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Highland Park Event Guide

What’s going on this summer in Highland Park? Read on for events going on in the neighborhood and start marking your calendars! Also, check out Unique Places to Visit in Highland Park as you plan your summer.

Highland Park Farmers Market Get ready for summertime at the Highland Park Farmers Market, located at Ave 57 and Marmion Way. Stop by on Tuesdays between 3 pm and 7 pm to enjoy fresh produce, food made by local vendors, and arts and crafts by local artisans. Don’t forget, there’s also music!

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Live Jazz Speaking of music, stop by La Cuevita bar on Sunday nights between 8 pm and 10 pm (starting July 31st this summer) for some live jazz music. It takes place every Sunday at 5922 N Figueroa Blvd. Music is performed by North East Groove Ensemble. Also, La Cuevita offers Happy Hour every day (between 5 pm and 9 pm) for specials on cocktails and beer. Try the Jalapeno Margarita or The Faust cocktail.

Summer Soda Tasting How loud can you burp? We promise, it’s a relevant question. Mark it in your calendars; the annual Summer Soda Tasting Event at Galco’s Old World Grocery (on York Boulevard) is happening between 5 pm and 8 pm on July 31st. Get ready to taste different soda flavors, from Galco’s 700 different types of soda. The Burp Off Competition is open to contestants between the ages of 6 to 12. There will also be music, and the event supports Friends of the Southwest Museum.

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Board Games & Beer Night Love board games, making new friends, and good beer? Stop by the Block Party from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm on Tuesday nights. Win prizes at raffles, listen to music, and enjoy classic games (including Cards Against Humanity, Jenga, Monopoly, and more).

The Artsy Flea Love hunting the flea markets? Make sure the Artsy Flea is on your list this summer. Enjoy it from 10 am to 5 pm on Saturdays. The flea market is located in Glassell Park at the Van de Kamp Bakery Building (at 2930 Fletcher Ave). There’s over 100 booths to shop at, food to taste, and live music to enjoy. Remember, the parking is free!

Taproom at Eagle Rock Brewery This microbrewery has been around since 2009 and produces great beer. On July 6th from 4 pm to 10 pm, the Eagle Rock Brewery is hosting a celebration in the taproom to kickoff its Yearling Gold Medal Release. This American Sour Red Ale won a gold medal at the 2016 World Beer Cup. While at the brewery, remember to fill a growler to take home.

Pan for Gold! Families, until July 29th, every day but Monday, The Autry in Griffith Park, free for members or included with museum admission for the day, throwback to the 49ers searching for gold in California, guided tours, $10 for adults and $4 for children, children under 3 are free, at the Autry explore American West culture and art, Native American art, Southwest Museum of the American Indian Collection

Highland Park is an up-and-coming community located northeast of downtown Los Angeles. Today, the creative dining, entertainment, and shopping in Highland Park won’t disappoint. Highland Park real estate listings are also available for you to view on the Real Estate Unlimited website. Contact us for more information.

Unique Places to Visit in Highland Park

Known for its innovative culinary tradition and colorful downtown marketplace, Highland Park is a truly original part of the Los Angeles area landscape. We’ve collected a list of lesser-known neighborhood gems. Read on for some insider tips on alternative stops in Highland Park!

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Heritage Museum

The Heritage Square Museum is a series of beautifully-maintained Victorian buildings arranged around a central courtyard. Each one is filled with displays related to Los Angeles history and culture during the first hundred years of California’s statehood.  Volunteer docents dress in authentic period costume, and offer guided tours of the exhibits on site.

The Charles Lummis House

Located just across the arroyo from the Heritage Square Museum, the Charles Lummis House is the preserved homestead of Charles F. Lummis, a journalist and cultural historian who founded the Southwest Museum. The house itself was constructed by Navajo builderss, and includes architectural features reminiscent of traditional pueblo and California mission design. Turrets and ornaments give the exterior a castle-like appearance. The Lummis house is free to visit, and you can take a stroll around the garden, which highlights regional flora.

Donut Friend

Vegan food may be associated with colorful salads and crunchy tempeh burgers, but Donut Friend has decided to corner the market on vegan sweet treats. This quirky shop sells vegan donuts in an array of exotic flavors, each color-coded with its own bright icing. With the tagline, “Donuts. Done Differently,” Donut Friend embraces innovative taste combinations like Toasted Marshmallow and Peanut Butter Banana. You can customize your donut with toppings like toasted coconut and tart cherry compote. Stop in to Donut Friend for an inventive take on an American classic.

Los Angeles Police Museum

San Francisco has Alcatraz, and Highland Park has this museum devoted to the history of the LAPD. You can look at a fleet of vintage police vehicles, view uniforms and archival photos, and also check out historical exhibits of famous Hollywood crimes like the Black Dahlia murders and a gripping multimedia presentation of the North Hollywood shootout. Steeped in atmosphere and local history, this museum is a must for anyone looking to step off the beaten path.

Galco’s Soda Pop Stop

Galco’s opened as Galco’s Old World Grocery, an Italian delicatessen. When John Nese took over the store from his father, he decided to branch out into fizzy beverages of all kinds. Galco’s includes local small-batch ginger ale and kombucha, vintage sodas like sarsaparilla and vanilla cream, and a display of imported sodas from south of the border. You can mix up a customized soda at their Soda Creation Station, or order an authentic Italian soda from a selection of flavors like hazelnut and raspberry.

Magnolia House

Highland Park is a trendy spot for local nightlife, so visitors looking for creative cocktails and fresh small plate appetizers are spoiled for choice. Magnolia Park is a standout. The atmosphere is fun and lively, with a convivial clientele and a fantastic Happy Hour menu. Their “Cocktail of the Moment” series includes unique options like an Orange Gin Blossom version of the classic cosmopolitan and the Magnolia House Sangria with blackcurrant syrup. Menu options include Pastrami-Cured Pork Belly and Korean Fried Chicken Wings.

Mount Analog

A vintage store with curatorial flair, Mount Analog specializes in new and used vinyl, cassettes, books, foreign film, clothing, art, and posters. The store doubles as national headquarters for Finders Keepers Records and the exclusive Yankee outlet for the B-Music Collective, a UK label focused on psychedelic music. They also host live music events and pop-up art exhibits, so check their Facebook page for an updated schedule before you visit.

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Civil Coffee

Serving up artisan espresso drinks with Coava and Heart Roasters coffee beans, Civil Coffee is the perfect place to get away from the crowds on Figueroa Avenue. Pair your coffee with a golden slice of Parisian-style Mushroom Quiche or a plate of creamy Avocado Toast on homemade brioche. Their cold brew selection is a great base for iced drinks on sunny days.

The Hermosillo

The Hermosillo was once known as the Hermosillo Club – the club’s vintage sign still glows over the bar’s front door. Inside, you can see vintage Mexican movie posters over comfy banquette tables and a shuffleboard court for a friendly competition. The relaxed social atmosphere is the perfect setting to sample an impressive menu of local craft beers and regional wines, including bottles from Argentina and Mexico. Bar bite highlights include tangy Fried Pickles and Steamed Pork Buns with spicy yuzu mayo.

Check out these eclectic alternatives for a unique experience in this vibrant Los Angeles neighborhood!

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Top Highland Park Eateries

Highland Park is famous for its cultural diversity, which means that it offers a wide range of culinary delights to choose from. Whatever you’re hungry for, Highland Park has something to satisfy your palate. We’ve listed some of the best restaurants in this vibrant historical neighborhood, so that you can take your pick!

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Good Girl Dinette

The Good Girl is a “farm to noodle” Vietnamese restaurant, so all their ingredients are sourced from local SoCal farms. The dishes themselves are an imaginative twist on Vietnamese home cooking, like the Black Pepper Pork Confit and the Maple Coconut Bread Pudding. If you’re in the mood for a classic Vietnamese dish, you can try “Grandma’s Pho” or sample a hearty Curry Pot Pie with a golden biscuit topping.

Scoops

Ice cream flavors at Scoops are a daily surprise, with creative menu options like Pineapple Kool-Aid, Lemon and Thai Basil and Pistachio Rosewater. They also offer floats, sundaes, and unique toppings like tapioca berries and infused olive oil. Consistently rated high on service and atmosphere, Scoops is the perfect place to snag a cool summer treat.

Fanny’s Restaurant

Fanny’s is a relaxed family-style restaurant specializing in tortas, burritos, tacos, and other Mexican staples. Each dish on the menu is carefully crafted, allowing flavor to take center stage. Their standout Fanny’s Special is a torta made with juicy carne asada and creamy avocado on a soft, toasted roll.

Kitchen Mouse

Kitchen Mouse specializes in “every day food,” simple fare with an emphasis on home-baked cookies and cakes and fresh salads and sandwiches. Their menu is vegan and gluten-free, and each creation on the menu is designed to be healthy, satisfying, and delicious. The Tempeh Reuben and the Avocado TLT are customer favorites.

Sonny’s Hideaway

For a more upscale dining experience, try this supper-club style restaurant. Sonny’s Hideaway has a Mediterranean flair, with entrees like Grilled Octopus and Ricotta Dumplings. Sonny’s also offers a rotating selection of exclusive cocktails like Strawberry Switchblade and Endless Summer – classic concoctions like the Gibson include twists like Japanese scallion instead of the more customary onion.

Maximiliano

Maximilano combines the heartiness of classic Italian with the inspired playfulness of an adventurous chef. You can try traditional fare like the Baked Polenta or the Mushroom Risotto, one of their famous thin-crust pizzas, or handmade pastas like Bombolotti and Tagliatelle.

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Metro Balderas

Metro Balderas is famed for its tacos, especially the eight distinct varieties of succulent Mexico-City style carnitas, which the chefs at Metro Balderas slow-cook to perfection. You can also sample delicious antojitos, as well as a unique menu of succulent juices and aguas frescas. Even in a neighborhood known for its stellar taco selection, Metro Balderas is a standout.

Antigua Bread

Antigua Bread is another popular stop among locals, most of all at breakfast time when they serve up heaping platters of fried plantains and black beans. Chilaquiles with Salsa Verde are a customer favorite, but morning menu options include chorizo and egg burritos and steak. Antigua Bread also has a small but tempting selection of baked goods, including soft baked rolls and buttery cookies.

Tropical Fruit and Juices

If you’re in the mood for a refreshing smoothie, Tropical Fruit and Juices has you covered. Order a detox blend packed with superfoods like kale and goji berry, or a decadent chocolaty concoction with cinnamon or peanut butter. In addition to its fresh-squeezed juices, you can also find zesty vampiros – a seasonal tequila-infused variant of sangria – or request a combination of your very own.

Chez Antoine

Creperie by day and brasserie by night, Chez Antoine is the best place in town to find savory crepes.  Their menu highlights classic Parisian combos like their Ham and Gruyere Crepe, but the dessert menu is headed up Crème Brulee Crepe, a sugar-frosted remix of two French desserts. Their dinner menu includes delicacies like escargot and updated treats like their Baby Kale Salad and Rosemary Fries.

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Plan a Day Trip to Highland Park

Just the right size for a day trip, Highland Park is a mix of hip new locales and authentic cultural landmarks. In this post, we’ll help you plan the perfect outing in this vibrant historic neighborhood.

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Morning:

Café de Leche

Start your day at this bustling coffee shop. If you’re in the mood for a pick-me-up, the Horchata con Espresso is a creamy twist on two classic drinks. Caffeine-free customers can enjoy specialty teas like Los Tres (a blend of chamomile, rosehip, and peppermint) or choose from a selection of bakery treats. If you’re on a family outing, Café de Leche boasts a play space with games and toys.

Pop Hop Bookstore

Pop Hop is a small but expertly-curated selection of literature, art, printmaking, and small-press books. The quirky, friendly location is the perfect place to browse, and you can pick up souvenir postcards handmade by local designers. If you’re interested in learning about printmaking, check out the small studio in the back, where associates offer classes in everything from silkscreen to zines.

Wombleton Records

Don’t be fooled by its steampunk exterior – Wombleton Records is the place to go for rare LPs and 12” singles. The owner is a world traveler, and Wombleton’s catalog reflects the same eclectic, international vibe. Their Facebook page lists events with veteran DJs and musicians, as well as frequent trunk sales from the owner’s latest excursion abroad.

Lunch Break:

With so many delicious options to choose from, it’s hard to go wrong in Highland Park. We’ve highlighted a few of our favorites:

Galco’s Old World Grocery

Galco’s was founded in 1897 as an Italian deli and grocery store. In 1995, son John F. Nese took over from his father and introduced a new specialty: small-batch sodas. At the Creation Station, a towering rack of Italian syrup flavors, you can even make your own personalized drink. Whether you’re in the mood for a spicy ginger beer or a traditional sarsaparilla, you’ll find something to quench your thirst.

Galco’s also hosts events like their annual Summer Soda Tasting this July 31, where you can rate new soda flavors and enjoy live music. Recently, Atlas Obscura engineered “Pop and Plumage,” a collaboration between Galco’s and the Moore Lab of Zoology. Galco’s authentic deli counter is still going strong, so you might want to pick up some antipasti to eat in the park.

Good Girl Dinette

The Good Girl Dinette is a stellar example of the culinary and cultural fusion that is so characteristic of Highland Park. Billed as a combination of “American diner” and “Vietnamese comfort food,” the Good Girl’s repertoire includes delicious banh mi and succulent bowls of pho, as well as creations like black pepper pork confit and maple coconut bread pudding.

The Greyhound Bar and Grill

If you’re in the mood for more traditional fare, the Greyhound Bar and Grill offers a tasty bar and sandwich menu as well as an impressive selection of craft beers divided into user-friendly categories like “Fruity” and “Crisp and Clean.” If you hit the Greyhound early in the day, you can peruse a breakfast menu with options as varied as a hearty English breakfast and eggs benedict on homemade corn bread. Right next door is the historical landmark Highland Theatre, which offers three- and four-dollar matinees.

Afternoon:

The Old LA Certified Farmers’ Market

Highland Park boasts beautiful weather year-round, so your daytrip should include plenty of outdoor stops. The Old LA Certified Farmers’ Market is open all year, every Tuesday from 3 pm to dusk.  In addition to fresh produce, you’ll find cupcakes, salsa, honey, beeswax candles, and organic soap.

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Figueroa Street

The OLACFM is also located just one block from busy Figueroa Street, a downtown thoroughfare home to Chez Antoine and Penny’s Burgers. Head to Tropical Fruit and Juices for a “vampiro” – a delicious Mexican cocktail that combines tequila and sangria – or a healthy detox smoothie.

Scoops Ice Cream Shop

Scoops offers a daily rotation of inventive flavors like mascarpone oreo and honey ginger. If you’re looking for a more complex concoction, try their green tea sake ice cream.  Consistently rated high on customer service and atmosphere, Scoops is the perfect place to get out of the afternoon sun.

Evening:

Avenue 50 Studio

Avenue 50 Studio is a vibrant gallery that showcases work by emerging artists. With frequent events and exhibitions, you’re sure to see something new on every visit. Avenue 50 Studio also hosts workshops for aspiring creators in techniques like collage and life drawing.

La Cuevita

La Cuevita offers spicy Mexican food and cocktails, with a focus on imports like tequila and fernet. DJs spin nearly every night, so you can finish up your trip to Highland Park with dancing. Taco Tuesday serves up free tacos with cocktails. On Sunday, catch live jazz from local musicians.

The York

Can’t decide whether to go for drinks or a sit-down meal? The York has got you covered. Their deluxe craft beer menu and extensive wine list will please every palate, and so will their menu of reinvented comfort foods like sriracha wings with honey and cilantro.

With its exuberant downtown and thriving artistic and culinary scene, Highland Park offers something for everyone. Visit this unique Los Angeles neighborhood for a truly memorable cultural experience! If you are moving to Highland Park, feel free to contact Real Estate Unlimited.