Spotlight on the North Hollywood Arts District

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Located just over the hill from Hollywood, the North Hollywood Arts District has become a destination in its own right. This 1.5-square mile neighborhood in the Valley is home to art galleries, dance studios and the largest concentration and recording studios west of the Mississippi River.


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This hub of arts, culture and dining is worth an afternoon or full day of exploring. Do a food crawl, take in a show or grab a night cap at one of the Arts District’s exciting venues listed below.

Points of Interest


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Television Hall of Fame: See the world’s largest Emmy statuette at the Television Hall of Fame and Emmy Plaza. The statuette is the centerpiece of the plaza, which also features life-size bronze statues and busts of some of TV’s most iconic stars. Visitors can take a selfie with Lucille Ball, Johnny Carson and Walt Disney. New stars are added each year.

5220 Lankershim Boulevard

Groundworks: Stop by Groundworks for a great cup of coffee in the North Hollywood Historic Train Depot. It’s a registered State Historic Landmark Building dating back to the 1890s. It’s a hub of the neighborhood, where the Red and Orange Metro Lines intersect, and is a comfortable place to linger over a cup of coffee.

11275 Chandler Boulevard

Cupcake Studios: Cupcake Studios is one of the Arts District’s top performing arts venues. This intimate theater has been nationally recognized and is worth a visit when in North Hollywood. They specialize in Broadway-level musicals performed by top talent in an intimate setting. Recent shows include Spring Awakening, Dream Girls and Mamma Mia.

11020 West Magnolia Boulevard

Shopping


Iguana Vintage Clothing (Photo: Alyx Sariol)

Iguana Vintage Clothing: Whether in the market for an Ugly Christmas Sweater or a festive Hawaiian shirt, look no further than Iguana Vintage Clothing. This is the North Hollywood location of the Hollywood Boulevard institution, and boasts an impressive and organized selection of vintage clothing. They also have accessories like patches, animal pins and wigs.

5018 Lankershim Boulevard

Blastoff Comics: Blastoff Comics is the Arts District’s one-stop shop for vintage comic books and memorabilia. They celebrate comic book history with their collection of hard-to-find hardcovers, toys and animation art. Can’t seem to find what you’re looking for? Let the staff know and they’ll try to track it down for you! A portion of the store’s proceed are donated to non-profit organizations each month.

5118 Lankershim Boulevard


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Hop Merchants: Hop Merchants Bottle Shop and Taproom is a hybrid bottle shop and bar. They have 16 rotating taps of beer from the Los Angeles area, as well as a variety of bottles available to go. Draft beers can be enjoyed by the 5oz, 10oz or 16oz. Outside food is permitted in this laidback atmosphere so sit back, relax and enjoy.

5013 Lankershim Boulevard

Restaurants

EAT: EAT is a popular spot for breakfast and lunch in the Arts District. They serve high quality food at affordable price points, which is why there’s usually a queue of peope waiting for a table. Popular menu items include benedicts, French toast and Machaca con Huevos, which is tri-tip tossed with scrambled eggs.

11108 West Magnolia Boulevard

North Hollywood’s very own Tex-Mex restaurant, El Tejano (Photo: Alyx Sariol)

El Tejano: For all things Tex-Mex, head to El Tejano. The indoor/outdoor restaurant serves Tex-Mex standards like queso, enchiladas and Frito Pies.  There is a self-serve chips and salsa bar to get the party started. Happy Hour is available all day every day – order a margarita or beer and get a second drink for an additional $2.

11122 West Magnolia Boulevard

Rodini Park: Rodini Park is a Greek restaurant that offers customizable bowls and plates, as well as traditional desserts. Step up to the counter to start creating a salad, pita or bowl with a choice of protein, like shawarma, kabob and falafel. Put the finishing touches on your meal with a sauce, like tzatziki, hummus or Mount Olympus sauce.

11049 West Magnolia Boulevard

Vicious Dogs’ menu (Photo: Alyx Sariol)

Vicious Dogs: Vicious Dogs is a casual eatery that focuses on making fresh, high-quality hot dog creations. Popular menu items include the LA Street Dog – a bacon-wrapped hot dog topped with grilled onions and peppers – and the Chicago dog, made with mustard, neon green relish and celery salt on a poppy seed bun.

5231 Lankershim Boulevard

Republic of Pie: Sweet and savory pies are on the menu at Republic of Pie. Open seven days a week, this café serves as a coffee shop, community gathering spot and performance space. They proudly serve Stumptown Coffee and Art of Tea along with their pies, baked goods and menu items.

11118 West Magnolia Boulevard

The Federal on Lankershim (Photo: Alyx Sariol)

The Federal: Located in a 1920s bank building, the Federal is a bar, restaurant and nightclub in the heart of the Arts District. Their menu is available for lunch and dinner and includes pass-arounds, an assortment of Macs (mac and cheese) and street tacos. Happy Hour is served daily from 3-6pm and available all day on Wednesday.

5303 Lankershim Boulevard

Drinks

Joe Coffee: Kick-start the day at Joe Coffee, a coffee house and café that has been serving the Arts District since 2014. The café exclusively brews Herkimer, a small batch roaster from Seattle, for a delicious pour-over, latte or cold brew. They also have an enticing selection of fresh-baked pastries, parfaits and waffles.

5251 Lankershim Boulevard

Idle Hour: Dating back to the 1940s, Idle Hour was lovingly restored and reopened in the Arts District in 2015. The whiskey barrel restaurant and bar features an impressive menu of draught beer and cocktails, as well as specialty drinks. The brunch, dinner and small bites menus include vegetarian and Gluten Free items.

4824 Vineland Avenue

Brew Brothers: Beer lovers can explore an ever-changing selection of craft beers at Brew Brothers. This craft beer bar has 42 beers on tap, ranging from light beers to Belgian strong ales. Ciders and kombucha are also available. The food menu has artisan sandwiches, salads and small bite options, all of which are made with high quality ingredients.

5140 Lankershim Boulevard

By Alyx Sariol