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Chinatown
Chinatown

Chinatown

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943-951 N. Broadway Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 680-0243
http://chinatownla.com/wp1/
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By 1870, a population of about 200 Chinese immigrants lived in a short and dark alley; no more than 50 feet wide. That was demolished to make way for Union Station and the growing Chinese population ... Read more
was moved to what used to be Los Angeles’s Little Italy. Dumpling houses and the Hollywood version of old Shanghai became the area where there were once wineries and trattorias. An old movie set was donated to the 1930’s re-vamping of the area to give it an exotic look. Today, you'll find restaurants, shops, and festivals in this colorful section of the city.

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Local from Los Angeles
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It's a great place to walk around and enjoy the architecture and art, lots of places to eat Chinese food, but even new modern places like French food and speakeasy's in town.

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Local from Covina

There's always a lot to do in Chinatown LA. Lots of dim sum cheap eats and now they have lots of new modern american foods too!

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Ottawa

located near the Arts Center. chinatown is slowly disappearing into Hipster town. great area to see art, local restaurants and breweries.

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Boise

lots to check out and experience. great authentic food. warm friendly people and lots of inexpensive things to buy. great way to spend an evening.

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Local from Los Angeles

There's a lot of little shops. I wasn't really intrigued by any of them. There are some Chinese restaurants throughout Chinatown. I haven't tried them yet, but they all seem to be open late, while the stores close pretty early.

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Local from Greater Los Angeles

Really crowded and hard to find parking but other then that they have great restaurants that serve delicious Asian cuisine. Chinatown also has stores you can purchase cheap merchants.

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New York City

Los Angeles' historic Chinatown may not be as big as San Francisco's, but there are a lot of kitschy cool restaurants and stores to check out.

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San Francisco

Very old and run down but still a great place to get some authentic Chinese food!

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Local from Alhambra

Forget it, Jake. It's Chinatown.
Chinatown in Los Angeles isn't as large as New York or San Francisco's Chinatown. The new generation of Chinese immigrants have congregated in San Gabriel Valley and Chinatown LA is where the older generation lived. You can get lots of knock offs here and bargain the price down. Great place for cheap food as well.

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San Diego

Excellent place to walk around, near the tracks, right off 101 and Broadway. Many plazas n shops to get souvenirs, cheap t-shirts, all types of clothes, Asian styled clothes/sizes, shoes, electronic accessories, etc. So many food options!!! You really can't go wrong.

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Local from Los Angeles

LA's Chinatown doesn't hold a candle to the OG San Francisco Chinatown, but it definitely holds its own. Lots of great restaurants and located right next to Echo Park and Silver Lake - the trendy, hipster cities of Los Angeles.

You can find everything here from little Chinese shops and grocery stores, to truly authentic cuisine. Definitely one of the better Chinatowns in the US - if you're near the downtown area, it's worth checking out!

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New Delhi

there are a handful of restaurants here i like. it isn't the cleanest. go out further east into the SGV for more authentic food

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Local from Burbank

Great place to walk around, shop and eat.
Great food at Ocean Seafood, 750 N. Hill 213-687-3088
They serve live seafood in tanks. If you are a fish lover, try the steamed
red rock cod with ginger and green onions.
Check their hours for dim sum which is very good. Sunday morning dim sum
is a treat. Get there about 11. If you get there too early, not all the dishes are being served yet.

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Local from Los Angeles
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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.

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Emeryville

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.

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Local from Los Angeles

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.

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San Diego

Walk, shop. & eat. Spend a day & you'll enjoy it. Go on a Weekday after lunch so not so crowded.

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Local from Los Angeles

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.

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San Diego

Best place for bargains and window shopping. Patience pays for the cheapest buy.

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San Diego

I always love walking here, shopping is always enjoyable. Bargain prices everywhere. If you're hungry, you'll be sure the restaurants are authentic Chinese Cuisine..

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