8 New Ideas for What to Do on L.A.'s Eastside This Summer: A 24-Hour Staycation Itinerary

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Eastside_The Speek_ Staycation - Publicity - H 2016

THR's itinerary offers Lady Gaga's go-to Silver Lake club and 'Veep' star Tony Hale's men's fashion store pick.

BREAKFAST Fuel up with the popular vegan banana buckwheat pancakes ($12.50) and a matcha green tea latte ($4) at Los Feliz’s Stamp Proper Foods, a favorite of Rachel Bilson. 4500 Los Feliz Blvd.; (323) 953-5181

SPA Kristin Hilton, Eastsider makeup artist to Ellie Kemper and Elisabeth Moss, says she loves treatments such as the 90-minute consultation and customized Well Being Facial ($250) at Being in LA with owner Jenette Serrins: “She makes all of her own products and has a holistic approach to skincare. Her products and space are beautiful and she really takes the time to care for you.” 2122 Hillhurst Ave.; (323) 741-8035

LUNCH Just opened this year, Winsome in Echo Park is an upscale neighborhood spot with a coffee bar in front. Lunch fare ranges from the charred escarole chicken soup ($12) to a grass-fed burger on pan de mie ($16). 1115 Sunset Blvd.; (213) 415-1818

SHOP Veep’s Tony Hale is a fan of year-old Hemingway and Sons, with its curated selection of updated classics like an aloha pullover in chambray by Taylor Stitch ($118) and Dr. Denim chinos ($99). The paneled man cave complete with a 1960s jukebox full of classic 45s also boasts its own Silver Lake T ($35), made in L.A. with $2 from each T-shirt going to the Silver Lake Reservoir Conservancy. 615 Silver Lake Blvd.; (323) 669-7388

DINNER Sicily-born chef Maurizio Iacono brings farm-to-table Italian fare to the just-opened The Sit-Down, featuring pizza from a wood-burning oven served on an intimate back patio that’s quintessentially Eastside. After Sicilian Mussels in a fiery arrabbiata sauce ($12), go green with the Los Feliz pie with ricotta cream sauce and avocado, spinach and fresh mozzarella ($18 for a large) or a recent special like the Frutti di Mare with clams, mussels, shrimp, calamari and sriracha mayo. 4518 Hollywood Blvd.; (323) 644-9760

CLUB Silver Lake’s Tenants of the Trees (2808 Hyperion Ave.; 323-284-8631), co-owned by Reza Fahim, is the venue of the moment: It’s three lounges in one, with the main midcentury indoor/outdoor bar; Concession, an open-air movie theatre; and Out of Order, an invite-only music and dance space with an obscured entrance and lockboxes for patron’s cellphones at the door. L.A. fave DJ Ana Calderon’s popular Tuesday nights have brought out Lady Gaga, Kristen Stewart, Zoe Kravitz, Lana Del Rey, Joaquin Phoenix, Aziz Ansari, Chris Pine, Emma Roberts and The Weekend.

While not strictly in the Silver Lake/Los Feliz, etc. environs, off-the-radar club The Speek at Koreatown's Line Hotel (3515 Wilshire Blvd.; 213-884-4445) is a favorite of the music-heavy Eastside crowd, like Twin Shadows, St. Motel and Zoe Kravitz. The afterhours venue offers two salons for up to 15 people to keep the party going (weekend rates from $350), a bedroom option or a grand suite combo that can hold up to 40 revelers. Bottle service (from $250); star chef Roy Choi’s in-room dining with specialties like congee porridge and tofu, seafood and kimchi hotpot; and even a selection of curated music is part of the deal. Departing from the hotel’s minimalist aesthetic, the decor is ‘60s and ‘70s flavored, with Malm-style fireplaces and retro graphic wallpaper inspired by the club’s impressarios, brothers Mark and Jonnie Houston, replicating their own family’s Koreatown home.  

STAY Bed down at the Hotel Covell, an offshoot of the popular Los Feliz wine bar. At just five rooms (from $340), this boutique lodging traces the imaginary life journey of a fictional author named George Covell through the eclectic and detailed decor, from the Oklahoma Room, which references his Midwest origins, to the Parisian Atelier and The Heir, with requisite big-city sophistication. Mixing midcentury antiques and mod touches, some rooms even have kitchens and living rooms. 4626 Hollywood Blvd.; (323) 660-4300