With its quaint shops, family restaurants and essentials — an international newsstand, drug store, beauty supply — Larchmont Village has always felt like a small town in the middle of larger Los Angeles. And though it's set at the edge of posh Hancock Park and Windsor Square, Larchmont never felt particularly chic or exclusive.
But with new businesses coming in and old ones falling away, including the mom-n-pop hardware store that had been there for 82 years, Larchmont Boulevard has a very different feel now. Go Get 'Em Coffee, from the guys behind G&B Coffee, has moved in with its almond milk lattes. Portland's cult ice cream shop Salt & Straw has set up an outpost a few doors up the street. And north of Beverly Boulevard, Café Gratitude is packing in the vegan and vegetarian crowd.
The village is still more neighborhood than detour-worthy dining destination, but it's definitely worth a stop if you're nearby to grab a coffee, some ice cream or a bit of lunch. And don't forget to poke your head into the long-running Chevalier's Books (78 years!), to check on the crop of new food and wine tomes.