Echo Park Adventures

Echo Park Adventures

Echo Park Lake

You have made the trek to Echo Park and have completed a loop or two around the beautiful water, admiring the new lotus flowers and the cute turtles, and now what do you do? It turns out that there are a ton of cool and unique places to check out that you might not have heard about before. I’m here to help.

Here’s my plan for what to do once you’re sick of walking and are finished with your elote.

 

First, how about you check out Cactus Store, located at 1505 Echo Park Ave. This little corner store is owned by a man named Carlos and boasts an impressive collection of cacti and succulents alike. The plants range from handheld to taller than me (I’m 5’1 so this isn’t saying a whole lot, but still) and are incredibly beautiful. Even if you don’t want to actually purchase anything, I recommend a visit to learn something new and get some cool cactus pictures.

 

Then, before you’re ready for lunch, head over to Randyland, located at 1648 Lemoyne St. This is actually someone’s front yard, so you can’t always get inside to get a look, but you can get some rad street views nonetheless. What is it exactly? It’s a huge art instillation mosaic made of glass and metal. It’s beautiful in the sunlight and something not many people know to find.

If it’s time for a coffee break, I recommend Eightfold Coffee, located at 1294 W. Sunset Blvd. With it’s all white and marble interior, you might be tempted to take a few dozen pictures. At least I was. Still, you should stay for the coffee. I had the cold brew and it was strong and delicious. They sell books and art here as well and there’s a good soundtrack playing in the background.

Eightfold Coffee

All done and feeling refreshed? You’re in luck! Walk just two doors down and across Sunset to some of the best tacos in Los Angeles, Guisados Tacos. This business is completely family-owned with fresh tortillas made daily and a huge array of taco choices. My favorite is the mole or the carnitas. You must get some lunch here for the upcoming final stop of the day.

 

Last on our list? Head on over to Time Travel Mart, located at 1714 W. Sunset Blvd. This might just be the funkiest little store I’ve ever been to, and I mean that in a good way. TTM is a little vintage shop that sells novelty items from the past (and I mean way in the past). This is a great place to buy gifts or just look around for fun.   There are funny signs everywhere and everything is a big blast to the past. Need more convincing? The shop is home to 826 LA, which is a free tutoring and summer school program for students in the area. Many of the proceeds from everything sold goes to support it, and the people working there do both. A necessary place to visit on your Echo Park Adventure.

 

Let me know if you checked one or all of these spots out! I’m hoping it’ll take you on a fun adventure of good food, fun people, and lots to see.

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