Weekend Getaways

Los Angeles Tour: Silver Lake

1 Lamill Coffee Boutique

In funky Silver Lake, this coffee shop offers a five-page menu of java drinks—all prepared in your choice of brewing device, from a siphon (which resembles a very elaborate bong) to a one-of-a-kind La Marzocco espresso machine sheathed in hand-pounded brass. But the note-perfect coffee is equalled by the food, courtesy of Providence chef Michael Cimarusti. Don’t miss the eggs en cocotte, a burbling ramekin of velvety yolk and gently baked whites swirled around crimini and oyster mushrooms, lardons, and fines herbes.

2 Pho Café

The restaurant is hidden beside a Crown Escrow outlet in a derelict mini-mall. Despite the lack of signage, the long, narrow room is jammed from noon to night with Silver Lake and Echo Park hipsters, each of them nursing an outsize bowl of Vietnam’s beloved, breathtakingly fragrant noodle soup. Best option: the pho tai gan, with toothsome beef tendon and ribbons of raw sirloin that slowly cook in the clove- and cinnamon-spiced broth.

3 Silver Lake Reservoir

Silver Lake takes its name from this picturesque stash of water that glistens amid the neighborhood’s hilly slopes. It’s the district’s main outdoor recreation area, surrounded as it is by a dog park, basketball courts, walking and jogging paths, and the Silver Lake Meadow, a picnic-perfect grassy stretch on its east side. On clear days, views of the San Gabriel Mountains are spectacular, and the attractive homes ringing the reservoir (many of them architecturally significant, like the Richard Neutra-designed house at 2300 Silver Lake Boulevard) are pretty pleasant to look at, too.

4 Sunset Junction

The terracotta-hued complex at this famous intersection is “ground zeroâ€

5 Yolk

This sunny boutique specializes in “free-range designâ€

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