Lightbox Locale | Silver Lake, Los Angeles

Did you hear? We're popping up at LA's Century City Mall from the 8-14th February. As temporary Angelenos, here's the first of several LA neighborhood guides, because this city is big and mysterious. First up? Exploring Silver Lake. 

Where to Eat

Botanica Restaurant LA

Botanica Restaurant and Market

Seasonal and market inspired California cuisine with delicious breakfast, lunch and dinner. The mezze platter will haunt you in your dreams.


Sqirl LA


You’ve already heard the hype, and it’s all true. Go for the decadent brioche toast and ricotta cheese and take some jam home with you.



This Israeli newbie’s otherworldly hummus, roasted beets, and salads are worth the sparse décor and the majority of table seating directly on busy Sunset Blvd.

Pine & Crane

Pine & Crane

There’s never not a line at this Taiwanese-Chinese casual eatery and for good reason. It will hit the spot for comfort food with warming soups, dumplings, and pork buns.


L & E Oyster Bar

Glorious west coast seafood and cocktails are on the menu at this quaint spot near the reservoir. Order the mix and match oyster platter, clam chowder, and trout salad.

Where to Shop

Mohawk General Store

Mohawk General Store

The dreamiest clothes, shoes, and accessories live here. The store has expanded to include a men’s location and Smock, it’s in-house line of Japanese produced basics also has its own storefront along this strip of Sunset.

Lawson Fenning

Lawson Fenning

Ah, to live in this store which looks like a slightly overstuffed version of the perfect living room. They have a gorgeously curated selection of furniture and home accessories.

Yolk LA


Beautifully designed wooden toys, princess dresses, and a diverse collection of children’s books live alongside things for mom and dad too like wool blankets and earthenware coffee mugs.


A postage stamp-sized version of the beloved West Hollywood store, it’s still the best place to buy a gift, an obscure coffee table book, or something beautiful for your desk.

Mollusk Surf Shop

Mollusk Surf Shop

San Francisco import Mollusk sells surfboards, yes, but the real draw is the kind of casually cool clothes that make you dream about living life on the beach.


The Social Type LA

The Social Type

With an Instagram-worthy pink wall outside and stationary supplies organized by color to rainbow effect inside, this is a very happy place to get a journal or buy a card.

What to do

Silver Lake Reservoir

Go for a run. Go for a stroll. Bring your dog or your kids. There’s something for everyone on the 2 mile path around this neighborhood's namesake reservoir. And the surrounding hills have enough modern and Spanish houses to satisfy the real estate lover in you.

Where to Stay

Airbnb had over a 1000+ listings when we checked. But we also heard that PaliHotel is opening a location there soon.