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Los Angeles Tour: Silver Lake

Indie cool abounds in this trendy L.A. neighborhood.
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Difficulty: Unknown
Length: 8.3 miles
Duration: Unknown

Overview :  The rolling hills of Silver Lake have attracted diverse groups over the decades, from film stars in the 1920’s to Latin American... more »

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Points of Interest

The restaurant is hidden beside a Crown Escrow outlet in a derelict mini-mall. Despite the lack of signage, the long, narrow room is jammed from noon to night with Silver Lake and Echo Park hipsters, each of them nursing an outsize bowl of Vietnam’s beloved, breathtakingly fragrant noodle soup. Best option: the pho tai gan, with toothsome beef... More

In funky Silver Lake, this coffee shop offers a five-page menu of java drinks—all prepared in your choice of brewing device, from a siphon (which resembles a very elaborate bong) to a one-of-a-kind La Marzocco espresso machine sheathed in hand-pounded brass. But the note-perfect coffee is equalled by the food, courtesy of Providence chef Michael... More

Silver Lake takes its name from this picturesque stash of water that glistens amid the neighborhood’s hilly slopes. It’s the district’s main outdoor recreation area, surrounded as it is by a dog park, basketball courts, walking and jogging paths, and the Silver Lake Meadow, a picnic-perfect grassy stretch on its east side. On clear days, views of ... More

The terracotta-hued complex at this famous intersection is “ground zero” of Silver Lake hipsterdom. Rockers, indie artists, and foodies all converge at the outdoor tables to sip designer espresso from Intelligentsia Coffee and nibble on treats from the Cheese Store of Silverlake (for something more substantial, there’s also the atmospheric French ... More

5. Yolk

Insider favorite The Runway is an ideal spot for ladies to score some locally minded togs on a budget—they carry samples and overstock exclusively from L.A. designers at discounted prices. Blend into the rocker-meets-bohemian fashion ethos of Silver Lake with skinny jeans from Black Orchid, flowy frocks from Daughters of the Revolution, and boho... More

6. The Runway Outlet

Insider favorite The Runway is an ideal spot for ladies to score some locally minded togs on a budget—they carry samples and overstock exclusively from L.A. designers at discounted prices. Blend into the rocker-meets-bohemian fashion ethos of Silver Lake with skinny jeans from Black Orchid, flowy frocks from Daughters of the Revolution, and boho... More

Locavores will thrill to the Forage concept: whenever possible, ingredients for the seasonal, Cal-Mediterranean dishes are culled from local home growers who donate fresh produce. So, the kumquats in that kumquat-fava bean salsa topping your grilled barramundi might have come from the backyard of the guy sitting next to you. In keeping with the... More

8. The Satellite

This intimate rock club has a hefty legacy on its shoulders: Spaceland, the club that previously occupied this space from 1995 to 2011, was legendary in giving rise to the Silver Lake indie music scene, hosting the likes of Beck, The Foo Fighters, and The White Stripes. Those are big shoes to fill, but whether riding on its predecessor’s coattails... More