Next time you find yourself at The Standard, Hollywood you should definitely take an afternoon to explore nearby West Third Street, one of LA's best kept secrets for shopping and dining. West Third Street, just East of La Cienega Boulevard, is filled to the brim with cool shops and great dining spots, here are our picks for the best on the street:
Polkadots and Moonbeams: Polkadots and Moonbeams Vintage has one of the best collections of retro items in the city and they're artfully presented in a flowery wallpaper package. Think Victorian-era and flapper dresses, corsets, and a hat collection that would make the Mad Hatter swoon.
Joan's on Third: Joan's on Third is a perfect stop for convenient gourmet meals to take home or enjoy on the patio. Using only fresh ingredients, Joan's offers sophisticated takes on old favorites, such as meatloaf sandwiches, macaroni and cheese and tuna salad. Don't skimp on the sides either, the curried chickpeas and house-made sweet pickles are simply delicious. And, always make sure to grab at least two of the caramel covered marshmallows as you're checking out, they're one of life's little joys.
Traveler's Bookcase: Whether you're a world traveler or armchair traveler, the Traveler's Bookcase has what you need. They carry everything including luscious photo books, international maps, city guides, stationary, and travel accessories. Traveler's Bookcase is the perfect place for anyone who's ever stepped out of their own front door.
Son of a Gun: This seafood restaurant is the brainchild of LA culinary darlings Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo. All we can say is: Shrimp Toast, Shrimp Toast, Shrimp Toast! And the Lobster Roll is pretty heavenly, too.
New Stone Age: One of Los Angeles' hidden treasures, New Stone Age is one of those shops that is constantly delighting its patrons. A great source for one-of-a-kind jewelry, folk art, anatomical posters, pewter animals, palatial bird cages, succulents growing in glass orbs, nautical themed pottery, paper garlands, brass letters, vintage compasses, and everything else you never knew you needed before.
Photos by Joy Jacobs