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Even at Bar Covell, a hip wine bar with dauntingly gorgeous clientele, it didn’t take long for someone to engage a tired traveller. (J.Emilio Flores for The Globe and Mail)
Even at Bar Covell, a hip wine bar with dauntingly gorgeous clientele, it didn’t take long for someone to engage a tired traveller. (J.Emilio Flores for The Globe and Mail)

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Hollyhock House The architecturally inclined will want to check out this house Frank Lloyd Wright designed in what he called the California Romanza style for an oil heiress in the 1921. Currently under restoration, it reopens for full tours in mid-2013. Barnsdall Art Park; 323-644-6249; hollyhockhouse.net

Vista Theatre End your day exploring Los Feliz in classic Hollywood style – with a movie at this 1923 single-screen Egyptian-themed movie theatre revered by locals for its high-quality projection and unparalleled legroom. 4473 Sunset Dr; 323-660-6639

WHERE TO SHOP

Co-op 28 A welcoming store dedicated to “handmade and indie designs” offers free Bazooka bubble gum to customers. With hipster T-shirts, funky dishtowels and adorable children’s clothing – as well as a vintage section in the back – there’s a great gift for just about anyone. 1728 N Vermont Ave; 323-669-2828; facebook.com/Coop28handmade

Weltenbuerger Store On a strip where vintage rules, this boutique stands out with avant-garde fashion with a European and Japanese aesthetic. L.A. designers Ermie and Myrrh’s handmade jewellery, as well as German style from Hui Hui and Boessert-Schorn. 1764 N Vermont Ave; 510-843-3000; weltenbuerger.org/us

New High (M)Art Birkenstocks, incense and thumb pianos, as well as knitting supplies sold under the label: Wool and the Gang. No photography or cellphones allowed in this eccentric shop that seems more like an art gallery or cultish church. 1720 N. Vermont Ave; 323-638-0271; newhighmart.com

Undesigned Carol Young’s studio and boutique showcases her simple, original eco-friendly designs made out of soy or recycled cotton. Also carries Olsen Haus vegan shoes and doodads like pottery, candles and cards. 1953 ½ Hillhurst Ave; 323-663-0088; undesigned.com

Skylight Books While other independent book stores have shut down in recent years, this charming neighbourhood shop has expanded, adding an annex down the street that specializes in art books and graphic novels. Easy to lose an hour or three hopping between the two stores. 1818 N Vermont Ave; 323-660-1175; skylightbooks.com

WHERE TO STAY

Los Feliz Lodge is the closest thing to a boutique hotel in the neighbourhood. It’s a selection of bungalows and villas originally built in the 1920s. Now, they’re modern, eco-friendly accommodations with full kitchens available for rent. 1509 N Hoover Street; 323-660-4150; losfelizlodge.com

Sunset Tower Hotel If you’re for luxury, you’ll have to stay a couple neighbourhoods away in West Hollywood. Sunset Tower Hotel is a landmark – an art deco gem that once counted John Wayne as a resident, and where Graydon Carter now throws his annual Vanity Fair Oscar party. Rooms from $199 (U.S.). 8358 West Sunset Boulevard; 323-654-7100; sunsettowerhotel.com

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