The Guide to Boyle Heights in Los Angeles

Discover shopping, dining and hidden gems in Boyle Heights

enchiladas verde

Enchilades verde | photo: Un Solo Sol


Located east of Downtown L.A., Boyle Heights is one of L.A.'s most historic and vibrant neighborhoods. From Mariscos Jalisco to MorrisseyOKE, discover the best shopping, dining and hidden gems in Boyle Heights. 

Photo courtesy of The Garage Board Shop in Boyle Heights, Yelp

Photo courtesy of The Garage Board Shop in Boyle Heights, Yelp

Shopping

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. 

mariscos jalisco

Marisco's Jaliscos

Dining

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 and Un Solo Sol, who are carving out their own niches in the neighborhood.

MorrisseyOKE at Eastside Luv | Instagram by @morrisseyoke

MorrisseyOKE at Eastside Luv | Instagram by @morrisseyoke

Hidden Gems

Boyle Heights has a long and rich history in Los Angeles. That history can be found across the neighborhood, from Mariachi Plaza to Evergreen Cemetery. The neighborhood is home to one of the city's early parks, an art studio that's tied to the Chicano Movement of the civil rights era, and the long tradition of street art in the neighborhood. Read on for some of the hidden gems within Boyle Heights.