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TYL Guide to Silver Lake

Want to know the best places to eat, drink and shop in Silverlake? From the best coffee shop to the best Thai in Los Angeles, it's all here.

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 get caffeinated:  LA Mill! (or Intelligentsia, or Alfred, or Broome St. General Store)

Where to have breakfast: Sqirl or just buy the cookbook

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 make your own happy hour: The Cheese Store of Silverlake & Silverlake Wines & Bar Keeper 

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

Where to have a nightcap: L&E Oyster Bar Upstairs

Photos by Ashley Burns Photography




  • Reply
    Sandra Zaninovich
    August 10, 2017 at 3:49 pm

    Love the color saturation and sunshine in these photos! Makes me happy I live in SoCal, a rarity indeed. I’m always so sad that I live so far from Silver Lake, so envious of peeps like you! Particularly because my favorite Berkeley treat shop, Cinnaholic, just opened there. It makes-to-order vegan cinnamon buns with your choice of myriad scrumptious frostings and toppings, all served hot out of the oven and tasting better than Cinnabon or any others could ever dream of. I’m getting so hungry, wish I could drive over there right now…but it’s 4 p.m. and with that heinous traffic, by the time I got there I’m sure it would be midnight and they’d be closed lol! But thanks for all the other suggestions, because now when I go, it won’t have to be just for Cinnaholic!

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      August 10, 2017 at 4:33 pm

      Sounds amazing!! Now I’ll have something to try when I return. We’ll have to get together when I’m back and swap stories. x

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    Sandra Zaninovich
    August 10, 2017 at 11:45 pm

    You will LOVE it I guarantee! One of my all-time fave spots. Have the best time! And yessssss boy do I have a story for you……..

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