Southern California Day Trips

Uptown Whittier

For a walkable day trip in a 1950s-esque neighborhood spend a few hours walking and exploring the many interesting shops, restaurants and bars in Uptown Whittier.

Greenleaf Avenue

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Getting There:

This is a Car-Necessary Day Trip, so there are no rail options. While it is a hidden treasure that is well worth the trip, Uptown Whittier is a bit of a trek. The best way to get there from Los Angeles is to take your preferred freeway (the 91, 5, 60 or the 10) to the 605 either North or South (as applicable) and exit Whittier Blvd. and head east to Hadley and make a left. Then take Hadley to Greenleaf, which is the main drag of Uptown Whittier.

Things to Do:

Greenleaf Avenue:

This day trip primarily consists of walking the tree-lined street of Greenleaf Avenue. Along Greenleaf Avenue, there are numerous shops that would interest most people, but in particular hipsters.

Particular stores that would appeal to hipsters include Geeks 6747 Greenleaf Avenue, Ste A.

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Geeks has many board games, both old and new, puzzles, comics and trinkets. It also has coffee so you can mainline some caffeine before geeking out while playing Dungeons N’ Dragons or similar games.

Another store that would appeal to hipsters as well as bookworms is Half Off Books at 6708 Greenleaf Ave. This spot has a true used book store feel to it that is now hard to find in the age of Amazon. You can spend at least an hour patiently browsing the books, movies, posters and comics here.

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Another store that requires some patience to find some used gems is Lovell’s Records & Tapes at 6719 Greenleaf Avenue. Lovell’s has great selection of used tapes and CD’s, but it is well-known for its vinyl selection, which is fairly expansive and everything is organized and labeled clearly.


There is also a solid movie theater on Greenleaf Avenue, Starlight Whittier Village at 7038 Greenleaf Avenue. While the theater has a 1950’s vibe on the outside, the seats on the inside, while snug, recline and have drink holders. The theater also has specials for matinees.

Watering Holes A Plenty:

There are several bars on Greenleaf Avenue and the other streets near it that make up Uptown Whittier (primarily Philadelphia Street, Bright Avenue, Bailey Avenue, Comstock Avenue and Hadley Street). These include The Bottle Room at 6741 Greenleaf Avenue, which is a pub/gastropub, The Cellar Bottle Shop at 6531 Greenleaf Avenue, which has a massive selection of beer and wine to drink and for sale, and The 6740 at 6740 Greenleaf Avenue, which has great beer and a solid jukebox.


Turnbull Canyon, A Haunted Hike:

If you are in the mood for a moderate hike very near Uptown Whittier in one of the most notorious and purportedly haunted areas of Los Angeles, then head to Turnbull Canyon. You can access Turnbull Canyon either via a short walk of 1.5 miles by walking Greenleaf or Bright Avenue to Beverly Boulevard and making a right on Beverly and continuing to Beverly Hills Drive or an even shorter drive to 5754-5830 Beverly Hills Drive.

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Turnbull Canyon Trail is a 4 mile loop and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use the trail but must be kept on leash. Supposedly the area used to be the site of an insane asylum in the 1930’s and home to many cultist events like kidnapping and baby-selling. The most prominent rumors are that the area is used for Satanic rituals (including human sacrifice) and KKK meetings. See one of my favorite sites Weird US for the odd history of the Canyon.

A Few Food Suggestions:

For those in the mood for Spanish tapas and wine, Phlight at 6724 Bright Avenue is the spot for you just a few blocks east of the main drag of Greenleaf.
For a foodie Belgian gastropub, step in to The Rusty Monk at 6749 Greenleaf Avenue. You can get beer cheese and mustard, lamb burgers, pretzels and plenty more.
For solid fish tacos and ceviche, try Off the Hook Fish Grill at 12824 Hadley Street just a few blocks west of the main drag of Greenleaf

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