Korean Food, Cafe’s, And Historic LandmarksI don’t know where to begin with discussing this sub-city of Los Angeles. I first discovered that Los Angeles has the largest Koreatown in the United States a little after I went to my first Korean BBQ restaurant. Before I started enjoying Korean BBQ I would drive through the sub-cities like Little Tokyo, Little Italy, and Little Ethiopia and never stop to explore. However, once you become open to one cuisine your palette suddenly becomes willing to try others. I have wanted to write this post ever since I’ve returned from South Korea. However, I never felt that I could completely cover the area properly without writing a lengthy post. I am in the midst of writing a “Complete Guide To Los Angeles Koreatown.” For now, I will write a brief overview of the places I like to visit. If you’re looking for places to eat, sleep and have fun in Koreatown than check out this list.
HISTORIC LANDMARKSKorean Pavilion: Dawooljung Address: 1000 Normandie Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90006 Phone Number: (213) 480-1115
OUTDOOR ACTIVITIESSeoul International Park Address: 3250 San Marino Street, Los Angeles, CA 90006 Phone Number: (213) 383-7549 Across the street from the Dawooljung is the Seoul International Park. The park has fitness equipment for an outdoor workout area to complete morning exercise routines. There’s also a basketball court and baseball field for sports activities.
INDOOR ACTIVITIESCGV Movie Theatre ~ Madang Mall Address: 621 S. Western Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90005 If you want to watch Korean movies with our without subtitles then you should check out CGV Movie Theatre. Located on the third floor of the Madang Mall complex it’s the perfect area too if you want to visit multiple places in one location. To see a current listing of movies showings, and dates check out CGV Cinemas. Special tip: Tuesdays are special discount days and the movie tickets are reduced.
PLACES TO STAYLine Hotel Address: 3515 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010 Phone Number: (213) 381- 7411 The Line Hotel is centrally located and a popular destination for out of town guests. The lobby bar and restaurant located on the first floor is a favorite nightspot for local residents. Special tip: Happy hour is seven days a week and goes from 2:30 p.m until 8:00 p.m.
PLACES TO EATBCD Tofu House Address: 3575 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90010 Phone Number: (213) 382- 6677 Only a short distance from the Line Hotel is BCD Tofu House. The restaurant is open 24 hours for the late-night party goers. If you want a taste of authentic Korean food than this restaurant should be one of your first stops. Whether you’re in the mood for bibimbap, hot stews (Original BCD Soon Tofu) or you’re a vegan there’s something for every taste bud. The second BCD Tofu House restaurant is located at 869 S. Western Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90005. Check out BCD Tofu House website for locations, hours of operation and menus. The Kimbap Address: 400 S Western Ave #102, Los Angeles, CA 90020 Phone Number: (213) 365 – 1040 This restaurant is a little off the beaten path, but if you’re looking for a variety of kimbap to sample then this is the place to visit. A great alternative to having a light breakfast or grab a roll for later.
Coffee & PastriesIt wouldn’t be a list about Koreatown if I didn’t mention cafes. If you’re into sipping on a cup of coffee and eating not too sweet pastries than these are the places to visit. Paris Baguette ~ Madang Mall Address: 621 S. Western Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90005 Phone Number: (213) 368 -0404 This French-inspired bakery specializes in fresh baked goods and coffee. My favorite combo to order is a small black coffee, berry cream pastry, and a soft strawberry cake. There’s a seating area both inside and outside within the mall courtyard. For menu options and more information about Paris Baguette check out their website. Caffe Bene Address: 5670 Wilshire Blvd., #760, Los Angeles, CA 90036 Phone Number: N/A If you’re looking for a cafe to visit for a more leisure experience than check out Caffee Bene. I tried the Tiramisu Cake which was not too sweet and had a nice chocolate flavor with a small coffee. If you want to sample a Korean dessert try the red bean ice flakes. Overall, this is a nice cafe to have a cup of coffee and enjoy the relaxed vibe ambiance. For menu information and additional locations check out Caffee Bene website here. Gong Cha Address: 3785 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010 Phone Number: (213) 375 – 7143 If brewed tea or juice is more your style than check out Gong Cha. Their black pearl toppings added flavor to their freshly brewed tea. Additional toppings include white pearl, rainbow jelly, and red bean. Healthier options include a matcha smoothie with a fruit smoothie probiotic. My favorite is the standard earl grey milk tea with black pearls. For more information on the Gong Cha menu and hours of operation check out their website here. I included places and locations that would maximize your time spent in L.A.’s Koreatown. I want visitors to experience a brief history and taste the local cuisine. I didn’t include any of the nightlife activities in this post. Please let me know in the comments below if you want more information in a future post. In addition, if there are any suggestions you feel I should include in this post please add in the comments down below. I will be updating this post as I continue to visit Koreatown. If you like this story check out similar stories:
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