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Member Reviews (37)
- ChinatownMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 2First to ReviewApr 05, 2014
The original Chinatown was razed in 1932, in the middle of the Great Depression, to make way for Union Station. A number of displaced Chinese families created a new Chinatown, located several blocks to the northwest. This "new" area continues to be a community focal point although no longer its prime focal point. Early Sunday mornings are a good time to see day-to-day life in this area although as a tourist attraction, regardless of the visitation time, it is nowhere close to the scope of San Francisco's Chinatown. To see Los Angeles's actual "Chinatown" without the tourist embellishments, visit Monterey Park and its environs.Recommended for:
- ChinatownMember ofFoodiesTrendstersArt & Design LoversMar 24, 2014
There are some Chinatowns that are actually where Chinese people congregate, and there are others that are obviously catering to more tourists than locals. L.A.'s Chinatown is most definitely in the latter category. If you're expecting something as bustling and "real" as San Francisco's (which I admit is also a major tourist hub), you will be sorely disappointed. If you're only looking for cheap, typical Chinatown souvenirs, you'll find them here. However, for the best authentic Chinese food, head to the 626 - Rowland Heights, Arcadia, etc.
- ChinatownMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFoodies+ 4Feb 01, 2014
Today Chinatown is different from one 70 years ago. It was originated located where the Union Station Stand today. Over the year, many changes occur in Chinatown.
Chinatown in L.A. is not the hub for Asian as other Chinatown across the country, many Chinese been moved to San Gabriel Valley, better homes, safer community and much better school.
Despite so many shops in San Gabriel Valley, some shop still stand out in Chinatown, such Queen Bakery, cheap clothing. It is close to downtown and dodger stadium, so make it great stop by.
Chinatown is not like Korean-town or Little Tokyo, when many new businesses constant added and keep up the demand of this generation. So is likely young adults would adventure here. The street is dirty similar and some crack road just like majority of L.A. is.Recommended for:
- ChinatownOct 17, 2013
While I enjoyed the one restaurant I tried here, as well as some of the shops, this isn't the best Chinatown I've been to (San Francisco's is far better, as is NYC's Chinatown). The main drag here is Broadway, and consists of your run-of-the-mill chachka shops and boba tea stores, as well as a few interesting seafood spots where you can order live chickens and cheap lobster. But it lacks the real grittiness and hustle-and-bustle sense that I think is necessary in Chinatown...if you feel the need to check it out, a couple hours is all you'll really need.Recommended for:
- ChinatownMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 12Aug 22, 2013
If you're going for the cultural (Chinese-wise)experience, you're in for a shock because there basically is none. Chinatown was created to increase tourism back in the day and wasn't built organically by a community.
Yes, there are some good Chinese restaurants, but really, if you want the authentic Chinese experience, go to San Gabriel Valley, Alhambra, Rosemead.
With that aside, if you're into dive bars, small music venues and new art galleries, Chinatown is your place!
During the summer, Chinatown hosts "Chinatown Summer Nights" with outdoor music concerts and art walks. Check it out if you're in the area!
- ChinatownMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 3May 26, 2013
Classy shopping it is not but if you want exposure to come Chinese life and culture, here is the place. Despite the large tourist population LA Chinatown has is the marketplace where the budget-minded Chinese go shopping.
- ChinatownMay 17, 2013
Downtown...Empress Pavilion Restaurant for Dim Sum on Saturday or Sunday (they also have a non Dim Sum menu) Huge banquet restaurant. Always mobbed. Good parking. My Chinese friends have taken me here and I always find the Dim Sum on the numerous carts a real experience. Some of the best chefs from China are in Los Angeles. Many of the best are in San Gabriel and Monterey Park if you are an aficionado of great Chinese food. Nearby, you can try Mandarette on Beverly Blvd.
- ChinatownMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 7Feb 11, 2013
Honestly this is LA and Chinatown is not like it is in SF. It is very small, maybe a few square city blocks. However being this is Chinatown the prices are inflated.
The shops here are the same typical kinda swag shops that you find in every asian community. But when you come to a tourist trap like Chinatown... well yeah every other shop is this way...
Pro Tip: Parking meters are checked by the parking police all the times. If you do not meet your meter time, you WILL get a ticket.
The restaurants around this area have most styles of chinese grub somewhere here. However the restaurants are not always exactly the cheapest or best. I feel that most of the chinese restaurants here are low on quality and high on price. This is due at least in part to the SGV having much cheaper rent and a much larger chinese population.
Overall it can be fun to eat here and spend a few hours. But I dont think it is exactly the best place around to go hang out or anything else. Especially if you are wanting to go for any length of time.