24 Hour Itinerary: Echo Park with Valerie Gordon

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If there's one place we must must visit whenever where on the Eastside of Los Angeles, it's Valerie Confections. Helmed by the award-winning chocolatier, acclaimed cookbok author, and all-around pastry queen, Valerie Gordon, it's hard for us to pass by the cafe without stopping for a treat or three. Since she spends the majority of her time in that very neighborhood, we tapped her to know how she's spend a day off in Echo Park. Here's her thoughts on how to do One Perfect Day in Echo Park:

Back in 2013, when we were busy dealing with permits and all the not-so-fun struggles that came with opening our Echo Park Café, the glory of the Echo Park neighborhood shined brightly. Locals honked as they drove by or paused for a quick chat while walking dogs or babies or both. In this eclectic mishmash of an area, we discovered this sweet neighborhood that feels like a reassuring hug. A haven within our increasingly busy and boisterous city, Echo Park is always gracious.