LA City Guide: How to Do Silver Lake Like a True Eastsider

When you think of Los Angeles, what comes to mind? Palm tree-lined streets, Rodeo Drive, and celebrity sightings for most people, but take a quick 15 minute drive East of La Brea and you’ll find the rich neighborhood of Silver Lake. Filled to the brim with vintage shops, low-key coffee spots, and picturesque views, it’s easy to see why this 2.75 square mile community has become a hub for creative types.  

Often referred to as the Williamsburg of Los Angeles, this trendy neighborhood has more than meets the eye. Yes, the Junction, Rowena Avenue, and Silver Lake Boulevard are all lined with enough boutiques, bars, and eateries to consume you for days, but it’s the striking personalities and quirky charm that keeps us coming back for more.

From afternoon pick-me-ups to a florist with more than just blooms; let’s fall in love with the Eastside, shall we?
New to the ‘hood, this coffee shop is already roaring with life— and it’s easy to see why. With ample street parking, reliable Wifi, and plenty of table space this spot is perfect for all those LA freelancers. Plus, their neon sign featuring the saying "Things will be fine” is total Instagram bait. We go for: The strong coffee (from Four Barrels) and delightful communal table conversations.

Gallery-white walls and rustic wooden fixtures make for the perfect backdrop to this intimate floral design shop. Carrying seasonal buds and a noteworthy selection of giftables like ceramics, jewelry, and scented candles (and a skip away from neighborhood favorite, Sqirl)— this neighborhood petal pusher has it all. We go for: San Francisco-native and owner, Heather Williams’ handcrafted and affordable floral arrangements.

There’s a reason this restaurant and bar has been around for over a decade. From it’s next-level outdoor dining space anchored by a majestic tree to their scrumptious brunch menu, this place will give you serious wanderlust vibes. We go for: The delectable (and Instagram-worthy) eggs Benedict and blood orange mimosas.

If a taste of NYC is what you crave, look no further than this gem tucked away on Silver Lake’s less famous avenue, Rowena. Filled with unique wares from talented indie designers and mouth-watering cafe eats, this is one boutique you can peruse for hours on end. We go for: Coffee dates and a little splurging, all in one.

If you find yourself needing a break from the city’s daunting traffic, head down to Silver Lake Boulevard, past Lawson-Fenning and LAMILL you’ll find a two-mile stroll with awe-inspiring views of the Silver Lake Hills. Pack a picnic and lounge with friends in ‘The Meadow’, a grassy knoll overlooking the glistening water, or throw on your running shoes and take in the stunning Richard Neutra houses as you jog away with your furry pal. We go for: A break from city life.

Are there any places in Los Angeles that you want to see? Do you have a favorite local haunt? Tell us in the comments!

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