There’s nothing better than a warm LA night spent outdoor dining: we recommend Silverlake’s modern Israeli restaurant Mh Zh for just that (and more). Enjoy branzino, potatoes with charred lemon, and, of course, the most delicious hummus. You can’t go wrong here.
Fresh ingredients meet international flavors at Silverlake’s aesthetic and always-bustling Sqirl. Go during off-hours or brave the line – it’s always worth it for Chef Jessica Kaslow’s food.
Known to many as the best tortilla and, by extension, best taco in LA, Sonoratown is worth any kind of downtown traffic.
Classic Italian dishes served small-plate style with quality ingredients. Jon & Vinny’s is comfort food at its best, served at wooden booths and friendly digs.
Jon & Vinny’s
Homestyle Chinese food served with all the love and comfort to go with it.
A modern bar with mid-century accents, Bar Calo is as beautiful as their drinks taste. Top notch mezcals, Mexican wines, delicious small plates: spend some time enjoying this Echo Park gem.
If you’re going out on the East Side, your night either starts or ends at Tenants. It’s pretty, has a patio, and drinks are well made.
Tenants of the Trees
The Varish serves meticulously crafted cocktails at their speakeasy hidden in the storage room of Los Angeles’ oldest public house.
Perennially sunny with a delicious list of creative cocktails, Sawyer is perfect any night of the week for oysters and a drink.
Order the “Ooga Booga” at Tiki Ti’s 57-year-old-bar. You won’t regret it.
Can we say an egg salad sandwich is iconic? Or a chocolate croissant? Order at Konbi’s window and take your beautifully packaged goodies to Echo Park Lake for the most perfect picnic.
From the people who brought us Handsome (the shuttered Arts District café we still love and miss) comes Hillhurst’s newest toast-slinging resident, All Time. Grab a coffee and stay for a while, the patio is always inviting.
Fluffy, decadent doughnuts are served alongside signature Sidecar coffee blends, created in collaboration with Portland’s Stumptown.
What started as a DIY mobile coffee bar in Chinatown is now a bright and airy brick and mortar in Highland Park equipped with a full food and drink menu.
Tucked in the back of our favorite Thai Town strip mall, Bhan Kanom has the best freshly-made Thai desserts like kanom krok, boba, and mango sticky rice.
Bhan Kanom Thai
Soft serve ice cream served in a fish-shaped waffle caked with custard or Nutella. It’s SO good.
All your cactus needs–that you didn’t know you had–can be fulfilled at Echo Park’s Cactus Store.
Midland welcomes all to enjoy their assortment of well-chosen goods at their Culver and newly-opened Silverlake locations. Ceramics from Ojai, dresses from California, cookbooks from around the globe–all featured to showcase the art of slow fashion and ethically made wares.
If we could live in any shop, it’d be Individual Medley. Find beautiful trinkets, useful homewares, and giftable goods at their Atwater location.
Big Bud Press developed their line of inspired-by-rainbows threads and accessories at Renegade Fairs and their brick and mortar in Echo Park.
Big Bud Press
From Poketo to the Tartine Manufactory, The Row is ushering in a new kind of shopping experience that coalesces art, retail, and food and drink.
Cozied up in a small space on Hyperion, County Ltd. offers mens clothing, homewares, and vintage furniture.
Hauser & Wirth
From Mike Kelley’s ‘Kandors’ to Larry Bell’s illuminated cubes, we’ve started to really love Hauser & Wirth. The museum curates weird, wonderful exhibitions that are often immersive and extensive at their spacious Arts District home. Grab a bite or drink at Manuela while you’re there – it’s tucked in the museum’s open-air courtyard.
Drive two hours east of LA to find Joshua Tree National Park: an otherworldly desert populated with rock formations and twisting Joshua Trees. Whether you camp inside the park or book a room, be sure to catch the sunrise and sunset–both stunning with pastel hues coloring the desolate landscape.
The best views of both LA and the cosmos. Head to Griffith Observatory for astronomical inspiration, events, and exploration.
Perhaps the most beautiful bowling alley with an equally perfect food and drink menu.
Highland Park Bowl
Enjoy an afternoon of biking along the LA River, which is now teeming with rare birds from herons to hawks.
LA River Bike Path
Sit under Skylight’s indoor tree and find your next book – the well-curated staff picks make it easy.