Bad news, guys. There actually is no lake in Silver Lake; it was built around what used to be a city reservoir, and now is an empty canyon. Yet despite the serious lack of water in my new found discovery, I immediately fell in love with this hipster neighborhood. It feels NOTHING like L.A., which appeals to me even more. After an hour of strolling through with personal tour guide and friend, Dennis, I found a confluence of Southern California charm, some of the best coffee shops (Cafecito Organico!) ever, boutiques galore (Mohawk!) and all the eateries (Poseidon’s Catch!) LA has to offer and to keep me consuming for days. Pro-tip for first-timers: Whether you come on two wheels or two feet, definitely check out this hidden gem.