Los Angeles is huge. Its sprawling city limits stretch upwards of 400 miles, so it's wise to plan your itinerary before heading out for the day. That being said, there's plenty worth seeing on the 'best' coast. Here's where you'll find us loading up on fresh organic eats, vintage shopping, and soaking up the Cali sunshine.
EAT + DRINK
320 Sunset Ave., Venice | 310.314.0320
Crossed between a food hall, deli and cafe, Gjusta began as a bakery and soon expanded to become the market like California style food destination it is today. Everything’s made on site with an open kitchen, and they even smoke + cure their own fish sourced locally. You can find pretty much anything here from French style artisan pastries (the tahini croissant is a must), Middle Eastern style plates + open face roast chicken sandwiches, ready to be enjoyed in the indoor and outdoor plant covered seating areas.
4648 Hollywood Blvd., Los Feliz | 323.409.0404
Chef duo Sara Kramer and Sarah Hymanson bring Middle Eastern all-day fare to Loz Feliz in a bright, minimalist, modern neighborhood hangout. Known for the flaky bread with labneh, preserved lemon, and honey, the current-day Californian eatery offers natural wines from small producers and produce from local farmers in the region.
1710 Silver Lake Blvd., Silver Lake | 323.928.2888
This small Italian restaurant almost hidden in Silver Lake Blvd seems nondescript from the outside, however the interior modern space lends to an inviting feel with large glass windows facing the sidewalk patio and here you’ll find some of the best Italian in LA. Paired with an eclectic wine list showcasing blends from small producers and microbrews, Alimento draws inspiration from Italy’s regions. Highlights include the chicken milanese, chicken liver pate, spicy fusilli and tortellini in brodo.
The Last Bookstore
453 S Spring St, Los Angeles | 213.488.0599
Opening their doors in 2005, The Last Bookstore is California’s largest used and new book and record store with an unbeatable atmosphere + great vintage deals. Over 250,000 new and used books sprawl across the multilevel space including the new Arts & Rare Book Annex, and tens of thousands of vinyl records + graphic novels.
3827 W. Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake | 323.668.1315
Established in 2001, Undefeated is a premium sneaker boutique and apparel brand based in Silver Lake. Collaborating with brands such as A Bathing Ape, Champion, Neighborhood, adidas, ASICS, Converse, Nike + Vans, the sneaker mecca has become a cornerstone of streetwear culture in LA and beyond. The boutique pays attention to how fast things change, a testament to its established name in the industry.
1511 Micheltorena St. Los Angeles | 323.467.0623
Located on the playground of the Micheltorena St. Elementary School, the free Silverlake Flea takes places every Saturday. Find a plethora of local, independent sellers that offer vintage clothing, art, rare vinyl, crafts, and more, followed by surveying the best food and vendors from Silverlake and surrounding LA.
250 South Grand Ave., Los Angeles | 213.626.6222
The Museum of Contemporary Design questions and adapts to the changing definitions of art, presenting, collecting and interpreting the art of our time. Showcasing compelling collections of contemporary global work comprising of roughly 7000 objects, stop by on a Thursday night for free admission.
Barnsdall Art Park
4800 Hollywood Blvd., Los Feliz | 323.644.6275
Best for picnics, art classes, wine tastings, events and the likes, the park which was built in the early ‘20s, overlooks the Hollywood Hills, attracting locals and visitors to this dynamic and vibrant artistic, cultural and recreational hub in LA.
House of Intuition
2237 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles | 213.413.8300
Here’s your one-stop shop for all things spiritual, uplifting and empowering. House of Intuition provides services for your metaphysical needs, from Astrology charts & readings, in-depth classes on Tarot, Past Lives, Reiki, crystal healing and more. You can also book in private readings where readers will call upon their spiritual guides to offer personal advice and wisdom. On your way out pick up anything from gems, crystals, candles, incense and other magical items.
801 N Fairfax Ave #104, Los Angeles | 323.852 .9800
Sweat Yoga combines an intense Vinyasa flow paired with poppin’ music through three flows. You’ll find a more athletic style of hot yoga here with rooms heated to around 100 degrees. Leave feeling better than when you entered, and the best part’s at the end when you’ll wipe down with the cold damp lavender infused towels provided.
30 S La Brea Ave, Los Angeles | 323.847.5044
With the goal of promoting mindfulness, cohesion and results, The Wall blends core activation, high-intensity weight training, and cycling, with resistance-only workouts and dance cardio to provide a full-body limit pushing class. You’ll also find an in-house juice bar, grab-and-go café, active wear shop and luxury locker rooms at the flagship studio in La Brea.
The Stronghold Climbing Gym
650 S. Avenue 21, Los Angeles | 323.505.7000
Whether you’re a seasoned climber or newbie, the climbing gym provides multiple options in the former Edison Electric Co. steams power plant building, including steep vertical lead climbing + top-rope climbing in addition to horizontal-oriented bouldering (just shoes, chalk and mats). There’s also a complete gym, yoga studio, and extensive training area.