Silver Lake | Echo Park

Welcome to Silver Lake | Echo Park

Up-and-coming neighborhoods with trendy charm
 
Silver Lake and Echo Park are quirky, trendy, and hip. While not quite as uniform as its neighbors, the Silver Lake-Echo Park area has an authentic charm and unique style that attracts young professionals and creatives. 
 
Situated southeast of Griffith Park and bordered by Los Feliz, East Hollywood, Koreatown, and Glendale, Silver Lake and Echo Park are close to downtown Los Angeles and the beauty of the Hollywood Hills, making them perfect for commuters. Both neighborhoods have public parks, hillside views of the skyline, and are close to Dodger Stadium. 
 
Both neighborhoods were developed in the early 1900s, and many homes from the 1920s and the mid-century still exist today. The communities have a variety of apartments, condos,  duplexes, bungalows, and single-family homes. 
 

What to Love

  • Youthful, authentic, hipster charm
  • Thriving restaurant scene with a variety of local cuisine
  • Walkable neighborhoods with plenty of outdoor activities
  • Convenient commute to DTLA and other popular neighborhoods

The Lifestyle

Cool, quirky, and walkable
 
Due to the easy commute, walkability, and more affordable prices, Silver Lake and Echo Park are very popular with young professionals and creatives. Both neighborhoods have plenty of nightlife options, so weekends are never boring. Echo Park is home to The Echo and The Echoplex, two beloved indie music venues that are testaments to the hip and creative vibe of the neighborhoods. If you are in the market for a charming, unique neighborhood with artistic appeal, then the Silver Lake-Echo Park area is for you.
 

The Story

Historic and progressive
 
Echo Park was one of the first neighborhoods in Los Angeles — the Angelino Heights area within the neighborhood is a small section of Victorian homes, a souvenir of the earliest days of Los Angeles. In the early 20th century, the area that is now Echo Park, Silver Lake, and Los Feliz was called Edendale, and it was the film studio center of Los Angeles. 
 
While the studios moved to Hollywood in the 1920s, the artistic spirit of Edendale remained in Silver Lake and Echo Park. Historically, it was also home to many members of the LGBTQ+ community. The Black Cat Tavern, a gay bar in Silver Lake, was the site of a police raid-turned-riot in 1967 — two years before the Stonewall riots. 
 

Dining

Trendy eateries with a range of cuisine
 
  • Intelligentsia — A chic and high-end coffee shop in Silver Lake.
  • Stories Books & Cafe — This hybrid bookstore and coffee shop is perfect for bookworms everywhere.
  • Mohawk Bend — An American restaurant with a selection of California craft breweries.
  • Playitas Mariscos — Mexican food stand with a range of fresh seafood.
  • All Day Baby — This retro-style diner is open all day, with a range of American cuisine and cocktails in the evening.
 

Shopping

Eclectic goods you won’t find anywhere else
 
  • Foxhole Vintage — This vintage store has a curated collection of secondhand goods, including ultra-cool old-school denim. 
  • Mohawk General Store — This trendy, designer boutique has casual-chic designs in both men’s and women’s apparel
  • The Bar Keeper — This shop has everything you need to stock up your home bar and level up your mixology skills. 
  • Secret Headquarters — Vibrant comic book store with a wide range of graphic novels, comics, and events.
  • Lemon Frog — A self-described vintage bazaar that sells clothing and accessories from the 1950s through the 1990s. 
 

Nightlife

Authentic indie music venues and hip bars
 
  • Bar Flores — This trendy cocktail bar has a cozy outdoor patio.
  • Thunderbolt — Hip, industrial-chic bar with craft cocktails
  • Bar Bandini — Intimate and laid-back bar with wine on tap.
  • Little Joy Cocktails — This dive bar was recently given an upscale makeover but retains its neighborhood charm.
  • The Echo & Echoplex — These sister venues host independent musicians in their intimate concert spaces. 
 

Things to Do

From baseball games to dog parks
 
  • Silver Lake — The paved paths around Silver Lake Reservoir are perfect for a walk or jog.
  • Echo Park Lake — Ideal spot for a picnic, a jog, or a trip in one of the lake’s paddle boats.
  • Lotus Festival — Held annually at Echo Park Lake, the festival celebrates Asian and Pacific Islander culture.
  • Dodger Stadium — This stadium, built in 1962, is the home of the LA Dodgers baseball team. 
 

Schools

Silver Lake and Echo Park are served by the Los Angeles Unified School District. Some schools in the area include:
 
  • Ivanhoe Elementary School
  • Elysian Heights Elementary
  • Thomas Starr King Middle School
 
 

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