There are a couple of great neighborhoods in Los Angeles that you can easily miss if you blink. The main strip of Atwater Village runs along Glendale Blvd., a street well-packed with yoga studios and places to eat and shop, offering up how Los Angeles does “quaint.” Time runs a little slow here–and people walk a bit slower, too–but it’s a nice break from the pace of the rest of the city and soak in the charm. Yes, there’s no need to rush in Atwater. Just take a lingering stroll down the block. Dress down and don’t stress.
Juice Served Here
Starting the morning off with a healthy bang, The Juice on Glendale complies with what owner Lizzie Halpern calls a “juice etiquette code.” Meaning, part of the reason she decided to open her business in Atwater was because The Juice is “trying to bring something healthy and positive without cutting into someone else’s livelihood.” The Juice was the first juice shop on the scene, opening in summer 2013. The neighborhood responded well, finding that “most folks are down to pay more for quality and they appreciate our dedication to organic and a juicing process that is totally visible and honest.” Apparently LA peeps like transparency as much as they like healthy beverages.
3145 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039
Individual Medley Store
They’ve got it. You want it. Individual Medley is named after a race c0-owner Justin Boyes used to race in. And Justin and his co-owner/wife, Monica, source locally crafted ceramics and other goodies, as well as the kind of easy-does-it clothing that LA guys and girls don year-round. Like a spiffy pair of overalls. Or mugs from Mt. Washington. Basically, it’s lumbersexual central here. They’ve even stocked up on cute kids toys, if you’re into that kind of human. Just obscure enough to be hip, but mainstream enough to hook you. So if you’re looking for gifts that will please the pickiest, forget Jesus, this little store is your savior.
3176 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039
Jacknife Records & Tapes
If overalls and ceramics aren’t really your thing, and you long for the days of mix tapes, look no further than Jacknife Records, a hidden gem that sells vintage stereo equipment and a well-curated record selection. It’s the kind of go-to neighborhood record store that will be music to your analog ears.
3149 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039
The Proof is in the Coffee
Aside from stocking their front counter with plenty of tiny morsels and pastries to make your mouth water, Proof Bakery has just what you’ll need in terms of coffee. It’s the perfect place to pop in for an afternoon pick-me-up and comfort cravings, where you’ll very likely spot a bevy of L.A. bloggers ‘gramming their late brunch. We suggest keeping the phone in your purse or pocket, and just savor the java. (Owner Na Young Ma has been serving Cognoscenti Coffee at the bakery since day one.) So sip slowly and enjoy the sunshine. Coffee is best enjoyed sans tech and with a spoonful of sugar.
3156 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039
You can’t throw a stone in LA without coming across a farm-to-table restaurant, but Atwater Village Farm is a corner store that’s like having a farmer’s market in the neighborhood all week long. The store is full of fresh, organic, and local produce… that’s affordable. Make sure to grab a veggie sandwich and take it with you to your next stop.
3224 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039
Hit the Links
Since it’s still sunny here–yes, even though it’s December–you can squeeze in a few holes at the Los Feliz Golf Course. You can play 3, 9, or an executive game, and since the course recently got a make-over, including a recycled-water irrigation system, you can feel drought friendly while swinging your 9 iron.
3207 Los Feliz Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039
Tap This Bar
On the outskirts of town is Glendale Tap, a divey-looking bar next to a motorcycle repair shop that has peanut shells on the floor and a pool table in the back. The peanuts are free and so is the pool, and with 45+ craft beers and a laid-back atmosphere, what you get out of this bar is what you put into it. And if that means drinking on a stool by yourself, well, there will be someone down the bar top doing just the same.
4227 San Fernando Rd, Glendale, CA 91210Illustration by Max Wittert.