Okay, yes. Eagle Rock is really flipping far from almost EVERYTHING else in Los Angeles. But trust us, it’s worth the trek.

Eagle Rock was declared one “the hottest neighborhoods” in 2014 (really code for “the rest of the world is learning what artists and creative-types have known for years.”) It’s named after a large rock outcropping in the shape of an eagle and gets some of it’s cutting-edge coolness from its next-door-neighbor, Occidental College. With its proximity to the mountains and its wide, tree-lined streets – the neighborhood is truly a beautiful one.

This neighborhood is in Northeast LA, close to other up-and-coming neighborhoods like Mount Washington and Glassell Park. It’s highly diverse, and home to a whole range of boutiques, cafes, galleries and shops run by creative and supportive local residents. Even though you’ve probably seen Eagle Rock in a dozen or so movies (it’s a popular shooting location!), you’re hardly going to recognize that you’re in Los Angeles.

Stop 1: Four Cafe

This is a casual joint,  using fresh and seasonal ingredients mostly from the farmers market. The menu offers something for almost everyone, including lots of gluten-free and vegan options (this is LA, after all!)

The service wasn’t stellar, but it’s an order-at-the-counter, first-come-first-served-seating kinda place, and the food was really yummy. We ordered the breakfast burrito (scrambled eggs, black beans, avocado salsa, cheddar cheese) and housemade granola and yogurt. The pulled pork and egg sandwich sounded incredible, as did the lemon ricotta pancakes, but both were unavailable by the time we arrived! (On weekends, brunch starts at 9am, and a limited breakfast menu  is served 12-2pm).

(2122 Colorado Boulevard, Los Angeles)

Stop 2: Leanna Lin's Wonderland

Leanna Lin’s Wonderland is a jewelry shop, art gallery, studio, and pop-up stop all in one place. It might be the only place you can find Star Wars vintage necklaces next to adorable children’s clothing, quirky art, and funky hair accessories. We walked out with a half-dozen delightful greeting cards, and a promise to be back for the DIY beading studio.

(5024 N Eagle Rock Boulevard, Los Angeles)

Stop 3: Owl Talk

This vintage and consignment shop that feels like walking into your eccentric granny’s closet: think pillboxes, brooches, fur hats. This isn’t high-end designer duds, but everything is reasonably-priced and full of pieces you just won’t find anywhere else. We eyed a pair of red cowboy boots and an 80s sequined blouse (and quickly dismissed the thought How good would those look together?) The shop has been a neighborhood favorite for over 20 years, and run by the sweetest pair of sisters.

(5060 N Eagle Rock Boulevard, Los Angeles)

Stop 4: Found Coffee

This modern coffeeshop opened less than a year ago, but it feels like it’s been a neighborhood gathering spot for much longer. The space is bright and open, with lots of seating (and parking!) Beans are from Demitasse, and the soy chai latte and cappuccino we ordered were both on point. From what we hear, the neighborhood isn’t exactly brimming with good coffee joints yet, so this one is extra special.

(1355 Colorado Boulevard, Los Angeles)

Stop 5: Top Knot

We are IN LOVE. This totally rad vintage shop carries some of the most colorful and vibrant pieces on the block, with a range of dresses and rompers from the 60s, 70s and 80s. The shop is really easy to navigate, and items are laid out in a thoughtful design. We enjoyed chatting with adorable owner Natalie, who shared her recommendations in the neighborhood and assured us that we could text her anytime if we wanted to come back for a dress that caught our eye (we did!) If you can’t make it all the way out to Eagle Rock, she sells on Etsy too!

(1583 Colorado Boulevard, Los Angeles)

Stop 6: Know Reality Pie

How lucky are we?! Know Reality Pie was not a planned stop for us, but we noticed the dessert shop walking down the street, and we peeked in to find out that they’d just opened that very morning!

Once just a bright blue food truck, Reality Pie now serves “old-fashioned REAL pie” just around the corner from Colorado Boulevard. These personalized pies come in both savory and sweet flavors, and the crusts have won KCRW’s Good Food Pie Contest. They were almost sold-out by the time we arrived, but we ordered the Lemon Blueberry Thyme Meringue and finished every last crumb. Flavors change with the seasons, but we’re hoping to make it back for the Milk Chocolate Pretzel and the Strawberry Rosemary Rhubarb!

(5106 Townsend Avenue, Los Angeles)

Stop 7: Acorn

This place is all kinds of coolness. Run by three native Angelenos, the indoor/outdoor space features unique home goods and kitchenware, beautiful garden items, and interesting gifts. It was hard to pull us away from the green space in back (talk about #homegoals!), and we purchased a packet of seeds in hopes of re-creating something even close to that good at home.

(1611 Colorado Boulevard, Los Angeles)

Stop 8: CaCao Mexicatessen

This Mexican taqueria and deli feels like a neighborhood secret, but was featured in Jonathan Gold’s 99 Essential Restaurants in 2013, so really not so much. Despite that, it has an old-school rustic Mexican feel to it, with exposed brick walls and cowboy hats on display. We ordered their famous duck tacos, as well as an al pastor taco, ceviche, and a chia lime and basil agua fresca. Everything was beyond delicious, although the tacos and the guacamole were enough to make us eat until we had tummy aches. And we didn’t even get to the mole french fries!

(1576 Colorado Boulevard, Los Angeles)

The Details:

The DASH Bus will get you from the Gold Line, which you can take from Downtown Los Angeles. Most transfers will go through nearby Pasadena or Highland Park.

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  • Maggie

    Thanks for your visit to our cozy little nook of LA! We love it here and love our fabulous neighbors that you highlighted. Hope to see you again soon!

  • Joan

    God that does look like good pie :)