A Walking Guide to Silver Lake, Los Angeles

Every year, millions flock to L.A. for a taste of California life.  With endless destinations spread across 400 square miles, it's easy to feel intimidated. Enter Silver Lake: one of the few neighborhoods in L.A. serving activities and destinations within a walkable radius. We’ve put together our top Silver Lake spots for the next time you’re looking to hit the City of Angels, sans car.



Silver Lake is situated on a hill around a reservoir, making for unexpected views of the neighborhood. Many homes here are designed to take full advantage of this and coupled with architecture noticeably unique to the area, Airbnb is a popular choice for visitors. You’ll gain a of sense of authentic LA-living, surrounded by enviable greenery and pristine landscape design.

You may never want to leave your house but as this is a walking guide, we recommend you do so.



Silver Lake is a hub for new and unique cuisines. If you’re looking for a bit of the quintessential LA-glow, Botanica is our pick for a meal that’ll make you look good and feel good. Munch on creative (and photogenic) vegetable dishes and natural wine in a space that will inspire a home makeover.

Pine & Crane

Less than a mile away just off Sunset Blvd., sits Pine & Crane. This Taiwanese spot is known for their beef noodle soup, a staple in the island’s cuisine. You’ll also find a variety of small plates ideal for sharing amongst good company.   


Mohawk General Store 

With a mix of local designers and international brands, Mohawk General Store is a destination shop for locals and visitors alike. Renowned for their curation, you’ll find a range of styles for men and women in addition to beautiful homegoods and accessories.

Dream Collective

Six blocks away lies Dream Collective, the baby of jewelry designer Kathryn Bentley. Stepping inside the store is a glimpse of what we imagine her mind looks like: a mix of inspirational pieces and good energy. Shop her in-house line of fine jewelry or a variety of handpicked items from ceramics to textiles and apparel.  


Micheltorena St.

There’s no shortage to do and see around Silver Lake. If you’re an architecture-aficionado, you’ll find Micheltorena St. of particular interest. Start from the top of the reservoir and make your way down the one-mile stroll. Looking for deeper context? Join a group tour or opt for a self-guided experience -- there’s plenty of online resources to support the latter.

Stairs of Silver Lake

South of Micheltorena St. sits a collection of ten public staircases, known as the Stairs of Silverlake. Famous for their brightly painted works of art, you’ll combine a good workout with a photo-opp as you meander through this urban jungle.

The NOW 

If you’ve really gone LA-rogue, that is to say, without a car, we applaud you. You deserve a treat and for that, head to The NOW. The modern massage parlor is surprisingly affordable and offers an extensive menu including crystal healing (this is LA after all). You’ll leave recharged, energized, and ready for another full day of adventure.

Lauren wearing the Waverley in Sienna, switching between the belt bag and shoulder bag style.


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