A Day in Echo Park, Los Angeles

A Day in Echo Park, Los AngelesDuring my last trip to Los Angeles, I had the pleasure of spending an afternoon in the exciting, eclectic Echo Park. Here are my suggestions for things to do, places to shop and spots to grab a bite to eat in this jewel of a neighborhood.

Do

Elysian Park
835 Academy Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90012
Echo Park is adjacent to the scenic Elysian Park. The park has fantastic hiking trails and several picnic areas. It’s a historic site, too, bearing the title of L.A.’s oldest park.

Angelino Heights
Angelino Heights is a subsection of Echo Park, and was L.A.’s second suburb (back in the days of dirt roads). It’s particularly notable for its beautifully preserved Victorian homes. Contact the L.A. Conservancy to book a tour of some of these historic mansions.  


Shop

Tavin
543 Echo Park Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90026
Tavin is a lifestyle boutique specializing in high-end and hard-to-find vintage clothing (like the embroidered Afghani dresses that I covet) and accessories. Erin Tavin, the owner, describes the aesthetic as “A bohemian lifestyle with a California flavor... a Laurel Canyon or Big Sur of the 1960's with a touch of European influences.”

Beatrice Valenzuela
1547 Echo Park Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90026
Designer Beatrice Valenzuela’s welcoming shop carries her eponymous shoe and jewelry lines as well as a variety of handmade textiles, pottery, linens and other home goods from Mexico and beyond. It’s near impossible to leave empty handed!


Eat

The Park
1400 Sunset Blvd, Echo Park, CA 90026
Classic American (and some global) dishes with unexpected twists are what The Park does best. The décor is minimalist (yet welcoming), the wine and beer pairings are superb, and the price points are accessible enough to draw a diverse clientele.  

Taco Zone

Vons parking lot, 1342 N. Alvarado St., Echo Park, CA 90026
If a simple (but oh-so-good) grilled meat taco is what you crave, then head to the taco truck parked outside of Vons and prepare to be impressed. Be sure to bring cash (they don’t take cards).

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