Most anyone can navigate Sunset Boulevard, drop through “Silverlake’ and return home feeling justified in their search for originality, independent and local. However, off Sunset is where you will find the true neighborhood, where neighbors walk down to the coffee shop for marmelade not blinded by lines of tourists and where Caribbean food is as local as Guatemalan.
Traveling a short distance off Sunset near Sunset Junction will find you heart to heart with a few down to earth restaurants , a cafe and even a cocktail bar in all of the area. So hop a bike or plan a walk and get off Sunset.
Many a journey will start of with desired coffee so head down Hoover St from Sunset or Santa Monica Blvd, if you are entering Silverlake from the south head up Hoover at the Temple / Beverly /Silverlake Blvd intersection for CAFECITO ORGANICO
Los Angeles’ answer to Stumptown in Portland or Seattles Caffe Vita, CAFECITO ORGANICO takes the prefect amount of LA Culture mixed with Mexican Day of the Dead holiday and produces an exceptional blend of human produced CAFE O MUERTE.
This haven off the path serves a distinct neighborhood clientele that ranges from creative to counselor, attendant to shop worker.The outdoor patio generally houses a macbook laboratory but the conversation is so open and welcoming its hard no to jump into excitement around neighborhood gossip and LA life.
Head north up Hoover and west on marathon where you’ll find food light enough to curb your appetite or heavy enough settle you down after the buzz of a top notch roastery. SQIRL LA is a precious cafe on the corner of Virgil Ave that is home to some of the best homemade jams, jellies, marmalades and locally sourced fare including meats, greens and seasonal treasures from the earth.
The side patio is a local hangout on than brunch days where you can hang and have a coffee without the feeling of others loathing your seat. A mellow vibe packs this minimal outpost, but surges in local energy and fun.
720 N Virgil Ave #4
Los Angeles CA 90029
If you’re more into lunch and a Caribbean / South American menu two local establishments rest on Virgil Ave that have staples of the community for years.
The Original CHA CHA CHA is home to outstanding Caribbean flair, including sangrias, plantains, all sorts of jerk, read beans, rice and a vibing Caribbean pulse.
The family owned AMALIA’S home to Guatemalan cuisine offers many favorites of South America including shrimp plates, churrascuro, revolcado, chorizo and chicken dishes.
From here enjoy a walk through the neighborhood to the North as you make your way up towards Santa Monica Blvd and Sunset or head east through the hills as you explore the sights from viewpoints over Los Angeles in many of these hills.
SIDE NOTE AFTER 7p.
Check out the VIRGIL bar a speakeasy /cocktail bar on the corner of Melrose and Santa Monica Blvd. Featuring a small stage side lounge for intimate entertainment and gatherings and the bar side which is open nightly for ‘farm to bar’ ingredients and recipes known only here.
4519 SANTA MONICA BLVD.
LA, CA 90029
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A throwback to cocktail culture Oldfields, specializes in the revived culture of mixing distilled spirits. An ode to joy to those not interested in food service Oldfields only serves cocktails, beer and wine, while offering small cheese plates upon request.
Thursday night however, exceptional Mexican cuisine is served under a tent in the parking lot. Don’t miss delicious tacos for $1.50 a piece and burritos at $7, among other mexican fare.
And one of the best happy hours in Culver City ! Top Notch 5-9p.
Want to read up on the history of Oldfields name ? Click here
Not interested in the concoction menu? Go ahead a build-a-buck !oldfieldsliquorroom.com
10899 Venice Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90034