I spent Friday night in Silver Lake, Los Angeles with my pals Sean, Thuan and Carl. God, we ate a lot of freakin’ fries that night which, although sat on me for a few days after, definitely complemented the tart ciders and hoppy beers we drank in abundance throughout that evening.
Every weekend in summer, the Silver Lake neighborhood puts on a Night Market that showcases a variety of eclectic vintage and hipster vendors. We spent nearly forever at Tod’s Camera Stop that offers an incredible collection of Super 8 film cameras, repeater filters for analog and, a favorite, loads of expired film. Carl ended up buying a repeater filter, over which we all later fought for the chance to use and play with it. I especially liked the fashion sense of this neighborhood; everyone was wearing bold lips with minimalistic and flowy materials and chunky sandals with gold accent earrings. Definitely a source of inspiration for the style savvy.
We made a few stops along Sunset Boulevard which is a fantastically fun and busy strip of fashionable boutiques, trendy coffee shoppes and neon bright bars and night clubs. Our first stop was at Haché for beer and their special fries, which is basically regular ol’ fries in “animal style” (cheesy, mayonnaise, thousand island something sauce and sautéed onions). They were grotesquely greasy and absolutely perfect with a pint of Mama’s Little Yella Pills – a honey malt pilsner from Colorado that I enjoyed to myself. The boys had some indescribable IPA that I cannot handle.
Then we walked around and photographed the strip, its people and each other and came upon the charming little Muddy Paw Coffee Company where we sipped on Affogato and soy chai teas and munched on sugar bomb patisserie dipped in chocolate. Yum!
With nothing much else to see or do, we packed up and left the Silver Lake hood for our homes, leaving a fun night together in the books. I think Silver Lake is among my top favorite neighborhoods in LA so far. Where have you been in LA and where do you recommend I visit next? ✌️