Chinatown
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Los Angeles Chinatown is home to great food and numerous specialty stores where you can shop for charming souvenirs amid lanterns and neon signs lining the streets. Don’t miss the Chinese-style buildings around the Central Plaza and the ornate East Gate—one of the most famous landmarks of the area. Chinatown hosts major events throughout the year like the Lunar New Year Parade and the Lantern Festival. It's also a stone’s throw away on foot from the Old Plaza and the historic Olvera Street, so you might want to explore the surroundings when you’re done visiting the district. – Tripadvisor
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Neighbourhood: Central L.A
How to get there
  • Chinatown • 4 min walk
  • Union Station • 8 min walk
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permia
Ireland63,508 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Passing through the Dragon Gate we enjoyed the time spent here. Strolling around we made our way to the Central Plaza.

Admiring the Chinese styling and decorative features, it was fascinating to learn of the original Chinatown's relocation to make way for Union Station in the 1930s.

Numerous eateries beckon and we had a tasty snack in one.
Written 18 February 2020
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J. Vasquez
West Covina, CA14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
Chinatown has by far been one of my favorite places to visit. You cant beat the sightseeing, shopping, eating, and cultural experience all in one place. The best part is, if you are living in LA, you can do this practically any weekend. It's about the easiest and less expensive way to get out of LA without leaving LA. Emerge yourself into a unique eastern culture that has mesmerize and captivated the world. You can find everything here from your favorite dumplings, foo dog statues, and even get your Chinese horoscope read all in one place.
Written 1 January 2021
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Amanda J
Denver46 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
One shop hates handicapped people and told me I was not allowed in her store because of my wheelchair. I have a picture of the shop it is right in the middle of the shops that is all together. I went in with my daughter and we was looking to buy a good 100 plus women's dresses and accessories. The woman looked at me and just gave me the worst looks ever like I was robbing the place. She kept an eye one me and was just awful. She screamed out of no where in front of like 10 or so people. You get out You in wheelchair and it wont go through. I'm in the store so why will it not go through. I was so embarrassed. The other people looked at me like what the heck. After she yelled at me and told me that my wheelchair cant be in there about 3/4th of the other customers left too. If you are facing Wonder Bakery its to the right, The store on the corner.

Phoenix Bakery is a must do and welcomes handicap people as well as two tiny shops Hong Kong Imports and another that I misplaced their card that was in the back by the light that crosses to the building that was used in a movie. I will have to get the names and see if I can add them. They was amazing and they ended up getting almost four thousand dollars which that one lady could have made but decided handicap people are not welcomed.

I would not suggest this place to anyone that has a handicap. I am unsure if there is a way of turning people in for ADA non compliance but we are sure going to look.
Written 9 September 2022
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Timmy B
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Very cool and historic theater, including the celebrity hands and feet in concrete. This is where all the celebrities go to watch movies. Go downstairs to the bathroom and check out the pictures on the wall of celebrities imprinting their hands in the concrete. You can only go to this historic theater if you book an IMAX movie. All other movies are in the newer theaters.
Written 29 April 2024
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Charlie
Milwaukee, WI7 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
We drove through Chinatown a few different ways and decided not to stop. What signs of life there were appeared to be street vendors either selling tourist items or fruit. My hats off to people making a go of it here, but it's rundown, and not really welcoming to visitors.
Written 17 October 2022
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Madrewith3kids
Minneapolis, MN121 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Family
To be fair we got there about an hour before closing but there were only about three stores open. I couldn’t tell if the other stores were closed for the day already or out of business. It was a sad sight. The place was literally a ghost town. It was cool to see the Bruce Lee statue. The buildings are cool for photos but you won’t spend much time here. I would say get there well before closing time but have a back up plan in case it’s dead throughout the day regardless of what time it is. Little Tokyo is a fun place with more stores that are actually open. I would hate to see China Town get shut down due to lack of business but they need to do something to revive the place.
Written 10 June 2022
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loveLA
Los Angeles, Ca71 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I live in Los Angeles and always enjoy the atmosphere of China Town. Besides having hundreds of Chinese restaurants from which to choose, there are hundreds of tiny, interesting shops! There are many lovely and unusual gift items imported from China...all at a good price.

The main street in Chinatown is Broadway...if you go further North on Broadway, you will find the shops and restaurants have authentic looking Chinese architecture. There are also two large, old wishing well ponds. Oh, for those who love bakeries, Chinatown is full of them!

Saigon Plaza is also fun with hundreds of shop vendors located under one large roof (on Broadway).

Little Tokyo is more modern than Chinatown, but still interesting. Japanese Village Plaza is an outdoor shopping plaza with Japanese blue tiled roofs and architecture. There are many good Japanese restaurants in Little Tokyo....the Japanese markets are also fun to visit. For those who love Japanese gardens, there are two: one at the New Otani Hotel and one at the Japanese Community Center. If you can only visit one, I recommend the one at the community center.
Written 26 April 2005
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SportsFan59
Los Angeles, CAlifornia23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I love Chinatown and go there often. Give yourself an afternoon to wander in and out of the maze of shops. Everyone is friendly and it's a great atmosphere, and kids love it, because if they have $5 in their pocket they can go home with a bunch of treasures. You can get great gifts such as beautiful robes and pajamas for men and women for ridiculous prices. Also, check out the many shops which sell gorgeous and cheap pottery. When you get hungry eat at Yang Chow and be sure to have the slippery shrimp, an LA tradition. If you don't feel like Chinese food, walk two blocks down to Phillipe's, a local landmark since 1908, for a French dip sandwich. All in all a great day trip.
Written 24 March 2006
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DCVZLA
Manchester, NH62 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Chinatown was incredible! The shops were amazing and had a lot of weird and nice things to see and buy! There's a nice bakery shop at the very entrance of the main area. Very nice prices on EVERYTHING!! Not to be missed! I will definitely make it a must on my next trip and won't leave it for last like I did, when I had already spent all my vacation money :o(
Written 8 August 2005
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elizabethlascheid
Los Angeles, CA4,954 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2016 • Family
If you have been to Chinatown in San Francisco, or NY, or even Boston, you are going to think I am insane for giving LA's Chinatown 5 stars, but wait, I have a reason. The food--oh the food.
Chinatown is not large, it is maybe 3 blocks. There is also areas on Broadway that are considered part of Chinatown, but most people think of the 3 block area with the Chinatown sign. It is old. It is not well maintained and there is not a lot to see. There are stores that sell trinkets and a few places to eat that are just fine. Parking is not hard, but you will pay for it. So, walk though Chinatown and have fun. It is not open late, but that is okay. You will spend maybe an hour walking around and buying that postcard and then you will be ready for food.
The places right in that 3 block area are okay, but that is not where you are going. You are going where the locals go. First stop is Ocean Seafood Restaurant on Hill Street. Just ask a local how to walk there and they will direct you. Their food is great. They have dim sum and it is fantastic. The dim sum is during the day and sometimes lunch. Servers walk around with trays of steaming dumplings and soup and rice and oh my is it great. Now, they charge for each dish so don't go nuts.
If you have the time and are around for dinner, you will go to Plum Tree Inn on Broadway, also walking distance from Chinatown (both these really are part of Chinatown, but it is not on the streets with the signs and the stores). Plum is wonderful. The Chinese food is authentic and oh so wonderful. This is a local's place, but like Ocean Sea Food, tourists are welcome always. Get their dumplings and maybe a fresh fish. You will love it.
Kids are welcome at both these places and they will love Chinatown--they can run and toss a coin into the Buddha wishing well.
So, go there. I am a local and I am telling you it is a blast--the food. And you can use a nice walk anyway.
Have fun and as I always say, when in Downtown LA, your wallet is always in your front pocket and no you don't want to buy a watch.
Written 15 June 2016
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