Here in Los Angeles visiting family, who have moved from the Hollywood Hills to Los Feliz, so another part of the city for me to explore! After arrival two days ago I have mostly been playing with my grandchildren and the dog, meeting the newest baby, a darling little boy just three weeks old, and catching up with my son and daughter-in-law. We did manage to get out to a couple of eating spots – a delightful patisserie/ cafe bar on Vermont Ave and a great ice creamery ‘Jenni’s Icecream’ where I had the improbable sounding blueberry/whole lemon/buttermilk sorbet in a cone (two scoops) which was simply divine……..and I am not an ice cream lover!
Today after taking eldest grandson to pre school and a coffee at the Broome St Store in Silverwater (an iconic shop full of fascinating foods, artisanal chocolate, organic cotton and linen clothes and haberdashery) had a steep walk up the hills to Griffith Park with son and dog – good views although the mist/smog that hangs over the city in the mornings makes it a bit difficult to see well, I took off on foot to explore.
Los Feliz is a village with a somewhat ‘arty’ and ‘alternate’ vibe.
Lots of interesting street art stencilled onto walls and footpaths and in amongst the grime and general messiness of the streetscape are the classic super tall palms of LA and brightly painted buildings. The area is overlooked by Griffith Park and the Observatory (a useful landmark when navigating the area).
On Vermont, there is the Skylight Bookshop with all sorts of unusual books, the Co op store with handicrafts and unusual items – clothes, candles, leather goods, art, cards, jewellery and more. There are some cool cafes and restaurants, a picture theatre and clothing stores.
On Hillhurst are more cafes, a large supermarket and a fresh vegetable and fruit supplier and around the corner on Hollywood Boulevard is a great art shop and in the other direction, toward the Hollywood Walk of Fame is a fascinating shop aptly called ‘Wacko’ containing all sorts of strange kitsch – much of it Mexican in origin or style, but also a very good collection of art books – I bought one containing lettering stencils which might be useful for screen printing and art journaling. In the back area is an art gallery – closed today for installation but another exhibition opens on Friday, so will go back to have a look at the work of four female artists.
Walked up as far as Western Ave along Hollywood Boulevard – not a lovely street! came back via Russell and Franklin – much more pleasant with some grandiose houses on the ‘high’ side of Franklin – bouganvilleas and a bewildering array of succulents grow everywhere. Los Feliz Boulevard is really lovely, with abundant gardens and well to do gardens, but it does have a rather ‘suburban’ and manicured look which is not my favourite – like a bit of wild, more casual growth myself.