ChinatownLos Angeles

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Spend an afternoon wandering around this historic ethnic neighborhood, which is home to diverse restaurants, a thriving art scene and quirky grocery stores.

Los Angeles’ Chinatown is an eclectic little neighborhood where you can shop for items ranging from herbal remedies to Asian art. In addition to traditional Chinese shops, this buzzing district has trendy galleries and stylish restaurants. Stock up on rare spices and inexpensive jewelry, savor a meal of dim sum or sip craft beers.

The development of Union Station in 1938 forced the city’s early Chinese community to relocate from its initial settlement. The Central Plaza, the neighborhood’s busy main square, was dedicated the same year and still forms the heart of Chinatown to this day. Be sure to check out this bustling square at night, when it is illuminated with neon pagoda lights and lanterns.

Across the street from Central Plaza, you’ll find Chung King Road, which has some of the city’s top art galleries. This once-rundown pedestrian passage is now regularly packed with trendsetters attending gallery openings, particularly on Saturday nights. Seek out more contemporary galleries along Gin Ling Way, on the west side of Broadway.

Stop for lunch at Philippe the Original, a cafeteria-style deli that claims to have invented the French dip sandwich. A neighborhood institution since 1908, this low-key restaurant is also known for its potent house mustard.

Take a look inside Taoist Thien Hau Temple, which is dedicated to the patron saint of sailors and fishermen. Look for a ceremonial drum and bell hanging next to the beautifully carved columns at the temple’s entrance. Inside, you’ll see granite panels carved with depictions of tigers and dragons.

Like other Chinatowns around the world, Los Angeles’ Chinatown is particularly festive during Chinese New Year. Typically beginning in late January, this month-long festival features fireworks displays, pageants, parades and other lively events. If you visit during this celebration, be sure to try nian gao (a steamed cake), which is traditionally eaten during the New Year.

Chinatown is bordered by Alameda Street, Bernard Street, Yale Street and Cesar Chavez Avenue. You’ll find plenty of open-air lots and enclosed garages for parking. Alternatively, ride the metro to Chinatown station.

Top Hotels in Chinatown

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Best Western Plus Dragon Gate Inn
Best Western Plus Dragon Gate Inn
2.5 out of 5
818 N Hill Street, Los Angeles, CA
CA $184
per night
Feb 23 - Feb 24

Located in Chinatown, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Los Angeles State Historic Park and Los Angeles City Hall. Dodger Stadium and Staples Center are also ...

3.9/5Very Good! (1,195 reviews)

"The internet connection was extremely slow and made doing business very inconvenient. However, the beds were very comfortable and the room was clean. Also the breakfast was very good."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 17, 2020

Best Western Plus Dragon Gate Inn
Metro Plaza Hotel
Metro Plaza Hotel
2.5 out of 5
711 N Main St, Los Angeles, CA
CA $184
per night
Mar 9 - Mar 10

Located in Chinatown, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Los Angeles Children's Museum, Walt Disney Concert Hall and Grand Central Market. The Broad and Pershing ...

3.6/5Good! (1,699 reviews)

"Nice, big rooms, close to Union Station and rental car pick up. Helpful staff. Breakfast was basic, coffee lukewarm and dining area not overly clean."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 12, 2020

Metro Plaza Hotel
Crowne Plaza Los Angeles - International Airport
Crowne Plaza Los Angeles - International Airport
4 out of 5
5985 W Century Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
CA $147
per night
Mar 6 - Mar 7

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Hollywood Park Casino and within 6 miles (10 km) of Los Angeles Forum and Loyola Marymount University. ...

4.1/5Very Good! (8,515 reviews)

"Lady at check in was very nice her name was Bernadette"…"

Reviewed on Feb. 19, 2020

Crowne Plaza Los Angeles - International Airport
The L.A. Grand Hotel Downtown
The L.A. Grand Hotel Downtown
3.5 out of 5
333 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA
CA $236
per night
Mar 5 - Mar 6

Located in Downtown Los Angeles, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of The Broad and Walt Disney Concert Hall. Grand Central Market and Pershing Square are ...

4.2/5Very Good! (2,802 reviews)

"Convenient to everything around the city. Nice and clean rooms"…"

Reviewed on Feb. 17, 2020

The L.A. Grand Hotel Downtown
Wingate by Wyndham Los Angeles International Airport LAX
Wingate by Wyndham Los Angeles International Airport LAX
3 out of 5
10300 S La Cienega Blvd, Inglewood, CA
CA $112
per night
Mar 1 - Mar 2

Situated in Inglewood, this hotel is 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Hollywood Park Casino and 2.5 mi (4.1 km) from Los Angeles Forum. Loyola Marymount University and Manhattan ...

3.9/5Good! (7,623 reviews)

"The hotel was very clean and the staff was pleasant. Only downfall is that the elevators stopped working for a majority of the stay"…"

Reviewed on Feb. 18, 2020

Wingate by Wyndham Los Angeles International Airport LAX
The Mayfair Hotel Los Angeles
The Mayfair Hotel Los Angeles
3.5 out of 5
1256 W 7th St, Los Angeles, CA
CA $164
per night
Mar 21 - Mar 22

Located in Downtown Los Angeles, this historic hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Good Samaritan Hospital, Los Angeles Convention Center and Microsoft Theater. ...

3.9/5Good! (1,304 reviews)

"The hotel is a beautiful throwback to Old Los Angeles also the artwork in throughout the hotel is amazing and the events that they had on the weekends are fun and totally appropriate for a good time"…"

Reviewed on Feb. 19, 2020

The Mayfair Hotel Los Angeles

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