Cult Pizza, Nontoxic Nails + Indie Shops: LA’s Buzziest Neighborhood
It’s no surprise that with the long-awaited completion of the Expo Line, a train that connects Culver City to both Downtown and Santa Monica, the area is in the midst of a period of immense growth. Because it’s surrounded by the city of Los Angeles (and some of the county’s unincorporated areas) on all sides, it’s easy to forget that Culver City is just that—a self-contained city, largely residential but also home to NPR West, the Sony lot, and the NFL Network studios. As such, hipster coffee shops, niche clothing destinations, and great food abound. With the addition of Platform, a new development right next to the train stop that houses an honestly astonishing lineup of goop favorites (including temporary outposts of Roberta’s and Poketo), it’s time for a small update to our Culver City guide, below.
8810 Washington Blvd, Ste. 101 | 213.458.8424
Visiting Magasin is like walking into the closet of a guy who knows how to dress impeccably, in every aspect of his life. Created by Josh Peskowitz, the former men’s fashion director at Bloomingdale’s, this small-but-mighty shop offers everything from the perfect track pant to impressive tailored pieces from an edit of cool brands that include Salvatore Piccolo, Levi’s Vintage Clothing, and XLarge.
8840 Washington Blvd. | 310.660.7471
It’s no secret that we’re big fans of this sustainability-first spot, which you can now find in Culver City (in addition to SM, WeHo, and Brentwood). The focus is on local farmers, proper sourcing, and environmental respect, which is also reflected in the hands-down delicious food. Besides the build-your-own salad bar, the bowl-centric dishes range from Mexican-inspired salads to basic cobbs—and in the true spirit of transparency, they reveal calorie content, too.
8830 Washington Blvd. | 310.878.9903
This is not your regular neighborhood mani/pedi joint. The thoughtfully designed space is outfitted with mid-century modern furniture (you won’t find any oversized massage chairs) and the technicians are incredibly well-trained. They do kiddie manicures, at-home appointments, and best of all, it’s open late. Culver City is just their newest outpost — the original is in Tribeca, and there’s a third outpost at the Parker Meridien hotel in Midtown, plus a location in the Financial District and another in Austin, Texas.
8840 Washington Blvd., Ste. 106 | 310.256.2296
California-based designer Janessa Leoné finally has a brick-and-mortar space where you can peruse her line of structured, beautifully made hats, which manage to be minimalist while still making a statement. The same can be said of her line of leather accessories, which are also fashioned in her signature neutral color palette. The other side of the brightly-lit space is home to footwear brand Freda Salvador, whose quirky brogues and stacked-heel boots are a fitting complement to Leoné’s wares.
578 Hayden Ave.
Let Destroyer’s aggressive name be the first indication that this tiny new spot, located in Culver City’s design district, Hayden Tract, takes breakfast and lunch fare pretty seriously. White walls and factory windows lend the bright, 16-seat space a familiar minimalist feel, but the menu is full of inventive Scandinavian-style fare from chef Jordan Kahn. The surprisingly affordable (and frequently updated) menu has included everything from Icelandic rye bread with cultured butter and preserves to a waffle-cone-shaped beef tartare wrapped in a crispy parsnip. The daytime-only, weekday-only spot also serves pretty great coffee and tea.
8634 Washington Blvd. | 424.298. 8333
Paige Appel and Kelly Harris (founders of the much-loved event design business Bash, Please) opened their long-awaited, California-centric shop on Washington boulevard within easy striking distance of Platform. The buy is a mix of one-off items like West African woven fans and Zuni stones along with pieces from up-and-coming designers, like Beatrice Valenzuela slides, Cinq jewelry, and Sara Barner bags. The apothecary has great body oils and some Shiva Rose creams—plus, the very thoughtful edit includes a nice selection of gifts for littles: Among a selection of eco-friendly toys from A Summer Afternoon you’ll find beautiful wooden rattles, Peruvian hand drum, and woolen stuffed animals.
8582 Washington Blvd. | 424.298.8443
Any “liquor store” where you can buy a pint of Jeni’s ice cream is clearly on another level, as is the case with this new 1,500-square-foot space just down the street from Midland. Here, gourmet ice cream is just the tip of the iceberg: In addition to build-your-own six-packs of craft beer, you’ll find cocktail accessories, local gins, and fresh-pressed juice—all of which make this both the perfect last-minute stop before a dinner party and a shopping destination in its own right.
3515 Helms Ave. | 310.837.7815
Alright, so Bar Nine has been around for a minute: The spacious coffeehouse has been a great place to perch and work for years. But what is new is their partnership with Highland Park’s Amara Kitchen, which means that you can get their incredible grain-free pancakes (made with pasture-raised eggs and flax butter and served with their whipped, dairy-free maple butter)—along with selections from their curated brunch menu, like their ‘purple egg pot’ and sweet potato taco—on the West side every day of the week.