Location: Brentwood

 

Unwind and Pamper Yourself

Starting at $60, The Now offers premium massages that are sure to bring your day to a perfect end. For 25, 50, or even 80 minutes, allow yourself the luxury of complete relaxation with a full menu of massages and treatments. With three basic table massage options—each focused on a different aspect of your wellbeing—The Now gives you the ability to take charge of your leisure. Let yourself be fully pampered by adding on a Hemp Calm Balm. 

Locations: Santa Monica, West Hollywood, South Bay, Studio City, Silver Lake, Westlake Village, Pasadena, Long Beach

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