The Dining and Drinking Guide to Historic Filipinotown

Historic Filipinotown (aka "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.

Primary image for Historic Filipinotown Eastern Gateway
Historic Filipinotown Eastern Gateway | Photo: @dan_giovanni, Instagram

Historic Filipinotown Eastern Gateway

Start your visit with LA's newest AAPI cultural landmark, the Historic Filipinotown Eastern Gateway, which was installed in April 2022. Formally known as "Talang Gabay: Our Guiding Star," the gateway stands 30 feet high and spans 82 feet across Beverly Boulevard. The gateway was designed by Celestino Geronimo Jr. and Eliseo Art Silva, who also painted the mural at nearby Unidad Park.

The artists incorporated Filipino cultural symbols into the gateway, including a parol (a star-shaped lantern displayed at Christmas), gumamela flower (hibiscus, a tribute to frontline workers), and the Sarimanok, a mythical bird that symbolizes good fortune.

Worker Wednesday Plate at The Park's Finest in Historic Filipinotown
Worker Wednesday Plate | Photo: The Park's Finest

The Park’s Finest

This barbecue joint, opened in 2009 by the Concordia 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. The Worker Wednesday Plate is a weekly special that features coconut beef, hot link medley, pulled pork, candy-coated chicken, veggie medley, cornbread bibingka, and rice.

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 Photo: @foodwithjj, Instagram

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.

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Crawfords Chicken

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 | 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. Don't miss the signature Thomas Breakfast - two sunny eggs, applewood smoked bacon, grilled tomato, biscuit and jam. Baristas pull perfectly-executed espresso drinks and other caffeinated concoctions, 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.

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.

Thunderbolt bar and lounge in Historic Filipinotown
Photo: 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 to an otherwise teeth-grinding strip of road.

In April 2024, Thunderbolt was named number eight in the list of North America's 50 Best Bars. As the highest ranked bar in the region, Thunderbolt was also named Best Bar in West USA 2024.

Dining room at Woon in Historic Filipinotown
Photo: Woon, Facebook


Woon (“bowl” in English) is a family-run restaurant reflecting the Chinese comfort food of owner Keegan Fong’s childhood. “Mama” Fong helms the Woon 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 it's 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.