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Walking in L.A.: Exploring Atwater Village

Don’t believe the rumors or the song! There are places here to explore that don’t involve Glendale Boulevard in Atwater Village.

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If Atwater Village were an actual village—it’s just a neighborhood, everyone!—then Glendale Boulevard would be its Main Street. This laid-back strip has plenty of local color and tons of cute curiosities, plus a sense of community that’s rare to find in L.A.’s urban sprawl. It’s best explored on foot, so you can wander the six blocks of curated shops, gourmet treats, and watering holes at your leisure (plus, there are free parking lots to the east of Glendale on Garden Avenue). Even better: Soak up the Glendale Boulevard character on a Sunday morning, when you can comb Atwater’s cream-of-the-crop farmers’ market. Grab a coffee, sit at a nearby sidewalk table, and watch the locals cruise by, and you won’t feel at all hurried as you while away the day—from coffee time to cocktail hour.

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Proof Bakery

Start here for your morning bread and transcendent croissants that, no lie, Angelenos will commute for. Treat yourself to stellar craft coffee, delectable pastries, gorgeous cakes, and savory options like quiche and croque monsieur. That line out the door—don’t worry, it moves fast! 3156 Glendale Boulevard; 8 a.m.–4 p.m. (daily)

Hummus—it’s no longer a sad desk lunch but the anchor of one of the best lunches in town at this fashionable counter-service-only Middle Eastern eatery. Get a hummus plate with crispy falafel, a perfectly gooey eight-minute egg, or fried chicken, along with a rainbow of pickles, olives, slaw, and salad. Enjoy it as you sit on the café’s abundant sidewalk, a people-watching hub for the hood. 3143 Glendale Boulevard; 10 a.m.–10 p.m. (daily)

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Individual Medley

Everything in this highly curated gift-home-fashion shopping destination speaks the language of Angeleno trendsetters: funky ceramics, pretty linen dresses, minimal accessories, natural body care, things that look like they should be for hiking but are probably just decorative, and gorgeous foodie accoutrements. 3176 Glendale Boulevard; 10 a.m.–7 p.m. (daily)

Tacos Villa Corona

A neighborhood institution made famous by Anthony Bourdain, who often stopped in for the fantastic breakfast burritos and tacos. They sell out often, and the eatery sometimes closes early on a whim, so get there early—and ask for extra hot sauce! 3185 Glendale Boulevard; Tuesday–Sunday, 8 a.m.–2 p.m.

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Wanderlust Creamery

Now it’s time for a sweet treat. Sample your heart out at this modern ice cream parlor that crafts flavors based on cultures from around the world, like Assam- and Ceylon-infused Thai Tea and Abuelita Malted Crunch with cinnamon and chili. 3134 Glendale Boulevard. Monday–Thursday, noon–11 p.m.; Friday, noon–11:30 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.–11:30 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.–11 p.m.

Total aspirational Designland. A showroom for DeKor’s interior design biz, this shop showcases cool California rustic minimalism at its finest. You’ll want to just move in. 3191 Glendale Boulevard. Monday–Friday, 11 a.m.–6 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.

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Crystal Matrix

Go get your chakras cleansed at this verified crystal emporium. A refreshingly old-school New Age shop full of eye candy…or, er, third-eye candy. 3215 Glendale Boulevard. Tuesday–Thursday, noon–7 p.m.; Friday, noon–8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.–8 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.–6 p.m.

Atwater Village Farmers’ Market
Gorgeous organic produce plus so much more. There are stands for so many kinds of fresh, local goodies: Indio dates, gluten-free baked goods, dried fruit, oysters, fresh tamales, breakfast pupusas, and kefir yogurt with flavors ranging from rose to white chocolate to carrot. It’s a total dream. 3528 Larga Avenue in Public Parking Lot 646; Sunday, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

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La Commune General

Browse premium vintage clothing and killer antique home furnishings at this tucked-away warehouse space a pebble’s throw off of the main drag. 3401 Glendale Boulevard. Monday–Saturday, 11 a.m.–6 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.

Hail Mary Pizza
Hungry yet? Stop by Atwater’s neighborhood gourmet pizzeria, featuring seasonal salads and small plates alongside puffy, bubbly pies, in a casual, rustic space. 3219 Glendale Boulevard. Wednesday–Friday, 11 a.m.–10 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.–10 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m.–9:30 p.m.

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Club Tee Gee

A dive known for decades as the Cheers of Atwater recently got a facelift. It’s now a cozy cocktail den perfect for wrapping up your afternoon with a happy hour, which runs until 9 p.m.! 3210 Glendale Boulevard. Monday–Saturday, 4 p.m.–2 a.m.; Sunday, noon–2 a.m.