This Los Angeles neighborhood, which owes its name to the water reservoir, has in a few years become one of the most popular areas of the city. Many artists have settled there and enjoy its alternative lifestyle. With its streets lined with palm trees and lush vegetation, it has kept its authentic side and still remains one of the few places protected from the madness of the city. And adding to its charm is the neighborhood’s view of the Hollywood Sign and the Griffith Observatory, which is one of the most beautiful views of the two tourist attractions in Los Angeles.
Sunset Blvd hosts most of the restaurants and shops, including the famous red building of Sunset Junction where locals settle down on the terrace for coffee at Intelligentsia. There are also emblematic LA shops such as Alfred Coffee, Clare V. and Dream Collective. For the gourmands, a stop by Pazzo Gelato is mandatory to taste their delicious homemade ice creams (I personally recommend the Greek yogurt and granola!).
Every Saturday morning and Tuesday afternoon the Farmers Market settles on Sunset. In addition to the farmers’ stands, there are also vintage clothing and accessories merchants. And for those who love to find bargains, the Silver Lake Flea Market is set up on Micheltorena Street every second Saturday of the month.
On the other side of the street, we find the famous colored stairs of Silver Lake: Micheltorena Stairs. The artist Corinne Carrey painted these stairs as part of her series of urban works titled "Street Hearts." Another artist who has appropriated the architecture of the district is the French Vincent Lamouroux who covered the Bates Motel completely with whitewash in 2015. Seen in the movie Psycho, this building had been abandoned for several years and is now one of the most photographed pieces of architecture in Los Angeles.
To enjoy a little more calm, it is most pleasant to walk on Silver Lake Blvd at the junction with Effie Street. A very quiet street with a few restaurants including Botanica, the new spot where you can have brunch before strolling around stores like Yolk, famous for its gifts and children's items. Finally at nightfall, the romantics meet on West Silver Lake Drive where the twinkling lights of the "Chandelier Tree" are simply amazing.