5 Every Day is an exploration engine for Los Angeles; every single day, the app suggests five interesting things to do in the city, from late-night parties to early-morning hikes. To celebrate the train to the sea, the 5 Every Day gang suggests their five favorite stops within walking or biking distance of the Expo line.
Ready to take on this fun-filled adventure? Check out where the 5 Every Day crew takes you to and try it with a few friends. Remember to share photos of your tryathlon on social media using #GoSaMo to win some swag like a free GoSaMo shirt and buttons.
Starting Point: Expo/Bundy Station
This station is perfectly situated just a few minutes away from some of our favorite Japanese eateries on the Westside, making it a perfect stop for us to start our adventure.
Time to next stop: 2 minutes by bike or 7 minutes by foot
Image courtesy of Marina Delgado
As Allen Ginsberg would have written were he still alive in 2016, we've seen the best minds of our generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical, waiting for ramen. Why endure it? Japanese cuisine abounds with so many other superlative varieties of noodle. Like the toothy, buckwheat soba made fresh daily at Yabu, a tidy lunch and dinner spot just down Pico from the foodie scrum of Sawtelle. On a hot day, there's nothing like a springy batch of Yabu soba, served cold and simply with grated Japanese yam, spinach and sprouts—although we'd be hard-pressed not to go for the lunch special chirashi, only $16 and generously portioned.
Time to next stop: 4 minutes by bike or 11 minutes by foot
All hail the record store with in-house turntables for previewing those wildcard picks. Record Surplus calls itself "the last record store," and maybe it is—but it's also the best. It’s a quick jaunt from the 26th Street/Bergamot Expo station.
Time to next stop: 15 minutes by bike or 28 minutes by bus
18th Street Arts Center is the largest artist residency program in Southern California. It was born as a radical think tank that doubled as an artist community with a mission to provoke public dialogue through contemporary art making. They have gallery and event space open during the week and on select weekends. It’s the perfect place to stop by off the 17th street metro stop and learn about the transformative power of art. When you see the lime green, purple, and red houses, you will know you are there.
Time to next stop: 12 minutes by bike or 33 minutes by bus
Image courtesy of Meisi Wang
Basically a shack smack-dab in the middle of Santa Monica's tourist hub opposite the pier, Chez Jay is the ultimate day-drinking bar, one of those marvelous LA anachronisms where the outside world completely evaporates at first sip. It's a ten-table dive, with a vaguely nautical theme, scattered with Christmas lights, fading photographs, and peanut shells. Fans include Leonard Nimoy, who apparently invented Chez Jay's "La Jolla" potato gratin (it has bananas), Judy Garland, Michael Caine, and at least 3/5ths of the Rat Pack. The service is ornery, the martinis are dynamite, and there's a dent in the bar from when a circus elephant slammed its trunk into the bar in 1959. True story. If there's a better place to finish an adventure on the Expo line, we don't want to hear about it.
Time to next stop: 2 minutes by bike or 6 minutes by foot
Hidden in plain sight in a groovy art and community center on Ocean Avenue, the Santa Monica Camera Obscura has been quietly delighting people for a half-century. Sign in at the desk and ascend 15 steps to a pitch black room containing the Camera Obscura itself, a deceptively simple optical device. You’re essentially in the body of a camera connected to a periscope that bounces natural light from an opening on the ceiling off a mirror, forming a ghostly rendering of the Santa Monica beachfront onto a 4-foot disc. Great for covert people-watching and astounding locals with the wondrous overlooked.
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