Not many neighborhoods in Los Angeles have the surname “village.” The ones that do have earned the title, and Los Feliz is one of them. Los Feliz Village is two north-south streets that run parallel to each other, Vermont and Hillhurst Avenues, and Hollywood Boulevard to the south that connects them. After years of solid neighborhood favorites with the occasional pop-up here and there, Los Feliz is now popping all over. New businesses are pouring in, and it’s as if they’re all highly anticipated. How you pronounce the neighborhood is up for debate (locals say “los fee-liz”)—that this neighborhood is on the edge of something big is not.
There’s a reason Griffith Observatory is one of the most visited attractions in Los Angeles and also one of the most popular hikes—it’s a beautiful place with a rewarding view. Start your walk (or drive, if you must) from the park at Fern Dell Drive. When you reach the top, look out over the city and locate the longest street running south you can see. That’s Vermont Boulevard, one of Los Feliz Village’s main drags. The quaint Trails Cafe is a perfect pit stop in the park on your way out.
2800 E Observatory Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90027
Barnsdall Art Park + Hollyhock House
Set up on a hill that looks almost out of place on Hollywood Boulevard, the Barnsdall Art Park is a slightly-off-the-radar find. It’s a beautiful green space for creativity with olive trees dotting the grounds. In the warmer months, there are wine tastings at sunset and outdoor movie nights on the grounds. But the year-round draw of Barnsdall Art Park is Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House. Completed in 1921, Hollyhock was Wright’s first Los Angeles project, and it’s a study of California’s indoor-outdoor lifestyle. It recently underwent renovation for several years, and it’s now open to the public for tours.
4800 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027
Covell is a wine lover’s dream: 150 bottles, all available by the glass. It’s a romantic, intimate bar along a transforming block of Hollywood Boulevard—the coffee house Go Get Em Tiger, McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams, and Tex-Mex standout HomeState are all nearby, and a highly anticipated Mediterranean restaurant called Kismet just opened. But back to the wine: snag a table in a quiet corner of Covell, pick some pours and enjoy light bites. This is what a real neighborhood “gem” looks like.
4628 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027
Those “THE FUTURE IS FEMALE” shirts you’ve been seeing all over Instagram? They are officially from Otherwild, a small bohemian and feminist-forward gift shop on a lively part of Vermont Avenue. Take home one of the iconic shirts or sweatshirts, and shop all kinds of other feminist goodies, like Gravel and Gold’s boobs-print shirts and totes, unique ceramics, books, art and more.
1768 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
Rockwell Table and Stage
A little farther down the block is the Rockwell Table and Stage. This massive yet intimate restaurant and lounge is part supper club, part neighborhood hang-out. There is live music or shows most nights, and it’s everything from Rocky Horror nights to “The Unauthorized Musical Parody of Mean Girls.” Among the regular acts: Jeff Goldblum plays jazz piano nearly every Wednesday night.
1714 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027