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Half of LA is currently guzzling down overpriced beer and sweating their faces off in the desert, which is probably why the City of Angels feels like one massive chill zone right now. If you're not headed to Indio this weekend, we've put together an itinerary for enjoying the benefits (fewer flower crowns and culturally insensitive accessories, more parking) of this weekend's population drop.
In this special #NoChella edition of our Perfect Saturday series, we're spending the day in hipster haven Echo Park. Join us as we brunch at Mohawk Bend, shop at essential indie boutique Myrtle, score new and retro tunes at Origami Vinyl, and more. Bonus points if you can top off your NELA adventure with a stop at Eastside Handmade.
Begin your day with brunch at Mohawk Bend (2141 W. Sunset Blvd.), which offers a vegan-friendly menu. Go classic with the French toast and strawberries ($9) or fill 'er up with the Huevos Divorciados ($12), a belly-stuffing dish of chilaquiles topped with fried eggs, salsa, black beans, queso fresco, and sour cream (add avocado for an ace finishing touch).
Next, walk a few doors down to indie boutique Myrtle (2213 W. Sunset Blvd.), a local fave for its mix of vintage and lady-designed labels. Stylish shopkeep Whitney Bickers just added a fresh bash of merch from Samantha Pleet, Atelier Delphine, and Miista footwear.
Continue your retail therapy and walk a few doors east to Luxe De Ville (2157 W. Sunset Blvd.), yet another must-shop stop on our LA vintage hit list. Stocked with affordable throwback finds, the boutique also offers colorful store owner Oskar de la Cruz's own line of one-of-a-kind accoutrements.
Your next stop is cool girl-faved essential vintage haven Lemon Frog Shop (1202 N. Alvarado St.), just a short jaunt around the corner on Alvarado. There, find tons of treasures hailing from the '50s through the '80s, including "hundreds of $10 items" to appease budget-strapped shoppers.
Still need to walk off that major food coma? If so, keep heading east on Sunset Boulevard and make your way to Origami Vinyl (1816 W. Sunset Blvd.), which restocked its shelves with a host of new releases. A few stellar selections include KCRW fave Lord Huron's sophomore album, Strange Trails; Pitchfork darling Waxahatchee's third disc, Ivy Tripp; and LA-based trio Marriages's NME-faved album, Salome.