LA city guide: A tour of Los Feliz in LA's Eastside

Your must-have LA city guide to dining hot spots, celeb hangouts and places to chill in the laid-back Eastside 'hood of Los Feliz.

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    LA city guide, Los Feliz: Confederacy

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    LA city guide, Los Feliz: Confederacy

  • LA city guide, Los Feliz: Hotel de Ville

  • LA city guide, Los Feliz: Jackie Robbins Leather and Jewelry

  • LA city guide, Los Feliz: Steven Alan Outpost

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    LA city guide, Los Feliz: Spitfire Girl

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    LA city guide, Los Feliz: Spitfire Girl

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    LA city guide, Los Feliz: Spitfire Girl

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    LA city guide, Los Feliz: Squaresville

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    LA city guide, Los Feliz: La La Ling

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    LA city guide, Los Feliz: La La Ling

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LA city guide, Los Feliz: Confederacy



Time Out hit the streets of trendy Los Feliz to bring you the definitive LA city guide. Park once in this Eastside enclave and spend your entire day eating, drinking, shopping and playing. It’s also super-close to the kind of special sites and places that invite lingering: have a picnic at Barnsdall Art Park, cruise around the artisanal coffee shops of nearby Silver Lake, hike to the iconic Griffith Park Observatory and Trails cafe or stroll alongside mansion-lined Los Feliz Boulevard. In many ways, Los Feliz is like a home away from home for East Coast transplants, except without the bone-chilling cold and sweltering heat.

 


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For clothes-horse finds, such as the entire Rebecca Minkoff collection, head to artsy clothing store Confederacy. This 5,000-square-foot space, owned by actor and DJ Danny Masterson and celebrity stylist and former buyer Ilaria Urbinati, features J Lindberg, 3.1 Phillip Lim and Dior vintage. The ’40s-inspired store imbues chic with high ceilings, refurbished redbrick walls and vintage telephone booths that serve as dressing rooms. A small outdoor courtyard is nestled between the front (women’s) and back (men’s) portions of the store. Across the street, Hotel de Ville, vintage eyewear stocks old-school couture sunglasses (think: Christian Dior) and hard-to-find brands in addition to newer items like its namesake collection made in France. Snapped your shades at that outdoor concert festival? This is the place to repair and restore glasses. There’s also a selection of men’s bow and skinny ties, Converse All Stars, flannel shirts and Levi’s—to help you blend in with the local hipsters.


For custom leather goods, check out Jackie Robbins Leather + Jewelry. Hear those sewing machines buzzing and clacking away? That could be your new handbag being born. If you’ve vowed to never wear anything with a face, Carol Young’s Undesigned shop—featuring sustainable clothing, shoes and jewelry—houses a variety of funky, vegan shoes and her Los Angeles–produced collections are made of organic cotton, soy, hemp, microfibers and bamboo materials.


Check out the discounted designer items (find A.P.C. sundresses and Band of Outsiders button-down shirts) at the only Steven Alan Outpost on the West Coast. For whimsical gifts, purchase a jewel-box card (a greeting set inside a jewelry box), handmade dolls, candles, stationary or a mystery bag filled with random items (such as a Chinese finger trap, fortune telling plastic fish and a plastic spider) at Spitfire Girl. Known for its nifty way with wood, the shop creates unique stationery, greeting and postcards printed on thin sheets of wood, offering a sustainable alternative for the too-cool-for-Hallmark set.


Vintage-inspired looks can be found just off Vermont Ave, at local favorite Una Mae’s, which carries an eclectic mix of vintage and modern dresses, Tees and threads. The light-filled shop has gift items such as notebooks, bath products, scented oils and jewelry made by local artisans. The giant Squaresville around the corner is a vintage mecca. This two-story shop reeks of incense and mellow days, even though it’s filled to the brim with tight racks of clothing, shoes and accessories, including ’70s-inspired floor-length gowns and vintage designer garb.


For kids’ clothes and gear, the posh-meets-hip La La Ling can’t be beat—its pricey selection embodies the neighborhood’s rock & roll vibe. Pick up vintage-inspired Beatles, Rolling Stones and NPR logo T-shirts and onesies for the fashionable toddler in your life, as well as design-minded and musical toys that’ll please discerning arty parents. A chalkboard wall in the back keeps the kinder busy while you shop.


  1. 465 Amsterdam Ave, (between 82nd and 83rd Sts)
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Spitfire Girl

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  1. 1939 1/2 Hillhurst Ave
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Confederacy

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  1. 4661 Hollywood Blvd
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Jackie Robbins

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  1. 1954 Hillhurst Ave
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Squaresville

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  1. 1800 N Vermont Ave, at Melbourne Ave
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La La Ling

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  1. 1810 N Vermont Ave
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Why I love Los Feliz...
See what locals love the most about Los Feliz’s creative culture.



Lisa Sprouss, saleswoman at Hotel de Ville and former local resident
“There’s a very relaxed energy here. On Saturdays, we’ll even close up shop to go have dinner at Mexico City and then just come back and reopen when we’re done.”


Bez Compani, chef-owner of Mother Dough
“I lived up the road from here for 10 years when I was a bachelor, before I got married and had children and had to move away. So when I was looking for a place for my restaurant, I knew I wanted Los Feliz. I’m a low-key guy. I love to go to Daily Donuts, up the street on Franklin, or sit at Cafe Figaro with a glass of wine. I’m intrigued by every store here, from the glamour and chicness of Confederacy to the wackiness of Wacko. My son even got his first haircut at Sweeney Todd’s Barber Shop.”


Steve Saladino, manager at Skylight Books
“It’s a very creative, artist community with young families and young adults. Customers hang out here, meet friends, go to the movies next door and get drinks after.”

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