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LA City Notes | Silver Lake

19 June 2017

Described by Forbes as ‘the hippest neighbourhood in Los Angeles’ this area felt oddly similar to Shoreditch with a multitude of cool creatives, beautifully merchandised retail stores and mid-century modern furniture outlets.

Mohawk General Store, Silver Lake. Photo credit: Mohawk General Store
Mohawk General Store, Silver Lake. Photo credit: Mohawk General Store

Having read about its low key vibe, cold brew hang outs and vintage shops I was super keen to explore this Eastside neighbourhood, and sure enough took huge inspiration from the design-focused nature of the stores we wandered through.

So here’s a short splurge (and definitely not a definitive list) of the places worth seeking out if you find yourself at the intersection of Sunset Boulevard and Echo Park Avenue.

Nico & Bullitt, Silver Lake. Photo credit: Lisa Boone, LA Times

Brunch | Little Pine

After navigating a five-lane freeway on nothing but a matcha latte, the anticipation of trying out this vegan hotspot was high. Founded by musician and animal-rights activist Moby, Little Pine is a plant-based bistro serving 100% organic food. A little like a mountain cabin, the restaurant boasts mid-century modern flourishes and a far from stereotypical vegan menu. Ideal for the hipster neighbourhood it sits in.

Weekend brunch a Little Pine. Photo credit: xplorela.com
Litte Pine. Photo credit: xplorela.com
Whilst overseeing the design, Moby worked with the L.A.-based Studio Hus to create a relaxed environment. Photo credit: Jenn Harris, LA Times.
Snow-covered trees from Mt. Baldy forms the back-drop to a larger dining table tucked into a cozy nook. Photo credit: Jenn Harris, LA Times.

Despite a creative dinner menu featuring plates of ravioli alle noci; panko crusted piccata; and Moby’s favourite, a trio of stuffed shells, we were there for the simpler weekend brunch grub. For many, nothing signifies the start to a Sunday more than a fry up, so rest assured Little Pine’s tofu scramble, despite being 100% plant-based, will satisfy such cravings. If you’re more of a pastry lover, the vegan croissants would certainly give any buttery Parisian cousin a run-for its money. But if it’s avocado toast you can’t live without, you’ll also find yourself and any additional gluten-free needs, more than catered for.

HOURS:
Dinner :: Served daily from 5pm – 10pm
Brunch :: Served weekends from 10am – 3pm

2870 Rowena Avenue, Silver Lake, California 90039

littlepinerestaurant.com

Silverlake Hilltop View. Photo Credit: Michael Jiroch.
Sunset Blvd. Silverlake. Photo Credit: Michael Jiroch.

Shopping | Sunset Blvd.

Beautifully curated independent stores are numerous here; offering everything from clothes, books, ceramics and luxury items for body and soul. Wandering from one to the next and it’s difficult to ignore a collective focus on supporting independent LA makers and creators; something I wish we saw more of in London.

 

Ali Golden is a designer boutique featuring handmade, stylish womenswear in a bright, modern interior
Merchandising at Ali Golden includes handmade homewares and accessories

Ali Golden

Oakland based designer Ali Golden stocks her light-filled store with an extensive selection of the Ali Golden line, as well as other like-minded, interesting and conscientious artists and designers. The edit is focused on simple and sophisticated womenswear, largely designed and produced in California. and supplemented with textiles, small-batch apothecary products and handmade homewares.

1296 Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90026

HOURS:
Monday :: CLOSED
Tuesday – Saturday :: 11am – 6pm
Sunday :: 11am – 5pm

aligolden.com

’70s rock ‘n’ roll, fashion and design at Nico & Bullitt, Silver Lake
Good vibes and quirky objects from local and independent designers at Nico & Bullitt.
From '70s-style tees to denim overalls, you'll find plenty of retro-inspired threads.
2205 W. Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90026

Nico & Bullitt

Vintage threads, cassette-themed paintings, 60’s inspired canvassing badges, kitsch collectibles, retro 70’s tees, hand-printed LA-inspired cards: Nico & Bullitt is all about old-school vibes and quirky objects from local and independent designers.

2205 W. Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90026

HOURS:
Monday :: CLOSED
Tuesday – Sunday :: 11am – 7pm

nicoandbullitt.com

The light and landscape of California is reflected in the design of minimalist-chic boutique Passenger
Interior shot. Passenger
A large percent of Passenger's range is carefully curated vintage.
A clean and neutral colour palatte is central to the boutique's aesthetic.

Passenger

This paired-back store, with its floor-to-ceiling windows and white-washed walls offers a cohesive collection of minimalist designer clothing accessories and homewares, plus carefully curated vintage and an apothecary section to die for. Word of warning: don’t expect super helpful staff, although they did have a good playlist!

2145 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

HOURS:
Monday – Friday :: 12pm – 7pm
Saturday :: 11am – 7pm

Sunday :: 11am – 6pm

shop-passenger.com

'If you're looking for the antithesis of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, head to Silver Lake' - LA Times

Spanish for 'the cause' LACAUSA's flagship store in Silverlake is known for its focus on responsible production
Synonymous with a laid-back cosmopolitan edge, LACAUSA stocks a curated group of local artists and designers

LACAUSA

Committed to creating quality garments under ethical conditions, this Los Angeles-based brand offers lust-worthy staple pieces in neutrals, pastels, and bold colors. The sun-filled bricks and mortar location on Sunset Blvd stocks the LACAUSA collection as well as a beautifully curated selection of other artists and designers.

4015 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029

HOURS:

Monday – Satruday :: 11am – 7pm
Sunday :: 11am – 6pm

lacusaclothing.com

If I could live in Mohawk General Store I most definitely would

Chicer-than-chic home décor round out the offerings of the eclectic boutique, Mohawk General Store.
This well-curated Silver Lake mercantile offers locally designed jewellery, stationery, record players, candles, and vintage finds.

Mohawk General Store

Husband and wife co-owners, Kevin and Bo Carney, are at the helm of this cult-favourite shop which features a mix of internationally renowned designers, closer to home California-based labels, and the stores’ in house all cotton clothing line, Smock. Architecturally astute imported furniture forms the back-drop upon which design books, Rodin skin products, Cire Trudon candles, and Mariage Frere Vert Marco Polo tea all sit. If I could live in this store I most definitely would.

4011 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029

HOURS:

Monday – Satruday :: 11am – 7pm
Sunday :: 11am – 6pm

mohawkgeneralstore.com

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