Today’s ’24 Hours In’ comes to us from Joy Cho of Oh Joy! Joy has lived in various locations across the US, but has made Los Angeles her home for a while now and today she shares her ideal day strolling around her favorite parts of her local neighborhoods in LA. Thank you so much for sharing your perfect day in the city with us, Joy! —Stephanie
*Please note: “24 Hours In” is series where we ask designers and artists to show us their favorite local spots. These guides are not intended to be full and comprehensive looks at an entire city, but a personalized look at a specific area. Please see our full D*S City Guides for longer-form travel guides.
Illustration by Libby Van der Ploeg
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Oh boy, I’m excited to share some of my favorite East Side spots with you guys. Now, we all know that we usually don’t get to go to ALL of our favorite spots in a city all in one day…work or kids or life takes over a lot of the time. But this is what I would do if I had a full day to myself to enjoy my favorite spots and what I’d recommend to you if you’re visiting Los Angeles anytime soon and you want a day full of fun design and even better things to eat!
8am – There are a so many places I could recommend starting your day off with for a morning treat. Two of my favorites for a sweet, pastry-style breakfast include Republique and Proof Bakery. Both have some of the best pastries I’ve had in LA and are my go-to spots to meet with friends. If a sweet breakfast is not your thing, then go where all the East siders go for a one-of-a-kind, savory breakfast: SQIRL. If you visit Proof, stop by Individual Medley for a beautiful mix of home goods and clothing for both men and women. If you go to SQIRL, stop by the cutest flower shop afterwards, Twig & Twine for a little bouquet treat.
10am – I’m about to fill your head with a ton of places to eat and shop, so take a quick break and head to Griffith Park and ride the old-fashioned merry-go-round. It goes up to 22 miles per hour, is beautifully preserved, and a hidden gem in this beautiful public park.
11am – Now that you’ve gotten a breath of fresh air, head to Silver Lake for some shopping! On Sunset Blvd, you’ll find the most beautiful bags at Clare Vivier, gorgeous textiles and home goods at En Soie. Then head down Sunset to Reform School, Bucks & Does, Clementine Floral Works, and Mohawk General Store.
12pm – Take a lunch break for ramen at Silver Lake Ramen. Be sure to ask for the black garlic paste which isn’t listed on the menu but is pretty much the best addition to ramen broth ever. Or, if you want something a little lighter, head to Forage for a mix of fresh and local options.
2pm – Take an afternoon break and get an Iced Genmaicha Tea latte at Café Dulce in Little Tokyo. While sipping your latte, wander around to the Japanese bookstore for boatloads of inspiration, then stop into Mikawaya for an ice cream mochi—they are fresh and so, so good!
3pm – Head over to the Arts District in Downtown L.A. for some more shopping at Poketo, Apolis, and Alchemy Works. And because all that shopping will make you hungry, be sure to grab a slice of pie at The Pie Hole.
4pm – Stop at Sunbeam Vintage in Highland Park for some inspiration and to find something special to add to your home decor collection.
5pm – Grab a friend and head to Echo Park Lake. You can ride peddle boats around the lake, take a long walk, and enjoy the fresh air and scenery. There are lots of little paleta (popsicle) carts, too, for a refreshing snack. It’s a fun little spot to find within LA and especially on the East side where we’re further from the beaches.
7pm – Dinner time! It’s hard to narrow down the options for dinner, so I’ll name a few of my favorite East side spots. Head to L&E Oyster Bar if you’re an oyster lover. Paired with a glass of wine and some other sides, it’s a very chill dinner to wind down to. Or if you love trying new things, Black Hogg has some really fun and meaty dishes to sink your teeth into. If you’re vegan or vegetarian, try Sage for some delicious veg options that even your non-vegetarian friends will enjoy.
10pm – Boy, are you tired or what? After all that eating and shopping and exploring, it’s time to get some rest!