For one of LA’s hippest streets, here’s a guide to the local Melrose favorites
Melrose Umbrella Co.
For everything classic, suave, and delightful, visit Melrose Umbrella Co.
(no, it’s not an ultra-chic umbrella store). This hotspot pays homage to the post-prohibition-era vibe with an atmosphere that emphasizes the post-prohibitionists’ favorite culinary advancement: the cocktail. With a nod to Mr. Melrose himself, who was often photographed with his umbrella, this establishment offers “bites and libations,” as the menu so eloquently categorizes them. For coffee, cocktails, and everything in between, this is a must-see drink snack on Melrose Avenue.
Melrose Trading Post
This local favorite requires a bit of planning because if you’re not on the Avenue on a Sunday, you will miss it. Melrose Trading Post
is flea-market fun at its finest, held on Melrose Avenue every Sunday. With a constantly evolving and refreshing lineup of pop-up booths selling handcrafted artisan goods, vintage fashions, and unique treasures, local hipsters and vintage hunters come from across the city to flea-market at this chic location. The trading-post event is hosted by Greenway Arts Alliance, a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing communities together through art, entertainment, and a strong sense of community, making it a great way to shop responsibly.
Pink’s Hot Dogs
Just a block off of Melrose Avenue, Pink’s Hot Dogs is as much a tourist destination as it is an LA staple. What started as a hot dog stand in 1939 has evolved into one of LA’s most famous eateries, despite its hole-in-the-wall stature. Pink’s boasts a unique menu that has appealed to a wide range of customers throughout the years, including the many celebrities who have graced this hotdog restaurant. Although Pink’s isn’t located on Melrose, it’s still in the Melrose District, just a block off the avenue on La Brea. For those brave enough to face the inevitable lines, Pink’s is a place that can’t be missed.
For another (not quite as) old-school Melrose hotspot, Snakepit Alehouse
has been around since 1991, located on Melrose Avenue right in the heart of the Melrose District. With great prices, food, a Ms. Pac Man machine, and a vintage jukebox, Snakepit Alehouse is definitely a local favorite.
With two high-end, thrift-store chains — Wasteland
and Crossroads Trading Co.
— Melrose is filled with vintage treasures, even on those days, the Melrose Trading Post isn’t happening. While these thrift stores have other locations throughout California, their locations in the heart of the Melrose District are the hands-down local favorites for those hoping to stumble on vintage “Melrose royalty” apparel. Want to hunt for treasure any day of the week? Then these two shops are a must.
has become an iconic LA label that has just spread its reach out to Japan. This brand started in West Hollywood nearly 50 years ago before opening their jeans-only store on Melrose in 1960. This location sold jeans at the outrageous price of $19.95 when the typical price of jeans was no more than $3. Still, the store flourished and today is known for its high-fashion and designer inventory, hip storefronts, and insane seasonal sales. With a Melrose Avenue address, plus a café and courtyard, the Fred Segal center is an iconic shopping destination.
So of these hotspots might be hidden, but all are not to be missed.