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Where to Eat and What to See on CicLAvia’s Iconic Wilshire Boulevard Ride
What would a day without cars on Wilshire look like? CicLAvia wants you to find out
This Sunday, thousands of Angelenos will ignore their cars so they can walk or bike the six-miles from Miracle Mile to downtown as part of the latest CicLAvia. Along the Iconic Wilshire Boulevard route you’ll find five hubs offering cultural activities, and family-friendly events. Here are our picks for what to see, what to do, and where to nosh along the way.
START: Miracle Mile (Wilshire between Fairfax and Hauser)
Do: At this hub there will be decorating stations, displays of famous films depicting bikes, safety lessons, and a themed photo booth so you can Instagram a “before” shot from your day. (Pics or it didn’t happen, right?).
Eat: Start your morning off with a Tropical Squeeze smoothie or iced mocha from Black Dog Coffee. If you want something heartier, Five Guys is a prime location for a quick cheeseburger, though this outpost won’t open until 11 a.m.
See: Miracle Mile is all about the museums. Many institutions will host streetside displays and activities to accommodate those who are walking or biking, from crafts at the Zimmer Children’s Museum to vehicle displays from the Peterson Automotive Museum.
Mid-Wilshire Hub (Wilshire and Rossmore)
Do: Take a break to listen to some tunes; 104.3 My FM will be spinning live
Eat: Take a little detour a mile northeast and visit Larchmont Village where you can stop for a healthy bite and an ego boost at Café Gratitude or a soppressatta and Manchego sandwich at Larchmont Village Wine, Spirits & Cheese as you peruse locally owned boutiques. The Mid-Wilshire Hub is picnic friendly, so if you've packed your own fixings, you can eat out in the sunshine with fellow participants.
See: As you head off, pop in your earphones to listen to a pre-downloaded podcast hosted by radio personality and architecture expert Edward Lifson explaining the design history of Wilshire Boulevard.
Koreatown Hub (Wilshire and Western)
Do: “The Ktown Expeierince” features a mini-carnival at the Wiltern. It promises traditional Korean games, music, and events such as a choco-pie eating contest. Rumor has it “I love Ktown” fanny packs will be given away.
Eat: If gorging on choco-pies isn’t your thing, check out Mr. Pizza for the Korean BBQ inspired Bulgogi pizza, BCD Tofu for a bowl of soon tofu soup, or Star King BBQ for the Piedmontese beef.
See: The Wilshire Boulevard Temple recently underwent a two-year, $47.5 million renovation. See what the hype is about with a guided tour of the synagogue.
Macarthur Park Hub (Wilshire and Alvarado)
Do: This hub boasts two interactive options: a mobile art lab for kids and a station where you can make seed balls. In the spirit of leaving positive marks on the city, children can add to the collective art piece and everyone is encouraged to plant seeds throughout the city.
Eat: You're not too far from Langer's where you can chow down on their famous #19: a sandwich of thick, hand-sliced pastrami, cole slaw, and Swiss cheese on rustic rye bread.
See: Pause for an art break at Charles White Elementary School where the sculptures made of everyday objects by L.A.- based artist Kaz Oshiro will be displayed in partnership with the LACMA.
END: One Wilshire Hub (Wilshire and Figueroa)
Do: This hub will offer post-trek yoga classes to soothe your sore muscles.
Eat: Celebrate a day well spent at the new FIGat7th complex. Check out City Tavern, the offshoot of its Culver City sister offering 28 California craft beers as well as comfort food. Or stop into the Torta Company for a pulled pork Mexican sandwich. Finish off the day with a peanut butter chocolate cupcake from the new Sprinkles or a scoop of Nutella gelato at Pazzo Gelato.
See: If you're not completely exhausted, test your prowess on a popup rock climbing wall or get your perfect “after” shot in another event photo booth.