Espresso, Spices, Cocktails & Movie Star Stairs: A Walk Down Hipster Silver Lake

Los Angeles, CA

  • Sections of gin, bourbon, whisky, vermouth and more.
  • An off-the-menu option: the Cortado.  Half espresso, half steamed milk.
  • Welcome to Silver Lake!
  • Sample dozens of bitters.
  • All sorts of local or handmade items.
  • A little space invaders tile work on the facade.
  • Look for the five tally marks logo.
  • Lots of variety, eclectic colors and limited release styles.
  • Head down the corridor to find the hidden Spice Station.
  • Giant glass jars of spices line the walls.
  • The not-so-Secret Headquarters comic book store
  • This week's latest, last week's back issue and a select set of other comics on display.
  • Not much to look at from the front.
  • A bite of the icebox cake.
  • A haircut and a vinyl record. Killer combination.
  • A stroll down the Music Box Steps.
  • When you reach the car and bicycle repair shop at the corner of Descanso and Sunset, turn right up Descanso.
  • The Thirsty Crow, made with rye whiskey, maraschino, ginger beer, lemon and magic.
  • The facade out front.

3 hours
1.1 mi
Guided by Evangeline

As LA neighborhoods price out their tenants, formerly middle class areas like Silver Lake receive an influx of thirtysomethings with comparatively deep pockets, anti-corporate ideologies and hipster demands. This is the neighborhood of inventive cocktails, alt fashion labels and artisanal handmade artifacts. Come walk through the retro-hip boutiques, bars, cafes, homes and atmosphere that make the Silver Lake neighborhood so desirable.

About Your Guide
LA girl, born and raised. I'm all about the sun, palm trees and the Dodgers - even if I have to put up with freeway traffic. Enthusiast of action movie sneak peeks, avocado toast, beach day and little-known clothing boutiques.

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Guide Points
  1. Intelligentsia Coffee
  2. Bar Keeper
  3. Reform School
  4. The Black Cat
  5. Undefeated
  6. Spice Station
  7. Secret Headquarters
  8. United Bread & Pastry
  9. Lark Cake Shop
  10. Franky's Barber Boutique
  11. Music Box Steps
  12. Thirsty Crow

About Sidewalk
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