Exploring East Village: A Day in the Art District

By Kristine Banuelos

Have you explored the streets of East Village yet? It’s easy to get lost while shopping the small businesses and vintage stores, eating at local restaurants and cafes, and being captivated by the art scene.

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Berlin Bistro & Fingerprints Music

20 E. 4th St.

If you’re looking to start your day by getting lost in a good read, a cup of craft coffee, music, or all of the above, this is the spot. Berlin’s avocado toast ($9) is a house specialty and pairs perfectly with a blended vanilla latte (prices vary). The music selection in Berlin covers a wide range, probably because it’s connected to a music store. But Fingerprints Music is more than just CDs, vinyl, and cassette tapes. The store is also filled with books, DVDs, zines, and merchandise.

Graphaids Art Supply (441 E. Fourth St.)

After grabbing a bite to eat and browsing through vinyl, walk across the street to check out the art supply store. There are dozens of books, sketchbooks, drawing supplies, and more. You might feel inspired to start a project of your own.

Seabirds Kitchen (975 E. Fourth St.)

Whether you are a meat eater or a vegetarian, you cannot go wrong with this vegan eatery near the intersection of Alamitos and Fourth Street. Our favorite dishes include the Beets Me Burger ($14.50) and the Peach and Blueberry Caramel Crumble ($8). It’s perfect for vegans and non-vegans alike!

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Museum of Latin American Art

628 Alamitos Ave.

Before ending your day, use the afternoon to take a stroll through the exhibitions and sculpture garden at MOLAA. Check out the Latin American-themed merchandise at the museum store or take a selfie in front of the vivid pink wall located in the garden. A student ticket is only $7, and admission is free every Sunday.