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Artist and Singer KILO KISH’s Ideal Day in Los Angeles Includes Farmers Markets and Plant Shopping

"I've always found myself more creative out here in LA. I tend to work on my own for the most part. I do love to be able to support my friends."

By Sadie Bell and KILO KISH

Published on 7/7/2022 at 12:00 PM

KILO KISH | Photo by Ray Brady

KILO KISH, born Lakisha Kimberly "Kish" Robinson, has been making experimental pop and R&B since the early 2010s, collaborating with the likes of Childish Gambino and Vince Staples. In addition to her music, she's also a multi-medium visual artist who has tapped into photography, film, painting, performance art, and shows at HVW8 in LA. Her latest record, AMERICAN GURL, is out now via her own imprint, Kisha Soundscape + Audio.

I've lived in Atwater Village for almost three years now. I love that I live right by the water. Atwater Village is a cool place because you're able to walk around, do hikes, and take long bike rides. I live on the street leading up to the LA River, so it's easy for me to walk out of my house in the morning and free my mind a bit.


Early in the morning, before it gets hot, I like to hike in Griffith Park. I usually do the hike that starts at these tennis courts and you go all the way up to where you can see the Hollywood sign. You go above Griffith Observatory, above another lookout, and then you get to the top and can see the whole surrounding area. There's a garden up there, and I usually bring my journal and chill. All the LA hikes have really great views, but I like that one because it has that garden. When I first moved here, I didn't really take advantage of nature, but now I try to make an effort to. I always feel like I need to find ways to reduce stress and, for me, nature does that. I like to be on my own, in the world and in nature.

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"I love to go to the nursery and try a random bok choy or kale that I've never had before. I found it to be a real hobby of mine that I didn't really know I had."

I like to continue my morning at the Atwater Village Farmers' Market. It's one of the chill LA farmers markets, but it's still really good. It's more of a neighborhood-y farmers market, which I like—there's always a guy there playing the fiddle. I always go there to get berries and all my vegetables for the week, and celery and stuff to juice. There used to be fish tacos and Caribbean food there, too.


On Sundays, I also like to go to Sunset Nursery to buy plants, even though I don't need any more. It's smaller but densely packed with a lot of different things, so there's a tropical section if you want house plants, and then they have a huge room of succulents so you can get a bunch to make your own arrangements. I mainly like to go there because during the pandemic I got into growing my own food on my balcony. I've been trying different things over the past two years and I have a system of the plants I like, but I love to go to the nursery and try a random bok choy or kale that I've never had before. I found it to be a real hobby of mine that I didn't really know I had.


I also like to do some shopping at the vintage store Squaresville. I've found so many amazing dresses there—a lot of my '80s dresses that I wear are from there. I'll often find vintage dresses there that I want to recreate for my shows. I found a dress that I wore on the King Princess tour in 2020 there—it's a gold, metallic, fluffy '80s dress. I feel like their buyer just gets it. Everything fits well, is in good condition, and it's not like when you go to vintage shops and everything is $200.


For lunch, especially if my boyfriend and I are running errands, we'll be like, "Should we get Ricky's Fish Tacos?" For fish tacos in my area, they're one of the best. It's a food truck that parks underneath this bridge by my house, and on the weekend, you'll see everybody parked outside of it.

Photo courtesy of The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens

Another place I like to visit is The Huntington Gardens. It's one of the best botanical gardens in the country. I like to go there and watch the bees do their thing. I also really like the idea of seeing working gardens and how people manage them, especially now that I have my own. But I think the most beautiful area at the Huntington Garden is the Japanese garden—the architecture's beautiful, the plants are beautiful, and it's just really unique.


For dinner, some spots that I love are L+E OYSTER BAR and Jones Hollywood. I'm always looking for spots that make you feel close together, are dark inside and have good music, because I feel like a lot of the big bars and restaurants in LA can take away some of the romance a bit. L+E OYSTER BAR is really small and intimate. Their lobster roll is so good and their french fries are so, so good—it's the seasoning on them. I feel like it's Old Bay or some kind of fish seasoning, and they're really crispy. They have some of my favorite french fries in LA, and I'm a big French fries person. They also have amazing spicy drinks. I always get spicy mezcal margarita.


I mainly like Jones because it feels like a New York bar. I love places that remind me of New York. It has that old-school Hollywood, Italian-restaurant vibe inside. I like their linguine with clams or roast chicken, and they have this apple-pie dessert that's amazing. It's also open late, so a lot of people go there from 10:00 pm and on.

"I've always found myself more creative out here in LA. I tend to work on my own for the most part. I do love to be able to support my friends."

With art shows, though, I mostly like going to events where my friends are showing their work. I go to the Jeffrey Deitch gallery a lot because a lot of my friends will show there, and their shows are always fun. Sometimes there's performances or some interesting thing that’s happening. I'll also go to HVW8 Gallery, which is my gallery that I show out of. There's always a fun party in the back. For me, going to shows is mainly a way to hang out with my friends.


You don't really think about it on a day-to-day basis, but it's like you're creating your own culture or your own scene together. But you don't realize it at the time because you're in it. It can be weird to take a step back and think, in the future, people might see this as a collective of people moving the same direction, but while you're in it, you're like, "I'm just visiting my friend at their show" or "I'm just getting inspiration from my friend." I've always found myself more creative out here in LA. I tend to work on my own for the most part. I do love to be able to support my friends. I really do feel like there's a huge creative community out here.


As told to Sadie Bell.

Places to Eat & Drink

Atwater Village Farmers' Market

3528 Larga Ave, Atwater Village


Ricky's Fish Tacos

3061 Riverside Dr, Atwater Village


L+E OYSTER BAR

1637 Silver Lake Blvd, Silver Lake


Jones Hollywood

7205 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood

Things to See & Do

Griffith Park

4730 Crystal Springs Dr, Los Feliz


Sunset Nursery

4368 Sunset Blvd, East Hollywood


Squaresville

1800 N Vermont Ave, Los Feliz


The Huntington Gardens

1151 Oxford Road, San Marino


Jeffrey Deitch

925 N Orange Dr, Hollywood


HVW8 Gallery

661 N Spaulding Ave, Fairfax