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Walk LA: Lower Larchmont
The little neighborhood tucked between Hancock Park and Koreatown known as Larchmont is the closest thing Mid-City will ever get to a suburb. Walking the main strip feels very similar to spending an afternoon in South Pasadena or Toluca Lake. The small shops and cafes are packed with young families and the farmers market, full of fresh cheese, endless vegetables, and kale for days is about as LA as a grocery trip can get. Larchmont Boulevard gets a lot of attention between 3rd Street and Beverly, but the foot traffic instantly stops north of that. Forgoing Larchmont Wine and Cheese is hard to do, but going north of Beverly, towards Melrose reveals an entirely new offering of unique shops Larchmont is known for.
The block of Larchmont between Melrose and Clinton is home to a handful of healthy eateries, small coffee shops, sparkling new lofts, and some of the best consignment shops in the area. Starting near Melrose there is a cluster of buildings that look out onto the busy street, but tucked among the doors isCoffee + Food, a brick and wood decorated café that offers a your fill of design flourished lattes and gourmet bites. Start the morning with a French press and their signature prosciutto, egg, and gruyere sandwich. Around the corner are BlueBird and Ampersand, two consignment boutiques that sell hand selected closet treasures, the latter being for grownups and the former for their little counterparts. After scouring the racks to uncover hidden gems wander further down Larchmont toward Clinton to shop for design inspired home goods at notNeutral. Founded by the nearby Rios Clemente Hale Studios, the shop offers graphic inspired tableware, colorful outdoor accents, and patterned pillows and rugs. The store is right next to the healthy dining outpost Café Gratitude. Fill up after a morning of shopping on their wholesome vegan dishes and fresh juices all with names like Elevate, Compassionate, and Succulent.
Walking and shopping take a surprising amount of energy, but another quick jaunt down the street leads to a rewarding massage at Le Petit Retreat Day Spa. The little building performs outdoor massages and a wide variety of detoxifying scrubs. Bake in the sauna for a little while after the treatment to round out the health focused day or bubble away in a scented bath. What better way to complement a spa afternoon then with a refreshing jolt of sugar? Larchmont is now home to Lemonade, the LA foodie’s favorite cafeteria. Wake up with a cup of coffee and one of their oversized macarons or opt for a seasonal lemonade while splitting a slice of one of their beloved cakes. Pick up their cookbook on the way out to recreate their staples like kale and kumquat or curry cauliflower.
If the afternoon wasn’t filled with enough sweets or food, wander through the neighborhood checking out the quiet tree-lined streets as you head up to the corner of Melrose and Lucerne to the little restaurant Osteria Mama. The craft store letters hanging on the façade give the family run dinner spot that homey feel while the Italian dishes transport diners back to their grandmother’s kitchen signature red sauce and homemade pasta included.
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