One Block: Things to Do in Frogtown This Summer

L.A. River Kayak Safari (Photo courtesy White Oak Communications)

Looking for things to do in Frogtown this summer? Here are the amazing things to do, play, eat and drink along a single stretch of famed Laguna Canyon Road.

Adapted from the 2019 Where Traveler Los Angeles June issue.



The burgeoning Eastside neighborhood of Frogtown runs adjacent to the Glendale Narrows portion of the L.A. River. Its thoroughfare, the L.A. River Bike Path, is an inviting place to pedal. Or you can get out on the water with L.A. River Kayak Safari and L.A. River Expeditions. Afterward, enjoy the greenery at parks including Elysian Valley Gateway Park and Lewis MacAdams Riverfront Park.

L.A. River Kayak Safari L.A. River Expeditions
L.A. River Expeditions 818.664.6064,
Elysian Valley Gateway Park 2914 Knox Ave.
Lewis MacAdams Riverfront Park 2999 Rosanna St.



The Frog Spot, run by Friends of the L.A. River, is located at Lewis MacAdams Riverfront Park. The community center hosts family-friendly riverside activities (think nature walks and yoga) every second Saturday. Skateboarders can do kickflips and ollies at Marsh Street Skate Park. Come nightfall, check out Brooklyn import Zebulon, a live-music club known for hosting hip up-and-comers.

The Frog Spot 2999 Rosanna St., 323.223.0585,
Marsh Street Skate Park 2937 Marsh St.
Zebulon 2478 Fletcher Drive, 323.663.6927,



Plan to eat at perennially popular Mexican spot Salazar—don’t miss the handcrafted flour tortillas and carne asada fries. Put your name on the list and pass the time waiting for a table with a cocktail or agua fresca from the bar. For a quick bite, husband-and-wife owned hipster fave Wax Paper offers sandwiches named after NPR hosts (the vegetarian-friendly Ira Glass is a top seller).

Salazar 2490 N. Fletcher Drive,
Wax Paper 2902 Knox Ave., 323.284.8857,



For a pick-me-up, head to the West Coast flagship of Philadelphia coffee company La Colombe. The 3,500-square-foot café doubles as a roastery. Always-buzzing Spoke Bicycle Cafe offers coffee, food, beer and wine—plus bike repairs and free comedy on select Saturday nights. And Frogtown Brewery brews its own beers along the L.A. River. Stop by its taproom for a taste.

La Colombe 2828 Newell St., Suite 4,
Spoke Bicycle Cafe 3050 N. Coolidge Ave., 323.684.1130,
Frogtown Brewery 2931 Gilroy St., 323.452.2739,