Silver Lake Specialty
3337 Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake
Now six locations strong and growing quickly, Alfred is quickly taking over LA's coffee scene, making it a definite favorite for screenwriters and freelancers during the week. We like the Melrose Place location best, which shares its space with an adorably tiny Compartes shop in the back. If you’re feeling indulgent, ask for their famous off-menu Alfred cone—a macchiato served in a chocolate covered ice cream cone that tastes just as good as it sounds. They also have kombucha on tap. There are also locations in Brentwood, Beverly Hills, Studio City and on Melrose Avenue.
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 their coffee, which is fully up to Silver Lake hipster standards.
3922 W. Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake
Intelligentsia is really the quintessential hipster LA coffee shop—and we get why. Tables and bar seats are usually available at all their well-designed locations, there's a smattering of great baked goods, as well as some home goods for sale. At both the Venice and Silver Lake locations, the outlets are as abundant as the man-buns. There's also an outpost in Pasadena.
Knuckle and Claw (Closed)
3112 W. Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake
Knuckle & Claw is known for insanely fresh and expertly seasoned lobster rolls (their recipes, here), though the Knuckle Sandwich is just as good. They start with dense sourdough, pile it high with fresh lobster, and smother the whole thing in melted cheddar cheese.
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 NYC staple La Colombe finally made it west. Occupying what used to be Café Casbah at Sunset Junction, the space has been completely reimagined. The café is book-ended 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 New York transplant has you covered: The fridge inside is packed with coldpress.
1636 Silver Lake Blvd., Silver Lake
It's fitting that LAMILL is set up on Silver Lake Boulevard a.k.a the epicenter of L.A.'s freelance culture. Grab a table in the dining room, which with its leather banquette, artsy wallpaper, and glitzy chandeliers, looks like it belongs to a fancy restaurant rather than a coffee shop. There's a full menu of toasts, soups, and salads as well as an oft-replenished fresh pastry case. Baked goods and décor aside, the quality of the coffee (roasted on-site) comes first. Stop by their tiny gift shop next door if in need of a last-minute hostess gift.
Lark Cake Shop
3337 W. Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake
Berry shortcake, chocolate mocha, and of course, red velvet cake all beckon from the case here. The specialty is birthday cakes, though the cupcakes are pretty irresistible (and portable, too). They also offer vegan options. There's also a location in Pasadena.
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
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.
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