There is nothing better than a lazy Saturday morning. Throw in some good breakfast food, a little shopping, and of course some laugh-filled time with friends, and you’re golden. This week, I’m sharing my idea of a perfect Saturday morning in one of my favorite San Fernando Valley neighborhoods, Tarzana.


Brunch at Cici’s Cafe

All good mornings start with the best in breakfast foods. One meal here and you will wonder why would anyone eat anything BUT breakfast food. Cici’s Cafe is a local favorite, and if you can brave the wait (one friend waited almost an hour to get a table), it’s easily one of the best places to brunch in Los Angeles. They are most famous for their pancakes and waffles, of which they offer almost any variety you can dream up. If you’re a pancake person, don’t worry. They are also known for their extensive menu. Some other menu items: Salmon Benedict or the Chicken Curry Burrito.

Photo c/o Cici’s Cafe

What you need to know:

Cici’s Cafe
18912 Ventura Blvd
Tarzana, CA 91356

Hours are 6 AM to 3 PM (Weekdays) and 6 AM to 4 PM (Weekends).

They don’t take reservations unless you have a group of 8 or more. Make sure to get there early. Or make some more friends. Also, they are dog-friendly but on their front patio only. The parking is somewhat cramped, but you live in LA, so you’re used to that.


Record Hunting at CD Trader

After you’ve had a Leslie Knope approved sized fill of breakfast foods, meander a few doors down to CD Trader to peruse their collection of new and used vinyl. This place doesn’t look like much, and it’s one of those places that you could drive by every day on your way to work and never even know it exists. But that’s the beauty of the Valley. You never know what you might find unless you stop to take a look. Whether you’re an avid collector or a newbie trying to build up your collection, there is something for everyone here. And they aren’t crazy overpriced. I’ve found some of my favorite albums for a steal here (such as Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours – for $5!).

Photo c/o CD Trader

What you need to know:

It’s a much more manageable size compared to, say, Ameoba. Don’t let this small shop’s size fool you. There are tons of deals, and you can easily spend an hour or more perusing their collection of vinyl, CDs, and DVDs. Expert tip: don’t forget to check out the bins underneath the top section (under the tables). If the parking lot in the front is full, there is one in back.

18926 Ventura Blvd
Tarzana, CA 91356

Hours are 10 AM – 8 PM (Monday – Saturday) and 11 AM to 7 PM (Sunday)


Treat Yo’self at Magpies Softserve

The last stop on your Saturday morning bucket list has without a doubt got to be Magpies Softserve. I feel as though I’ve been on something of an ice cream tour for the past couple of months (seriously considering allotting a monthly ice cream budget – it’s getting out of control) and this place is top of the list. They change their menu on a regular basis (according to what’s in season) so if you’re a fan of pumpkin spice, pumpkin pie, apple pie or you name it – you’re in for a treat. Plus, they make everything in-house, including the toppings. The founders are also the sweetest people. I did a feature on their pumpkin spice latte flavor a few weeks back, and it was such a pleasure interacting with them.

Photo c/o Magpies Softserve

What you need to know: 

There isn’t much you need to know except this place rocks. Oh, and some of their flavors are vegan.

18971 Ventura Blvd
Tarzana, CA 91356

Hours are 11 AM to 9 PM (Sunday-Thursday), and 11 AM to 10 PM (Friday – Saturday)