Show & Tell with Waanaki in Los Angeles

February 26, 2013 0 comment

With the Oscars, LA is on the spotlight this week. It’s a good timing to feature Nanette from the inspired & inspiring e-shop Waanaki as she presents her hometown Los Angeles. Can L.A. really be a hometown? Well, if you read carefully, you’ll see that it’s made of many friendly neighbourhoods, each with a distinct personality. True, a car is a must, distances are big, and the layout can be disorientating, but with proper planning ahead (such as a print of this post..) Los Angeles is a greeeaaaat (like in OMG it’s so cool) city to visit with the kids. This is the One and Only chilled x hip family guide to the city of angels!


Nanette and son

Nanette Sullano is a 35-year-old designer, born in Echo Park and raised in Los Angeles; Jonathan Maghen is a 35-year-old designer and art book distributor, born in Tehran and raised in Los Angeles; Willow Maghen is our 2-year-old son, born at home in Highland Park. Our family currently lives in Northeast Los Angeles.

WAANAKI’s PHILOSOPHY: is an online shop for children that primarily offers vintage clothing, shoes, and accessories; vintage and new home-wares; and handmade/wooden toys. waanaki is a place where families can find unique clothes and objects that inspire — all are hand-selected finds from our road trips around the USA and world travels. waanaki is also introducing a select line of accessories and home-wares for both children and adults.



I love Silver Lake for it’s surroundings (i.e. architecture, hills, shops) and especially for the walks and strolls around the reservoir. Here is an itinerary for a full scope of Los Angeles, starting in the east and ending in the west.

– DAY 1, a short, mellow day

Brunch at Little Flower Candy Co., don’t forget to grab some candy and snacks and wander the botanical gardens at the Huntington Library and let the children splash around in the kids garden. Take the scenic route through San Marino into South Pasadena to Fiore for an early dinner outdoors in an edible garden.


– DAY 2, Los Angeles for real!

Square One Dining for breakfast, head for the hills to the iconic Observatory for the spectacular views of Los Angeles and a visit to Samuel Oschin Planetarium, a short drive down grab a snack at The Trails Café, head over to the Merry Go Round and Train Ride at Griffith Park, head south east and grab some authentic tacos at Guisados on Cesar Chavez, pop over to Ooga Booga in Chinatown for some rare periodicals, music, art and ephemera, stroll through historic Olvera Street and Little Tokyo, for dinner…I would suggest noodles at Hakata Ramen Shin- Sen Gumi, drive through the night life of downtown and have dessert at Bottega Louie This can also be an option for dinner but it’s a loud space.

– DAY 3: Shopping & Art

Long Beach Flea Market Finds

Breakfast at Joan’s on Third, then ready for some shopping. I highly recommend Plastica for gifts and for the children, South Willard just for the papa; head south to LACMA to breathe in art and make some art with the kids; head back to 3rd and Fairfax for lunch at the Original Farmer’s Market, let’s not forget shopping for Mama…Head up north to Melrose and don’t leave without treating yourself to a shopping spree at Creatures of Comfort, while the kids grab a sweet bite across the street at Froma; head up the road on Fairfax and treat yourselves to unique objects, ceramic art, home-wares, gifts and clothes for mama and papa at Iko Iko, wind down and head west along Sunset Blvd to catch a glimpse of the picturesque neighborhoods of West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Pacific Palisades and Malibu and enjoy dinner, the sunset and the pacific ocean at Malibu Seafood.


– DAY 4: Just Fun

Head to the beach in Malibu, or the parks. Our favourites are Lacy Park and Griffith Park (photo below).

Bugs in Griffith park

And for a meal tete-a-tete, it’s difficult to just name a few……Fiore, Little Flower Candy Co., Din Tai Fung, Guisados and El Huarache Azteca (located in Highland Park) …..and for just the two of us,  Sushi-Gen or AOC.

– And a few more tips:

When we want to get out of the city for a quick overnight trip, we head to Leo Carillo State Park.

Don’t miss the flea markets, including Long Beach Antique Market and Pasadena City College Flea Market.

And don’t forget to rent a car!!


Ps: if you’d like a bit more on LA, Read this post too: Arthur’s Circus road trip on the West Coast.

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