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 diverse cross section of residents in Highland Park make the neighborhood a haven for treasure seekers of all trades. Musicians, artists and designers have joined families who have been longtime residents of the area, bringing eclectic wares and artisanal crafts. Whether you’re looking for that vintage accessory to complete your outfit or a limited edition vinyl that has long been out of print, Highland Park has the store that has exactly what you’re looking for. Read on for a collection of the best shops in the neighborhood.
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.
Take in the California sunshine and treat your group to an outing by the beach. With up to 300 days of sunshine and miles of stunning coastlines, it’s no surprise L.A. is home to a number of waterfront activities. Read on for our guide to L.A.’s most exciting group activities by the water.
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The Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) is presenting special events across Los Angeles in honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. This celebration honors the people rooted in the diverse cultures of the Pacific Rim and the vast Asian continent. The history, culture, and traditions of this region enrich our city and the many Angelenos who trace their origins from East Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia, Australia, Papua New Guinea, and the Pacific Islands.
Read on for highlights of the numerous festivals, musical events, theatrical performances, films, poetry readings, and cultural activities taking place in neighborhoods throughout the city. For the full calendar of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month events, visit the DCA website.
There are many tales about the origin of the Margarita, but what is known are the basic ingredients: tequila, triple sec, lime juice, and salt on the glass rim. These days, the Margarita can be found in many creative variations using tequila, mezcal, and other agave spirits, along with fresh fruit, herbs, and spices—shaken, stirred, or blended and served in a variety of glassware.
No matter what ingredients are used and how it’s prepared, what can be agreed upon is that the Margarita is a most celebratory drink—in a "party" kind of way. So, cheers to good times and to the best places to find Margaritas in Los Angeles.