Love dining out, art, and live music? Get away to Chinatown!

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.

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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
$159
per night
Oct 27 - Oct 28

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 ...

3.9/5Good! (1,128 reviews)

"It was fine for an inn. LIKES: Helpful staff. Good value. Clean rooms. Good Chinese food in the area. Breakfast served at 7:30am and 10:30am. DISLIKES: The only dislikes were the school across the street and noise from children during recess"…"

Reviewed on Oct 13, 2019

Best Western Plus Dragon Gate Inn
Metro Plaza Hotel
Metro Plaza Hotel
2.5 out of 5
711 N Main St, Los Angeles, CA
$139
per night
Oct 18 - Oct 19

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

3.6/5Good! (1,660 reviews)

"Great location for exploring Olvera Street and Chinatown, especially if arriving or departing by train. Property is showing its age, but rooms were clean. Easy walk from Union Station."…"

Reviewed on Sep 18, 2019

Metro Plaza Hotel
Downtown Gem w/ Zen Vibe
Downtown Gem w/ Zen Vibe
Los Angeles, CA

Located in Chinatown, this vacation home is within a 15-minute walk of Los Angeles Music Center, Walt Disney Concert Hall, and The Broad. Staples Center and ...

Downtown Gem w/ Zen Vibe
Penthouse Resort Downtown Los Angeles! 2 BR 3 BED 6 Guest
Penthouse Resort Downtown Los Angeles! 2 BR 3 BED 6 Guest
Los Angeles, CA
$185
per night
Oct 21 - Oct 22

Located in Chinatown, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Los Angeles Music Center, Walt Disney Concert Hall, and The Broad. Staples Center ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (10 reviews)
PERFECT!!!

"Chase was so helpful and walked my family and I through every step. The property is as pictured and very clean. The location of the property was walking distance from downtown and very convenient. Beds were comfortable and clean as well as the bathrooms and other areas. So many things were provided ..."…"

Reviewed on Aug 23, 2019

Penthouse Resort Downtown Los Angeles! 2 BR 3 BED 6 Guest
Downtown LA Dodger Stadium Double Queen Suite
Downtown LA Dodger Stadium Double Queen Suite
Los Angeles, California
$99
per night
Oct 29 - Oct 30

Located in Chinatown, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Los Angeles Music Center, Walt Disney Concert Hall, and The Broad. Staples Center ...

2/5 (2 reviews)

"The apartment was in a great location. There was a lot of space in the unit. The furniture in the dining area and living room had a few chairs that were broken."…"

Reviewed on Jun 10, 2019

Downtown LA Dodger Stadium Double Queen Suite
Luxury 1 Bedroom Apartment Resort
Luxury 1 Bedroom Apartment Resort
Los Angeles, CA

Located in Chinatown, this romantic apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Los Angeles Music Center, Walt Disney Concert Hall, and The Broad. Dodger ...

Luxury 1 Bedroom Apartment Resort

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RMS Queen Mary
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RMS Queen Mary

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Haunted Tales Tour

$22

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Historical Walking Tour
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Historical Walking Tour

$22

Get up-close looks at the wide range of architectural styles, iconic monuments, and cultural backgrounds that make up the City of Angels with this historical walking tour. Explore Los Angeles and uncover the city's evolution, from its founding in 1781 all the way to the present day.

Urban Adventure Quest - Los Angeles
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Urban Adventure Quest - Los Angeles

$8

Embark on an interactive tour of Los Angeles and explore the city while following hints and completing unique challenges. See landmarks and historical sites including Union Station, Grand Central Market, and Disney Hall while you solve clues that lead you on a memorable tour of the City of Angels.

San Diego Day Trip from Los Angeles by Train
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San Diego Day Trip from Los Angeles by Train

$279

Travel from Los Angeles to San Diego by rail for a day spent exploring the historic sights as well as expansive Balboa Park and San Diego Zoo. Bounce between stops with convenient rides on a hop-on hop-off trolley, and then tuck into a delectable meal featuring pub-style fare at the Hard Rock Cafe.

LA: Small Group Taco Tasting Tour with a Local Guide
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LA: Small Group Taco Tasting Tour with a Local Guide

$55

Calling all taco lovers! This food-focused tour delves into L.A.’s rich Latin American heritage for a taste of some seriously delicious tacos. And you’ll be in good hands — your local guide is a true taco-lover and an expert who loves to share why this humble dish is not to be missed on any visit to the city.

Anaheim Resort Area: Private Transfer To President Nixon's Library.
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