The Los Angeles East Side Guide
Formerly known as hipster central, the East Side—though by no means mainstream—has transformed from a far-flung destination to a vibrant central neighborhood, thanks to a consistent stream of new openings across all categories, be it shopping, eating, or drinking. Close proximity to amenities like Griffith Park and booming Downtown just add fuel to the fire.
Lucas2828 Newell St., Echo Park | 323.913.1100
There are many large and glossy salons in LA (with prices to match), which makes the small, intimate, and fairly-priced Lucas a nice alternative. Located in Echo Park, they strike a nice balance between hip and classic, and the experience is friendly and attentive.
Natural Pilates2894 Rowena Ave., Silverlake | 323.522.6108
Sometimes less feels like less, but is actually more. This is undoubtably the case with Natural Pilates, an hour long class of small subtle movements and dynamic stretching on the reformer that hardly breaks a sweat but leaves your muscles aching for days afterwards. The class itself is small with approximately eight reformers and participants in a sparklingly clean, functional studio. Individual teaching is also available and classes are at convenient hours—the first round at 7am means you can exercise and make it to work on time whether you live east or west (conveniently, there's a second location in Brentwood).
One Down Dog2150 Colorado Blvd., Eagle Rock | 323.344.3696
This is the east side's most awesome yoga studio. They offer a variety of tailored classes based on nearly everything you could be looking for in a yoga session: "chill," "restore," "sculpt," "sweat," "baby & me," etc. They also offer even more customized, one-on-one private sessions, as well as on-site classes at businesses and universities around Los Angeles. One Down Dog's class packages can be used at both their Eagle Rock and Silver Lake location.
Stark Waxing Studio3335 W. Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake | 323.666.3335
These aptly-named salons are pleasantly airy, modern and minimal, and give awesome Brazilian waxes. Their high-quality blue and cream wax, imported from France, is great for sensitive skin. They also offer eyebrow shaping and any wax you can imagine, from nostrils to stomach, for women and men alike. There's another location in West Hollywood.
Still2395 Glendale Blvd., Silver Lake | 323.906.8960
As the name suggests, you'll find peace at Still, which offers great yoga classes at reasonable prices in Silver Lake. The vibe is positive and calm, and classes are taught for all different levels.
The Sweat Spot3327 Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake | 323.953.8089
When the gyms gets boring and boutique fitness classes are too involved, the Sweat Spot and its wonderfully nostalgic dance classes for adults are just what the doctor ordered. The best thing on tap? Sweaty Sundays, an all-levels, all-ages, free-form community dance class that never fails to lift your spirits.