Coffee With Kids In Sliver Lake

Visit this fun neighborhood with the kids for coffee, shopping, snacks and play.

by Erin Mahoney Harris

Silver Lake might have a reputation as a hipster haven, but it’s become increasingly welcoming to families with young children as well, particularly with the opening of the lovely Silver Lake Meadow and the proliferation of family-friendly boutiques, coffee houses and cafes.

Coffee With Kids In Silver LakeLAMILL Coffee Boutique (1636 Silver Lake Blvd.; 323-663-4441; www.lamillcoffee.com) has been keeping Silver Lakers caffeinated and well fed for years, making it a neighborhood institution. Bleary-eyed moms and dads can gear up for the day with a seemingly endless selection of custom-extracted brews, while tots will go crazy over warm brioche donuts and other house-made treats.

If you’re searching for unique gifts with impeccable cool cred, a stop at Yolk (1626 Silver Lake Blvd.; 323-660-4315; www.shopyolk.com) is a no-brainer. The meticulously curated boutique, conveniently located next door to LAMILL, is reliably stocked with adorable clothing, stylish household items, gorgeous picture books and well-crafted toys, much of it made right here in Los Angeles.

Coffee With Kids In Silver LakeSilver Lake Meadow, located along the east side of the reservoir at Silver Lake Boulevard and Earl Street, is a mighty fine spot to picnic, fly a kite, strum a guitar, or simply lay in the grass and stare at the clouds. If you’re up for some exercise, you can embark on a two-mile walk around the reservoir from here.

The clean, modern façade of the Silver Lake Library (2411 Glendale Blvd.; 323- 913-7451; www.lapl.org/branches/silver-lake) makes a bold impression. Baby and toddler story times, along with community events for older kids, teens and adults, make this a welcoming neighborhood destination.

Also Worth a Look…

Coffee With Kids In Silver LakeMuch like LAMILL, Intelligentsia, located in the Sunset Junction area, is one of the most reputable spots in town to order a serious cup of joe. Its pastries are nothing to sneeze at, either. 3922 Sunset Blvd.; 323-663-6173; www.intelligentsiacoffee.com

Eating at Forage (just across the street from Intelligentsia) is a delicious lesson in locavorism. All of the restaurant’s ingredients are locally grown and in-season, and the menu changes daily based on what ingredients are available. 3823 Sunset Blvd.; 323.663.6885; www.foragela.com

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