Published on October 5, 2015

Hello everyone! My name is Monica Gutierrez & i’m an LA-based blogger, with a wandering thirst for beautiful spaces that happen to have my two favorite things: food & coffee. My best days start over a cup of coffee, catching up with locals, & obsessing over my next point of exploration! I’m excited to share my little piece of “small town feel”, the quaint & historic Larchmont Village. I’m lucky enough to work near one of the hidden gems of Los Angeles & hope you’ll visit soon! – @monicais #locallyinspired

If you’re driving too fast, you’ll miss the entrance to this neighborhood strip, which happens to be wedged between two main streets. Imagine tree-lined blocks, vine covered terraces, & untouched brick buildings. I will never forget my first time coming here & thinking, “Why didn’t I find this place sooner?” – @monicais #locallyinspired

My day always begins with a visit to my favorite coffee shop, @ggetla which happens to be named one of the best coffee shops in the US. Coffee culture is continuously growing in Los Angeles & coming here feels like home. It’s a great place to have a beautifully crafted drink & explore new roasters on the walls. You order at their bartender-style bar & inevitably you’ll make quick conversation & fast friends with whoever you bump into! – @monicais #locallyinspired

Do you ever walk into a shop & think “This is the perfect place for gifts!” @pickettfences is just that & more. For over 20 years, this charming shop continues to house some of my favorite local designers, paper companies, & unique gifts for any occasion. Aside from smelling amazing upon entering, I can always find something special for myself & friends. – @monicais #locallyinspired

When I first walked into @vernettirestaurant , I was floored. The light creeping from the windows, kitchen noises, & gold accents everywhere was purely sensory, but the food was something else. Come for the handmade pasta & if you’re here on a Sunday, take a seat for family style brunch. You won’t be dissapointed. – @monicais #locallyinspired

When I need a fix for something decadent & sweet, I often visit @saltandstraw for their unique flavor combinations. This Portland-based chain has been welcomed with open arms & who doesn’t love this all wood exterior? I love tasting the seasonal & local collaborations with many in the LA food community. – @monicais #locallyinspired

Even in this digital world, I still crave print magazines & this place carries some of the rarest publications in the world. ( Hey @dominomag I see you! ) It’s no wonder industry stylists & designers flock to this place, with most picking up their monthly stash. My mini tour of @larchmontvillage ends here, but maybe i’ll see you on the block soon! – @monicais #locallyinspired

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