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Sasha Spielberg’s Mini Los Angeles Guide

In a city comprised almost entirely of transplants, Sasha Spielberg—a born-and-bred Angeleno—is something of a unicorn. So it was no surprise that when we asked for a few of her regular haunts around town, she named the kind of off-the-beaten-track spots you need to be a local—or be friends with one—to know. And being that she has excellent, subtly retro taste, and spends a good part of her life on stage (she’s one-half of indie-folk band Wardell, the other half is her brother Theo Spielberg) her vintage shopping recs are nothing short of priceless.

  • Shunji

    Shunji

    12244 W. Pico Blvd, West L.A. | 310.826.4737
    This is a very special place. Sit at the bar and order the omakase tasting. Also, get the tomato tofu—I’ve never tasted anything like it before.

  • Acu Therapy Pain Clinic

    Acu Therapy Pain Clinic

    11674 W. Olympic Blvd, West L.A. | 310.473.5533
    I was hesitant to tell you all about this place because to me, it’s the best-kept secret in Los Angeles. But here I go, my selfless gift to you: $39 for an hour-long massage…the best massage I’ve ever received. Ask for Hana or Cindi. Afterwards pick up fish/Japanese vegetables/Japanese chips at the Nijiya Market and then fun beauty supplies next door at Daiso.

  • Santa Monica Seafood

    Santa Monica Seafood

    1000 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica | 310.393.5244
    I love this place and find it to be oddly romantic—it’s a great date spot, in my opinion. Go early and order white wine and oysters.

  • Ostrich Farm

    Ostrich Farm

    1525 W. Sunset Blvd, Echo Park | 213.537.0657
    Very sweet place, and the food is tasty.

  • The Old Place

    The Old Place

    29983 Mulholland Hwy, Agoura Hills | 818.706.9001
    This place in Agoura Hills is a bit out of the way but worth it. I think the best time to go is early on a Sunday. Get the shepherd’s pie.

  • SquaresVille

    SquaresVille

    1800 N. Vermont Ave., Los Feliz | 323.669.8464
    This place has the widest range of vintage in Los Feliz. I always walk out with something memorable.

  • Painted Bird

    Painted Bird

    4208 Santa Monica Blvd, Silver Lake | 323.522.3368
    A very nicely curated vintage store in Silver Lake with a great selection of jewelry and sunglasses, too.

  • Playclothes

    Playclothes

    3100 W. Magnolia Blvd, Burbank | 818.557.8447
    This is my heaven: A huge selection of vintage clothing with little bits and bobs floating around.

  • The Wig Shop

    The Wig Shop

    5376 Wilshire Blvd, Miracle Mile | 323.930.5617
    In true “freelance job” fashion, I go here when I’m bored and just try on wigs. And I always bring a friend…and I always make them take pictures…and I become the most annoying customer.

  • Jon and Vinny’s

    Jon and Vinny’s

    412 N. Fairfax Ave., West Hollywood | 323.334.3369
    The bucatini cacio e pepe pasta, burrata pizza, and wine are the ideal order here. Also great for breakfast.

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