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5 Places In Highland Park To Feed Your Hipster Soul

5 Places In Highland Park To Feed Your Hipster Soul

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Updated: 24 April 2017
Everyone has an inner hipster in them. It’s just a matter of finding it. Visiting the right places, eating the right food and buying the right records can help you tap into that hipster soul of yours. Highland Park is climbing up as a hipster community and is the perfect place to aid your way towards hipster nirvana. Take a hipster day for your search, and stop by these five places.
 Tuna Melt at Schodorf's Luncheonette | © Alex Ceja
Tuna Melt at Schodorf’s Luncheonette | © Alex Ceja

Schodorf’s Luncheonette

Before embarking on the inner hipster search, you need some fuel. Stop by Schodorf’s Luncheonette for some breakfast or lunch. The little dive is reminiscent of an old-school diner with wooden chairs instead of booths creating a vintage vibe. The brick walls are decorated with Polaroid shots of customers as well as photographs of old Los Angeles plus a vintage bicycle hangs from the ceiling. This luncheonette is the perfect relaxed setting to begin your day. They have great food, from sandwiches like the delicious tuna melt to waffles, that will fill you up for the rest of the day.

The Bearded Beagle | © Alex Ceja
The Bearded Beagle | © Alex Ceja

The Bearded Beagle

No hipster is complete without their wardrobe. At The Bearded Beagle, you can find the vintage fashion for your hipster look. With a wide selection that includes, but not limited to, high-waist jeans, beat-up construction boots, and ’80s theme park sweaters, The Bearded Beagle offers fashion from all eras at awesome prices. The shop also has a DJ table set up where there is always someone spinning, so you can shop to a good playlist. Sometimes you can shop to live music as the shop is known to host local bands as well as art shows.

Galco's Old World Grocery |©Alex Ceja
Galco’s Old World Grocery |©Alex Ceja

Galco’s Old World Grocery

Intense shopping probably made you a little thirsty. And if it didn’t, Galco’s still needs to be the next stop. The store is filled with shelves beyond shelves of all kinds of drinks both alcoholic and non alcoholic. From old-school bottles of Orange Crush to Thai tea to beers of all kinds, Galco’s has all the refreshing beverages you can think of. Galco’s prides itself on variety by offering beverages not only from all over the world but also from local breweries in Los Angeles, including Venice and Eagle Rock brews. Refresh yourself with some soda pop, and if it’s munch time, grab some vintage candy, such as jujubes and razzles. Galco’s also has a full operating sandwich deli right inside the store. Having trouble deciding? The friendly owner, John F. Nese, is usually in the store and eager to help.

Wombleton Records | © Alex Ceja
Wombleton Records | © Alex Ceja

Wombleton Records

It’s time to expand your music collection, and go back in time for good music via LPs, 45s, and cassettes. Whether you want some New Order, The Cure, or Siouxie and the Banshees, Wombleton offers a variety of artists. And if those artists don’t sound familiar, it’s time to study up newbie hipster. Eldon, the shop attendant, will helpfully lead you through the artists of the store and even play any of the music you pick. You can listen to it to see how you like it, and if you don’t like the music that’s playing, he’ll play something you will. It’s a cool shop in that it’s not overwhelming or disorganized. You can easily browse through the many artists, including popular and rare finds, American and foreign music, plus old and new. There is something for everyone at Wombleton.

Scoops Ice Cream | © Alex Ceja
Scoops Ice Cream | © Alex Ceja


Reward yourself at the end of your hipster day with some ice cream at Scoops. This shop is hard to find because it does not have a sign on the outside, so you either have to hear about it from a local, stumble in, or discover it online via a review site. Once inside, you’ll find it’s the simplest ice cream shop in town, complete with blank white walls, a room with a couple of benches, a sign for prices, and a long freezer full of flavors. Similar to old ice cream shops in that there’s no razzle dazzle, Scoops focuses on delicious ice cream with traditional options like basic chocolate and vanilla and creative flavors. Where else can you find flavors like butterscotch brownie, brown bread, mascarpone cheese burnt sugar, and raspberry tiramisu? They also have dairy-free options for those that are lactose intolerant or vegan. Finish your inner hipster soul search here with the almost secret, indie ice cream shop you’ll be proud to know about but want to keep all to yourself.