Larchmont village, a charming and quaint enclave in Hollywood, is oh so veggie friendly. With bustling sidewalks and extremely easy parking, this is one of the best neighborhoods by far for vegetarians. Even more laid back and all-encompassing than neighboring Franklin Village, in Larchmont, one can get a lot done and possibly get lost in the assortment of things to do from buying artisan gifts, designer goods and of course vegetarian food.
Looking for that specialty paraben and cruelty free hair product? Drop by the Larchmont Beauty Center which certainly seems geared towards the fashion forward vegetarian. They carry “Pureology” an animal cruelty free hair care line that is also sulfate, paraben and sodium free.
A multitude of eclectic restaurants line the sidewalks of Larchmont village, offering scrumptious eats for every palate. From hole in the wall eateries good for satiating unexpected hunger pangs to high end restaurants best reserved for date nights, Larchmont Village offers a smorgasbord of delectable food choices.
For vegetarians craving pizza, Z Pizza, serves up some of the most healthful and genuinely great pizza and sandwiches. Z Pizza is one of the few pizzerias that actually offer vegan pizzas, saturated with a mouthwatering soy cheese. To add to the tastiness of the soy cheese, vegetables are always delightfully fresh. The menu includes mid-level price point food that is entirely worth the cost.
Should one wander over to the Larchmont neighborhood in the morning hours, Noah’s Bagel is a must do. Noah’s carries a variety of vegetarian bagel sandwiches and the friendly vibe of the staff will definitely draw you in. Nothing here is ever stale; it is a quiet, clean destination with incredibly high quality bagels. With low prices and a sundry menu, Noah’s will have bagel lovers coming back for more.
Lemonade has brought their juicy goodness and multifaceted menu to Larchmont Village. Lemonade, makes sure to bring the same superior lunch counter specials reminiscent of childhood. They are very experienced in pairing healthful with chic and offer several varieties of sumptuous lemonades—the cucumber mint lemonade must be tasted!
Babycakes is an absolute go-to for vegetarians and vegans alike. Any type of allergen is eradicated from all of Babycakes fresh donuts, brownies, and other baked goods. Although many soy-free, dairy-free, and nut free sweets often lack flavor, Babycakes NYC's goodies are beyond delectable.
Last and of course never the least is Café Gratitude. Raw vegan and delicious, this lovely gem is right next to Melrose. The overall ambiance here gives patrons a sense of feeling loved and every menu item has a wonderful affirmation attached to its name (for example a large café salad called “I am Fulfilled”). Vegetarians will enjoy the somewhat “hip hippiness" that permeates throughout the restaurant. The interior is very earthy; it makes for a nice getaway from the hustle and bustle of the streets, almost like a retreat. The significant attention to detail and quality over quantity approach is what makes Café Gratitude’s moderately expensive menu worth every dollar.
Larchmont is an excellent location to take a stroll, a date, or even a lunch break. Fun, easy to navigate, yet seemingly uncharted and not the least bit kitschy, Larchmont makes for an excellent neighborhood for Los Angeles vegetarians to escape to.