Photography By: Jakob Layman
Photography By: Jakob Layman

Our 12 Favorite Spots in the Hipster Hub of Silver Lake

From Healthy Restaurants to Trendy Wine Bars, There Is No Shortage of Fun in This Funky Neighborhood!

Though it might not get the same coverage as areas like Beverly Hills and Santa Monica, East LA has its own charm that better suits a more laid-back and quirky crowd. One of the territory’s most popular neighborhoods is without a doubt the hipster hub of Silver Lake. From bohemian-style restaurants that serve farm-fresh dishes to coffee shops that make you feel like you’re sipping on a latte in Brooklyn, here is our guide to experiencing the best of Silver Lake. Silver Lake Itinerary

 

Bacari Silver Lake

Bacari Silver Lake provides a magical and enchanting atmosphere that is filled with lush greenery and an endless array of string lights to create the most inviting dining experience. “We wanted to bring a sense of home to all our guests—like a true neighborhood restaurant,” says co-owner Robert Kronfli. “Whether you’re a family bringing your kids in to dine or a group of friends hitting the town for a late night, we want our guests to feel right at home during their time with us.” The food is served tapas-style, meaning you’ll want to order several things to share. Don’t leave without trying the Asian pear and brie pizza, Green Falafel and Oaxacan pasta. When it comes to drinks, there is no denying that Bacari has some of the most flavorful and innovative craft cocktails in Silver Lake—you won’t be able to only have one! Try the Mad Mango Sour and the La Brea Rose!

@eatwithbacari 

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Silver Lake Pool & Inn

The Silver Lake Pool & Inn is a stylish boutique hotel that features a contemporary and minimalist design that fits perfectly into the Silver Lake scene. Between their coastal Italian on-site restaurant, Marco Polo, and their quaint, modern pool deck, the Silver Lake Pool & Inn is an ideal place to sip on a cocktail and soak up some sun. Grab a table under one of their adorable umbrellas, which is the perfect place to enjoy a signature Marco Polo Aperol Spritz and some authentic garganelli pasta. 

@silverlakepoolandinn 

 

Vinovore

Looking to support female business owners and snag some state-of-the-art wines? Head over to Vinovore for a unique and impactful shopping experience. “Vinovore is the first wine shop to carry only female winemakers,” says owner Coly Ben Haan. “We place a strong emphasis on natural and organic wines, as well as small production.” From bio-dynamic rosés to orange wines, you’re sure to find your new favorite bottle at this one-stop wine shop.

@vinovorela

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Moon Juice

 

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Serving cold-pressed juices and vegan milks, there is no denying that Moon Juice has taken Los Angeles by storm. The shop’s Silver Lake location is donned with lush plants and quaint seating areas for you to sit back and relax as you try one of their many unique concoctions. This healthy and holistic shop also makes shakes, lattes and wellness shots that are meant to boost your immune system and add a little extra love to your daily routine.

@moonjuice 

 

Burgers Never Say Die

For a quick lunch or dinner option, stop by Burgers Never Say Die. This casual and laid-back burger joint makes some of the most indulgent cheeseburgers in LA. Their thin, crispy patties will have your In N Out cravings shadowed, and you may find yourself making the trip to Silver Lake just for these burgers more often than not. Don’t forget to save room for a cup of their famous soft-serve ice cream before you fill up on their patty melts!

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The Best Fish Taco in Ensenada

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Inspired by the original and authentic flavors of Ensenada, this iconic taco shack transports customers to the famous fishing village in Mexico with its masterful take on tacos. If you’re looking for a delicious yet affordable lunch, this is the perfect spot. Order some of their homemade Sessy Salsa and a few of their Baja-style tacos before watching some hilarious stand-up at their free comedy show on the first and third Tuesday of every month (some say it’s the best in LA).

@bestfishtaco

 

Silver Lake Farmers Market

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Every Tuesday and Saturday, the Silver Lake portion of Sunset Blvd comes alive with fresh produce and small businesses at the Silver Lake Farmers Market. From vintage clothing to succulents, fruits and veggies, there is no shortage of fabulous finds at this open-air market. Have a bite to eat at the local restaurant booths and food trucks while browsing around. 

@silverlakefarmersmarket

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Botanica

Specializing in seasonal California cuisine, Botanica will leave you feeling healthier and happier. “My business partner, Heather Sperling, and I were both food editors before opening Botanica,” explains co-owner Emily Fiffer. “We just didn’t see the kinds of foods that we craved in restaurants, so we decided to open one of our own.” The ladies also decided to place a focus on having an open kitchen that practices non-aggression, creating an inviting and cohesive environment.

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Broome Street General Store

Selling specialty and gourmet foods, decor and products that are sourced from around the world, Broome Street General Store provides a one-of-a-kind shopping experience right in the heart of Silver Lake. Pick up some fresh ingredients for the perfect charcuterie board or simply browse around and see what catches your eye! Either way, you won’t be able to walk out empty-handed.

@broomestgeneral

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El Condor

With a stacked bar and a colorful dining room, El Condor creates a fun and lively atmosphere where you can unwind with a margarita in hand. Sit down for brunch and chow down on some chilaquiles or stop by on Saturday evening for some live music and dancing. Though it’s only for one hour, they have a great weekly happy hour that runs from 4-5 p.m.—don’t miss out!

@elcondorla

 

L&E Oyster Bar

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L&E Oyster Bar has the charm of a quaint neighborhood spot with the quality of a high-end restaurant. Sourcing some of the best oysters in North America, L&E Oyster Bar can add a bit of luxury to your day. Snag a seat in their European-inspired dining room for some fresh shellfish and bubbly. If oysters aren’t really your thing, grab a table on their Parisian-style patio and order their crispy fish and chips or refreshing shrimp cocktail! 

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Magpies Softserve

In our opinion, no day is complete without a sweet treat. That’s why a visit to Magpies Softserve  is a non-negotiable when exploring Silver Lake! With all of their flavors and toppings made in-house, there really is something for everyone at Magpies. While some of their flavors like Sweet Cream are made traditionally with real milk, their vegan flavors, such as Snickerdoodle and Corn Almond, are just as satisfying.

@magpiessoftserve

 

About the author

Allie Lebos graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2017 with a BA in Communication. While in school she was a staff writer at The Daily Nexus for nearly two years. Since graduating she has written for The Palisades Magazine, as well as Hidden Hills Magazine. Currently living in Santa Monica, Allie loves to indulge in good food, hot yoga, and daily walks along the beach; writing articles on travel, special events, as well as features on local businesses and individuals.

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