Built in 1976, the Far East Plaza food mall in Chinatown has become iconic for its mix of old-school and new, creating a buzz among L.A.’s foodie crowd since local chef Roy Choi relocated his first brick-and-mortar there in 2013.
Since then, this unassuming two-story space has become a culinary destination for people from all over. Visitors come for authentic regional Asian bites, restaurant-hop for a taste of everything, or hunker down in line with coffee and ice cream, waiting for service at a trendy pop-up. Communal tables arranged between stands selling knick-knacks serve the many fast-casual options along the corridor. Positioned in the heart of Chinatown, the plaza is worth checking out whether you’re a fan of traditional Asian street food or seeking out the next big food thing.
Parking is easily found at surrounding paid lots; street parking is also available, but hard to come by with busy weekend crowds.
The eclectic Atwater Village dining scene offers a wide range of flavors and price points. Head down to Los Feliz and Glendale Boulevards for the most options, ranging from budget-friendly snacks to more upscale, sit-down dinners. You'll find international favorites - Indian curries, Salvadoran pupusas, Armenian chicken - as well American classics in the restaurants that line Atwater Village streets. There are a lot of new, hip flavors to try too, like the out-of-the-ordinary ice cream selection at Wanderlust or the Mediterranean/Middle Eastern fusion dishes at Momed and Dune. Be forewarned: It's hard to eat just one meal in Atwater Village.
The Atwater Village shopping scene is small and largely confined to Glendale Boulevard, with some overflow on Los Feliz Boulevard. Still, the shops here pack a lot of "oohs" and "aahs" into their often tiny spaces. Fashion and accessories, both new and vintage, make up a good chunk of what you'll find here. But, keep your eyes open small, independent home and/or garden shops too. If you're looking for music, Jacknife might have what you need and bookworms will want to spend some time at Alias. If crystals are your jam, make sure you head over to The Crystal Matrix. Read on for the guide to shopping in Atwater Village.
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Los Angeles is world famous for its long love affair with the automobile. Car culture has been part of the city's DNA for generations, and one of the best known destinations for gearheads is the spectacular Petersen Automotive Museum. But the Petersen isn't the only museum for car buffs. From classics to custom builds and hot rods, read on for extraordinary car collections on view at museums and showrooms across Los Angeles.
Now that you've explored Part One of our Ultimate Guide, read on for more great Valley breakfast spots, from Lake Balboa to Canoga Park.