Highland Park is the Los Angeles neighborhood of the moment thanks to a recent renaissance that has bolstered its community of small, local businesses. Long standing, family-run shops have been joined by new-to-the-neighborhood restaurants, bars and retailers. Enjoying superb accessibility from other parts of L.A. thanks to the Metro Gold Line, Highland Park has become a dining and libational destination with a diverse set of choices thanks to longtime resident families, as well as artists, musicians and designers.
With so many choices, it might be hard know which food and drink stops are the highlights. Read on for a cross-section of Highland Park restaurants and bars that reflects the richness of the area’s diversity.
A hilly area situated between Downtown Los Angeles and Pasadena along the Arroyo Seco, Highland Park is one of L.A.’s oldest settled areas. In the early 20th century, Highland Park and Pasadena were known as havens for the artists and intellectuals who led the Arts & Crafts movement. In the 1960s and 70s, it became populated predominantly with Latinos and other ethnic groups.
In the 2000s, Highland Park once again became a mecca for creatives, who were attracted by the historic Craftsman homes and relatively low rents. Trendy shops, galleries, restaurants and bars have opened along Figueroa Street and York Boulevard, with businesses on both streets being the reasons why Highland Park is the hot L.A. neighborhood of the moment. But there are many hidden gems in the area that are off the beaten path and worth checking out, both old and new.
The 12th annual Lummis Day Festival is taking place on Friday-Sunday, June 2-4. Lummis Day celebrates the arts, history and ethnic diversity of Northeast Los Angeles through educational and cultural events at locations like the Southwest Museum, Avenue 50 and the Lummis House. For more info, visit www.lummisday.org.
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