Ah, Silver Lake. Or is it Silverlake? The never-ending debate. Technically it’s the former, but we Angelenos like to confuse our visitors by spelling it both ways, and labeling the 101 freeway both north and south AND east and west. And how we insist Rodeo is Ro-DAY-o not ROW-dee-oh. I could go on.
But today we’re highlighting Silver Lake, and Forbes named it #1 on the “hippest hipster neighborhood” list, though it has long been home to many artists and Bohemians. Nestled between Hollywood and Downtown—or more specifically, Los Feliz and Echo Park (the next big thing)—this dynamic community has given Los Angeles some of my favorite restaurants, artisanal shops, and of course, coffee. Read on for my list of a day well spent in Silver Lake.
Where to buy a gift for a friend or a gift for yourself: Clare V Flagship Store
Where to take an Instagram photo: The Micheltorena Stairs
Where to have a cocktail in a French bistro: Bar Stella
Where to have a dinner that will blow your mind: Alimento (get the Tortellini in Brodo, the Braised Lettuce Bruschetta, and the effervescent wine on tap)
Where to brag to your friends that you’ve been: Botanica (the food! the cocktails! the ambiance!)
Where to eat the best Thai in Los Angeles: Night + Market Song (I play it safe with the pad see ew gai, but don’t miss the coconut rice)
Where to satisfy your sweet tooth: Lark
Photos by Ashley Burns Photography
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE PLACES IN SILVER LAKE?