Your Perfect Day in L.A.’s Most Walkable New Hot Spot: West Pico
Los Angeles’s pedestrian neighborhoods are scarce, but the emerging and enjoyably strollable West Pico Boulevard is a welcome addition. From unique, design-focused storefronts to the wide range of cuisines and entertainment venues, things are popping between La Brea and Fairfax. So get your walking shoes on immediately. Here’s how to spend the perfect day on West Pico.
Breakfast at Paper or Plastik Cafe
This family-owned restaurant just might be the coolest place you’ll hang out in a ’hood that’sfull of cool. That’s because this wood-beamed, sidewalk table–outfitted joint not only has an eclectic menu of delish breakfast, lunch and dinner fare but is also attached to a dance studio where you can watch a ballet class—or even join in.
5772 W. Pico Blvd.; 323-935-0268 or paperorplastikcafe.com
Browse the Best Vintage Interior Finds
West Pico Boulevard has become a mecca for exciting design talent, including Martin & Brockett (5449 W. Pico), a gorgeous shop with curated vintage finds along with new designs by shopkeeper Jason Martin. Other notable shops include Fantasy Lighting (5374 W. Pico), Buck Damon (5358 W. Pico) and AE Design (5360 W. Pico).
Discover an Indie Fashion Talent
Longtime West Pico fashion designer Pinky Rose is your neighborhood tour guide. Her boutique is a must-stop not only for her slinky and flattering jersey dresses and separates but also for her warm conversation and total charm while she’s spilling the tea on whatever’s new along the boulevard.
5372 W. Pico Blvd.; 323-936-9213 or pinkyroseboutique.com
Experience History in a New Way
The Museum of Tolerance is a multimedia exploration into injustices around the world, with a special emphasis on the Holocaust. Volunteers narrate the experience of World War II camp survivors, and visitors can experience intolerance in daily life in creative tableaux that include historical places, films, visual walls and writing.
9786 W. Pico Blvd.; 310-772-2505 or museumoftolerance.com
Eat All the Spicy Creole Food
Have a small bowl of famous seafood gumbo and a shrimp po’ boy or some smoky fried chicken at Stevie’s Creole Cafe. The humble diner tables at this small storefront restaurant hold somesmokin’-hot Cajun specialties courtesy of chef Stephen Perry, a former child actor.
5545 W. Pico Blvd.; 323-413-2494 or steviescreolecafe.com
GO TO A CONCERT IN AN HISTORIC CLUB
Eighty years old and still rocking, the Mint blues club remains beloved by actor-musicians from Harry Dean Stanton in the ’90s to Billy Bob Thornton and Katey Sagal today. Best of all, this intimate space is just the right amount of grungy to be authentic.
6010 W. Pico Blvd.; 323-954-9400 or themintla.com