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A guide to local favorites in Atwater Village

Homes in Atwater Village.
  • By Mia Nakaji Monnier
  • Photos by Lisa Corson
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Atwater Village
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Atwater Village has been called L.A.’s most underrated neighborhood, which basically means you can find a parking spot here without losing your mind. The down-to-earth stretch along Glendale Boulevard, from the L.A. River to the Glendale border, has a warm, small-town feel (evidenced by a yearly block party to light the scraggly Grinchesque Christmas tree on the median of Glendale, across from a bank) and some of the best pastries and breakfast burritos in the city.

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Mia was born in Pasadena and moved seven times across the country before finishing high school in L.A.’s South Bay. After going to college in Vermont, she came back to L.A. in 2010 and has lived here since. Before going freelance, she worked on staff at the Rafu Shimpo, the local Japanese American community newspaper, based in Little Tokyo.

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Proof Bakery
There’s no way to go wrong at Proof, whether you’re in the mood for a croissant, a cookie or a piece of rich chocolate cake. At noon, the bakery also serves sandwiches (salami, ham and vegetarian) on satisfyingly salty stecca bread.
Proof Bakery, 3156 Glendale Blvd. Los Angeles, Calif. 90039
Black Elephant Coffee
If you’re looking for gluten-free or vegan pastries or a place to sit awhile and recharge, Black Elephant offers all that and good coffee. This friendly space is decorated with thriving pothos plants, each with its name on a chalkboard sign: Rosa, Maria, Solange …
Black Elephant Coffee, 3195 Glendale Blvd. Los Angeles, Calif. 90039
Wanderlust Creamery
Wanderlust Creamery gets its name from its geography-themed flavors, inspired by places from the Pacific Northwest (Smoky Road) to Thailand (Sticky Rice + Mango). For $30, you can take “a flight around the world” and try them all.
Wanderlust Creamery, 3134 Glendale Blvd. Los Angeles, Calif. 90039
Tacos Villa Corona
The tiny storefront of this family-owned taco counter could be easy to miss if not for the crowd always gathered in front of it during business hours. For $3 to $7, you can buy comfort in breakfast-burrito form.
Tacos Villa Corona, 3185 Glendale Blvd. Los Angeles, Calif. 90039
Dune
Dune’s menu is small but varied, each dish a melange of texture and flavor: fried, soft-boiled, pickled, raw. If you go with a friend, split the shakshuka and a sandwich, either the pickled beet or the fried chicken shawarma.
Dune, 3143 Glendale Blvd. Los Angeles, Calif. 90039
GameHaus Cafe
For a $5 cover ($7.50 on weekends), you have access to over 1,600 board games, with options for serious gamers and “casuals” alike. The cafe, on the edge of Glendale, is no afterthought, either — the apple pie is especially delicious.
GameHaus Cafe, 1800 S. Brand Blvd. #107 Glendale, Calif. 91204
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India’s Sweets & Spices
At this completely unpretentious restaurant-grocery store, you can have a complete meal of rice and two curries for $4. Everything here is vegetarian or vegan, and because it’s so affordable, you can easily end up with a table of varied breads, from crispy dosas to fat, stuffed parathas.
India’s Sweets & Spices, 3126 Los Feliz Blvd. Los Angeles, Calif. 90039
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Mia Nakaji Monnier
Mia was born in Pasadena and moved seven times across the country before finishing high school in L.A.’s South Bay. After going to college in Vermont, she came back to L.A. in 2010 and has lived here since. Before going freelance, she worked on staff at the Rafu Shimpo, the local Japanese American community newspaper, based in Little Tokyo.
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Lisa Corson
Lisa is a contributing photographer to The Washington Post based in Los Angeles.

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