Attracted to uniqueness? Come on over to one of the hippest neighborhoods!
LOCATION: Silver Lake
TRAVEL TIME: 2 hours
TRANSPORTATION MODES: walking (easy)
OVERALL: Explore the hip city
Silver Lake is home to the coffee shops, boutiques, and restaurants in Los Angeles. It is known as the Williamsburg of LA. With many shops around the corners, this walkable neighborhood will keep you preoccupied for quite sometime. Our (my friend and I) adventure that started of with Projection L.A. only being on our to-visit list, ended up being a bit longer than expected. (Note: this voyage took place about a year ago…but I still want to share it with you all..so enjoy!)
1:45 P.M.: PROJECTION L.A.
You probably recognized the white-out motel sitting on the corner of Sunset Blvd and Bates Ave. This popular must-instagram-place is notably known as the Bates Motel from Psycho.
Little background on the building limewash status: Projection is a temporary art installation about the brief L.A. architecture, culture, and history. This was planned by the French artist Vincent Lamouroux who wants this structure to stand as a metaphor as “a transformation, surrendering and passage; the white surface of its facade will be a symbolic invitation to project our ideas about both its mythic past and its indeterminate future.”
Many people uses this place as a backdrop for photoshoots. If you are in the area (and it’s still here), come pay a visit and pose like a model!
2:15 P.M.: DINOSAUR COFFEE
After admiring the art, head on over to the other side of the street for a cup of coffee or tea. Dinosaur Coffee is right across the street from Projection L.A. This hipster cafe is beautifully designed. With high ceilings, modern decor, flowing woodwork (counter, menu sign, ceiling decor, floor), this place gives the most light and airy feeling. I have to warn you though, it is really REALLY quiet in here. Most customers are working on their laptops or reading a book. There is a patio right outside the coffee shop (where you would probably feel more at ease carrying on your chit-chats). We ordered the pot of tea, which was pretty good. For a review about this coffee shop, click on this link: restaurant-review-dinosaur-coffee
2:51 P.M.: WALK THE STREETS OF SUNSET BLVD
After snapping all the instagram-y photos we could take of the cafe without looking like some weirdos (no one was really taking photos… Everyone was either quietly on their laptop, sketching, or reading), we head back on Sunset Blvd and took a stroll. There are many little boutique shops around for us to wander into. There were some nice blank walls ready to be the backgrounds of our spontaneous photoshoots.
3:15 P.M.: BOUTIQUE FASHION FORWARD SHOPS
The first shop we came to was Mohawk General Store. They were having their summer sale going on. There are lots of unique buys ranging from shoes, tops, jewelry, wallets, candles, furnitures, etc.
The next stop was Mohawk General Store for Men. We went in just to compare the differences between the two stores. Many of their items are simply designed and very fashion forward. For more information, check out their website at www.mohawkgeneralstore.com.
Situated in between the two stores is Hero Crane (LACAUSA). They are “the organic incarnation of Los Angeles based clothing designers Josh and He Yang. The line is inspired by the textures and imperfections found in nature and filtured through a multicultural urban perspective.” For more information, check out their website at www.herocrane.com.
3:32 P.M.: CONCLUDE
And that concludes the Silver Lake exploration. There are so much more to see (especially on Sunset Blvd), but we had to head over to our next destination. So with the limited time we had, we we able to do some photoshoots, experience a modern hipster cafe, and check out the fashion forward boutique shops in the neighborhood. Everything is within walking distance, so park your car anywhere, and take a stroll down Sunset Blvd.!