Not many Angelenos know Highland Park and rightly so; this part of town, up until recently, was poor and sketchy and mostly overrun by gangsters. The evolution of Highland Park began about four years ago with the opening of The York — an awesome restaurant with delicious food and a large selection of drinks — on York Boulevard. Since then, the lively boulevard has seen the emergence of more coffee shops, cafes, and some cool vintage and furniture stores. The one that really caught my attention is Platform with its eclectic collection of exotic objects, plants, and jewelry (one of my favorite pieces is the giant wooden deer head).
Further down the boulevard, there’s Maximiliano, an Italian restaurant whose building looks like a giant iron. I haven’t tried the food there, yet, but I’ve heard it’s pretty good, so I’m planning on having dinner there soon.
I wonder if this area will become the next Silverlake with its growing gentrification and hipsters invasion. I’m always fascinated by the reinvention and beautification of old neighborhoods; it shows that there’s potential and creativity in every corner of this city. Gotta love L.A. and its diverse, multicultural gems!!