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.

  • LA city guide, Los Feliz: Umami Burger

  • LA city guide, Los Feliz: Umami Burger

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    LA city guide, Los Feliz: Bar Covell

  • Photograph: Jakob N. Layman

    LA city guide, Los Feliz: Bar Covell

  • Photograph courtesy Alcove Cafe

    LA city guide, Los Feliz: Alcove Cafe

  • Photograph courtesy Alcove Cafe

    LA city guide, Los Feliz: Alcove Cafe

  • Photograph courtesy Alcove Cafe

    LA city guide, Los Feliz: Alcove Cafe

  • Photograph: Jakob N. Layman

    LA city guide, Los Feliz: Fred 62

  • Photograph: Jakob N. Layman

    LA city guide, Los Feliz: Fred 62

LA city guide, Los Feliz: Umami Burger



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Drop by one of the largest locations of the famed Umami Burger chain and see what all the fuss is about. We suggest you bite into a towering carnitas burger, made with fresh ground pork, guajillo sauce and jalapeño sour cream ($12). Unique to this location, the burger is inspired by the taco stands found on almost every street corner. Which, if we had to pick one, we’d go next door to Yuca’s, a dine-in James Beard Award–winning restaurant with a stand-alone taco hut just a few minutes away on Hillhurst Ave. The popular Cochinita Pibil (a Yucatan-style pork cooked in banana leaves) can be served in tacos, tortas, burritos and more.


For pizza, we love Mother Dough, where Neapolitan pies are loaded into a piping hot Sicilian oven and cooked for less than a minute each. The industrial-chic dining room (wooden oak tables, Edison bulbs) is open for dinner-only at 6pm. About the dough: it’s freshly made each morning at 6am by owner Bez Compani. Little Dom’s, features American-Italian comfort food in a lodge-like setting. Take a seat at the vintage wooden bar and order a nostalgia-inducing Grand Dad’s Lemonade (Old Grand Dad bourbon, lemon, clover honey and thyme) or the Latino-inspired Esposas de Oro (Ilegal Mezcal Reposado, Cazadores Anejo, Bianco, Castilian bitters). For kitschy romantic dining, cozy up in one of the red leather booths or dine al fresco in the enclosed sidewalk patio.


For romantic ambience without the kitsch, head to local wine bar Vinoteca Farfalla, for more than 200 wines by the bottle and 45 wines by the glass, plus a dependable menu of Italian- and Brazilian-inspired small plates. Night owls and lounge lizards converge at Bar Covell, a dimly lit wine bar and man cave (a vintage motorcycle hangs on the wall) that pours a rotating list of wines in a sleek, laid-back atmosphere. There are several comfort food favorites (a melty croque-monsieur) that pair nicely with any pour. Looking for people-watching with your mussels? The iconic French bistro Figaro Bistrot offers street-side table service in a Los Feliz–meets-Paris setting, from the French writing on the windows to the buttery croissants, macarons and petit financiers in the pastry case.


For more casual cafe culture, walk over to Hillhurst Ave and sit at one of the five small tables inside the family-run Cafe Los Feliz. The pastries are mouth-watering, the flaky croissants come in savory and sweet, and the freshly brewed French coffee is a perfect pairing. The moist hazelnut teacakes taste like mini Nutella muffins. Down the street, the roomier Alcove Cafe & Bakery offers a large, shaded garden patio with mismatched tables and chairs, and an extensive breakfast, lunch and dinner menu serving organic items. Pull up a stool at the bustling Alcove Big Bar for a handcrafted cocktail made with freshly squeezed juices and homemade syrups. Save room for dessert—there are a variety of cakes, cookies, cupcakes and packaged chocolates (red velvet milk chocolate and dark chocolate mimosa). The long line to order is worth the wait—and cashiers may even give you a cool glass of iced tea to help ease your pain.


Back over on Vermont Ave, edgier locals and curious tourists dig Fred 62 for retro American dining. Sit at one of the vintage-car booths or alongside the ’60s-inspired ice cream fountain and sip on milkshakes poured into tall glasses. The menu offers whimsically named items like The Bearded Mr. Frenchy (corn flake–crusted French toast) and the Punk Tart (a pop tart with ice cream), as well as diner fare like chicken pot pie. Fred 62 has been open since 1962 and is one of the last remaining local spots that’s open 24/7. Up the street, longtime Los Feliz mainstay House of Pies, serves a variety of freshly made pies (favorites: Bavarian chocolate banana cream, flakey butterscotch and the popular strawberry), available by the slice.


Umami Burger

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  1. 4655 Hollywood Blvd
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Vinoteca Farfalla

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  1. 1968 Hillhurst Ave
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Cafe Los Feliz

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  1. 2118 Hillhurst Ave
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Little Dom's

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  1. 2128 Hillhurst Ave
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Yuca's

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  1. 4666 Hollywood Blvd
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Bar Covell

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  1. 4628 Hollywood Blvd
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Figaro Bistrot

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  1. 1802 N Vermont Ave
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Little Dom's

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  1. 2128 Hillhurst Ave
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Alcove Café and Bakery

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  1. 1929 Hillhurst Ave
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Fred 62

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  1. 1850 N Vermont Ave, at Franklin Avenue
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Mother Dough

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  1. 4648 Hollywood Blvd
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House of Pies

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  1. 1869 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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