For the visitor wanting to experience the Los Angeles of the locals (on the East side at least) and skip out on the more tourist-heavy areas like Hollywood or Santa Monica, Silver Lake is your answer.
Silver Lake, as mentioned in our previous post A Sunday in Silver Lake, is the cool of the cool in Los Angeles. Well – depending on the person you talk to. If street art, a bit of grit, and chill hangouts are you’re thing, then Silver Lake will be nothing but a good time for you.
Because our friend Dominique was visiting for the weekend from NYC, we knew we had to play the tour guide and show her somewhere “cool.” The only problem: neither of us had ever never been to Silver Lake.
So with the remaining few hours of our Sunday before Dominique’s flight, we took the public bus to Silver Lake and spent the day walking in and out of every shop and store on Sunset Boulevard, passing random celebrities like some guy from Gossip Girl that Dominique recognized, sipping on a really delicious Americano at Casbah Café, and photographing a lot of Instagram-worthy street art.
All the popular, go-to spots seem to be located right along the Sunset Junction Strip of Sunset Boulevard, not to be confused with the Sunset Strip also located on Sunset Boulevard but on the Westernmost part of Hollywood. Needless to say, Silver Lake has become such an it spot that I’m probably 85% sure I missed out on the more low-key, underground spots of Silver Lake – after all, we only had an afternoon to spend.
My favorite part though? A four-way tie between the tiered homes in the hills, the hidden stairwells, the street art, and Casbah Café.
What other coffee shops, independent stores, vegan restaurants, or hip bars in Silver Lake should we check out next time?