Every Tuesday for the rest of the summer we’ll be featuring some great walks from some of our City Walks decks on the Chronicle Books Blog. This week’s highlight is Larchmont Village; because who says nobody walks in LA?
Savvy locals gravitate to this tree-shaded street for its easygoing “Main Street” quality, created by sidewalk cafés, boutiques, and specialty shops. Being LA, however, this main street is bordered on one end by Paramount Studios and on the other by multimillion-dollar homes.
Start at the intersection of Melrose and N. Rossmore Aves. (reached via Bus #10, 11, 210, or 710). Head south on N. Rossmore past handsome 1920s-era apartment buildings shaded by mature sycamores. Of special note is the prestigious El Royale (1; 450 Rossmore), home to celebs over the years ranging from Mae West to Nicolas Cage. At Beverly Blvd., turn left, away from the privileged Wilshire Country Club golf course. Turn right at N. Larchmont Blvd. Steady yourself and window-shop local real estate postings at Coldwell Banker (2; 251 Larchmont). Across the street, Prado (3; #244) serves eclectic Latin American cuisine in a tasteful setting, while Cafe Chapeau (4; #236) is popular for breakfast. In a city that loves its yoga, Center for Yoga (5; #230 1/2) stands out as the city’s oldest studio and boasts a loyal following. Larchmont Beauty Center (6; #208), one of LA’s best-kept beauty secrets, features star-worthy brands like Decleor and Urban Decay, while gourmands will find palate-pleasing nirvana at Larchmont Village Wine Spirits & Cheese (7; #223). Kicks (8; #141) sells for the hipper than- thou, and you’ll find cool LA-style tops and designer jeans at LF (9; #133). If you’ve also acquired an appetite while shopping, retrace your steps and duck into Café du Village (10; #139) for a Mediterranean quesadilla. Continue south to W. 3rd St. to catch Bus #16 or 316.
© 2007 Christina Henry de Tessan
Text by Eric Hiss
Maps © 2007 Lohnes + Wright