The Guide to Koreatown in Los Angeles

Things to do in K-town: shopping with the best k-pop stores in L.A, coffee, desserts and hidden gems

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Located west of Downtown L.A. and south of Hollywood, Koreatown is one of the most diverse neighborhoods in Los Angeles. Encompassing roughly 3 square miles, the area was once the epicenter of Golden Age Hollywood, home to the Ambassador Hotel, the Cocoanut Grove and the Brown Derby. Today, Korean and Latino populations contribute to Koreatown’s rich cultural diversity. K-town is also known for having one of the largest concentration of nightclubs and 24-hour businesses and restaurants in the country. Even frequent visitors have only scratched the surface of this vibrant district. Discover things to do in Koreatown with our guides to one of L.A.’s most exciting neighborhoods.

MaDang the Courtyard | Photo by Karen Young

MaDang the Courtyard | Photo by Karen Young

Shopping

Koreatown has more large malls than any similar sized area in America with an emphasis on markets, skin care, home goods and the best k-pop stores in LA. Peppered among the shops, whether in a mall or side street, are entertainment venues, trendy dessert shops, coffeehouses, and restaurants. Read on for the best shopping destinations in Koreatown.

Alchemist Coffee Project | Instagram by @mymirrorspeaks

Alchemist Coffee Project | Instagram by @mymirrorspeaks

Coffee & Dessert

Coffee houses and dessert are synonymous in Koreatown as an any-time-of-day kind of thing—whether for a snack, after dinner, a night of karaoke, or while studying. Many are Wi-Fi connected haunts and can be found on virtually every corner serving specialty cakes, patbingsoo (shaved ice), ice cream, and other sweet confections. Here are 12 spots to check out.

Korean Food Academy

Photo: Korean Food Academy

 |  Photo: Korean Food Academy

Hidden Gems

The streets of Koreatown comprise an eclectic urban landscape where Korean neon signs mix with various architectural styles, providing clues to a multi-faceted history. Multi-level shopping malls are markers in between small shops and restaurants, and not everything is as it seems. There are so many unique things to do in Koreatown, like experiencing a k-pop restaurant among other fascinating gems—some truly hidden and others that contain intrigue and wonder.