Tucked at the intersection of Silver Lake and Atwater Village is a part of Los Angeles that sees low visitors, but yields high reward for those who venture past their usual Northeast hangouts. Set along the grassy banks of the Los Angeles River – the hidden enclave of Frogtown is well worth the detour to find.
While the tiny community (think less than 10,000 people) was once marked by gang violence, it’s now anchored by a thriving creative scene and a proud history of a small business, self-sufficient way of life. Artists Shepard Fairey, Mark Grotjahn and Thomas Houseago have recently opened studios and there’s plenty to explore with a local brewery, the annual Frogtown Art Walk, and a good stretch of L.A. River Bike Path.
Whatever your draw is, take the trip to Frogtown.