Hancock Park Specialty
Salt & Straw
240 N. Larchmont Blvd., Hancock Park
The small-batch ice cream business cousins Kim and Tyler Malek launched out of a single neighborhood ice cream parlor in Portland has grown into a family of shops, including two in LA—the original on Larchmont, and a second on Abbot Kinney. The focus at S&S is on inventive flavors: salted caramel cupcake, pear & blue cheese, avocado & strawberry sherbet. On the flip side, the single-origin vanilla is some of the best we’ve ever had. For those who aren’t fortunate enough to live near a shop, the seasonal Pints Club, which sets you up with five unique pints every month and delivers them right to your door, is an excellent option.
328 S. La Brea Ave., Hancock Park
Perennially crowd-pleasing, the basic ice box cake here, which comes with a funfetti batter, is sugary, and moist, and everything you'd expect in a birthday cake. There are other varieties, though you won't be surprised that this is their best seller. Susie Cakes has more than a dozen locations in California, including Brentwood, Marina del Rey, Studio City, and Woodland Hills.
Larchmont Farmers Market
209 N. Larchmont Blvd., Hancock Park
In addition to the usual fresh California produce found at most markets in LA, this small market often has puppies and kittens for adoption. Flowers are also for sale and prepared food vendors sell delicious enchiladas and healthy homemade soups.
Larchmont Village Wine & Cheese
223 N. Larchmont Blvd., Hancock Park
While it’s billed as a wine and cheese shop—and they do in fact put together an excellent cheese board—it’s the sandwich counter that’s the real draw. At only seven items long, and with the option to order by the half, you can easily sample the entire menu in a few visits—and if you need a good place to start, we always go for #1 (the freshest mozzarella, basil, and tomato situation) or the #3 (Italian salami and manchego cheese smothered in sundried tomato sauce) on fresh-baked baguette, though the ciabatta has a loyal following as well.
Bricks & Scones
403 N. Larchmont Blvd., Hancock Park
Thanks to ample comfy seating, speedy Wi-Fi, and a low-key vibe, this two-story coffeehouse is perpetually buzzing with laptop-wielding students, writers, and freelancers. The upstairs study serves as a dedicated no-talking room with individual desks and reading lamps. Meanwhile, the mini library, which operates on a take one/give one system, is a great option if you're looking for a nice spot to curl up with a good book. The menu ticks off all mandatory study-food boxes: sandwiches, scones, and enough inventive coffee drinks to sate all of USC.
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