Unlock the Hidden Gems of Northeast L.A.

Chicken Boy in Highland Park
Chicken Boy | Photo courtesy of Buz Carter, Flickr

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.

You're probably hungry and thirsty after all that exploring. Luckily there's our guide to the best dining and drinks in Highland Park.

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3800 Homer St.
90031 Los Angeles , CA
5123 York Blvd.
90042 Los Angeles , CA
6045 York Blvd
90042 Los Angeles , CA
5200 Monte Vista St
90042 Los Angeles , CA
4700 North Griffin Ave.
90031 Los Angeles , CA
131 North Avenue 50
90042 Los Angeles , CA
5558 N Figueroa St
90042 Los Angeles , CA
200 S. Ave 66
90042 Los Angeles , CA
200 East Avenue 43
90031 Los Angeles , CA