The Dining and Drinking Guide to Historic Filipinotown

The best bars and restaurants in HiFi

Genever bar and lounge in Historic Filipinotown

Photo: Genever


Historic Filipinotown (also known as "HiFi") is located on the cusp of Echo Park and Silver Lake, just west of Downtown LA. A flourishing corridor of eats, drinks, and ample street parking, the cultural heritage is strong here. TimeOut recently dubbed HiFi one of the "50 Coolest Neighbourhoods in the World," acknowledging the thoughtful mix of old and new. The result has been an exciting feast and a blossoming community, one that is the very definition of the word - “a feeling of fellowship with others.” Here’s our list of must try spots in this familial neighborhood.

Bougie Faye Tabbouleh Parfait at Bloom & Plume in Historic Filipinotown

Bougie Faye Tabbouleh Parfait | Photo: Bloom & Plume

Bloom & Plume



Neighboring a floral shop, Bloom & Plume Coffee is like stepping into a vibrant bouquet where the aroma is filled with fresh juice, salads, espresso, and good vibes. Brothers Moses and Maurice Harris, longtime HiFi residents, created a shop they envisioned as a comforting, eclectic place to hang out, sip lattes, and nosh on scrumptious waffles.

Horchata with pudding, strawberry matcha latte, and Thai milk tea at Boba Guys Rideback Ranch

Horchata with pudding, strawberry matcha latte, and Thai milk tea at Boba Guys Rideback Ranch
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Boba Guys



After bonding over a game of ping pong, owners Bin Chen and Andrew Chau became quick friends and eventually entrepreneurs known as Boba Guys. Expanding to HiFi in 2019, the boba shop brews fresh teas, sources milk from nearing Strauss Family Creamery, and crafts housemade syrups to sweeten (to your liking!) each drink. The menu comprises regular, seasonal, and build-your-own offerings all finished with Grade A boba balls or other toppings including almond jelly, egg cream, and more.

Crawfords Westlake



The marquee promises “ice cold beer,” and Crawfords delivers. This bar, which also offers piping hot fried chicken, stocks a generous selection of high-brow and low-brow suds. On the back shelf, a collection of Dodgers bobble heads and other sports memorabilia join the line of available brews served with a constant hum of local banter.

Thomas Breakfast at Doubting Thomas in Historic Filipinotown

Thomas Breakfast at Doubting Thomas: 2 sunny eggs, applewood smoked bacon, grilled tomato, biscuit & jam | Photo: @carlosjr84, Instagram

Doubting Thomas



Longtime pastry chef Naomi Shim brings daily-baked goods to Doubting Thomas, where seasonality informs cheery confections, like yellow nectarine galettes in the summer and egg nog cheesecake in the winter. Baristas pull perfectly-executed espresso drinks and other caffeinated concoctions made with beans sourced from Leif An in DTLA, while guests mingle in natural light rushing in from floor-to-ceiling windows. Enter by walking past a patch of fresh herbs, the first sign of an endearing café experience.

Genever bar and lounge in Historic Filipinotown

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Genever



This female-owned gin haven was born from a Kickstarter campaign. The chic bar sprinkles little hints of honorary donors throughout: names are etched into bronze mirrored tabletops and on nameplates attached to barstools. Its aesthetic is influenced by Los Angeles’s beloved Art Deco era with décor sourced from Filipino artisans, another nod to Genever’s roots. Savor gin creations or a traditional Dutch “kopstoot,” a boilermaker pairing of Genever and beer.

Chicken Adobo Bowl at HiFi Kitchen in Historic Filipinotown

Chicken Adobo Bowl at HiFi Kitchen | Photo: Postmates

HiFi Kitchen



HiFi native Justin Foronda created a fast-casual spot inspired by his upbringing, the neighborhood, and the eclectic mingling of Los Angeles cultures. Here, you’ll nod to throwback tunes while scanning the menu of classic Filipino dishes. Choose from vegan or beefy options served in bowls, either enjoyed in or as takeaway. Adobo is made with chicken or mushroom; and La’ing, customarily served with shredded meat, can be ordered with a hearty serving of cauliflower. Come to eat, stay for the hip-hop beats.

Worker Wednesday Special at The Park's Finest in Historic Filipinotown

Worker Wednesday Special: BBQ chicken, sauteed veggies, cornbread, hot links and longanisa, pulled pork, coconut beef, rice | Photo: The Park's Finest

The Park’s Finest



This barbecue joint, opened in 2009 by the Confordia family, is where traditional bbq meets Filipino flavors. A sweet rice cake called bibingka, inspires Park’s cornbread, whereas tri-tip, pulled pork, and short rib are accented with house sauces—one vinegar-based and the other swirls pineapple, soy, and cane sugar. Or go for Mama Leah’s Coconut Beef, a stew matched perfectly with sticky rice and Lilikoi ale.

Poultry + Mushroom Porridge at porridge + puffs in Historic Filipinotown

Poultry + Mushroom Porridge at porridge + puffs | Photo: @austin_colberg, Instagram

Porridge + Puffs



Vietnamese chef Minh Phan serves heaps of goodness at Porridge + Puffs, signaling an effortless marriage of her culture and the neighborhood. The cozy spot, brightened with blonde woods and dried florals, offers seasonal porridges and tasty sides. You’ll see jars of fermented ingredients at the cashier counter, hinting at future accoutrements. But for now, simply dip a “puff” into the silky bowl of porridge that is always “just right.”

Espresso Machine at Tactile Coffee in Historic Filipinotown

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Tactile



Caffeinate with standard pulled, filtered, or pour over drinks, or explore Tactile’s “Little Adventures” menu that serves cups-of-thrills, like the Five-Second Rule, an espresso over cold almond milk to be consumed in five seconds or less. Fill up on decadent biscuits (until they’re sold out), focaccia, and sandwiches, all baked in-house.

Thunderbolt bar and lounge in Historic Filipinotown

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Thunderbolt



Atlanta native Mike Capoferri transformed an old after hours jazz club into Thunderbolt, a cocktail lounge…or simply, just a great place to hang. A poised list of drinks and impressive array of Madeira puts a nice tingle to your day, while bar bites and entrees - created by Chef Johneric Concordia of the adjacent Park’s Finest - keep you wanting more. Thunderbolt overlooks the 101 freeway, giving a soothing perspective an otherwise teeth-grinding strip of road.

Valerie Confections Boutique in Historic Filipinotown

Valerie Confections Boutique | Photo: Caviar

Valerie Confections Boutique



A cake emporium, the Valerie Confections has sweetened HiFi for more than a decade. Fulfill your sugar craving or satiate a ravenous lunch break, or peruse the boutique shop’s line of chocolates, confections, pastries, pantry provisions and more. Wash it down with a selection of loose leaf teas or a cup of brew, then repeat.

Dining room at Woon in Historic Filipinotown

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Woon



Woon, or “bowl” in English, is a family-run restaurant reflecting the Chinese comfort food of owner Keegan Fong’s childhood. “Mama” Fong currently helms Woon’s kitchen where she cooks Shanghainese and Cantonese recipes all served in shareable bowls. The menu is concise, so one can attempt to try everything in one sitting—whether its beef or veggie chewy noodles, fried rice, bao, or salads—or keep coming back for more.  Sit on the breezy patio or inside while eavesdropping on the hiss of the woks.