This blog post was updated on April 30, 2020.
A lively and diverse Los Angeles neighborhood, Fairfax is bordered by West Hollywood to the north, Hancock Park to the east, Beverly Grove to the west and Mid-Wilshire to the south. A historically Jewish neighborhood, Fairfax Village has become incredibly diverse and trendy over the past decade. From L.A. dining institutions like Canter’s Deli to the TV industry mainstays like CBS studios, there is certainly no shortage of activities to keep you busy in this bustling area.
Attend a taping at CBS Studios. Get a behind the scenes look at the realities of TV shows like Real Time with Bill Maher or The Price is Right. Tickets are free and can be obtained at the CBS studios ticket window or you can call the studio directly for more information (323) 575-2458. CBS Studios is located at 7800 Beverly Blvd.
Catch an independent film at Cinefamily. An independent movie theater/performance space/community, Cinefamily is a truly unique venue known for its innovative programming. Depending on the day, you can see an early silent movie with live accompaniment, a new foreign release, or a retrospective mini film festival. For more information and a calendar of events, check out their website or visit them at 611 N. Fairfax Avenue.
Enjoy a black and white cookie at Canter’s Deli. A staple of the L.A. casual dining scene since 1931, Canter’s serves satisfying, classic traditional deli fare. The pastrami sandwiches and matzo ball soup are not to be missed, but my heart belongs to their iconic black and white cookies. You can find the cookies at 419 North Fairfax Avenue.
Graze at the Farmer’s Market. Located next to the Grove, the L.A. Farmer’s Market is a great place to take a stroll and nosh on local goodies. My favorite place to grab lunch is Monsieur Marcel. Grab a spot at the bar, tuck into an impeccable salade niçoise and a glass of French rosé and enjoy the people watching – 6333 West 3rd Street
Go treasure hunting at Melrose Trading Post. Melrose Trading Post is one of my favorite flea markets in Los Angeles. Every Sunday between 9am and 5pm, a variety of vendors bring their vintage wears to Fairfax High School. Come enjoy the low-key vibe and you may even leave with an incredible find (like my cherished carpet bag) – 7850 Melrose Avenue