608 Mateo Street • Los Angeles, CA 90021
I was first introduced to this oasis in the concrete jungle by my dear friend Lynn Chen. Her wonderful blogs The Actor's Diet and Thick Dumpling Skin consistently provide inspiration with restaurant reviews, travelogues, addressing food and body image issues as well as a window into what it's like as an Asian American actor/activist in LA. Plus, Lynn is just freaking fantastic.
Lately, The Springs has been my weekly go-to while a babysitter hangs out with S jr. It's just a quick scooter ride away in the Arts District and once there it's a peaceful place to get some work done. I like parking in the back simply to see this mural by The Most Famous Artist:
The Springs is definitely in the middle of a transition – they're bringing in some new chefs so the food menu is hold for a bit, but I hear May is hopefully the month for chow. I loved The Springs' original vegan/raw menu (which is saying something) but I can't wait to try whatever new nosh they have planned.
In the interim, yoga and meditation classes continue, massage and bodywork goes on, and this cute little shop always entices me.
The front of The Springs has a massive, open entrance, and natural light floods in. There was a gardener installing more beautiful plants in the many green islands around the space, and everything is done with a clean, sensitive aesthetic.
One of my favorite aspects of The Springs is the open, airy feel. It's been a regular venue for live music and as an event space it's pretty amazing.
There are multiple seating areas that urge you to stay awhile.
The last time I visited, they were busy installing a coffee bar (YAY!) and their new coffee guru Nick told me about his philosophy with coffee, which is refreshingly relaxed, unpretentious, and fun. I will definitely be sampling their caffeinated goods when they are ready to go.
Even the water bottles are beautiful. And I love the lamps! Hi Nick!
The past couple of visits I've ordered the same smoothie, the Big Dipper. It is DELICIOUS.
The outdoor patio in the front is a great option...
...where you can gaze at this incredible mural by artist Christina Angelina
In a big city, these kinds of thoughtful spaces balance the press and chaos. It's a deep breath kind of place, and I love it.