In support of Red Bull’s 20 Before 16, Highsnobiety headed to the balmy West Coast to catch up with rising alt-R&B singer-songwriter Gallant. Going two years strong as a resident of palm tree-laden LA, last week he released his new track, “Borderline,” created with songwriter and producer James Fauntleroy.
We accompanied Gallant as he cruised us through some of his favorite local hotspots. Stream the track below, before reading about where the guy goes and what the guy gets up to in the City of Angels.
Favorite place to grab drinks?
NoBar. Not your typical LA snobbery. Tucked away in a garage. Dim-lighting. Somewhere you can actually go to have a few drinks and just chill.
All-time favorite food joint?
NoHo Diner, the quintessential diner for every town. Across from a 7-11 convenient store. Puts you right in the thick of reality. It’s open 24-7 and waitresses will become your best friends by the end of the night.
Favorite take-out place?
Farm Boy, it’s the only decent quality carry-out sushi that I can find. Made to order vegetable juices. Everything you need if you’re trying to stock up with asian foods.
Favorite place to get ramen?
Tamashii Ramen, the only real competitor to Silver Lake Ramen. The black tonkatsu is a one of a kind experience, as is the thick creamy spicy miso ramen if you want some of that kick.
Favorite place to chill with friends?
Pickwick Gardens Bowling. A transformative experience, it’s divine. The prices are insanely cheap and they serve pitchers of beer. Gives you a real suburban bowling experience. I could spend hours on hours here!
Where you can be found on a Sunday?
Buffalo Wild Wings! The finest of LA dining experiences. A very inviting and warm atmosphere with a variety of house made sauces. A true diamond in the rough.
Nappytabs on Lankershim Boulevard in NoHo. It’s a really small shop next to a dance studio with a unique vibe.
Best vintage store?
Next-Gen Video Games. They have a great mix of essentials such as N64, PS1 games, as well as rarities like factory-sealed game boxes, special edition consoles, etc. I think they might have changed locations, but they used to be on Wilshire.
- Photographer: Hayden Belluomini