3536 Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake
Despite being the most unannounced restaurant in LA, with no sign, no website and menus written on strips on brown paper, Mh Zh (pronounced Mah Zeh) on Sunset is packed seven nights a week.
The Cheese Store of Silver Lake (Closed)
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.
The ODells Shop
3906 Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake
Hip husband and wife duo Laura and Jason O’Dell are the masterminds behind this Silver Lake boutique–which showcases their eponymous label, as well as an eclectic mix of men’s, women’s, and children’s clothing, accessories, vintage, shoes, and apothecary goods. Located within a walk of some of our favorite Silver Lake haunts (Intelligentsia, Undefeated, to name a few) it's a convenient, fun spot for weekend browsing. And reason enough to visit: There's a chic yurt in the back.
Be A Heart
1423 Mohawk St., Silver Lake
This design studio is really a jack-of-all-trades—Erica does everything from graphic design and logos to framed prints to, yes, stunning, modern wedding invitations. Don’t forget to ask about her whimsical, curvy calligraphy, which she does for invitations, menus, place cards, and more.
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.
The Sweat Spot
3327 Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake
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.
3626 W. Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake
This quirky little spot near Sunset junction opened in 2004 meaning that the owners were early East Side dining adopters. The menu is classically good Californian cuisine, but locals really come here for the ambience, which is epitomized by the magical back patio. It's lush, open-air, and definitely a good for a romantic date-night in Silver Lake.
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.
One Down Dog Silver Lake
4343 W. Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake
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 LA. One Down Dog's class packages can be used at both their Silver Lake and Eagle Rock location.
1710 Silver Lake Blvd., Silver Lake
LA local Zach Pollack split his culinary education between Italy—he fell in love with Italian food while studying (architecture) abroad—and the west coast, eventually teaming up with Chef Steve Samson to open the Italian restaurant Sotto in LA. And then in 2014, Pollack opened his own: Alimento in Silver Lake, which serves outstanding pastas (including a most notable tortellini), good wine, and a chopped salad that GP loves. It is small—and busy—so make a reservation or go early/late to avoid a long wait.
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