When in Rome (OK, Highland Park), opt for a pie from Triple Beam Pizza, a venture backed by Nancy Silverton (aka the James Beard Award-winning magnate of the Mozza empire and co-founder of La Brea Bakery). Triple Beam serves rectangular pizza priced by the ounce, so you get to determine the size of slice you want.
5918 N. Figueroa St., 323-545-3534 or triplebeampizza.com
Local boutique Shorthand is stocked full of charming (and some cheeky) letter-pressed cards, stationery, and giftables from the likes of P.F. Candle Co. and Rifle Paper. In addition to the retail front, the back room serves as a print shop for Iron Curtain Press, where Shorthand’s greeting cards and office supplies are handmade.
5030 York Blvd., 323-642-9039 or shopshorthand.com
Known for “putting carbs back in their rightful place,” the Instagram-friendly Mr. Holmes Bakehouse offers a rotating selection of pastries, including the cruffin—a muffin-croissant hybrid.
111 S. Ave. 59, 323-739-0473 or mrholmesbakehouse.com
Highland park is no stranger to cool coffee shops, but we’re partial to à bloc, a coffee bar and cycling-centric retail space. You don’t have be a cyclist to appreciate a good cup of Joe. Just ask à bloc’s ever-growing community.
5025 York Blvd., 323-739-0351 or abloc.la
Created by award-winning mixologist Jason Eisner, Block Party is a modern beer garden and brewing company focused on bringing the (21-plus) community together. The wine, beer, and craft cocktail menu boasts contemporary updates like the Chelada con Paleta, a twist on the classic michelada, made with blonde ale, vegan Worcestershire, habanero bitters, and topped with a watermelon paleta.
5052 York Blvd., 323-741-2747 or blockpartyhlp.com
Lifestyle shop Prelude & Dawn ticks all the boxes for the stylish set—clothing and accessories, apothecary items, home décor, and paper products—with an emphasis on quality, artisanal goods. You’ll lose track of time perusing the boutique’s beautiful wares, and you’ll be pleased by the lack of sticker shock, as prices are extremely reasonable.
5727 N. Figueroa St., 323-369-8782 or preludeanddawn.com
Photos by Corey Pope