A little bohemia hidden in the Valley

Levin is a freelance writer.

Tucked into the tree-lined flats of Studio City, Tujunga Village is a foil to the neighborhood's main commercial artery, Ventura Boulevard. Occupying the stretch of Tujunga Avenue between Woodbridge and Moorpark streets, Tujunga Village is a throwback to one-stoplight main streets, with ample parking and charming mom-and-pop boutiques and eateries. But its simplicity doesn't mean it lacks sophistication. On the contrary, the Village is a gourmet grotto of sorts, with stores that please even the most discerning visitors.


Well caffeinated

The village's central gathering spot can be found at Aroma Cafe (4360 Tujunga Ave., [818] 508-0677, www.aromacoffee andtea.com), housed in a charming bungalow. The line frequently snakes out the door as regulars queue for enormous salads and coffee drinks. Enjoy them while perusing the books at Portrait of a Bookstore (4369 Tujunga Ave., [818] 769-3853, www.portraitofabook store.com), which is under the same roof. Bean aficionados will be in heaven at Jennifer's Coffee Connection (4397-D Tujunga Ave., [818] 769-3622, www.jenniferscoffeeconnect ion.com), which boasts 100 different coffees including Oreo cookie and tiramisu.


Music, theater, art

Two Roads Theatre (4348 Tujunga Ave., [818] 762-2272) pairs contemporary performances with a gallery of contemporary art. Vitello's (4349 Tujunga Ave., [818] 769-0905, www.vitellosrestaurant.com), a local favorite for authentic Sicilian cuisine, features live opera, show tunes, and jazz in its upstairs lounge.


For the foodie

Follow up your BLT (that's brie, lettuce and tomato) sandwich at the Village Gourmet (4357 Tujunga Ave., [818] 487-3807, www.villagegourmet cheeseandwine.com) with a scoop of artisanal gelato from Gelato Bar (4342 Tujunga Ave., [818] 487-1717, www.gelato bar-la.com).





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