Yogi Times is out to explore the “hotspots” in our community where yogis can have unusual and unexpected experiences, explore hidden nooks and crannies and discover unique treasures that are off the beaten path. Instead of your everyday trip to the mall, we search for special spots that will appeal to those who are looking for more than the average retail experience. This month we spent the day on scenic Hillhurst Avenue in Los Feliz.
Los Feliz is the hip and sophisticated older sister of Silverlake. If you’ve never ventured east of La Brea, then you might have missed this jewel of a neighborhood. Get your Pilates or yoga on, decompress at a spa, indulge in retail therapy, grab a nutritious and delicious bite, or choose “d”…all of the above!
You’ll be enchanted by this children’s boutique, from its large selection of organic clothing to the magical play area out back. Shop around while your little one takes one of the yoga classes in los angeles held in the store’s bamboo floored mini-studio.
2066 Hillhurst Ave. 323.665.8448 – dragonflydulou.com
White Trash Charms
Sarah Jessica Parker helped make a name for this boutique by sporting their fashionable charms on Sex in the City. Now you can update your look with a little charm of your own plus some high-end clothing.
1951 N. Hillhurst Ave. 323.666.9598 – whitetrashcharms.com
Being in LA
Renew your energy with Jade Stone Therapy or treat yourself to a complete facial. A tranquil atmosphere and friendly staff make this spa the perfect place to unwind.
2016 Hillhurst Ave. 323.665.9355 – beinginla.com
Kelly Wood’s studio offers a broad range of yoga classes and levels. You’ll be charmed by its beauty and serenity.
1939Â½ Hillhurst Ave.323.665.6242 – karunayoga.net
Green Leaves Vegan
From soy burgers to spring rolls, this vegetarian/vegan menu gives you a variety of choices and generous portions to boot. It stays open until midnight daily, providing an ideal spot for healthy late night snacks.
1769 Hillhurst Ave. 323.664.2345 glvegan.com
Walk through aisles crowded with fresh and unique products. Specializing in all-natural and organic foods, supplements, vitamins, and mineral makeup, Nature Mart is the local alternative to larger groceries.
2080 Hillhurst Ave.323.660.0052 – naturemart.com
With a comfortable environment and dishes that remind you of home cooking, this spot lives up to its name. Eat hearty or healthy amidst flowering trees and a calming fishpond.
1760 Hillhurst Ave.323.665.4663 – homelosfeliz.com
My Enchanted Garden
If you don’t have one of your own, visit this quaint shop for flowers that look freshly cut from the garden. Arrangements can be made for any occasion.
1775 Hillhurst Ave. 323.664.5576
Liza Shtromberg Jewelry
This whimsical shop is the perfect blend of personality and design. The creatively displayed high-end jewelry is designed by owner Liza Shtromberg.
2120 N. Hillhurst Ave. 323.913.1444 lizashtromberg.com
In this bustling cafÃ©, you’ll find creative breakfast dishes, fine cheeses, and some very tempting pastries. Wander beyond its doors and you’ll find a shaded courtyard for outdoor dining.
1929 Hillhurst Ave.323.644.0100 – alcovecafe.com
Note for the neighborhood: Don’t be too fashionably late”¦Meeting up with a friend might take longer if you drive, as well as being less environmentally sound and costing an arm and a leg for gas. Try planning a trip to Hillhurst using alternative modes of transportation.
Catch the Red Line to the Sunset/Vermont station where you can then take a Metro Rapid Bus north through Los Feliz Village. Ambrose Avenue will be to the north, Franklin Avenue to the south. Walk east to Hillhurst Avenue and enjoy the day! Visit MTA.net for other commuter programs such as Park and Ride, Carpool, and Guaranteed Ride Home.