Favorite Spots in the Hipster Hub of Silver Lake Los Angeles
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.
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!
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.
Silver Lake Farmers Market
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.
L&E Oyster Bar
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!
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.