Silver Lake Specialty
2660 Griffith Park Blvd., Silver Lake
Few sweet treats are as satisfying on a hot LA afternoon than a crunchy waffle cone filled with frosty soft-serve ice cream. At Magpies in Silver Lake it can feel almost virtuous. That’s because Magpies has created one-of-a-kind vegan flavors like black rice horchata, chocolate taro, and orange yuzu creamsicle. The shop’s dairy-free fan base is so strong you’ll often find a line out the door, but trust us when we say it’s worth it—especially if you top your soft-serve with toasted maple coconut chips (also vegan).
The Goods Mart
3140 Sunset Blvd., Silverlake
Founder Rachel Krupa had an ambitious goal when she opened the Goods Mart in Silver Lake earlier this year: to create a convenience store unlike any other in the country. Think of it as the corner bodega for a new era, where prices are low (a cup of La Colombe coffee is a steal at $1.25), but the quality is high. Shelves are devoid of artificial colors, flavors, and sweeteners; pesticides; and hormones, and even the slushies (in partnership with Brooklyn’s Kelvin Slush Co.) are made with organic ingredients and served in paper—not plastic—cups. Even the tip jar is thoughtfully considered, as all donations go to local charities, and any food that’s approaching its sell-by date is donated to a nonprofit that helps the homeless on Skid Row.
Standing Egg Coffee
2833 Hyperion Ave., Silver Lake
Not everyone likes drip coffee, and a good espresso-based brew is not something to be taken for granted. Standing Egg, one of the new cafés in Silver Lake, gets it. The space is sparse—polished stone walls and floors with a few plants in the corners. The baristas are enthusiastic, always keen to make your coffee just as you like it (and like it we do). The gluten-free doughnuts are excellent, the complimentary water is always ice-cold, and the old-school record player in the corner plays the Rolling Stones at 7 a.m. daily.
3707 W Sunset Blvd, Silver Lake
Scout is Sunset Junction’s newest tenant, a hole-in-the-wall, blink-and-you’ll-miss-it spot squeezed in between Kettle Black and Sawyer. For such a small—no, tiny—place, Scout covers a lot of ground: It’s a general store, a purveyor of cookbooks and fine ceramics, and a minuscule café all at once. Run in on your way home from work for fresh pasta and a jar of marinara sauce made right next door, plus one or two bottles of wine, a fried-chicken sandwich for the road, and maybe some coffee beans for a hostess gift. Los Angeles is shockingly short on convenience stores like this—much less one that’s executed well and decorated beautifully. The all-glass, cacti-framed exterior may draw you in, but it’s the floor-to-ceiling shelves and wafting scent of coffee inside that’ll keep you there.
3900 Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake
LA has plenty of places that can keep caffeine cravings in check, but that doesn’t mean we weren’t psyched when Philly staple La Colombe finally made it west. It occupies what used to be Café Casbah at Sunset Junction, but the space has been completely reimagined. The café is bookended by two open-air areas: The back is sheltered and quiet for those looking to settle in for the long haul; the front overlooks the main drag and is filled with tree-trunk-like stools and tables perfect for people-watching. Breaking the LA trend of serving everything in some kind of ceramic, the coffee is served in porcelain cups and saucers. If you’re in a rush, the East Coast transplant has you covered: The fridge inside is packed with cold-press.
The Cheese Store of Silver Lake
3926 Sunset Blvd, Silver Lake
Conveniently located next door to Intelligentsia (for that essential morning caffeine), and Silverlake breakfast staple Café Stella, this Gallic-inspired cheese store is a real throwback.
4334 Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake
Dinosaur distinguishes itself from a bounty of good coffee in the neighborhood with its design-minded space. Designed by MASS Architects, everything about it is well-considered, from the Scandinavian stools to the fin-shaped sculpture above the counter, which also displays the menu. The attention to detail also spills over into the coffee, which is fully up to Silver Lake hipster standards.
Silver Lake Wine
2395 Glendale Blvd., Silver Lake
Inarguably the best wine shop on the East side, Silver Lake Wine is quickly becoming an institution. The no-frills shop brings all of the benefits of an upscale wine shop (read: a world-class buy) with none of the fuss as you'll find the staff to be knowledgeable, but friendly and down-to-earth. It's also an important community asset—they host wine tastings all week long, meaning that the community of East-side oenophiles is growing quickly. Everyone's excited to try the restaurant that's rumored to be connected with their just-opened second location in the Arts District.
2839 Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake
Situated in a storefront and marketplace on Silver Lake's bustling Sunset Blvd., Moon Juice kind of feels like a new-age pharmacy. There, you'll find tonics for every malady or desire (we swear the turmeric cup, with cayenne pepper, black pepper oil, and oil of oregano will kick any cold). All this cold-pressed goodness doesn't come cheap (the green shake will set you back $14), but it's all delicious and effective. The original shop is in Venice.
Silver Lake Farmers Market
3700 Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake
Some of what's for sale here is so locally grown that it actually comes from people's backyards. Depending on the season, there are great gift stalls, including home-grown herbs and vintage jewelry. On Saturday mornings, go for the artisan coffee and a delicious crêpe
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