Malibu Farm Pier café

 

CAVA

LA's best post-workout eats

By Leila Najafi

One of the perks of living in LA is having nature as your playground. Whether you like to bike by the ocean or hike in the mountains, there are no shortage of fitness options within reach of the concrete jungle. If you’d prefer to join a class instead, there’s plenty of that, too, but no matter what, you’re going to want to refuel after hitting your stride. Here are 10 of our favorite places to satisfy your hunger after a heart-pumping workout at some of the most popular spots in LA.

CAVA after Gold’s Gym
Vegetarians and meat lovers alike flock to this chef-casual concept, which specializes in healthy and customizable Mediterranean food with dishes starting at $9.57 (plus tax). After you’ve built some muscle at Gold’s Gym nearby, build your own bowl starting with a base (choose from salad, grains, or pita), add up to three of CAVA's signature dips and spreads (try the spicy “Crazy Feta”) and select your choice of meat or vegetarian protein. Add as many flavorful toppings as you like, finish it off with a drizzle of dressing and you’ve got yourself a bowl that will satisfy your belly—and your wallet.
Neighborhood: Venice MAP

Tiago Coffee Bar + Kitchen after Runyon Canyon
After a strenuous “workout” (read: Instagram photoshoot) at Runyon Canyon, Tiago will be waiting for you at the bottom of the mountain. Okay, not exactly, but close enough. While it is situated on a busy corner of Hollywood Boulevard, it’s got all the (healthy) carbs you’ll be craving. There’s a hearty breakfast burrito ($10.50), a house-roasted turkey panini ($12), and what is perhaps our favorite option at Tiago: the baby kale salad ($10), a heaping pile of greens drizzled with a fresh lemon-thyme vinaigrette. Order a strong cup of joe to go and call it a perfect LA day.
Neighborhood: Hollywood MAP

Da Kikokiko (Ryan Tanaka)

Da Kikokiko after The Studio MDR
There’s Pilates, and then there’s Pilates at The Studio MDR. For a serious sweat sesh, check out The Studio MDR Playa Vista. (You’ve been warned.) After class, walk across the street to Da Kikokiko, the Hawaiian cafe started by husband-and-wife duo Brooke Williamson and Nick Roberts (Playa Provisions) for a fresh take on poke using California’s finest produce. Fitness gurus can create their own bowl with their favorite toppings (starting at $8.95) or try one of their signature bowls, like the spicy yellowfin tuna. Cool down with a shaved ice treat topped with unique flavors like matcha, sour grape, Hawaiian punch, and lychee.
Neighborhood: Playa Vista MAP

The Larder at Tavern after SoulCycle
The casual cafe inside of Tavern restaurant is the perfect place to grab a post-SoulCycle bite. On a menu crafted by James Beard Award–winning chef Suzanne Goin, The Larder features a variety of marketplace salads and rustic sandwiches made with their signature, freshly baked bread and locally sourced organic ingredients. The selection of pastries and confections are not to be missed, either—like their perfectly baked chocolate chip cookie that is gooey on the inside and crispy on the outside. Hey, you earned it.
Neighborhood: Brentwood MAP

Beaming

Beaming after The Whoops
For a quick and healthy grab-and-go option after a hike on The Whoops trailhead, Beaming is your spot. With multiple locations throughout the city (including their latest opening at Westfield Century City), the plant-based cafe puts the spotlight on organic superfoods. From cold pressed juices ($10) to acai bowls ($12) and salads, Beaming has a wide range of snacks that not only taste good but are good for you, so you don’t have to feel guilty eating that gluten-free banana–chocolate chip bread made with 14 grams of protein.
Neighborhood: Brentwood MAP

Malibu Farm Pier café after Solstic Canyon
Just a short eight-minute drive away from Solstice Canyon along the coast, this oceanfront café—not to be confused with its sister, Malibu Farm Restaurant and Bar, at the start of the pier—is surprisingly better than what one might expect from a restaurant with ocean views. While menu prices are slightly on the higher end, there is a nice selection of egg dishes for breakfast, like the farm scrambled eggs and smoked salmon ($16), farm-to-table salads like the kale Caesar ($12), and other sandwiches and mains, with options for vegans as well. The best part though is snagging a seat on one of the communal benches on the outdoor patio and enjoying the sparkling Pacific views.
Neighborhood: Malibu MAP

The Springs

The Springs
At this multi-purpose wellness space in Downtown, you can get your namaste on and then grab a bite at the organic, plant-based restaurant and juice bar afterwards. The flavor packed menu includes vegan highlights like the kelp noodle pad Thai bowl ($12) and the forbidden fried rice, made with kimchi, kale, and a Korean chile paste ($11). The one stop shop even offers a selection of organic beers and sustainable wines from small producers, so you never really have to leave.
Neighborhood: Downtown MAP

Bardonna after the Santa Monica Stairs
Bye-bye, StairMaster—hello, Santa Monica Stairs. After a serious sweat sesh climbing the grueling staircases next to hordes of perfectly chiseled bodies, hit up Bardonna for some post-workout fuel. The former Groundwork Coffee space is now a corner cafe that’s more than just a coffee shop, serving brunch all day with favorites like avocado toast, shakshuka, and protein-packed “Squad Bowls” like the ahi tuna or any of a variety of vegetarian-friendly options.
Neighborhood: Santa Monica MAP

Sweetgreen

Sweetgreen after the stairs at Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook
If you’ve managed to survive the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook, chances are you’ve also managed to build a monstrous appetite. The fast-casual salad spot located in the Culver City shopping destination known as Platform LA also happens to be The Lab, which means you’re the guinea pig while they test out new recipes (but still serve old favorites). Try any of their generously portioned salads, like the guacamole greens, which comes with lettuce, tomato, avocado, roasted chicken, tortilla chips, and a side of their tangy, lime-cilantro-jalapeño vinaigrette, or their warm bowls made with wild rice or quinoa, for a nutritious and filling meal.
Neighborhood: Culver City MAP

Tocaya Organica after Equinox West Hollywood
After you’ve pumped some iron at Equinox West Hollywood, head next door to the Sunset Strip fast-casual eatery. Tocaya prides itself on its seasonally driven menu, which uses organic and sustainable ingredients to create modern Mexican plates. Fill yourself up with veggie-heavy dishes like the Venice Beach bowl, made with roasted cauliflower, sweet potato, lentils, garbanzo beans, pickled onions, and a cilantro-curry salsa, or any one of their tacos stuffed with traditional fillings and topped with your choice of protein and cheese. Grab a seat on the open-air patio and face The Strip while enjoying your side of guac and chips
Neighborhood: West Hollywood MAP

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