A neighborhood steeped in culture and history...
Welcome to Chinatown LA, a festive dining and shopping destination filled with traditional Chinese architecture, eateries, shopping experiences, and rich culture everywhere you look.
While in Chinatown your group will have the chance to browse traditional dim sum houses, bakeries, specialty grocery stores, and gift shops all throughout the neighborhood, as well as take in the colorful urban setting in general. You will be able to visit the Toaist Thoen Hau Temple, several small art galleries and bars, and see things such as Bruce Lee's former studio. Explore Central Plaza, the Far East Plaza, the Chinese American Museum, the Italian American Museum of LA, and much more. You can even get more in-depth with a walking tour with Undiscovered Chinatown.
Historically speaking, this neighborhood is actually the new Chinatown, first established here in 1938. Beforehand Old Chinatown ruled the scene, having its heyday in 1890-1910. The neighborhood was moved to what was then Little Italy, however, creating a new Chinese-American legacy in Los Angeles and forever changing the food and culture scene of the area.
Today foodies flock to Chinatown to enjoy Asian fusion eateries and top emerging chef locales, with such popular eateries as the landmark Philippe the Original, Lao Tao, Scoops, Baohaus, Golden Dragon, and much more. Festivals steal the scene during Chinese New Year, Chinatown Summer Nights, and the Moon Festival, Chinatown transforming into a 'fantasy of sights, sounds, and colors'.
This is an excellent stop to make for student groups interested in some cultural education and history!