I’ve been going back to southern California twice a year since my parents moved me to Atlanta when I was six. But, it wasn’t until my 21st birthday when I dragged a car full of my college besties (Erin included) up the 101 from LA to Santa Barbara – crashing with friends and family along the way- that I really noticed how little I had explored.
Ever since that profound revelation, I make an effort to check out a new place each time I take the six hour flight across the country to visit my family. This Christmas, I chose to investigate what I thought was the new and upcoming area of Los Feliz. However, my grandmother let me know that she used to rendezvous with her girlfriends around Los Feliz before she was married – which was 57 years ago…..so I guess the neighborhood isn’t really “new” after all.
Still, Los Feliz (oddly pronounced Las Fee-less), is a growing and changing neighborhood. It was a new experience for me and probably a bit different than my grandmother remembers. It’s like a small town adjacent to Hollywood and it’s full of independent restaurants and quaint vintage shops. For my fellow New Yorkers, it’s a bit like Park Slope to Manhattan. There is a lot to explore, but here is how I spent the afternoon.
I popped in a few vintage shops around the neighborhood, but I thought this shop had one of the best collections.
From art deco inspired wood hand-crafted handbags, mod square toe Prada sling backs and a perfectly petite faux fur coat which was a little too perfect not to buy, I was like a kid in a candy shop.
I relaxed from a long stint of shopping with a glass of wine and a couple of decadent appetizers at Figaro Bistro. The wine was good, but the apps were fabulous! This spot has great happy hours starting at 4pm Monday – Thursday.
The little bistro was full of Los Feliz locals meeting with friends over light bites and drinks while an unsuspecting playlist of 90s pop hits lingered softly in the background.