Getting to Know LA: Silverlake

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If I have to pick, Silverlake is probably my favorite part of LA. It’s hip, up-and-coming and walkable. I highly recommend that visitors stay in the area if going to the beach isn’t a priority. With traffic, the west-side can be an hour away.

Personally, the beaches in LA never appealed to me very much after growing up along San Diego waters, so I find I stick to the east-side. If you find yourself in Silverlake, here’s where I’d make a point to go.

First stop, caffeine-fix! Alfred’s Coffee is hands-down the most fashionable coffee shop in town. Their new Silverlake location is right next to the Clare Vivier outpost, so it fits right into the neighborhood.

Next, you have to walk across the street to snap a pic at the rainbow heart stairs. See this blog post for address and details!

If you just feel like having a snack, walk over to Juice Served Here. Serving #neverconventional juices in totally reusable glass bottles, they offer unique and exotic flavors plus juice flights, which I always end up getting. Think: a curated sampler of juices organized for maximum nutrient absorbency.

If you feel like having a meal, Pine & Crane is one of my favorite restaurants in LA. It’s an approachably trendy take on simple Taiwanese dishes that incorporates local produce and an amazing tea selection. The interior is very Instagram-worthy and nicely spacious.

The Bates Motel, while slowly giving way to weather and nature, is a must-see for the coolest artsy photos. Go on a sunny day if you can for the most high-drama lighting.

Right across the street is where you’ll want to swing by for a mid-day coffee break. Dinosaur Coffee is beautifully lit with minimalist d├ęcor (with the exception of dinosaur-related touches). Plus the coffee is noticeably less expensive than the other cafes in the area.

You’ll need to drive for this spot, but Silverlake has its own Milk location too! If you don’t have a chance to make it to Beverly Grove, you have to stop by here for an cravings-inspiring macaron ice cream sandwich, ice cream bar, milkshake, or whatever creamy concoction you can imagine.

What are some things that you like (or would like) to eat, see, and do in Silverlake?

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