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.
- Nearest Station
- L.A. Union Station
- Cesar Chavez & N Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90012
- (213) 680-0243
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
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