Northeast LA is where it’s at, yo. As Silverlake and Echo Park get more commercialized and rents have soared, those in the know have been moving farther east. This little slice of LA reminds us of the Pacific Northwest, with a focus on art, music, and great coffee. It’s also an incredibly easy neighborhood to get around, and although we spent most of our day on Highland Park’s high-street, we promised ourselves to wander father on our next trip…there’s so much more to see, eat, shop, and explore in Highland Park.

Stop 1: Cafe De Leche

This quant cafe is the perfect neighborhood coffeeshop, with a Highland Park twist: comfy couches, a play area for kids, and some perfectly-pulled shots…and the interior is brightly painted in the happiest of colors and you can have horchata in your coffee. We ordered a skinny latte, a soy chai, an horchata con espresso (a definite favorite!), and one drip coffee. Compliments to the barista all around.

(5000 York Boulevard, Highland Park)

Stop 2: Highland Cafe

It was a weekend morning at 11:30am, which means one thing: brunch time! At this sidewalk cafe, bring your dog and your Sunday-cheat-day appetite: the verde chilaquiles were a crowd-pleaser, although the quinoa veggie burger was surprisingly delicious, too. We also ordered a desayuno breakfast burrito, and the vegan sweet potato tostada – both of which were a fantastic alternative to your regular yawn-worth breakfast fare. Order at the front, and grab your number and a table. We can’t wait to return!

(5010 York Boulevard, Highland Park)

Stop 3: York Boulevard Shops

Arroyo General Store

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