Lykavittos

Destination Athens by Kyriakos Avgoustis

Photography & Text KYRIAKOS AVGOUSTIS

Take a moment to think of Greece, the first things that come to mind are images of sandy beaches, crystal clear water, white houses with blue roofs and amazing sunsets, right? This is what you will find in many of my country’s islands and you wouldn’t be wrong to want to experience it. The islands in Greece are after all one of the top touristic destinations in the world, and not without good reason.

However there is much more to Greece to discover, and we are here to talk about a place that many visit because their flight connects there. This place is Athens, the country’s capital and biggest city. In recent years it has been known mostly due to protests and political events taking place here, but behind all the chaos, Athens is a vibrant, up and coming city with a lot to offer.

Of course, once you are here, you are bound to go to Acropolis, walk in the area of Plaka and party until dawn at Gazi, but in this article we will go past the places that your guidebook would tell you about and explore some of the city’s best restaurants, all-day wine bars and sweet shops, as well as the best place to get a great view of Athens and also a super cool place to get your very own pair of designer eyewear.

I Kriti
As you walk around Exarhia neighborhood, you might not see this semi-hidden restaurant inside a gallery at Veranzerou street. However, you are sure to be captured by the amazing smell that comes from all the freshly prepared home-cooked delicacies they offer.

As their name suggests, I Kriti is serving food directly from the island of Crete in the south of Greece, and maybe it’s the fact that I spent five years down there, but I can’t wait to eat at that place every time friends visit. The food is exceptionally tasty and well-priced. Their selection varies from well-known and loved specialties like stuffed zucchini flowers with rice and herbs, fried feta cheese with honey and pan-fried pork to more adventurous choices like fried snails or beef liver with honey and apaki (cured meat).

The retro atmosphere with vintage objects on the walls, along with the Cretan music playing in the background, make for a great way to experience Crete without leaving Athens. Just one tip, come hungry!

I Kriti
4SEE Destination Athens by Kyriakos Avgoustis
I Kriti
Veranzerou 5, Athens 10677
Open Monday to Saturday midday to midnight

 

The Bousoulas
From the very first time I ate at Bousoulas, I knew that I would be going back again and again. Growing up in Rhodes, my standards for seafood are quite high and this restaurant is definitely hitting the mark. Located outside of the main touristic areas, in Kesariani neighborhood, it is a place that you won’t find in Lonely Planet but it’s most definitely worth the 10-minute taxi ride from the center.

Some of the best options include steamed mussels, freshly fried calamari, stuffed flounder with herbs and cheese and crab salad. And of course the experience would not be complete without a good variety of Greek tsipouro and ouzo. The family-like atmosphere, with the simple but fitting decoration make up for a great lunch or dinner spot. Come with a big group so that you can sample more of their tasty treats.

The Bousoulas
4SEE Destination Athens by Kyriakos Avgoustis
The Bousoulas
Ir. Politechniou 85, Kesariani 16121
Open daily from 11.00 to 1.00

 

Nancy’s Sweet Home
You have heard of the term “sweet tooth”, right? Well I am convinced that I was born with more than one of those because every time I think of sugar, I get weirdly excited. Nancy’s Sweet Home (also known as Serbetospito) is a place I have to fight with myself not to go into every time I pass by Psyri neighborhood in the center of Athens. This corner shop right at the square of Psyri, is serving chocolate-loaded, mouthwatering sweets that are sure to satisfy your need for a sugar rush. Accompanied by their famous Kaimaiki ice cream, it is a combination made in heaven!

And for those who are not into chocolate, there is a big variety of traditional Greek and Turkish sweets with syrup, as well as cheesecakes and tarts. Their portions are quite generous, so come with a friend and share the love (and the calories).

Nancy’s Sweet Home
4SEE Destination Athens by Kyriakos Avgoustis
Nancy’s Sweet Home
Pl. Iroon 1, Athens 10554
Open daily from 8.30 to 2.30

 

Lykavittos
Standing at 277 meters, Lykavittos hill is the highest point in the center of Athens. Located in the neighborhood of Kolonaki, this moderately easy climb is a must for everyone visiting Athens. You can walk up the top of the hill in 30 to 90 minutes, depending on the route and your fitness level. There is also the option of using the Teleferik, a cable car that takes you to the top through a long tunnel in a few minutes.

The views from the top are exceptional and it’s a perfect place to see the sunset, while waiting for Acropolis, the Temple of Zeus and Ancient Agora to light up. There you can enjoy a coffee or some snacks at the café and visit the Chapel of St. George, dating back in the 19th century. I love coming here to relax and take photos of the city from above. During the week it’s not even that crowded.

Lykavittos
4SEE Destination Athens by Kyriakos Avgoustis
Lykavittos
Kolonaki Neighborhood

 

King’s Theater
Right in the center of Athens, in the neighborhood of Psyri, King’s Theater is a unique all-day wine bar that promises to transport you back in time. With its Victorian Era-themed decoration and its accordingly dressed staff, you are sure to feel like a prince/princess while enjoying a glass of your favorite drink. Their exclusively Cretan wine list includes more than 40 names and if wine is not for you, then a big variety of cocktails as well as warm drinks will make sure that you don’t stay thirsty. Cheese, meat and veggie variety platters can accompany your experience. I am always looking forward to tasting a new drink there while feeling like I am King Arthur himself.

King’s Theater
4SEE Destination Athens by Kyriakos Avgoustis
King’s Theater
Karaiskaki 26, Athens 10554
Open daily 15.00 to 1.00

 

Jonnie Rousso
Right in the center of the upscale neighborhood of Kolonaki, this optical store offers a unique and personalized, shopping experience. Its industrial and chic design is inspired by the time the owner spent in London and New York. Its bar-like interior welcomes you to enjoy a coffee or drink as you browse.

Their collection of eyewear comes only from independent designers and companies that have been making glasses for generations. You can find pieces from Moscot, Kuboraum and Dita among other high-quality brands. I love this spot because every time I come here, I feel like I am in the hands of an expert. Yannis is really knowledgeable and will confidently help you pick the best eyewear for you.

Jonnie Rousso
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Jonnie Rousso
Skoufa 9, Athens 10673
Open Monday to Saturday 10.00 to 17.00/21.00

About Kyriakos Avgoustis
Kyriakos is a Greek-born traveler. After exploring the world for a good number of years, he decided to settle in Athens. He studied medicine but later decided to move towards another direction. He started managing rental apartments in the city. His working knowledge of five languages has greatly helped with interacting with tourists. His social character is making his work a joy. You will often find him posing for shirtless photos or geeking out with board and role-playing games. Check out his places for your future trips to Athens.

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British Artist Christopher Winter Coblens Sunglasses Bert Spangemacher

Photography & Text CHRISTOPHER WINTER

British Artist Christopher Winter Coblens Sunglasses Bert Spangemacher
Christopher Winter, an English contemporary artist

Chris Winter is a British artist and curator living in Berlin since 2001. He first moved to the city to develop his artistic career and follow colleagues and friends who moved here to join the burgeoning art scene that developed in the capital of reunified Germany. Having lived in the city for more than 17 years, he has seen great changes take place in the city and notably the effects of gentrification affecting the bohemian and artistic lifestyle that once drew people to the city. But his love for the city remains, with many hidden gems left to discover and untouched pockets of raw creative potential still visible. To him the city means vibrancy, creativity, urban edge, history and resilience; and space to create and inspiration to bring change.

König Galerie – Contemporary Art in a Brutalist Setting
St. Agnes, Alexandrinenstr. 118-121, 10969 Berlin

König Galerie
König Galerie

Housed in a former church built in the style of Brutalism by the Berlin architect Werner in the 1960’s with further renovations added by the renowned architect Arno Brandlhuber, the site now holds one of Berlin’s most internationally regarded galleries, along with the headquarters of avant-garde publisher 032c. The gallery itself consists of both emerging and established artists with works ranging from paintings, photography, sculptures, to video and sound. The building itself is worth the trip but the exhibits are also top-notch, bringing together the works of the art world’s younger generation and presenting them in this amazingly bold, idealized modern space.

Pineapple Factory Gallery – Curated Collection of Designer Pre-owned Clothing
Gormannstraße 23, 10119 Berlin

Pineapple Factory Gallery
Pineapple Factory Gallery – Curated Collection of Designer Pre-owned Clothing
Gormannstraße 23, 10119 Berlin

Only the best high-end designers, perfectly curated, and in pristine condition—this newly opened clothing “gallery” and online vintage shop, as the name suggests, is a gallery presenting clothing as art, and obviously also for sale. An ever changing collection of beautiful pieces from designers like Comme des Garçons, Balenciaga, Dries Van Noten, Rick Owens, Ann Demeulemeester, and Yohji Yamamoto to name just a few. A true retail reference for fashion people in the know.

VEB Orange – Vintage DDR shop
Oderberger Str. 29, 10435 Berlin

VEB Orange - Vintage DDR shop
VEB Orange – Vintage DDR shop
Oderberger Str. 29, 10435 Berlin

I check out this shop all the time for a blast from the past and a little home design inspiration. I bought lamps for my apartment here, perfect modernist pieces from the DDR. The owner is always adding more fabulous finds and he creates these scenes out in front of the store that are just little time capsules of Eastern Berlin’s past. Plus if you love the color orange, this is your place. Furniture, fashion, and accessories from the ’60 & ’70’s Berlin.

Babel – Lebanese Restaurant
Kastanienallee 33, 10435 Berlin

Babel Lebanese Restaurant Berlin
Babel – Lebanese Restaurant
Kastanienallee 33, 10435 Berlin

In a city full of falafel places, Babel is truly the best. It’s a neighborhood institution with delicious platters and salads. Affordable eats on a beautiful street. And in the summer Babel is absolutely packed with flowers from the local florist. I eat here quite often and I just love the atmosphere – spices, flowers, and the kitschy middle eastern travel posters covering the walls make the healthy platters taste even better.

Prinzessinengärten
Prinzenstrasse 35-38, 10969 Berlin

Capturing the spirit of rebirth and bohemian culture that made Berlin what it is today, the Prinzessinengärten (Princess Garden) combines urban gardening and DIY culture with a modern take on the traditional German beer garden, and pretty great pizza as well! The project has existed since 2009 and took over an abandoned plot at a busy intersection in the heart of Kreuzberg; an area that was once renowned for neglect and is now at the center of hip Berlin. It is easy to enjoy the long nights and lose track of time in the summer at a wooden table with a bunch of friends. Prost!

About Christopher Winter

British Artist Christopher Winter Coblens Sunglasses Bert Spangemacher
Christopher Winter, an English contemporary artist
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Christopher Winter is an English contemporary artist based in Berlin. In addition to painting and drawing, both abstract and figurative, Winter also makes video and sculpture. His work interprets contemporary reality and reactions to modern life. He is active both as artist and curator and was the director of the exhibition program launched in 2014 at Berlin’s Kino International “KIK”.

His work can be found in various international collections across the world including the Berlinische Galerie Museum, Museum for Modern Art, Photography and Architecture, Berlin, Germany; Vassar College, The Frances Lehmen Loeb Art Center, New York; Wilhelm-Hack-Museum, Ludwigshafen, Germany and Julio Serrano Segovia Collection, and Fundación Amparo y Manuel (AMMA), Mexico City.

British Artist Christopher Winter Coblens Sunglasses Bert Spangemacher
Christopher Winter, an English contemporary artist
Eyewear by COBLENS Aslphaltdecke

In 2015, Kerber Verlag published a large monograph of Winter’s work to mark 20 years of painting in Germany titled “Dizzyland. 20 Years in Germany”.Winter is represented by Edelman Arts, New York; Garis & Hahn, Los Angeles, and Lehr Zeitgenössisches Kunst, Berlin.

The next chance to see his work in person, Winter will have a solo exhibition at Edelman Art, New York in April 2019.

British Artist Christopher Winter Coblens Sunglasses Bert Spangemacher
Christopher Winter, an English contemporary artist

www.christopher-winter.com

Eric Gaugner Oregon

Photography & Text ERIK GAUGER // NOTES FROM ABROAD

Vibrant Food Culture Surrounded by Lush and Diverse Landscapes

In 2005 I quit my job and committed to full time freelancing and travel blogging. So, my wife and I had a decision to make: we could move anywhere we wanted within the United States, where should we go? Our answer was immediate and united. Portland, Oregon was quick to draw us to it as a uniquely quirky West Coast city with a fast-growing reputation as the best restaurant and food scene in the nation.

On top of that, Portland is surrounded by nearly every West Coast ecoregion possible: lush river valleys, grasslands, dense coniferous forests, wide open deserts, snowy mountain peaks, and rugged Pacific coastline.

Since our move, Portland’s profile as the epicenter of the American outdoorsy-progressive wonderland has grown even faster, and the city has ballooned at breakneck speed. Real estate has been in a perpetual boom state, rising rents mean further gentrification and problems with homelessness, and Portland citizens openly wonder if the growth comes at the expense of the city’s unique culture of weirdness.

Portland is a city of small neighborhoods, which are often more important to the scene than the city’s downtown itself. As a travel blogger, I can’t help but observe changes in each of these neighborhoods, but despite the costs of growth, Portland is as vibrant as ever, and I grow more in love with Portland each year. Here are a few reasons why:

Mathilde’s Kitchen 
7238 SE Foster Rd.
Portland, OR 97206

Portland pioneered America’s food cart scene, and today the city features over 500 converted trucks, pods, and carts spread throughout the city. The business model allows young chefs the opportunity to start a business quickly or to flex their creative muscles and, for many, the food cart becomes a jumping off point towards owning and operating a full-fledged restaurant.

Mathilde Aurelian-Wilson serves up authentic Haitian cuisine at Mathilde’s Kitchen, one of several Latin American & Caribbean-themed food carts in the Portland Mercado public market. I suggest the garlicky chicken thighs, served with rice, beans, and spicy cabbage slaw.

Olympia Provisions 
107 SE Washington St.
Portland, OR 97214

One of the first things you’ll notice about Portland is the absence of the cultural trappings of many U.S. cities: there are few large billboards, almost no mall culture, and national restaurant chains are few and far between inside city limits.

Portlanders love to support restaurants that serve local, seasonal ingredients. Try the bar at Olympia Provisions in the industrial southeast neighborhood. This location is a salumeria, producing a wide range of cured meats. But the restaurant itself, which serves Mediterranean style cuisine with a Pacific Northwest influence, is a great example of the dining experience in Portland. Sit at the bar and watch as the chefs prepare shared plates. Or in the warmer months sit by the large open windows to people watch while you sip a craft cocktail or Oregon wine.

Mt. Tabor Park SE Salmon St. Portland, OR 97215

Urban parks are kind of a big deal. Portland park pride runs deep, and locals make use of them year round for running, playing, and sitting alone with your thoughts. You can also find festivals, farmers markets, and other events at parks across the city. If I had to pick a favorite though, Mt. Tabor Park would be it. Located on top of a volcanic cinder cone, the park is an ideal place for morning walks, bird watching, and taking in impressive views of Portland.

We often take a long stroll on one of the twisty trails among the trees, then reward ourselves with a light lunch at nearby Cheese Bar on SE Belmont. As the name suggests, it’s an emporium of more than 200 different types of cheese that also serves delicious seasonal menus with beer and wine pairings to go with all that amazing cheese.

Haystack Rock in Cannon Beach US 101, Cannon Beach, OR 97110

Part of the lure of Portland is its proximity to the coast. The Pacific Ocean is ninety-minutes away, and despite the speed of growth in Portland, the entire Oregon Coast feels lost in another time. Miles of coastline often remain empty, especially outside of summer months. Mornings are drenched in a marine layer of fog, which helps to bring out the scent of the ocean and the perfume-and-pine smell of the nearby Sitka spruce trees.

A heavenly morning begins with coffee and pastries at Sea Level in Tolovana just sound of Cannon Beach, followed by a barefoot walk to the nearby 72-meter Haystack Rock, which juts out from the water just feet from the coast. Haystack Rock is a protected sanctuary for seabirds. Ask the local volunteers to help you find the brilliantly-colored Tufted Puffins, which nests on the rock during spring and summer months.

Wildflower Hikes in Hood River Hood River, OR 97031

Hood River, a small city nestled at the foot of Mount Hood, looks out over the Columbia River. Hood River is recognized internationally for its windsurfing and kiteboarding, but we use it a base to explore nearby wildflower-strewn hills.

Not only is Hood River situated between mountain and river, it’s also in a thin zone between the misty, wet Pacific Northwest and the dry rain-shadow deserts of eastern Oregon. This unique transition zone makes for brilliant wildflower displays in spring and early summer. Explore the easy Rowena Plateau trail, five miles east of Hood River, or Catherine Creek, east of nearby White Salmon on the Washington side of the river.

Like Portland, Hood River has plenty of microbreweries producing tasty craft beers. My favorite is pFriem Taproom, located right on the river, facing Hood River Waterfront Park. Or try a traditionally hoppy IPA at Double Mountain Taproom, located in downtown Hood River.

“Whether you are just in town for a few days or have some extra time to explore the wild and still rugged and extremely beautiful natural landscape around Portland, I hope that you enjoy all that this Pacific Northwest gem has to offer and help us to keep Portland weird!”

About Erik Gauger
Erik Gauger is a father, a freelance web consultant, and amateur travel writer based in Portland, Oregon. Gauger has been writing and photographing for Notes from the Road, his personal travelogue, since 1999. He catalogues his travels with handmade maps, large format film photography, travel sketches and illustrations, and long form essays on subjects ranging from travel philosophy to local characters to history and science. Gauger champions the idea that travel blogging is a powerful medium that is part art, part journalism, and that travel journalism plays an important role in activist issues about the impact of tourism, development, and local cultures.

Photography & Text HyeIn Jeon

When people think of Seoul, some people might only think of it as a capital of the K-POP country, but these days Seoul is full of fashion and beauty, 24-hour shops, and very tech savvy with its old and new buildings spreading out across the city with beautiful mountains as their backdrop.

If you visit Seoul, you might find yourself carrying shopping bags full of beauty products and fashionable (and cheap) clothes, or go hiking in the middle of the city to see the full view of Seoul with the river flowing through it and skyscrapers rising to the sky. Maybe you might go drinking with friends “Korean style” and stay out until 6 A.M. for a bowl of hot soup together to soothe your hangover before retiring to a famous Korean Spa where you can eat, sleep, get a massage or even play video games.

Anything is possible in Seoul at all times of day, but I’m happy to give you a look at some of my favorite spots in the city for an insider’s perspective on a city that is constantly changing and evolving.

Wolf Social Club
158 Hannam-daero, Hannam-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, Korea

Wolf Social Club is a small cozy café with good music and for a good cause. You can find feminist posters and books all around the café, which also holds multiple lectures and seminars on feminism. The illustrations and logos used by this café are quite brilliant as well.

This is my go-to spot when I am feeling down or want to spend time by myself while eating satisfying meals, coffee and pies. The atmosphere is welcoming and the music selection is perfect for your soul. I always try to remember Wolf Social Club’s motto “More Dignity, Less Bullshit” and live it in my own life. It is also very comforting to find fellow feminists in the café.

Wolf Social Club 158 Hannam-daero, Hannam-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, Korea
Wolf Social Club
158 Hannam-daero, Hannam-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, Korea

D Project Space: 구슬모아 당구장
B3, 85, Dokseodang-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, Korea

Seoul is attracting many international art collectors and galleries to cater to its rising crowd of young artists. D Project Space is a perfect place to find cool young creators’ interdisciplinary works. It’s located in Han-Nam, close to the D Museum with many hip restaurants and cafés nearby. You can have coffee or drinks at D project Space while looking at the cool exhibitions or enjoy indie music gigs there as well.

As an illustrator/artist myself it is important for me to have these spaces that encourage young artists to work freely and innovatively. D Project Space is special for me because it creates a platform to connect new artists with an extensive new audience. When I am in Han-Nam area, I come here to look at the exhibitions and talk with my friends over coffee or drinks.

D Project Space:구슬모아 당구장 B3, 85, Dokseodang-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, Korea
D Project Space:구슬모아 당구장
B3, 85, Dokseodang-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, Korea

Gentle Monster Sinsa Flagship Store
23, Apgujung-ro 10, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, Korea

In the heart of Seoul, Sinsa has long been a hotspot for fashionistas, models and designers. I love going to Gentle Monster because of their unique approach to design and layout; they are famous for having a different structure, theme and aesthetics in every location. They have two flagship stores across from each other in the Sinsa area: Sinsa Flagship Store and Sinsa Parallel. The Sinsa Flagship store has five stories, and each floor has a different story to follow, creating various different moods through the over-the-top design elements that have to be seen to be believed. Different types of glasses and sunglasses are on view and the place resembles a fine art gallery with contemporary art pieces even more than a store. Sinsa Parallel has more of a refined, quiet touch compared to Sinsa Flagship’s kitsch feel.

Whenever I visit the Gentle Monster stores I take my time and try out as many sunglasses and glasses as possible but cannot quite decide on what to buy since I love every pair! Their uniquely shaped and kitschy sunglasses are a particular favorite of mine.

Gentle Monster Sinsa Flagship Store 23, Apgujung-ro 10, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, Korea
Gentle Monster Sinsa Flagship Store
23, Apgujung-ro 10, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, Korea

Or.Er. Archive
18, Seongsu 1(il)-ga 1(il)-dong, Seongdong-gu, Seoul

Or.Er. Archive is a hidden gem in the upper east of Seoul. On the way, you can see the Seoul Forest as well as the Han River. The building has three stories; the first floor is a café, the second floor holds seminars and the third floor is the Or.Er Archive.

I still remember the day when I first walked into this store—it was simply magical. Or.Er Archive kind of reminds me of my grandmother’s old house with wooden floors, walls and low ceilings that make me feel nostalgic. The space is quiet and delicate, full of vintage ceramics and silverware collected from all over the world, one of a kind ceiling glass lamps, crystals and little objects that captivate and delight. I always find it hard to walk out of the store without purchasing at least a little something special.

Or.Er. Archive 18, Seongsu 1(il)-ga 1(il)-dong, Seongdong-gu, Seoul
Or.Er. Archive
18, Seongsu 1(il)-ga 1(il)-dong, Seongdong-gu, Seoul

About HyeIn Jeon

HyeIn Jeon is an illustrator & embroiderer based in NYC and South Korea. She lived in South Korea, China and Hong Kong before moving to New York and graduating from the School of Visual Arts with a BFA in illustration. Mainly working with embroidery, Jeon illustrates her favorite movies with colorful thread and fabrics. You can find her work on her website (hyeinjeon.com), Tumblr (hyeinjeon.tumblr.com) or Instagram (@hyeiniillo).

HyeIn Jeon in ACCRUE
HyeIn Jeon in ACCRUE
Susie Suh photographed by Bert Spangemacher in Los Angeles

Photography & Text SUSIE SUH

As a singer-songwriter, one of my favorite places in the world is Los Angeles, California. I love how lush and raw mother nature is here, how vibrant urban culture pulsates here, and the way in which they collide and meld together. Despite having lived in places such as Berlin, Paris, and New York, I’ve always considered Los Angeles to be my home, the place where I come back to after being road-worn and weary from traveling, where my family and many dear friends live, and the place that really has it all — sun, beach, mountains, culture, and city life.

Born and raised in a suburb of L.A., it was here that I picked up my eldest brother’s old guitar and wrote my first song at 13, took piano lessons from my strict Korean piano teacher, as well as learned how to sing in my middle school choir. And although I am all grown up now and Los Angeles has shifted and evolved over time, a drive along windy canyon roads surrounded by the majestic Santa Monica Mountains still fills me with wonder and takes my breath away.

Here are some of my favorite places that I would like to share with you in and around Los Angeles that have inspired and influenced me in some form or fashion.

Nobu
22706 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu CA 90265

Along the PCH in Malibu is Japanese Chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s stunning restaurant Nobu. Since 1987 Chef Matsuhisa has been impressing his diners with Japanese-Peruvian dishes and the mix of delicious Asian fare, a beautifully understated modern interior and exterior in one of the most picturesque beachfront locations in Los Angeles, make for a worthy combination. I’ve had birthday dinners with my family here and eating sushi and black cod with miso whilst sitting on the patio and watching the waves roll in is a truly L.A. experience.

Mohawk General Store
4011 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles CA 90029

In the heart of Silverlake, an enclave of Los Angeles where I used to live, is The Mohawk General Store. Created by Bo and Kevin Carney, I love coming here to see their collections, an eclectic mix of independent, local, and more well-known international designers. From Comme des Garçons, Dries Van Noten, ACNE, The Row, and Rachel Comey to local L.A. designers like Ahlem and their own line Smock, their selection of jewelry, clothing, and eyewear is excellently curated and has helped inform what I wear on and off stage.

Santa Barbara Bowl
1122 N Milpas St, Santa Barbara CA 93103

The Santa Barbara Bowl is a 4,562-seat outdoor amphitheater about an hour and half from Los Angeles in the small quiet beach town of Santa Barbara. Open from April–October this is one of my favorite music venues in Southern California. There are many great acts that come through here and since it’s a smaller town its a lot easier to navigate and get around. I’ve seen amazing performances here from Florence & The Machine to Neil Young. There’s not a bad seat in the house and the seats up top offer an ocean view that culminates with a California sunset as artist’s perform. When I went to see Neil Young I was fortunate enough to be able to stand in the pitt and be at the foot of Neil Young watching him perform for over 3 hours. It was a moment I’ll always remember. (You can find my cover of Neil Young’s song Hey Hey My My on iTunes.)

Joshua Tree National Park
Visitor Center- 6554 Park Boulevard, Joshua Tree CA 92256

About 140 miles east of Los Angeles near Palm Springs and The Coachella Music Festival is Joshua Tree National Park. This has been a funky artist community for many decades now, a place of respite for musicians such as Gram Parsons and the inspiration for U2’s 1987 album. Believed to be an energy vortex, a place on the planet of increased energy, artists of all types have come here to experience the solitude and stillness of the desert. I have been coming here for years, a perfect getaway when I need to take a break from the world and hibernate. The desert has a magical quality to it very hard to describe, but it has interwoven itself into my musical work as nature has always been a huge influence on me. When I come here I like to get a sound healing at Integratron, grab a drink at Pappy & Harriet’s, eat at the Country Kitchen Diner, and spend the day hiking the trails and meditating in the National Park. I always leave Joshua Tree feeling rejuvenated and my soul a bit lighter.

About Susie Suh

Susie Suh is a Korean-American singer-songwriter from Los Angeles. With over 55 million streams on Spotify and millions of views on YouTube, Susie’s sonic evolution has clearly resonated with fans. Her songs have been featured on numerous television shows and movies in the U.S. and abroad. Her self-titled debut album was produced by the legendary Glen Ballard, and was followed by her successful second album The Bakman Tapes and EP Everywhere. You can find Susie Suh on Spotify and iTunes.

Susie Suh in ALLIED METAL WORKS by Barton Perreira B060

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