As if Highland Park couldn’t get any cooler, people are now parking their horses right out in front of Mr. Holmes Bakehouse, the hip San Francisco bakery transplant famous for their hybrid Cruffins.
The photo above was taken early in the morning over the weekend at the shop, where two riders reportedly strode up on their steeds in search of some baked goods. It’s unclear where the pair originated their journey from or how artisanal their saddles were, but it’s certainly not a common sight for the rapidly changing neighborhood. Rather, that stretch of Figueroa has more recently been known as a destination for specialty ice cream, semi-hidden cocktail bars, and password-only sandwich places.
That said, Los Angeles has a surprisingly long urban equestrian history, particularly in the Northeast. Places like Sunland-Tujunga, Burbank, and even Compton have for decades maintained horses as a way of daily life — there’s even a stable just beneath the Hollywood sign in Beachwood Canyon.
Still, it’s quite the sight to see Highland Park, a focal point of many discussions about rapid urban change and shifting demographics, embrace not only an upscale bakery with an Instagram following like Mr. Holmes, while also keeping true to its roots with horseback riding right down Figueroa Boulevard. Soon enough, you might even be able to get those horses all amped up on coffee from incoming nearby neighbor Go Get Em Tiger.