About Us

How We Started

MAPHAWK was founded in 2003 with a mission to provide free, easy-to-use, portable publications that inspire people in Los Angeles to explore their city.

MAPHAWK began with a map/guide for Venice and later expanded into Santa Monica, Marina del Rey, Silverlake, Echo Park, Los Feliz, West Hollywood, Downtown, Culver City and Mar Vista. Each annually published issue provided detailed neighborhood maps, comprehensive local business directories, resident interviews, and vibrant advertisements of featured businesses.

In 2008, MAPHAWK transformed by consolidating our several different map/guides into just two; one that encompasses it’s Westside neighborhoods and another that encompasses it’s Eastside neighborhoods.

Presently, MAPHAWK continues with an annual map/guide for the Westside that covers Venice, Santa Monica, Marina Del Rey and Mar Vista and an annual map/guide that covers Silver Lake, Echo Park, Los Feliz, Atwater Village and Downtown.


What We Do Today

Now, in addition to publishing our two annual map/guides, we have expanded and updated our website to provide the public with detailed information about handpicked businesses across Los Angeles.

Think: a curated Yelp. On our website, our team has handpicked and voted on the very best independently owned, local businesses in Los Angeles.