The cool thing about Los Angeles is that it is an amazingly diverse city full of culture and unique experiences. When most people travel to L.A. for the first time, they are likely thinking about the beach, Hollywood, Beverley Hills, etc. Those are certainly great things to go and see and those areas alone have so much to do in them, but I wanted to talk about two of my favorite areas of L.A. for a moment: Little Tokyo and Korea Town.
They aren’t really “towns” at all, but rather areas of Downtown Los Angeles where Japanese and Korean business owners gathered and, over time, opened their shops and restaurants close together, therefore forming these little districts.
Over time, these areas have become a bit trendy and hungry angelinos from all over flock to these neighborhoods to get their hands on some amazing sushi, Japanese ramen, Korean barbecue, or Bibimbap. If you love Japanese food or Korean food (or if you want to try it out!) I highly recommend you come check these areas out.
But it’s not all about the food. There are fun shops selling manga, art, goodies, comic books, clothing, and pretty much anything else you can imagine in these areas. It really does make for a fun day.
Oh, and did I mention desserts? Oh, yeah…they have some wonderful desserts!
One of my favorite ways to top off a night of exploring these two areas of town is to end the night at one of the Korean karaoke places in K Town. If you haven’t done Korean style karaoke before, you’ve got to try it out. Don’t worry if you have stage fright, because in this style of karaoke you get your own private room!
The photos you see here are of my husband and myself belting it out in our private karaoke room. It was just the two of us, so we got to sing all night until our throats hurt and nobody had to be subjected to our singing. Win-win!
So if you’re going to be in Los Angeles and you’re looking for some of the vibrant culture and food that makes this such a wonderful, world-class city, head to downtown and check out Little Tokyo and Korea Town!
Oh, and seriously, eat some of this sushi. It’s amazing.
Been to Little Tokyo or Korea Town in LA? Have anything to add?