Oct. 2, 2017
Larchmont Village may be L.A.’s tiniest historic neighborhood, but this diverse community packs a lot on a single stroll down Larchmont Boulevard. More than coffee shops, boutiques and bakeries, let’s take a look at the Top 10 things to do while you’re here:
Cultivate your local community at Larchmont Village Farmers Market
209 N Larchmont Blvd, Los Angeles
Meeting the people who grow the fresh and delicious food you eat is only one of many reasons why this Sunday stopover (10AM-2PM) is a must-see. Reconnecting with the seasonal cycles of your community through food while supporting small family farmers can give you a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction few other local activities can. Plus, you’re helping the environment, promoting the humane treatment of animals, and staying healthy at the same time.
Explore your endurance at Griffith Park
4730 Crystal Springs Dr, Los Angeles
The largest urban park in the U.S., Griffith is one of the best places for walking, running, cycling and even horseback riding. You might come across a local Boy Scout troop going through Berlin’s Forest, or you just might spot the mountain lion P-22 on your way up the Hollywood Hills to Dante’s View for a garden picnic. Notable spots are the old zoo, Fern Dell, the Carousel and outdoor Shakespeare in the summer. There’s also a new zoo, tennis courts, soccer fields, a golf area, running trails, exercise machines, and waterfalls.
Experience a visual escape at ArcLight Cinemas
6360 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles
Watching a movie is one of the ways we can briefly escape from the troubles of life and immerse ourselves in a good story. At ArcLight, you can expect an experience of sound and vision like no other. This cinema chain offers special member pricing and reserved seating, so you’ll never have to rush to save seats. The on-site café and bars have excellent concession choices, and the wide variety of advertising-free new-release, classic and specialty films create an unlimited and unique viewing experience.
Immerse yourself in beauty at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles
LACMA is the largest art museum in the western United States, a 20-acre campus with diverse collections holding more than 150,000 works spanning the history of art from ancient times to the present. They also hold visiting exhibits, screenings & concerts. If you missed an exhibit, you can check it out on their website’s Reading Room, containing catalogues and brochures of previous exhibitions. These are out-of-print, hard-to-find publications you can view for free. Make sure to take iconic selfie moments at the Urban Light and Levitating Mass exhibits.
Transform yourself to your full potential at Flywheel Sports
147 N Larchmont Blvd #300, Los Angeles
If you’re looking for a serious workout to transform your mind, body and spirit, look no further than Flywheel Sports. They have friendly and professional trainers who are attentive and encouraging when it comes to getting you to your peak level of health. They will even advise you on your recommended torque and RPMs. Their facilities are clean, spacious and organized, and they offer free parking, shoes, towels, and showers.
Treat yourself to a peaceful tidbit at Cafe Gratitude
639 N Larchmont Blvd, Los Angeles
100% organic plant-based gourmet cuisine is a rare thing to find, even in a foodie spot like Larchmont. Café Gratitude brings health and sustainability front and center in their inspired menu, from the Mucho (Mexican bowl) to the Liberated (kelp noodles with tomatoes, olives, pesto and Brazil nut Parmesan). Everything is so fresh and delicious, you might forget it's vegan. Don't forget dessert! The aptly-named Irresistable is a coconut and chocolate mousse you absolutely must try.
Refresh and regain your best body at Shape House Urban Sweat Lodge
434 N Larchmont Blvd, Los Angeles
Featured on Keeping Up With The Kardashians, and frequented by celebrities like Demi Moore, Shape House is a weight-loss craze and an infrared dream for those who want to shed pounds but prefer to do it lying down. Wrapped in a padded foil blanket and heated to 75C, the bulk perspiration detoxes and relaxes its patrons. It also improves sleep quality and weight loss, burning 1,000 calories a session.
Discover extravagantly affordable items at Ampersand consignment store
658 N Larchmont Blvd, Los Angeles
Shopping for designer wear does not need to necessarily mean you can’t spend money. Ampersand researches and verifies previously worn designer pieces or vintage items and prices competitively. This is a charming boutique with carefully curated and affordably priced vintage & designer apparel, modern pieces, shoes, handbags and jewelry. It is a resale shop offering a personalized shopping experience with the best high-end items.
Connect with traditional tales and modern marvels at Chevalier’s Books
126 N. Larchmont Blvd., Los Angeles
Chevalier’s has been Larchmont's community book store all the way back to 1940 and is generally considered the neighborhood bookstore. Tables and shelves are well-supplied with a variety of genres & subjects. There are frequent author signings and readings. The old-school neighborly feel makes it fun to browse the great assortment of books. And if you can’t stop by for long, you can order your favorite novel online.
Change the way you workout with barre at Pop Physique
527 N Larchmont Blvd, Los Angeles
Get an incredible workout at this quaint studio where the equipment is luxurious and the first class is free. Jennifer and Deric Williams wanted to share their love of ballet barre and Pilates inspired workout with the neighborhood. Bringing the charm of the Pop movement near Café Gratitude, the teachers here are trained and friendly to sculpt your body to thunderous beats.
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