Photo: Courtesy of 'Lette Macarons.
Forget downtown. Visit Silver Lake another day. It's time to turn the spotlight on one of our favorite pockets of SoCal: Larchmont. From top-notch shopping to buzzed-about ice cream to a stationary store that's nearly impossible to leave empty-handed, it's the local gems that make Larchmont Village our latest love affair.
The best part? The entire 'hood exists on one street. In other words, it's one of the few places in L.A. where you can ditch your car — our 14 favorite spots are just a stroll apart, and a click away.
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Illustrated by Sydney Hass.
Keep clicking (or swiping!) for the lowdown on these locales.
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Photo: Courtesy of Salt & Straw.
Salt & Straw
Portland's favorite, artisanal ice-cream company will offer its delicious, organic desserts — made using locally sourced ingredients — at its first Los Angeles location come August! Translation: You're T minus two months away from enjoying a massive scoop of chocolate with gooey brownie and double fold Vanilla.

Salt & Straw, Coming in August to 240 North Larchmont Boulevard; 503-208-2054.

Larchmont Village Florist
Sometimes the most unassuming of places turn out to be the most spectacular. Such is the case with with this local florist. In addition to offering a range exotic flowers, Michelle and her team are best known for their consistency in delivering perfectly chic, never over-the-top arrangements for a price that's likely much less than you're used to coughing up.

Larchmont Village Florist, 402 North Larchmont Boulevard; 323-464-8146.
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Photo: Courtesy of Cafe Gratitude.
Cafe Gratitude
This organic, vegan restaurant serves up some of the freshest, most delicious dishes around. The extensive menu includes everything from eggplant parmesan paninis and corn tacos to scrumptious coffee and cocktails. We're especially grateful for it on rough Sunday mornings.

Cafe Gratitude, 639 Larchmont Boulevard; 323-580-6383.
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Photo: Courtesy of Diptyque.
Diptyque
When French brand Diptyque opened its first and only L.A. outpost in Larchmont earlier this year, fans flocked to the shop from all corners of the city. The scented candles, fragrances, lotions, and more are utterly luxurious and completely worth the investment. Once you dip a toe into this range, you'll never go back to the big names.

Diptyque, 202 North Larchmont Boulevard; 323-962-3622.

Chevalier's Books
In need of a great read this summer that'll have you tearing through the pages? Take our advice and skip the mega-chain you usually peruse. The staff at Chevalier's always offers up amazing recommendations for all of our literary needs. Plus, there's nothing like spending an afternoon in a true neighborhood bookshop.

Chevalier's Books, 126 North Larchmont Boulevard; 323-465-1334.
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Photo: Courtesy of the Larchmont.
The Larchmont
This cozy neighborhood spot has perfected the art of crispy Brussels sprouts, has a knockout steak frites, and pours a dangerously good cocktail dubbed "The French Revolution." Vive la Larchmont!

The Larchmont, 5750 Melrose Avenue; 323-464-4277.
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Alternative
Alternative's clothes are more than just stylish and oh-so-comfy; the brand's commitment to sustainability means its goods are often made with organic materials and natural dyes. So, you can get your shopping on sans guilt.

Alternative, 219 North Larchmont Boulevard; 323-378-5700.

Library
From J Brand to Genectic Denim to Helmut Lang, Library offers up an extremely well-curated selection of rad, not-too-trendy pieces that'll remain cool from one season to the next. Plus, charges here will look totally innocent on your credit card bill.

Library, 121 1/2 North Larchmont Boulevard; 323-314-4814 .
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Photo: Courtesy of Landis.
Landis Gifts & Stationery
From party and wedding invitations to gifts and home decor, Landis is our one-stop shop for the cutest finds. You simply can't go wrong with its carefully curated selection — the challenge is leaving without spending a small fortune.

Landis Gifts & Stationery, 138 North Larchmont Boulevard; 323-465-7003.
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Photo: Courtesy of Lette.
'Lette Macarons
You haven't truly had macarons until you've tasted 'Lette's versions. With flavors like passion fruit, salted caramel, lemon, and more, each one is as heavenly as the next.

'Lette Macarons, 122 North Larchmont Boulevard; 323-469-3620.

Larchmont Village Wine, Spirits & Cheese
To put it bluntly, this place has one of the best sandwiches in all of L.A. Go now — you won't regret it.

Larchmont Village Wine, Spirits & Cheese, 223 North Larchmont Boulevard; 323-856-8699.
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Photo: Courtesy of Goorin Brothers.
Goorin Bros. Hat Shop
Fedoras, Panama hats, ball caps, oh my! Goorin Bros. has a stylish topper to suit anyone's style — especially if your style does not include having a sun-burnt face this summer.

Goorin Bros. Hat Shop, 141 1/2 North Larchmont Boulevard; 323-463-2006.

Larchmont Beauty Center
This is the best beauty-supply shop in all of L.A. And, yes, we firmly stand by that bold statement. Go ahead and see for yourself, my pretties.

Larchmont Beauty Center, 208 North Larchmont Boulevard; 323-461-0162.
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Photo: Courtesy of Pressed Juicery.
Pressed Juicery
Pressed Juicery's Larchmont location is perfect for a refreshing pick-me-up while strolling the quaint village. Plus, we can't wait to sip on seasonal offerings, like the navel orange, turmeric, apple, and lemon juice.

Pressed Juicery, 201 North Larchmont Boulevard; 323-464-5800.
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