Silver Lake is a trendy residential and commercial neighborhood located in Los Angeles around what was an L.A. city reservoir. Though Silver Lake is far from a secret these days this trendy eclectic neighborhood is still a pretty easygoing destination for visitors. It has comfortably maintained its position as the Eastside's trendiest neighborhood thanks to a wealth of boutique shops and an ever-growing dining scene, including everything from outdoor patios to an old school tiki bar. You will find plenty to do whether on a charming stretch of Silver Lake Boulevard or tucked among the scenic hills and namesake reservoir. Get the most out of your visit to Silver Lake with the best restaurants, bars, shops and things to do in this eclectic Los Angeles neighborhood. With that in mind here are a few things for you to do in Silver Lake.
Visit the Silver Lake Reservoir
Though you can't get inside of this man-made, decommissioned reservoir, its public perimeter has two dog parks, a basketball court, playground and field for the kiddies, along with a 2.2-mile trail around its entirety. It's also home to Silver Lake Meadow, a soft, grassy knoll overlooking the water where visitors can lounge and picnic (though no pups are allowed here).
Wine tastings at Silverlake Wine
Every customer here gets the same treatment from an enthusiastic, knowledgeable staff who excel at helping you find the perfect wine. You'll always discover something new; the selection—smartly chosen and constantly changing—is mostly small-production domestic and French with a smattering of natural European wines. Swing by on Mondays, Thursdays and Sundays for in-store tastings; the popular weekend tasting requires reservations.
Silver Lake Farmers' Market
The neighborhood market is hosted on Tuesday afternoons and Saturday mornings at Sunset Triangle Plaza it is the Eastside place to see and be seen while you peruse produce. The shoppers here have style, as evidenced by the many (rather pricey) vintage clothing racks and jewelry stands dominating a corner of the market. There are also used books and records for sale, fresh flowers, a lot of crystals, dried sage and other hip hippie wares. Of course, there's a ton of good food, too.
Sunset Junction, named for the intersection of Sunset and Santa Monica boulevards, is home to Silver Lake's walkable, trendy shopping district. The street is lined with some of the neighborhood's best boutiques and is anchored by Intelligentsia, where you're sure to spot beautiful people having very important discussions on its gorgeous tiled patio.
As its name implies, this century-old sycamore has about 30 chandeliers suspended from its branches. Located on a residential stretch of Silver Lake Drive, the illuminated tree is lovely at night as food trucks and devoted followers often frolic to the neighborhood's favorite art project. Consider kicking in a donation at the parking meter out front; it costs $200 a month to light, according to creators Brion Topolski and Adam Tenenbaum
Silver Lake Stairs
There are dozens of public, outdoor stairways scattered around Silver Lake's verdant hillsides. Though some homeowners have tried to prevent open access, make no mistake, these sets of stairs are for public use. There's an exhaustive guide in author Charles Fleming's Secret Stairs, but you can get a preview of the stairway network with this 2.5-mile hike, featuring the Music Box Steps of Laurel and Hardy fame.
Elliott Smith Figure 8 Mural
Featured on the cover art for Elliott Smith's Figure 8, this swirling mural became an unofficial memorial to the singer-songwriter after his death. After some bouts with tagging, the wall is looking pretty good these days; you'll see remembrance messages pop up here and there, but its red, white and dark blue stripes have been spotless lately.
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