If your Los Angeles vacation takes you near downtown LA, put visiting Chinatown on your list. It’s a culturally enriching experience.
Located in downtown Los Angeles near the cvic and cultural center of the city, it covers less than a square mile. But in it you will enjoy the rich culture, architecture and food that can’t be found anywhere else in Los Angeles.
The original Chinatown was where the historic Union Station sits today. Chinatown was relocated in 1938 to its current location that is bordered by Main Street to the East, Yale Street to the west, Cesar Chavez to the south and Bernard Street to the north.
Approaching Chinatown on Broadway at Cesar Chavez Blvd, you will pass under the elaborate Dragon Gate. While this marks the entrance to Chinatown on the south, most of what you will want to see is a few blocks north of it.
Central Plaza is the neighborhood’s hub of activity with shops, restaurants and children’s rides. During the day the architecture is a work of art. At night it comes alive with neon light. It’s at 943 N. Broadway.
To experience the foods head to Far East Plaza. Step inside and your find a shopping mall filled with oriental character. Today it is mainly known for the food! The plaza is a 727 N. Broadway.
To help you make your travel to Los Angeles more fun here are some other nearby LA attractions to explore. The historic Olvera Street, called the Birthplace of LA is just across Caesar Chaves Blvd. So is the historic Union Station and the iconic City Hall Building with a free observation deck on the top floor offering one of the best views of Los Angeles. For even more downtown LA attractions to consider during your travels, check out our 22 Fun Things to do in Downtown Los Angeles guide.
See more Chinatown photos after the break…