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How to Shop Highland Park Like a Local

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Highland Park is a dynamic and diverse neighborhood, defined by two streets with two different vibes: Figueroa along the east, and York to the north. In the past year or so, amidst the best tacos and jugo places in the city, some seriously great retail spots have popped up. From under-the-rader vintage warehouses to sneaker spots to book and record shops, now is the time to trek east. Here, our local's guide to hitting all the best spots.—Lizz Wasserman

YORK
York has seen a semi-explosion of stores in the past couple of years, making it a mini-design district, and a major distraction for any Eagle Rockers who used to head to Silver Lake.


If you need to grab lunch in the York area, we recommend Schodorf's (5051 York). For coffee, hit Café de Leche (5000 York) and for a drink, head to The Hermosillo (5125 York).

FIGUEROA
If York is for the hipster, Figueroa is for the hipster who would never admit to being one. While there is less retail on this street, the quality runs deep and some of it's really old-school.


For lunch or brunch nearby, try Good Girl Dinette (110 N Ave 56) while Antigua is your source for great coffee (5703 N Figueroa) and La Cuevita is a go-to drinks spot (5922 N Figueroa).

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1. Urchin

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5006 1/2 York Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90042
(323) 259-9059
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This spot feels like a trip back to your favorite thrift store in college, which, considering the product and the proximity to Occidental, isn't a bad thing. Urchin prices top out around $60, the owners go for the more unique pieces and they carry a good variety of men's as well as women's.

2. Matters Of Space

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5005 York Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90042
(323) 743-3267
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This design spot offers up not only the interior decoration services of the owners, but also an a la carte selection of some of the contemporary/modern mixing pieces they might suggest to clients.

3. Thank You

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5011 York
Los Angeles, CA 90042
(323) 739-6138
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This sister store to Secret Headquarters carries graphic novels, art books and a fantastic selection of local zines: all in its large and cleanly-designed shop.

4. Platform

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5027 York Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA
(323) 230-7475
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A lifestyle shop that stocks the local designers you want to see as well as ahead-of-the-curve finds like Tree Bags leather goods, Ashley Thayer silk scarves and Rodger Lee and Kat Hutter ceramics.

5. Shopclass

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5215 York Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90042
(323) 258-2500
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The newest design store on this street has everything from furniture to knickknacks to arty objects and a roving installation series. Trust us, go.

6. K-York Studio

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5028 York Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90042
(213) 700-1811
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A York surprise: great pieces, great prices, great taste and great merchandising. Stop in for simple mid-century items or pieces with a bit of quirk, and check out the extremely affordable vintage rack near the door.

7. Pop-Hop Books & Print

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5002 York Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90042
(323) 259-2490
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Pop-Hop is a fantastic little bookstore. Shop for new and used titles while your little ones grab a seat and a book for themselves.

8. Possession Vintage

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5119 York Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90042
(323) 270-2342
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Possession's pieces may be from the past, but they are tailored for today, in-house. The selection dates back to Victorian times, but the owner's main interest is the '60s.

9. Wombleton Records

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5123 York Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90042
(213) 422-0069
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Shopping this well-decorated and extremely well-stocked vintage record store feels like going through your cool older brother's collection. The prices are good, too.

10. Society of the Spectacle

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4563 York Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90041
(323) 255-4300
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This vintage and new glasses spot has a big selection of quality old school and designer frames, and the sisters who own the place are sweeter than the cupcakes they give out to shoppers.

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1. Urchin

5006 1/2 York Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90042
This spot feels like a trip back to your favorite thrift store in college, which, considering the product and the proximity to Occidental, isn't a bad thing. Urchin prices top out around $60, the owners go for the more unique pieces and they carry a good variety of men's as well as women's.
5006 1/2 York Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90042

2. Matters Of Space

5005 York Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90042
This design spot offers up not only the interior decoration services of the owners, but also an a la carte selection of some of the contemporary/modern mixing pieces they might suggest to clients.
5005 York Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90042

3. Thank You

5011 York, Los Angeles, CA 90042
This sister store to Secret Headquarters carries graphic novels, art books and a fantastic selection of local zines: all in its large and cleanly-designed shop.
5011 York
Los Angeles, CA 90042

4. Platform

5027 York Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA
A lifestyle shop that stocks the local designers you want to see as well as ahead-of-the-curve finds like Tree Bags leather goods, Ashley Thayer silk scarves and Rodger Lee and Kat Hutter ceramics.
5027 York Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA

5. Shopclass

5215 York Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90042
The newest design store on this street has everything from furniture to knickknacks to arty objects and a roving installation series. Trust us, go.
5215 York Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90042

6. K-York Studio

5028 York Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90042
A York surprise: great pieces, great prices, great taste and great merchandising. Stop in for simple mid-century items or pieces with a bit of quirk, and check out the extremely affordable vintage rack near the door.
5028 York Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90042

7. Pop-Hop Books & Print

5002 York Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90042
Pop-Hop is a fantastic little bookstore. Shop for new and used titles while your little ones grab a seat and a book for themselves.
5002 York Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90042

8. Possession Vintage

5119 York Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90042
Possession's pieces may be from the past, but they are tailored for today, in-house. The selection dates back to Victorian times, but the owner's main interest is the '60s.
5119 York Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90042

9. Wombleton Records

5123 York Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90042
Shopping this well-decorated and extremely well-stocked vintage record store feels like going through your cool older brother's collection. The prices are good, too.
5123 York Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90042

10. Society of the Spectacle

4563 York Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041
This vintage and new glasses spot has a big selection of quality old school and designer frames, and the sisters who own the place are sweeter than the cupcakes they give out to shoppers.
4563 York Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90041