I've found myself in several of my old LA haunts recently, from Silverlake to Downtown LA, and it's been incredibly interesting to see what has stayed the same and what has changed. While both areas have clearly developed, I was actually surprised to see how much has actually remained the same - namely, the overall atmospheres. And surprisingly (and in contrast to SF where they are mostly gone or replaced), almost every one of my favorite little cafés are still there.
We snapped these after brunch at Café Stella, which after 7 years, is still my favorite brunch spot in the city. Unpretentious and authentic in a way that doesn't make you cringe to use the word, it doesn't really even feel like you're in LA - or even like you're next door to Intelligentsia.
Having used to live right down the street from here, I used to spend my weekends and evenings in this area quite a bit and would be remiss if I didn't say that I still miss it sometimes. But then, I head back to the desert and the white noise of LA washes away, and is replaced with space to just be. And it's good to be back.
Photos by Kelsey Bollig