I must let you all know about The Frog Spot, a local hangout on the side of the LA River in Frog Town.
You can enjoy coffee and a place to sit and congregate with friends whether walking biking or just enjoying the Los Angeles River. During the summer until early October they have performances some evenings during the week. This is also the place where you can rent a kayak and explore the navigable parts of the LA River during the summer.
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