A Walking Tour of Larchmont Village

From one of LA’s best coffee shops to unique stores and excellent restaurants

Discover an intimate shopping district and community in historic Larchmont Village, the hub of many activities for the residents of one of L.A.’s most well-regarded neighborhoods. There’s been a recent surge of newcomers to the pedestrian-friendly area, but you'd be remiss if you overlooked the long-time favorites. Read on for a walking tour of Larchmont Village, from one of L.A.’s best coffee shops to unique stores and excellent restaurants.

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Go Get Em Tiger | Photo: Go Get Em Tiger, Facebook

Go Get Em Tiger

Start your walking tour at one of the most exciting coffee shops to open in Los Angeles in years. Go Get Em Tiger isn't satisfied with merely riding on the Third Wave Coffee train. Their house-made almond and macadamia milk is the heart of the iced almond-macadamia milk latte, which the New York Times called “one of the finest coffee drinks in the country” in June 2014. The absolutely delicious and addicting espresso milkshake was created at G&B Coffee, the owners' first spot located in Grand Central Market. Pastries are made here in limited quantities, so be sure to visit bright and early for the best selection.

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New candles, matches and bath bombs. | Photo: Landis Gifts and Stationery, Facebook

Landis Gifts & Stationery

Continue south down Larchmont Boulevard to Landis Gifts & Stationery. In this age of digital communications, it's still exciting to rediscover the art of beautifully personalized stationery - and that is exactly what you’ll find at Landis. Whether you're sprucing up your own correspondence or looking for that perfect gift, Landis has your stationery, scrapbook and photo album needs covered. The helpful staff will be happy to assist you in choosing that perfect set, so you know you'll be walking out of Landis with something you won't find anywhere else.

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Chevalier's Books | Photo: Chevalier's Books, Facebook

Chevalier's Books

Next, find some inspiration for your newly acquired stationery at Chevalier's Books, one of Larchmont Village's longest standing businesses. Open since 1940, Chevalier’s is one of L.A.’s oldest independent bookstores. The friendly, knowledgeable staff and a choice children's books section are two of the many reasons why this neighborhood gem has lasted over 70 years. Chevalier's is ready to service the whole family's reading needs with curbside service as well as delivery. And if they don't carry that book you've always wanted, they will order it especially for you.

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Village Pizzeria | Photo: Village Pizzeria, Facebook

Village Pizzeria

From Chevalier's, cross Larchmont Boulevard for a slice or a full pie at Village Pizzeria. While there's more and more great pizza available throughout Los Angeles, Village Pizzeria's first location on Larchmont is well-known as one of the only places to get a truly delicious slice of classic New York. The owner hails from Brooklyn via San Francisco, but Larchmont Village is all the happier that he has settled here, thanks to fresh toppings that showcase California freshness, Wisconsin cheese and the perfect bottom crust with just the right amount of crunch.

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Larchmont Village Farmers Market | Photo: Larchmont Village Farmers Market, Facebook

Larchmont Village Farmers Market

The Larchmont Village Farmers Market is open every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the public parking lot on the west side of Larchmont Boulevard. At this intimate farmers market you’ll see a colorful gathering of Larchmont locals restocking their wares for the week. It's the perfect place to pick up some food for a picnic - vendors sell fresh produce and a variety of other products such as baked goods, eggs, rotisserie chickens and tamales. As with all farmers markets, come early for the selection and arrive late for the prices.

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Larchmont Village Wine Spirits & Cheese | Photo: Keith Nadolny, Facebook

Larchmont Village Wine, Spirits & Cheese

You’ll find everything you need for a fantastic cheese and charcuterie plate at the ever-popular Larchmont Village Wine, Spirits & Cheese. They're best known for their delicious gourmet sandwiches, framed by baguettes and ciabatta breads baked fresh every day. Browse their fine selection of wines - predominantly from France, Italy and the United States - with a few selections from elsewhere in Europe, South America and around the globe. They also have a small spirits selection, perfect for mixing your favorite cocktail at your home bar.

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Robert L. Burns Park | Photo: LA Parks

Robert L. Burns Park

Enjoy the great outdoors - and your delicious new purchases - at Robert L. Burns Park, located a few blocks off Larchmont at Beverly and Van Ness. Named for a former L.A. school board and City Council member, the quaint little park re-opened in July 2014 after a renovation that added a new shade structure and improved walking paths. The new picnic tables are ideal for enjoying sandwiches from Larchmont Village Wine, Spirits & Cheese. There's plenty of open grass, a children’s play area and for an extra treat there are occasionally ice cream and toy vendors.

Salt & Straw Ice Cream
Photo: Salt & Straw Ice Cream, Facebook

Salt & Straw - Larchmont Village

Speaking of ice cream, finish your picnic in the park by walking back to Larchmont Boulevard. Hailing from Portland, Oregon, the long-awaited Salt & Straw features a variety of flavors made with local ingredients. Each scoop and pint of ice cream is handmade with the utmost love - they’re all so imaginative it’ll blow your mind. Classics are always on offer, such as Santa Ynez Valley Walnut Oil, Tomato Water and Ojai Olive Oil Sherbet and Single Origin Amadeus Vanilla. A handful of flavors are rotated according to the season. Whether you come out with a cone or a selection of pints, you're sure to satisfy your sweet tooth at Salt & Straw.

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Photo: Malin & Goetz

Malin + Goetz – Larchmont Village

After dessert, stop by Malin + Goetz and prepare to primp yourself with find top-notch products for your face, body and hair expressly formulated to maintain your pH balance. You’ll also find lovely scented candles and shampoo for man's best friend at this store, the third location of the New York-based apothecary and lab. All Malin + Goetz products are made in the U.S. with only essential, natural ingredients and are never tested on animals.

Larchmont Sanctuary Spa
Photo: Larchmont Sanctuary Spa, Facebook 

Larchmont Sanctuary Spa

Now that you've got the products for that perfect pH at home, get pampered at Larchmont Sanctuary Spa, which recently welcomed new management to great acclaim. Soak it up and slip away to this urban oasis, where you'll be treated to Coppertino baths, jade stone massages, Environ facials and more. You can book an entire package - request a cozy inside room, heated or cooled outdoor garden bungalow or cabana as your home base. It's also a perfect setting for couples treatments and parties, because there's nothing like relaxing with friends and loved ones.

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Cafe Gratitude - Larchmont

Refuel after the spa with nutritious and tasty fare at Cafe Gratitude. The restaurant serves 100% organic plant-based dishes with names to suit every mood, whether you're feeling “fulfilled,” “present,” “restored” or “grateful.” Even if you’re not vegan, you can rest assured that the food will be satisfying. You can also drink to your health - there’s a cold-pressed juice program and smoothies, espresso and coffee are available. The ingredient and flavor combinations will leave you nothing short of complete, fortified and full.

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Art Works Studio & Classroom | Photo: Art Works Studio & Classroom

Art Works Studio & Classroom

The tour ends on the northern end of Larchmont Village with an activity for the whole family. Art Works Studio & Classroom offers fun, engaging art classes and all-day art camps for all ages. There are no prerequisites, all skill levels are welcome. You can also book the studio for special occasions for your family and friends. There's a medium for everyone, whether your jam is sculpture, drawing, sewing, painting, decoupage, crafts or green recycled projects.