The Best of Larchmont Village, A Neighborhood Gem in LA
Whenever anyone asks me what neighborhood I love the most in LA, it is without question the neighborhood where I live and work—Hancock Park / Larchmont Village. As long as I call myself an Angeleno, I hope I never have to leave this side of town. Bordering Hollywood, Hancock Park, and Korea Town, historic Larchmont Village is within walking distance of my house and my office, The Storied Group, and is one of the most charming neighorhoods in LA.
While it’s grown tremendously in the last few years—gaining larger high-end brands like Diptique and Trina Turk—there are still great independent boutiques and a Farmers’ Market every Sunday morning from 10am-2pm. Though Larchmont Village is considered the south end of the street, it’s been expanding further towards Melrose with the opening of Cafe Gratitude a few years ago. If you’re looking to treat yourself, it’s worth nothing that this is the best massage I’ve had in Los Angeles.
For any out-of-towners, put this on your list for a local experience, and scroll down to see my favorite spots to eat, drink + shop:
But First, Coffee:
Coffee + Food – this is only a few blocks from my office on the north end of Larchmont, and I often stop for a morning coffee or quick takeaway lunch. They also have the BEST banana bread evah.
Go Get Em Tiger – If you’re into fancy lattes with homemade almond milk, this is the place! It is a true coffee “bar” where you order at the counter like you would a cocktail. It will set you back about as much too, but well worth it.
Groundwork Coffee Co – If you don’t want to wait in line at Go Get Em Tiger, they have amazzzzing coffee too!
Cakes & Ice-Cream:
Salt & Straw – A Portland transplant known for their unique flavor combinations like Rice Shrimp Sushi with Lime and Stumptown Coffee & Compartes Love Nuts.
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams – The newest addition to Larchmont, Jeni was one of the first of the artisanal ice cream shops using whole ingredients and no synthetic flavors.
Erin McKenna’s Bakery LA – This bakery can accomodate most food allergies including gluten, wheat and dairy. I have stopped by many times to accommodate vegan friends. It’s also insanely adorable.
Wine + Cheese:
Larchmont Wine + Cheese – While you go here for the obvious, the secret is hidden in the back. They make sandwiches until the homemade bread runs out. Go early as there is always a line.
Buck Mason – This just opened in the old Larchmont Bungalow space and they have a great curated selection of high-quality men’s classics.
Larchmont Beauty – Hands down the best beauty supply store in Los Angeles. From high-end skincare like Natura Bisse to every hair product imaginable, it’s a beauty lover’s paradise.
Pickett Fences – This adorable boutique just expanded and carries adorable gifts and cards as well as a great selection of clothing perfect for the California girl.
Rothy’s – The popular eco friendly shoe brand is opening an outpost in the old Mr. Holmes Bakehouse space.
Le Petit Greek – I have been coming to this restaurant since I first moved to LA. Authentic Greek cuisine with a great sidewalk patio. We are regulars here. Sadly as of recently, due to soaring rents on Larchmont, they had to close half of their restaurant and go back to the way it was when they opened 15 years ago (hence the Petit). Go support this neighborhood gem!
Vernetti – A beautiful little Italian spot where you can sit on the sidewalk with a glass of vino, or stay for lunch or dinner.
Village Pizzeria – The closest you’re going to get to New York style pizza in Los Angeles.
Sam’s Bagels – The closest you’re going to get to a New York bagel. See a trend here?
Bardonna – This is a great option for breakfast or lunch (the coffee is great, too!). I love their Protein bowl for lunch and Meditteran bowl for brekfast.
Le Pain Quotidien – Though it’s a chain, if you ever want to find me, this is probably your best chance. I take tons of meeting here, and the food is just consistently great.
Kreation – If you’re in the mood for a $14 smoothie or water infused with CBD, this is the place! And who isn’t right?!
Cafe Gratitude – Located on the Melrose end of Larchmont, this popular vegan restaurant is one of the trendiest spots in town, but the food is also great (if you’re in the mood for something healthy).
Meet you on Larchmont!
Photos of me by Ashley Burns
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