What It's Like Being an LA Native in Other Cities

When you're planning a long-distance move, one of the hardest things to plan for is what you'll miss. Plenty of people left Los Angeles thinking they'd miss the sunshine...only to realize that they weren't much of a "sunshine"-loving person after all.

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In other cases, people who hardly ever saw the beach while living here might miss having the Pacific less than an hour away. It's harder than we think to know what we love about home—and what we'll miss in our new home.

On today's blog, we thought we'd play a little game by trying to list what Los Angeles natives might miss about LA while living elsewhere.

1.) LA Has a One-of-a-Kind Location

Okay, we admit it—this is the easy one. In Los Angeles, there's hardly a couple hours' difference between the beach, the mountains, the forest, and the golden California hills.

For people who grew up here, we might think it's natural for a city to be near 4 different ecosystems at once.

Hint: it's really not.

2.) Other Places Won't Have as Much Food Diversity

While plenty of great cities feature a wide array of cultures and nationalities within city limits, Los Angeles truly has nearly every great cuisine within a few blocks of each other. And we mean a few blocks.

Here are just a few of the mini-cities found in Los Angeles:

  • Little Tokyo
  • Koreatown
  • Little Bangladesh
  • Historic Filipinotown
  • Little Armenia
  • Chinatown

Unlike other cities around the world, these places are friendly to people not from the neighborhood coming in for a bite. Don't speak Thai? You can still enjoy some of the best Thai food this side of the Pacific.

3.) Salads Are an "LA" Thing

Yes, people eat salads elsewhere too.

But if you're a vegetarian or vegan leaving LA, you might find that you've been taking your city's menu options for granted.

A combination of obsessive beauty standards, a health-conscious culture, and readily-available produce has made it fairly easy to enjoy a fresh, healthy salad in Los Angeles in any season. While you can get salads pretty much anywhere, you'll be hard-pressed to find a place in November that serves a plate of greens like your favorite spot on Sunset.


4.) No One Else Talks About Freeways

Cliche? Yes. True? Also yes.

Surviving LA traffic has given us a complex. Some deep, dark part of us thinks you need to earn your destination—and that means suffering through the crucible of the 405/101 interchange on a Monday morning.

Of course, if you move to Minnesota and try talking about your morning commute in the same way, people won't be impressed. They'll just feel sad for you. You can try it anway, but...your mileage may vary.