From thrift stores to taco spots, the songwriter takes us to her favorite spots in her Echo Park neighborhood.
by Glenn Alderson Illustrator: Alex Kidd
Remi Wolf is really good at making pop music that is equally fun and funky.
The 24-year-old songwriter has come a long way since her 2014 American Idol audition with nearly three million monthly listeners on Spotify to date. Fuelled by a mild yerba mate addiction and a knack for making digital art that complements her colorful music, Wolf has been elevating her unique brand of funky pop.
She’s been hard at work writing new music for her next album from her Echo Park studio with friend and collaborator Jared Solomon (aka Solomonophonic) while frequenting her favorite shops and hangouts in and around Sunset Blvd when in need of a refuel.
On one of her many well-deserved yerba mate breaks, we asked Wolf to show us her favorite spots in her Echo Park neighborhood.
Tacos Arizas Taco Truck Corner of Sunset Blvd and Logan St
“I love tacos and burritos. I normally get al pastor or beef brisket [taco] if they have it. I used to go to this specific taco truck every day because I worked at a boba shop right around the corner. On my break I would get two tacos and sit on a step and eat. Full comfort food for me.”
Stories Books & Cafe 1716 Sunset Blvd
“This is me in a local bookstore called Stories. I bought this book Untamed, which my friend Sabrina recommended. I used to sit in the cafe in the back of the book store and do homework for my college classes and make fucked up digital art on my phone. They have good vegan sandwiches. Love this place.”
Lassens Grocery Store 1631 Sunset Blvd
“I could spend hours in the grocery store. Lassens specializes in natural foods and vitamins, but I mainly go for the yerba mate, the curry chicken salad, and the rosemary sourdough. Walking around the aisles calms me down. I just love food and seeing new ingredients and products and all the possibilities for things I can cook. This specific grocery store I go to every morning to get myself a yerba mate; I literally can’t function without it.”
Echo Park Lake
“I used to walk around Echo Park Lake every day and listen to music. These walks saved my life at the beginning of quarantine. I also discovered that hiking is awesome. I feel really inspired after exercising and getting out of my normal environment. It’s a great activity to do to get to know someone too. We love a vulnerable hike.”
“I pretty much exclusively shop in thrift stores. I love second hand clothing; it’s unique and worn and mysterious. And very cute. Last thing I bought here was a blue crew neck with a wolf on it and a blue choker with a big heart attached to it.”
Burgers Never Say Die 2388 Glendale Blvd
“Burgers Never Say Die is the best, most simple, crispy, delicious burger ever in the world. And the cult culture the restaurant has created is really fun to be a part of.”