Most of the unique establishments on the bustling strip of Sycamore Avenue between Willoughby and Romaine had the very bad luck of opening just before March 2020’s shutdown. The project of repurposing a number of its industrial warehouses, many built in the 1930s and ’40s to support the burgeoning film business, had been set up with care by the real estate corporation CIM five years ago as the anti-mall. As a result, there’s been a blast of energy blowing into this centrally located hood since 2016, much like New York City’s Soho in the early days: the regional headquarters for SiriusXM is there, the Jeffrey Deitch Gallery, the offices of Jay Z and Beyoncé—and it’s bordered by Mozza, Milk Studios, Regen Projects, and Kohn Gallery. Media companies and galleries are now flocking en masse to the 1930s art deco Howard Hughes Headquarters, co-owned by lawyer David Bass (with Michael Harris), who has restored its original fixtures. On the way: a mega European gym, an upscale cannabis dispensary, bike lanes, and three brand-new restaurants. Here are our Sycamore faves.
The Northern California bakery famed for its rustic sourdough features cafe tables and an indoor/outdoor porch with a fireplace. Try the warm ricotta on bread and the smoked salmon toast. Nestled in the same building is the new Hideout Sycamore, a stylish bar from James Beard–nominated mixologist Julian Cox that serves craft cocktails, natural wines, and Spanish nibbles. 911 N. Sycamore Ave.
About 13,000 square feet of unique clothing, jewelry, home goods, art, and fragrances has become America’s greatest concept shop, à la Paris’s late, great Colette. Two years ago, Paola Russo moved her space to this light-filled emporium where she curates men’s and women’s collections of exceptional clothes, shoes, designer bags and sculptural jewelry—plus the only collection of Cartier fine jewelry outside of Cartier itself. It’s a feast for the eyes. 915 N. Sycamore Ave.
While Gigi’s is primarily serving its bistro fare on the patio right now, the gorgeous interiors—straight out of Mad Men, with bordello lighting and walls illustrated by L.A. artist Andie Dinkin—promise to have some of the hottest tables in town when things fully reopen. It’s the perfect spot for cocktails, potato chips with caviar and crème fraîche, or a tall seafood tower. 904 N. Sycamore Ave.
The artisanal San Francisco coffee roaster opened its Hollywood locale a few days into lockdown, but it morphed briskly into a gourmet grocery/takeout brimming with fresh produce, wines, cheeses, and homemade pastries and sandwiches. Café seating was once inside; now it’s on the street, where locals and the media-adjacent enjoy vanilla lattes and fruit-and-Nutella croissants. 7051 W. Willoughby Ave.
This labor of audiophile love by Lucky Jeans co-founder Barry Perlman is impressive in design and breadth of content. Pearlman stocks jazz, rock, hip-hop, Rolling Stones vinyl box sets, the re-released Magical Mystery Tour with Beatles rehearsal tracks…and the beat goes on. Also on hand: state-of-the-art turntables, speakers, and amplifiers. 900 N. Sycamore Ave.
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