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We're not novices when it comes to exploring Echo Park, but even we can hardly keep up with the meteoric rise of this artsy neighborhood. With a brand spanking new Blue Bottle opening its doors next week, the historic east side area seems poised to be the city's coolest new hub for dining, drinking, and yes of course, shopping.
Since we've already expressed our love of other EP faves like Cactus Store, Otherwild, and Myrtle, we thought we'd highlight some of the newest kids on the block, which you can hit all in on fell swoop as you brunch like the social media savvy, snag sweet stationary, and shop NYC-approved vintage. All in all, a Perfect Saturday.
If (like us) you've been known to troll Instagram scouting out the most chic spot to grab your next morning latte or breakfast bites, look no further than Dinette (1606 Sunset Boulevard) to start off this Saturday in style. After all, cool tastemakers like Barrett Prendergast of Valleybrink Road and photographer/Pinterest pro Bonnie Tsang have shared perfectly styled snaps of their avocado toasts or iced cardamom milk tea at this walk-up window cafe that feels equal parts Paris and NYC (but what else do you expect from the dude that brought you Silver Lake staple Cafe Stella?). And speaking of the window, don't get us started on the OMG-inducing pastries glaring at you from behind the glass. Goodies like the rosewater pistachio meringue are so pretty, you can pretend you're only buying one for the photo op.
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Now that you're revved up off espresso and sweet treats from Dinette, head down Echo Park Avenue to neighborhood newbie Shout and About (1547 Echo Park Avenue) where cute and cheeky gifts are the specialty. Current inventory we're coveting includes palm leaf or pineapple printed phone cases by Sonix, kitty-covered stationary by Darling Distraction, and Bando agendas (we'll take the one emblazoned with "I Am Very Busy" thank you very much), but you can also find wrapping paper, off-kilter cards, plants, books, and all kinds of other treats. Grab something sassy for a friend's upcoming birthday or indulge in girlie paper goods that will make you re-appreciate snail mail.
If you're looking to spice up your current wardrobe, try recently opened Worship (1104 Mohawk Street). Though the 'hood has no shortage of great vintage go-to's, this new addition is certainly deserving of attention all its own. The space, which was previously home to defunct-but-beloved boutique Sirens and Sailors, is now run by Sara Villard and Vashti Windish, who already have a successful sister store in Brooklyn. Though the curated shop always stocks a wide variety of eras (including used contemporary) and styles (including designer), you can count on finding pieces that are super special, like a sunflower print bustier from Contempo Casuals or a purple polka dot Ungaro suit. But denim staples and cool tees will always be in the mix, too, and price points are thankfully pretty wallet-friendly.