Neighborhood Spotlight: Little Tokyo

October 24, 2016

Located in the heart of downtown, Little Tokyo is one of the most unique neighborhoods in Los Angeles. With roots tracing back to 1886, this eclectic area simultaneously harmonizes the old and the new. Whether you’re looking for a bowl of the best ramen, the hottest new fusion restaurant or looking to escape in a peaceful Japanese garden, you can do it all here. Find your zen and discover Little Tokyo with our guide to the best of the neighborhood.

 

Daikokuya

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Source: Daikokuya Ramen / Facebook

 

This Little Tokyo hot spot is a ramen mecca. A local hotspot, their devoted following frequent the restaurant to dig into piping hot bowls of flavorful broth and chewy noodles- we recommend trying their specialty, the Daikoku Ramen with a side of pork gyoza for a meal you won’t soon forget.

 

Where: 327 East 1st Street

 

James Irvine Japanese Garden

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Source: Japanese American Culture & Community Center / Facebook

 

This tranquil garden is one of Little Tokyo’s best-kept secrets. An urban oasis, this idyllic setting offers peace and quiet just a few minutes away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Be sure to walk the outer path for a complete view of the garden’s foliage, babbling stream and waterfall.

 

Where: 244 South San Pedro Street

 

Kula Sushi

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Source: Kula Revolving Sushi Bar / Facebook

 

Sushi is literally making the rounds at this Japanese Village Plaza sushi spot. Kula’s conveyor belt offers up extensive, quality sushi options that won’t break the bank. From spicy shrimp tacos to crispy rice with spicy salmon and Godzilla rolls, the options are seemingly endless and just $2 each.

 

Where: 333 East 2nd Street

 

Q Pop

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Source: Q POP Website

 

Plan your next retail therapy session here for eclectic finds. This diverse boutique doubles as an art gallery and performance space, offering an array of unique goods by local and international artists and designers. Whether you’re looking for ceramics, prints, sculptures, textiles, comic books or clothing, the finds here will intrigue even the most reserved shopper.

 

Where: 128 Astronaut E South Onizuka Street

 

For awesome Japanese food even closer to home, we’re excited to announce that Sakana Sushi will be opening in LEVEL next year! Serving up some of the best sashimi in town, we can’t wait for this delicious spot to open its doors. Stay tuned for more details…

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Source: Sakana Sushi / Facebook

 

What is your favorite spot in Little Tokyo? Contact us at @LevelDTLA on Twitter and let us know!

 

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