POSTED: May 3rd 2017
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BRENDA DURAN: A Guide to Three LA Ethnic Neighborhoods

Chinatown is also near Little Tokyo and offers a variety of Chinese cuisine and souvenirs © Expedia
Chinatown is also near Little Tokyo and offers a variety of Chinese cuisine and souvenirs © Expedia

Olvera Street is another must see destination and has been a California State Historic Landmark since 1953 © Bigstock
Olvera Street is another must see destination and has been a California State Historic Landmark since 1953 © Bigstock

BRENDA DURAN (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) As soon as you land in Los Angeles, you will have many opportunities to be transported to another country. But, there is no need to take another flight, the abundance of cultural neighborhoods in the city will satisfy your wanderlust. How so? This year, Los Angeles recently ranked 19 on the most culturally diverse cities in America, according to Wallethub.

Los Angeles is bidding to host the 2024 Summer Olympics against Paris, France another very diverse city that has a very multicultural flavor of its own.

From Little India to Chinatown, to Koreatown and Little Ethiopia, there is a lot to explore when it comes to the diverse ethnic neighborhoods of Los Angeles.

To get started on your exploration, here are three highlights of some of Los Angeles ethnic neighborhoods:

Chinatown (located in downtown LA)

Visitors to this small neighborhood in downtown Los Angeles that runs along Broadway will quickly recognize there is a touch of Chinese history in the city that dates back many years. Small yet vibrant, Chinatown satisfies with the small blocks of stores that sell Chinese trinkets by the dozen such as slippers and robes, bamboo plants and ceramic figurines. There are some Chinese tea shops and restaurants from sit-down eateries to small take-out establishments. Because it is centrally located in downtown Los Angeles, you can easily make your way toward Little Tokyo a few blocks away to explore another Asian neighborhood of LA. The neighborhood of Chinatown offers walking tours and puts on great street festivals around the year like the Chinese Lunar New Year festival. For more information visit: www.chinatownla.com

Boyle Heights (East Los Angeles)

For those looking to capture the strong Mexican-American history and culture of Los Angeles, Boyle Heights is your place. It's clear you've reached Boyle Heights when you see street mariachis who gather at the Mariachi Plaza at the heart of the neighborhood playing music and consulting their musical services to passerby's.

The plaza is home to the neighborhood's street fairs and craft stalls year-round. Boyle Heights is the perfect blend of past and present Mexican-American culture with historic murals to hipster modern bars like Eastside Luv Wine Bar where you can hear great bands. Don't miss the endless Mexican food choices from tacos to mariscos - the options are endless. Some highlights throughout the year include the neighborhood's Day of the Dead festival that takes place in October.

Little India (Located in the city of Artesia)

Like curry, Indian spices and beaded fabrics? Little India needs to be your next stop when you visit LA. In a small stretch between 184th street and 188th street in Artesia you will find Little India with a wide variety of Indian culture for you to enjoy from the food to the Indian beauty salons that specialize in henna and eyebrow threading along the streets. 

Small but packed with culture, Little India's biggest highlights include the large number of restaurants along the corridor that will give you a good taste of everything from cardamom to mint chutney. What is great about the culinary selections here is that they appeal to meat eaters and vegetarian eaters. With specialty grocery shops along the street, a wide variety of unique vegetables and spices can be purchased for your next cooking adventure at home.

This only a small sampling of the great ethnic neighborhoods that make up Los Angeles. They are a good place to start for your next outing in the city. Once you've explored, move on to the next. With 4,084 square miles to explore, there is a lot of culture to see in LA!

Discover LA has a super map for you to scope out where you would like to visit.

**BRENDA DURAN has Over 10 years of documented success in writing within media and communication for leading publications, including: The North County Times, The Denver Post, PEOPLE, The Long Beach Press-Telegram, Us Weekly and Long Beach Magazine. Winner of more than a dozen national and regional writing awards for feature stories and breaking news. Expertise in strategic communications, social media and marketing.


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