Silver Lake is a trendy neighborhood located on LA's eastside just a short distance from downtown.
The neighborhood is home to many eclectic cafes and restaurants, a lively bar scene, and many local shops and boutiques selling everything from vintage clothing to modern furniture.
If you've never spent any time in Silver Lake before, now is your chance.
This guide to 24 hours in Silver Lake is intended to help first time visitors plan their visit. My hope is that this guide inspires you to explore new places around Los Angeles that you might not have considered before.
For those that live in Silver Lake or are familiar with the area, feel free to leave any recommendations for things to do in the comments below. Local suggestions are always welcome.
Things to do in Silver Lake
First time visitors to Silver Lake will spend the majority of their time walking around Sunset Blvd., sampling the local restaurants, listening to music, and sipping cocktails.
Here are a few suggestions on the best things to see and do in Silver Lake.
- Silver Lake Reservoir: This is a popular spot for locals to go for a run or walk. You'll find a 2.2 mile trail surrounding the reservoir.
- Sunset Junction: This is an upscale shopping and dining area popular with locals.
- El Cid: Great spot for drinks and live music. They have Flamenco shows on Saturday nights.
- Cocktails: You'll find plenty of great bars in Silver Lake to enjoy with friends in the evenings. Check out Red Lion Tavern, Silver Lake Lounge and Edendale.
- Street Art: Due to its trendy, artsy vibe, you'll find street art spread throughout the neighborhood and especially along Sunset Blvd.
Where to eat in Silver Lake
Silver Lake is just packed with unique and intersting cafes and restaurants. You'll find all kinds of cuisine along Sunset Blvd. including Italian, ramen, vegetarian, vegan, Thai, Indian, and more.
Below are just a handful of restaurant suggestions to get you started.
- Bowery Bungalow: Trendy restaurant serving farm to table Mideast cuisine.
- Tacos Delta: Popular taco stand serving tacos, burritos, taquitos, and more.
- Pine & Crane: A fast and casual restaurant serving Taiwanese cuisine.
- Alimento: Italian bistro with an impressive wine list.
- Millie's Cafe: American style breakfast and lunch cuisine with many vegan and vegetarian options.
You'll also find grocery stores and local markets if you prefer to prepare your own meals or want to pick up drinks and snacks to have on hand during your visit.
Where to stay in Silver Lake
Since Silver Lake is more of a residential neighborhood than a tourist destination, you won't find many hotels in the immediate area, though there are a couple.
If these hotels don't suit what you're looking for, I would check AirBnB where you're likely to find more listings with a variety of amenities and price points.
- Silver Lake Pool and Inn: Trendy boutique hotel near Sunset Junction.
- Comfort Inn: Budget chain hotel on Sunset Blvd.
- AirBnB: Local home and apartment rentals in a variety of price points.
If the Silver Lake Pool and Inn is a bit over your budget, I would default to a search on AirBnB. I think you'll find more stylish and modern accomodations that way as opposed to staying at the Comfort Inn. Though if you're just looking for somewhere easy and affordable, I'm sure the Comfort Inn will be just fine.
I hope you've enjoyed this guide to 24 hours in Silver Lake and that I've inspired you to plan a visit of your own. If you liked this article please consider giving me a follow for more local travel and lifestyle guides such as this one. As always, thanks for reading.
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