Whenever anyone asks me what neighborhood I love the most in LA, it is without question the neighborhood where I live and work—Hancock Park/Larchmont. As long as I call myself an Angeleno, I hope I never have to leave this side of town. Bordering Hollywood, Hancock Park, and Korea Town, historic Larchmont Village is within walking distance of my house and office, and is one of the most charming little streets in LA. While it’s grown tremendously in the last few years—gaining larger high-end brands like Diptique and Trina Turk—there are still great independent boutiques and a Farmers’ Market every Sunday morning. For any out-of-towners, put this on your list for a local experience, and scroll down to see my favorite spots to eat, drink + shop:
But First, Coffee:
Coffee + Food – this is only a few blocks from my office on the south end of Larchmont, and I often stop for a morning coffee or quick takeaway lunch. They also have the BEST banana bread evah.
Go Get Em Tiger – If you’re into fancy lattes with homemade almond milk, this is the place! It is a true coffee “bar” where you order at the counter like you would a cocktail. It will set you back about as much too, but well worth it.
Cakes & Ice-Cream:
Salt & Straw – A Portland transplant known for their unique flavor combinations like Rice Shrimp Sushi with Lime and Stumptown Coffee & Compartes Love Nuts.
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams – The newest addition to Larchmont, Jeni was one of the first of the artisanal ice cream shops using whole ingredients and no synthetic flavors.
Erin McKenna’s Bakery LA – Beware, this is vegan. While I believe cake is made of flour and water, I have stopped by many times to accommodate vegan friends. It’s also insanely adorable.
Wine + Cheese:
Larchmont Wine + Cheese – While you go here for the obvious, the secret is hidden in the back. They make sandwiches until the homemade bread runs out. Go early as there is always a line.
Vernetti – A beautiful little Italian spot where you can sit on the sidewalk with a glass of vino, or stay for lunch or dinner.
Library – One of my favorite places to shop, they have a great selection of high-end brands like Frame, Rag & Bone, and IRO.
Larchmont Beauty – Hands down the best beauty supply store in Los Angeles. From high-end skincare like Natura Bisse to every hair product imaginable, it’s a beauty lover’s paradise.
Pickett Fences – This adorable boutique just expanded and carries adorable gifts and cards as well as a great selection of clothing perfect for the California girl.
Le Petit Greek – I have been coming to this restaurant since I first moved to LA. Authentic Greek cuisine with a great sidewalk patio. We are regulars here.
Larchmont Bungalow – Though I am not personally a huge fan due to very long lines, it’s hugely popular and one of the hottest brunch spots in town.
Village Pizzeria – The closest you’re going to get to New York style pizza in Los Angeles.
Sam’s Bagels – The closest you’re going to get to a New York bagel. See a trend here?
Le Pain Quotidien – Though it’s a chain, if you ever want to find me, this is probably your best chance. I take tons of meeting here, and the food is just consistently great.
Meet you on Larchmont!
Photos of me by Ashley Burns