Retro and classic footwear draws shoppers to Silverlake Shoes.
Gina Sabatella

The eclectic neighborhood is now L.A.'s capital of style

Kathryn Harris

Silver Lake is hitting its stride. Once home to silent-movie stars, then a hub for modernist architects, the neighborhood east of Hollywood fell into a decades-long decline.

Now it ranks high among Los Angeles' hottest shopping destinations.

Silver Lake's appeal blends neighborly coziness and bohemian edge. Mom-and-Pop and one-of-a-kind stores proliferate ― offering vintage furniture, unconventional clothing, offbeat knickknacks, and just good bargains ― punctuated by enough restaurants and cafes to sustain you through your shopping day.

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