Itinerary

It’s All Swell in Silver Lake

by Fernanda DeSouza

posted on February 23, 2019

Photo Courtesy: Yolk

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It’s fair to say that Silver Lake is probably one of the hippest neighborhoods in the West Coast. Once known for hosting Walt Disney’s largest studio, the area has transformed over the years: from being home to the gay leather subculture to attracting thousands of young, artistic individuals slowly leaving their stamp on the area. Good food, good shopping, good vibes. What’s not to love?

Sqirl may be the quintessential LA restaurant. From the seasonal ingredients in creative combinations to the restaurant's cult-like following and a dish named after Jonathan Gold, Jessica Koslow's fame is definitely deserved.

Checkout: The Famed Ricotta Toast, Kabbouleh, and sorrel pesto rice bowl.

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Walking Distance

1.05 miles

If you're on the hunt for a good read, steal away to Secret Headquarters to find every kind of comic imaginable. The surprisingly swanky shop's not huge, but the selection is: everything from mainstream favorites to indie darlings is in stock.

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Walking Distance

0.20 miles

At the wildly popular Pine & Crane, Chez Panisse-alum Vivian Ku is serving classic Taiwanese dishes in a fast-casual setting with a serious commitment to seasonality and some personal flare. Stop by on a rainy day for a steaming bowl of noodle soup.

Checkout: Potstickers, pea shoots, beef noodle soup, mapo tofu

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Walking Distance

0.40 miles

This Silver Lake boutique is the essence of cool and shouldn't be overlooked. From high concept designs to minimalist home decor pieces, Mohawk displays the latest trends in a gorgeous, organized layout that makes it easy to sift through and shop.

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Walking Distance

0.40 miles

You won't find a brachiosaur at this bright and airy Silver Lake outpost—sorry kids. But humans are welcome to take advantage of the free WiFi, Four Barrel Coffee and FarmShop pastries inside this cafe boasting prehistoric-inspired decor.

Checkout: Americano, Song Teas, Caramel brownie, ChocoVivo chocolates

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Walking Distance

1.57 miles

This modern, colorful store strives to offer the coolest kids fashion, home goods and books from artisans around the world. Moms will flock to this spot for individualized products like the cutest bags for them and t-shirts for their little ones.

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Walking Distance

0.77 miles

Without signage or a website, Mh Zh is elusive; and with the quality of food it's serving—hearty, yet healthy, flavor-rich Israeli fare—you may want it to stay that way. Come with a friend, dine al fresco, and praise yourself for finding this gem.

Checkout: The lamb ragooo, peas, hummus with pickled vegetables, grilled beet, cauliflower a la josper, and the mayocaba ful

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Walking Distance

0.80 miles

A neighborhood nightlife staple, this rock venue and bar is a breeding ground for soon-to-be-famous musicians and bands. The venue holds themed dance nights, and if you get there early enough you can avoid being charged a cover.

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