Los Angeles is a massive city with hundreds of pockets and neighborhoods, but Larchmont Village makes my enormous hometown feel small and quaint.
There are several long blocks of Larchmont Blvd that are dotted with dozens of restaurants, boutiques, coffee chains, and banks, but the main drag runs between Beverly Blvd and 1st Street.
On weekends, the area is bustling with families riding bikes, couples walking their dogs, and farmers market enthusiasts, who visit this tiny version for their fix of berries (pictured), fresh vegetables, and wonderful homemade goat cheese.
I’m a fan of Sam’s Bagels for my carb fix, and my gluten free friend swears by the cupcakes at Babycakes. Cafe Gratitude is renowned for their local, fair trade, organic and vegan fare, and my parents have been long time fans of Le Petit Greek. Village Pizzeria has been on the block since as far back as I can remember, serving up slices of deliciously cheesy, thin sliced pies.
Even if you aren’t looking to eat, this quaint street filled with Hancock Park residents running errands and hanging out with their kids is an adorable place to wander, people watch, pop into some boutiques, and take in the scenery.