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Will from London, United Kingdom asked

Edgy Hood in LA

Hi, I live in Brixton, London and will be visiting LA around Xmas time. I am looking for the same kind of vibe, not necessarily Caribbean but laid back, reasonable, edgy and full of nighttime options. I have beenreading about Echo Park / Silver Lake but part of me was also thinking Venice would nice ? Ideally - this is LA I know - I would like to be able to go out for dinner / drinks on foot and walk back home. Thoughts / Ideas?

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Jillian from Los Angeles

You got it, but in addition I would throw in Downtown Los Angeles and Los Feliz as options.

With that being said, my number one choice would still be Venice Beach (and not just because I live there!). Walkable, edgy, artsy...but you also get the ocean. Stay anywhere close to Abbot Kinney Blvd, where you can walk home from many delicious meals at Gjelina (make reservations in advance), or their takeout option Gjelina Take AwayTasting KitchenVenice Beach WinesSalt Air, or get drinks for sunset on the High Rooftop Bar at Hotel Erwin. If you have any specific questions, happy to help further.

As for downtown, my favorite area is the Los Angeles Arts District which is really worth a visit. So many great options like tasting local beers at Angel City Brewery, or dinner (amazing italian) at Bestia, eating a slice at The Pie Hole, and enjoying coffee from Blue Bottle Coffee Downtown (now Blue Bottle Coffee). Close by I recommend enjoying cocktails on the rooftop at Perch, or the speakeasy The Varnish, grabbing a breakfast sandwich at Eggslut, and Mexican food at Bar Ama

As for Los Feliz, you have Hillhurst Ave, where you must get dinner Little Dom's or check out Messhall Kitchen. You can't go wrong with the pizza at Lucifers, margs at El Chavo, and brunch at Home Restaurant. Plus you can easily hike Griffith Observatory for some exercise and amazing views (if that's your thing). 

Close by is Silver Lake, and I would recommend Sunset blvd for places like Intelligentsia Coffee & TeaSqirl for the prosciutto sandwich, Pine & Crane for Chinese (so good!), Cafe Stella for dinner, and Mohawk Bend for a casual fun vibe. Also, L & E Oyster Bar for some oysters. Although I love this area, I would say this is less walkable due to the hills.

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Jillian - you're my food twin! I second everything she says - I've lived in LA for a decade and everything named above is the best of each neighborhood! I would add the Rooftop Bar at Ace Hotel for downtown Los Angeles and Baco Mercat for tapas. And for Venice, Backyard is delicious and right ned to the Erwin. Also, Oscars Cerveteca and Superba on Rose have a great local chic vibe.

Yay for food twins! LA has so many places to offer.. my list just keeps getting bigger and bigger! Totally agree on your below additions...can you recommend them in your own answer to Will?

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Downtown Los Angeles (metro area)
  2. Los Feliz (neighborhood)
  3. Venice Beach (city)
  4. Abbot Kinney Blvd (attraction)
  5. Gjelina (restaurant)
  6. Gjelina Take Away (attraction)
  7. Tasting Kitchen (restaurant)
  8. Venice Beach Wines (attraction)
  9. Salt Air (restaurant)
  10. High Rooftop Bar at Hotel Erwin (attraction)
  11. Los Angeles Arts District (neighborhood)
  12. Angel City Brewery (attraction)
  13. Bestia (restaurant)
  14. The Pie Hole (restaurant)
  15. Blue Bottle Coffee Downtown (attraction)
  16. Perch (restaurant)
  17. The Varnish (restaurant)
  18. Eggslut (restaurant)
  19. Bar Ama (attraction)
  20. Hillhurst Ave (attraction)
  21. Little Dom's (attraction)
  22. Messhall Kitchen (restaurant)
  23. Lucifers (restaurant)
  24. El Chavo (restaurant)
  25. Home Restaurant (restaurant)
  26. Griffith Observatory (attraction)
  27. Silver Lake (attraction)
  28. Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea (restaurant)
  29. Sqirl (restaurant)
  30. Pine & Crane (restaurant)
  31. Cafe Stella (restaurant)
  32. Mohawk Bend (restaurant)
  33. L & E Oyster Bar (attraction)
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answered first by
Matthias from Copenhagen

You are dead on the money. Echo ParkSilver Lake and Venice Beach.

Venice is my favourite though when it comes to being able to walk around. Los Angeles is a driving city and Venice Beach in my opinion is the only real walking-friendly place with distances being manageable. And Santa Monica is not too far away with a ton of "walkable" options too.

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  2. Silver Lake (attraction)
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answered by
Joanna from Los Angeles

Venice Beach sounds most like you will love it. 2nd place Silver Lake, Los Feliz, Eagle Rock (California) or Highland Park. You got it right :) If you do Silverlake you can bike to Los Feliz, Eagle Rock and Highland Park... :) But I am a eastside girl myself.... so I should not talk toooo much :p

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Great insight, Joanna! By the way, I'm a community manager here and I've helped you highlight the places in your answer on a map! In the future, you can do this yourself as you answer a question by simply typing the @-symbol followed by the name of the place. Take a look at your map next to your answer! :)

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