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Oh Joy Day Trip: Highland Park...

Topo in Highland Park / Oh Joy!

For today's Day Trip adventure, we're taking you to Highland Park! It's a historic neighborhood (that is VERY up-and-coming) in Northeast Los Angeles that has fun shops and restaurants are all in walking distance of each other. Here are a few of our favorite places to go...

Collage Coffee in Highland Park / Oh Joy!

Collage Coffee in Highland Park / Oh Joy!

Collage Coffee — First stop, coffee! This shop has a cute little walk up counter for a quick, easy coffee grab before you start your day. We got the iced latte and limeade which was had a pretty ombre effect that you mix together before drinking. 

Shorthand in Highland Park / Oh Joy!

Shorthand in Highland Park / Oh Joy!

Shorthand in Highland Park / Oh Joy!

Shorthand in Highland Park / Oh Joy!

Shorthand in Highland Park / Oh Joy!

Shorthand —  After grabbing some coffee, we stopped by Shorthand—a super cute stationery store. They have fancy Japanese pens and pencils, all the stationery you could ever want, ribbons, notebooks, and more. In the back, they have a printing press where they print their own cards in house! You can also get custom cards and pencil cases, which makes for an extra special gift. Everything is so well organized and displayed so it makes it easy to find exactly what you're looking for.

Shop Merci Milo in Highland Park / Oh Joy!

Shop Merci Milo in Highland Park / Oh Joy!

Shop Merci Milo in Highland Park / Oh Joy!

Shop Merci Milo in Highland Park / Oh Joy!

Shop Merci Milo in Highland Park / Oh Joy!

Shop Merci Milo in Highland Park / Oh Joy!

Shop Merci Milo — This store is a bit hidden in the neighborhood, but not one you want to miss! Every corner of the shop is packed with colorful goodies. It's the perfect if you're looking for a gift for a little one with clothing, books, and every single toy you can dream of.

Triple Beam Pizza in Highland Park / Oh Joy!

Triple Beam Pizza in Highland Park / Oh Joy!

Triple Beam Pizza in Highland Park / Oh Joy!

Triple Beam Pizza — It's time for lunch! As long as you're a carb eater, you have to stop by my favorite pizza place in the area, Triple Beam! They open at noon and are known for their "Roman Style" pizza. Simply show them with your hands how big of a slice you want, and then they cut a piece to your liking! It's a really fun way to eat pizza, especially if you want to sample each pizza they have and get lots of smaller slices. The Margherita is my favorite and always a great classic choice. We also love the Smoked Pancetta & Jalapeno, Asparagus, Sausage with Five Lilies, Salame, and Caramelized Onion & Goat Cheese Focaccia.

Topo in Highland Park / Oh Joy!

Topo in Highland Park / Oh Joy!

Topo in Highland Park / Oh Joy!

Topo in Highland Park / Oh Joy!

Topo in Highland Park / Oh Joy!

Topo in Highland Park / Oh Joy!

Topo — End the day with a sweet treat (and a tad more shopping) at Topo! They have a lot of vegan and gluten-free options and tasty grab-n-go snacks. We also love their kitschy and fun housewares and gifts!

{Photos by Lily Glass, Styling by Julia Wester and Jess Hong.}

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