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Chinatown


It's authentic Chinese food and culture in the heart of Los Angeles.

Chinatown at night lit with neon lights and paper lanterns
Chinatown gate at night

Overview


The original site of Los Angeles' Chinatown was where Los Angeles Union Station now stands — but the history of LA’s modern Chinatown (after it was moved from its original site) dates all the way back to 1938. According DiscoverLA, Los Angeles’ Chinatown was the first such neighborhood in the U.S. that was owned by the Chinese residents, themselves. Nowadays, it’s a mecca for authentic Chinese food and culture.

Popular eateries include Baohaus in Far East Plaza and David Chang’s (of Momofuku) first West Coast restaurant, Majordomo on Naud Street. Those who crave a sweet treat can indulge at Phoenix Bakery, which has been a beloved neighborhood staple since 1938. Locals and visitors alike flock to Phoenix for the homemade, signature strawberry and whipped cream birthday cakes.

Chinatown also offers a selection of cuisine outside the region’s traditional Pan-Asian fare. In fact, it’s the flagship brick and mortar location of well-known fried chicken outpost, Howlin' Rays, as well as the iconic French dip establishment, Philippe The Original. Highland Park Brewery recently opened their 9,000 square-foot taproom nearby – and if beer’s not your thing, nearby Angeleno Wine is open on weekends for wine to go.

History buffs can take a trip to the Chinese American Museum, or the twin dragon gateway on Broadway — both of which welcome visitors with photo-worthy landmark moments. Additional Instagrammable sites nearby include the enormous Bruce Lee statue in Chinatown's Central Plaza, and the Dragon Chasing Pearl mural which was originally painted back in 1941 by artist Tyrus Wong.

Top libations destinations would be General Lee's, where customers can sip craft cocktails and listen to live jazz or catch a local DJ set. There’s no shortage of activities for visitors and locals of any age — including kids and families — to experience in LA’s historic Chinatown neighborhood.

How To Get There


  • Take Metrolink to L.A. Union Station
  • Take Metro Gold Line toward APU/Citrus College Station
  • Exit Chinatown Station – Northwest Entrance
  • Head west on W College St toward N New High St.
  • Turn left onto N Broadway
  • Arrive in Chinatown

Employee Recommended


Ahn T.

Ahn T., Railroad Civil Engineer II

Anh is a Civil Engineer with more than fifteen years of experience in the railroad industry. As a native Southern Californian that grew up in Moreno Valley, he was excited to see the Metrolink system expand commuter rail services into his hometown in 2016. He graduated from the California Polytechnic Institute of Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona) with a Bachelor's in Civil Engineering. He has many roles in Metrolink’s Engineering & Construction Department, including managing the Metrolink engineer design standards and criteria, track charts, and several projects at Metrolink during the design phase. In his free time, Anh enjoys spending time with his wife and three boys.
Photo Credits: Natarén, Julie Um, JC Olivera

Details

Location

Cesar Chavez & N Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 680-0243
Chinatown