What LA’s Chinatown is more laid-back than its famous North American siblings, offering Asiatic shopping, famous dim sum, and Taoist temples without the congested sidewalks of San Francisco or New York.
Visit Chung King Road’s shabby facades have become home to some of LA’s best art galleries like Coagula Curatorial and The Good Luck Gallery. On Saturday nights the small, quiet alleyway comes alive with art enthusiasts attending openings of the ever-changing exhibitions.
Eat For those with the foresight to book well in advance, dinner at David Chang’s west-coast debut, Majordomo, is sure to be a master-class in innovative American-Asian dining, with food critics already hailing it as one of the US’s best restaurants.
Drink General Lee’s serves up inventive cocktails and diverse music across two floors of stylish tiki-style decór, injected with an antique Chinatown flair.
Stay The Kim Sing Theatre promises unique, stylish, luxury accommodation experience for parties of up to ten in a converted vaudeville theatre dating back to 1926.
El Pueblo de los Angeles
What Birthplace of the city of angels, the echoes of Los Angeles’ Spanish past can still be felt in it’s oldest district. As the smell of tacos and churros meld with the mariachi music in the air, it’s easy to forget that you’re in the heart of an American metropolis.
Visit Olvera Street has been the bustling heart of Latin Los Angeles since the city’s foundation in the 1700s, and is still alive with vendors selling traditional Mexican wares in the tree-lined marketplace.
Eat Beef taquitos are a must at Cielito Lindo, where the humble stand has been serving mouth-watering taquitos, tamales and burritos with avocado sauce to food-lovers for nearly a century.
Drink Wandering mariachis provide the soundtrack to margaritas at La Golondrina, where those seeking an afternoon aperitif can peruse their extensive cocktail and tequila lists whilst watching life on Olvera Street go by.
Stay BBQ areas and an outdoor pool are available to guests at the reasonably priced, chic apartments of the Downtown Cosmopolitan Suites.
What This quaint, pedestrian-friendly neighbourhood is reminiscent of a small Japanese village, with many treasures hidden amongst its shops and restaurants.
Visit The Blue Whale is one of Little Tokyo’s best kept secrets, tucked away on the top floor of the Weller Court shopping centre. Considered one of LA’s best jazz clubs, this intimate space showcases some of the best local and international talent for no more than $20.
Eat Ramen has become a staple favourite of the LA food scene, and after a taste of Men Oh Tokushima’s pork-loaded signature dish it’s easy to see why. For the best udon in town, head to Marugame Monzo, where chunky noodles are cut by hand.
Drink The only way to faithfully end a night in Little Tokyo is with a visit to a karaoke bar. Ohjah Lounge serves up premium Sake and high-end Japanese whiskeys to help you through your rendition of your favourite anthem in a chic, comfortable environment and plenty of sake.
Stay The Miyako Hotel has sleek, spacious rooms right in the centre of Little Tokyo, as well as being home to a spa, sushi bar and the Ohjah Lounge.
Leimert Park Village
What Leimert Park has become a centre of African-American artistic culture, exuding a special sense of community and boasting great art galleries, jazz clubs and soul-food spots.
Visit Founded in honour of Nigerian legend Fela Kuti, every Sunday Leimert Park Plaza is filled with rhythm and music as members of the community come together to jam from 3pm until sunset.
Eat Family-owned Ackee Bamboo is the place to go for masterful Caribbean cuisine in a laid-back atmosphere with super-friendly staff and top-class jerk chicken.
Drink Friday nights at the Candy Shack are a relaxed affair, where DJ sets are interjected with live music performances and the crowd are known for their warm, sociable vibes.
Stay As a largely residential area, Leimert Park’s best accommodation offerings are on airbnb.com, where plenty of stylish homes and apartments can be rented for the same price as a cheap motel room.
What Koreatown is a city within a city. The district is a melting pot of Korean and Latino culture, home to a bustling nightlife and a huge range of eateries, many of which are open 24/7.
Visit Get a taste of traditional Asiatic therapy at the Dongguk University, where students (under the watchful eye of a licensed professional) practise acupuncture for very low prices.
Eat Koreatown has no shortage of incredible food spots, but head to Magal BBQ to see why Korean barbecue has become a favourite in Los Angeles foodie culture.
Drink Lock & Key is a swanky speakeasy specialising in craft cocktails, but only once visitors have managed to navigate the maze of doorknobs to enter the bar from the foyer.
Stay The Line Hotel’s vintage décor, outdoor swimming pool and greenhouse restaurant makes it a cool base from which to discover LA’s only truly 24-hour district.