Bordered by Hollywood and Griffith Park, Los Feliz (“the happy ones”) is centrally located and an easy addition to any Los Angeles trip itinerary. The Eastside neighborhood is eclectic, laidback and effortlessly cool, with plenty of pedestrian friendly areas. Its two main streets – Hillhurst and Vermont Avenues – run parallel and are lined with restaurants, bars and shops to peruse.
(Photo: Thomas Hawk via flickr)
Whether you’re in the area for breakfast, lunch or dinner, a stroll around Los Feliz will give you a little insight into a daily life of an Angeleno.
Points of Interest
The iconic Griffith Observatory in Griffith Park (Photo: Steven Yu via flickr)
Griffith Observatory in Griffith Park: Head north on Vermont Avenue and you’ll find yourself in Griffith Park, one of the largest urban parks in the country! Here, you can hike miles of trails, catch a show at the Greek Theater or take a shuttle to the Griffith Observatory.
2800 E Observatory Road
Vista Theater: Los Angeles is known for its moviemaking, so be sure to pop in and see a flick at the historic Vista Theater in Los Feliz. The theater dates back to 1923 and shows new releases on a 50-foot screen with Dolby Digital sound. The 400-seat theater has the most legroom in Hollywood and popcorn made with real butter!
4473 Sunset Drive
Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House in Barnsdall Art Park (Photo: Kara Brugman via flickr)
Barnsdall Art Park: Located at Vermont Avenue and Hollywood Boulevard, Barnsdall Art Park is a prominent landmark in this corner of Los Angeles. They host free art workshops in their galleries, as well as wine tastings and outdoor movies in the summer months. You can also take a tour of Frank Lloyd Wright’s iconic Hollyhock House.
4800 Hollywood Boulevard
Skylight Books in Los Feliz (Photo: Paul Varvaez via flickr)
Skylight Books: Los Feliz has many great shops to explore, including the fiercely independent bookstore Skylight Books. They have a wide range of book titles – from bestsellers to graphic novels – that reflects the eclectic interests and vibe of the neighborhood. They also regularly host author appearances, poetry readings and launch of events.
1818 N Vermont Avenue
Otherwild Goods and Services: OtherWild embodies Los Feliz’s artistic spirit with its multi-use space on Vermont. The storefront is a hybrid retail space and design studio, and regularly hosts workshops open to the community. Their curated collection includes unique clothing and household items that would make great souvenirs or gifts!
1768 N Vermont Avenue
Squaresville: Angelenos love their eclectic fashion and there’s no better place to shop a similar look than Squaresville. This 2-story shop carries vintage and designer clothes, accessories and jewelry for men and women. They regularly rotate their carefully curated collection offer the most unique assortment of options to their clientele.
1800 N Vermont Avenue
HomeState’s menu includes tacos, Frito pies and queso (Photo: Erin Doll)
HomeState: There’s usually a line out the door at HomeState, an authentic Tex-Mex restaurant on the edge of Los Feliz. They serve tacos, Frito pies and other Tex-Mex classics for breakfast and lunch. The small storefront is decked out in Texan decor and proudly serves coffee from Austin-based Cuvee Coffee Roasters.
4624 Hollywood Boulevard
Alcove Café and Bakery: Located in two of the oldest houses in Los Feliz, Alcove Cafe and Bakery serves updated American classics, artisanal baked goods and handcrafted cocktails. Breakfast is available until 5pm and lunch/dinner is served until 10, so you can stop by for any meal. Don’t forget to grab a bar of their homemade Alcove Chocolate.
1929 Hillhurst Avenue
Spitz: Spitz is a great spot for brunch, lunch or dinner. This fast casual restaurant serves Mediterranean street food, craft beer and sangria. The doner kabobs are inspired by those found all over Europe, but you can enjoy them in Los Feliz without a passport. There are satisfying options here for those who are vegan or vegetarian.
1725 Hillhurst Avenue
Figaro Bistrot’s sidewalk seating (Photo: Chris Goldberg via flickr)
Figaro Bistrot: Locals gather at Figaro Bistrot, a French-inspired sidewalk cafe, to swap industry secrets and enjoy apertifs. If you can snag a spot at a sidewalk table, you’ll be treated to excellent people watching while you enjoy your meal. In addition to bistro cuisine, they have a daily Happy Hour from 4-7pm.
1802 N Vermont Avenue
MessHall Kitchen: Get into the summer camp spirit at MessHall, a gastropub with communal seating in the heart of Los Feliz. They serve upscale comfort foods and cleverly named craft cocktails in an indoor-outdoor environment. Load up on “rations” like roasted figs and crispy cauliflower, and top of the meal with a Far Famed Bread Pudding.
4500 Los Feliz Boulevard
Jeni’s first Los Angeles location is in Los Feliz (Photo: Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams)
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams: Hailing from the Midwest, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams picked the eclectic Los Feliz neighborhood for their first West Coast location. Their artisanal treats are sweet, creamy and made with high quality ingredients. The menu has a variety of signature and limited edition flavors that can be made into a sandwich or sundae!
1954 Hillhurst Avenue
Bru Coffeebar: Start the morning with a cup of single-origin pour over coffee at Bru Coffeebar. This cozy neighborhood coffee shop serves a rotating selection of coffees from San Francisco-based Ritual Coffee Roasters. They also have an impressive selection of tea and snack options.
1866 N Vermont Avenue
Bar Covell: In the mood for something a little stronger? Covell is a popular neighborhood spot with 150 wines by the glass and a rotating selection of craft beers. Ask the bartender if you’re not sure where to start! They offer a small menu of cheeses, charcuteries and desserts to complement your beverage.
4628 Hollywood Boulevard
By Alyx Sariol