The Local's Guide To Culver City

Illustrated by Gabriela Alford.
Going from a hub for railroad lines to a home to massive movie studios, Culver City's experienced a number of transformations. But, these days, we're adding it to our list of L.A.'s hippest 'hoods.
From a hair salon offering the best balayage color in town to a bean-to-bar chocolate factory to a plant emporium that can make a green thumb out of just about anyone, Culver City's quickly becoming one of our favorite destinations to spend our weekends exploring. Ahead, 10 reasons that should convince you to check it out.
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Illustrated by Gabriela Alford.
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Photographed by Phoebe Chuason.
Gramercy York
From Shipley & Halmos polos to soft leather pouches by Clare Vivier to perfect ceramic coffee mugs, Gramercy York offers a very well-curated variety of goods for men, women, and home. Though the store's no larger than a studio apartment, we've never once left empty-handed.

Gramercy York, 8568 West Washington Boulevard (at Cattaraugus Avenue); 310-280-1102.
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Photo: Courtesy of ChocoVivo.
Those who frequent L.A. farmers' markets will likely know of ChocoVivo, the popular bean-to-bar chocolate stand run by chocolate lover and connoisseur Patricia Tsai. The company's recently opened Culver City storefront offers everything from salt-and-almond cacao bars to the best chocolate croissants to even a series of hands-on evening events including Mini-Doughnut-Dipping Night and a weekly Frozen Hot Chocolate Night.

ChocoVivo, 12469 Washington Boulevard (near South Centinela Avenue); 310-845-6259. 
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Photo: Courtesy of Father's Office.
Father's Office
There's two reason's to go to this gastropub: the beer and the burger. If you're looking for the best in either category, look no further. Just be warned — one trip will likely result in frequent, uncontrollable cravings.

Father's Office, 3229 Helms Avenue (near Venice Boulevard); 310-736-2224. 
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Photographed by Phoebe Chuason.
The Conservatory for Coffee, Tea, and Cocoa
Unlike most of the other spots featured in this guide, The Conservatory for Coffee, Tea, and Cocoa is far from new to Culver City. Since 1995, the coffee house has been serving local patrons with some of the best brews in all of Los Angeles. Go with a great book, order a latte, and enjoy a perfect afternoon.

The Conservatory for Coffee, Tea, and Cocoa , 10117 West Washington Boulevard (near Clarington Avenue); 310-558-0436.
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Photographed by Phoebe Chuason.
& Pens Press
Attention, 'zine lovers of the world! This indie bookshop and publishing house is a wondrous playground, filled with endless sources of inspiration and yet-to-discovered talent.

& Pens Press, 8564 Washington Boulevard (near Fay Avenue); 310-204-2500.
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Photographed by Phoebe Chuason.
M. Bird Studio
Whether needing a great trim or expert balayage color, M. Bird is a one-stop shop for all of your hair needs. Want to check it out without having to make a permanent change to your look? Call and book an appointment for a "Spoiled Rotten" treatment — trust us, you won't look back.

M. Bird Studio, 8710 West Washington Boulevard (near Helms Avenue); 310-838-0230. 
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Photo: Courtesy of New School of Cooking.
New School of Cooking
Whether training to become a professional chef or simply wanting to take a class on how to shoot better photos for your personal food blog, New School of Cooking has you covered. The best part? This fall, the school's offering a series of classes taught by some of L.A.'s most talked about chefs, including Sqirl's Jessica Koslow and Ari Taymor of Alma.

New School of Cooking, 8690 West Washington Boulevard (near Helms Avenue); 310-842-9702. 
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Photographed by Phoebe Chuason.
With gifting season well on its way, we made the bold decision to share with you our secret spot for buying presents for just about everyone in our lives. This surprisingly small store is a treasure chest of incredible jewelry, books, knickknacks, and thingamabobs galore. Plus, we love a place that supports local artisans and crafters!

Lundeen's, 9726 West Washington Boulevard (near Culver Boulevard); 310-842-8400. 
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Photo: Courtesy of Lukshon.
If you're a foodie living in L.A., there's little chance you haven't been to — or, at the very least, heard of — Sang Yoon's two-year-old hotspot Lukshon. The eclectic Asian-inspired fare is definitely for the more adventurous palate, but even if you're not the latter, we suggest you buy yourself a bit of courage for this one.

Lukshon, 3239 Helms Avenue (near Venice Boulevard); 310-202-6808. 
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Photo: Courtesy of Rolling Greens.
Rolling Greens
In a hood that used to be entirely industrial, this plant emporium is not only a nice addition, but it's truly a feast for the eyes. Regardless of whether or not you're "into" plants, this insanely lush home and garden wonder-store is worth a visit. Plus, everyone's home needs one of the spot's apothecary-jar terrariums.

Rolling Greens, 9528 Jefferson Boulevard (near Duquesne Avenue); 310-559-8656.