One of the joys of eating in Boyle Heights is that you'll find a good amount of restaurants that are embedded in the neighborhood's history. Spots like El Tepeyac, Al & Bea's and Otomisan have passed the half-century mark and, when you walk into them, you can feel the past and the present intermingle. Yet, Boyle Heights is also home to younger restaurants, like Guisados and Un Solo Sol, who are carving out their own niches in the neighborhood.
As much as you enjoy Downtown L.A. and Hollywood, for you the real L.A. is the old L.A. that exists west of the 405 freeway from Bel-Air to the beach. Places that belong to Dennis Hopper, the Ferus gallery, Jim Morrison writing lyrics on Venice Beach, Less Than Zero trust fund babies, Faye Dunaway lounging by the pool post-Oscars, the Malibu Colony and Joan Didion’s lonely characters nibbling hardboiled eggs as they circle the 405 freeway, too rich to ever be happy. To you, that’s the essence of L.A., the strange paradise city where angels’ fortunes rise and fall daily, casual as the sun.
Italian food has long been of the L.A.’s most consistently popular cuisines, with restaurants like Dan Tana’s, Marino, and Valentino thriving for decades, and consistent lines at Bay Cities Italian Deli. The arrival of restaurants like Bestia, Chi Spacca and Sotto ushered in a new era that dialed up interest in regional Italian cooking and genre-bending concepts. Discover 10 of L.A.’s most interesting new Italian restaurants.
In Boyle Heights, you'll find a fairly large concentration of retail on Cesar E. Chavez Boulevard. Here, you can walk for blocks and pass shop after shop filled with everything from clothing to toys to household items. In addition, you'll find plenty of retail spots on 1st Street. The 1st Street and Cesar Chavez shops are easily accessible via multiple stops on Metro's Gold Line. Read on and discover some of the eclectic shops in Boyle Heights.
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Led by the Getty, Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA involves more than 70 Southern California cultural institutions, from Los Angeles to Palm Springs, and Santa Barbara to San Diego, participating in a vibrant and diverse array of exhibitions, public events and performances that explore Latin American and Latino art.
Many PST: LA/LA exhibits showcase the creative connection between Mexico and Los Angeles. From Oaxacan murals to the Japanese diaspora in Mexico City, read on for ten Mexico-inspired exhibits now on view and opening soon in Los Angeles.
There is something about descending below-ground that conjures feelings of mystery and adventure - just ask Alice. In few places is this more true than the underground bar. Secret entrances, darkened staircases, being in the know are all part of the appeal.
There's no better place to enjoy this feeling than Downtown Los Angeles. Early 20th-century architectural gems have been revived right and left since the start of the 21st - and with them the basement bars, dance clubs and jazz lounges that once served the booming city’s movers and shakers. Bank vaults, a power plant and historic speakeasies are being redesigned for the thriving Downtown L.A. nightlife scene. Read on for Downtown L.A.’s finest in subterranean drinking, dining and dancing.