Welcome to Topanga Canyon
A hidden natural wonder along the outskirts of Los Angeles
Where nature is respected and revered, Topanga Canyon is a unique neighborhood bursting with gorgeous scenery, rustic character, and peaceful neighbors. Located in the Santa Monica Mountains, Topanga Canyon has about 8,000 residents, including the traditional Chumash people who consider this area to be a sacred, cultural meeting place. Today, the small community remains focused on environmental causes and building a strong sense of community.
Topanga Canyon is overflowing with gorgeous, pristine landscapes. Explore Lower Topanga Canyon to enjoy breathtaking hiking excursions past waterfalls and rock formations and wander by quaint cafes and chic bohemian boutiques in the central commercial areas. Topanga Canyon is an affordable retreat away from the fast-paced streets of Hollywood and affords a peaceful, laid-back lifestyle.
What to Love
- The rolling hills and scenic landscapes
- Modern, luxury homes in the surrounding hills mix with small, rustic cottages
- The peaceful, laid-back atmosphere of the neighborhood
Creativity is the central theme of Topanga Canyon and this neighborhood attracts artists, musicians, nature lovers, writers, and actors. Neil Young recorded After the Goldrush in the Canyon in the ’60s when the neighborhood was primarily home to bohemian hippies and musicians. Residents enjoy a laid-back, casual lifestyle in Topanga Canyon - there are no chain restaurants or strip malls in this neighborhood. Small businesses and restaurants thrive in this community and residents are a mix of families, retirees, and adventure-seekers. Enjoy Southern California’s best-kept secret and make Topanga Canyon your next home!
Dining, Entertainment, and Shopping
Rumored to be an original meeting place for the Chumash tribe, Topanga’s first church, a gas station, feed store, and eventually, an eyesore, the Inn of the Seventh Ray certainly had quite a life. After extensive renovations in the 1970s, the restaurant is now known as one of LA’s most romantic dining locations and promises to provide residents with nature’s highest-quality ingredients in every meal. Food is prepared with great care and guests leave the Inn of the Seventh Ray transformed - it’s a truly magical experience to dine along the foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains under a starry sky. Guests are encouraged to dine “unhurried” in order to fully enjoy the enchanting experience.
Endless Color is open every evening and specializes in awesome pizzas. The ambiance is reminiscent of ‘90s television shows and features eclectic decor, records on display (and for sale), and funky colors. Menu items include quirky pizzas such as zucchini and squash blossom pizza or the Young Italian Stallion with pork loin and artichokes and homemade desserts.
Topanga Living Cafe is a boutique cafe, market, and gift shop offering the best coffee in Southern California. The bright and airy dining space creates a calming atmosphere as you enjoy a delicious breakfast paired with a local kombucha or coffee creation. They are open for breakfast and lunch and offer local organic produce and specialty items in the adjacent market.
Hidden Treasures vintage clothing store started as a roadside shop in the 1970s. Owner Darrell Hazen opened the storefront ten years later in an old stagecoach building and restaurant and the rest is history — residents, and tourists from all over the world come to Hidden Treasures to find the coolest, most eclectic items. Darrell proudly searches for the best inventory for his shop and promises you’ll leave with something you never knew you needed!
Things to Do
Located in the Santa Monica Mountains, Topanga State Park features 36 miles of trails through a diverse landscape with stunning views of the Pacific Ocean. It’s the “world’s largest wildland” within the confines of a major city and a favorite outdoor spot for hikers and bikers of all skill levels. The views are incomparable and the park is open for overnight camping.
Will Greer’s Theatricum Botanicum has been a staple of the Topanga Canyon community since the 1970s. Started by actor Will Greer (The Waltons), the outdoor theater provided a natural sanctuary to dive deep into the performing arts. Lovers of Shakespeare, botany, and California history come together in one spot to celebrate life and the arts while drawing attention to our world’s natural wonders. Theatricum Botanicum values education and provides workshops and classes for all ages to the surrounding community.
Topanga Days Country Fair is the event of the year in Topanga Canyon. The entire community comes together to celebrate music, nature, and the arts over Memorial Day weekend. Featuring live music, vegan food vendors, spiritual workshops and healing arts, and a kid’s activity area, the Country Fair is the place to be every year.
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