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Chinatown

Dating back to 1852, LA's Chinese community originally settled near modern-day Union Station in downtown, but it had to move a few streets over in the 1930s to make way for the train. The pocket-sized neighborhood is a colorful and fragrant mix of bakeries, curio shops and restaurants, with an incense-filled Taoist temple nearby.

Photo: Amber Procaccini

Chinatown: Central Plaza

Most of the activity is along North Broadway, which is anchored by a central plaza with a five-tier pagoda.

Photo: Amber Procaccini

Chinatown: Phoenix Bakery

Dig into soft-shell crab or honey-walnut shrimp at Hop Li and finish with cream cakes from Phoenix Bakery (pictured).

Photo: Amber Procaccini

Boyle Heights

From Jewish to Japanese, the waves of immigrants have passed through this East LA neighborhood.

Photo: Amber Procaccini

Boyle Heights: Mexican enclave

Today, Boyle Heights is largely a Mexican enclave (Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa hails from the area) complete with cheery mariachi musicians in charro suits who gather at the main plaza on Saturday afternoons.

Photo: Amber Procaccini

Boyle Heights: Los Cinco Puntos

Taquerias and mercados also come with the territory: grocery store Los Cinco Puntos serves pork carnitas.

Photo: Amber Procaccini

Boyle Heights: Los Cinco Puntos
Photo: Amber Procaccini
Boyle Heights: Breed Street Shul

One of the oldest synagogues on the West Coast, the historic Breed Street Shul, was recently restored.

Photo: Amber Procaccini

Little Tokyo

Strolling through this downtown district—lined with restaurants, hotels, shops and Buddhist temples—feels like a history lesson on foot.

Photo: Amber Procaccini

Little Tokyo: Fugetsu-do

Family-run confectionery, Fugetsu-do, first opened in 1903, but it was shut down during World War II. Family members later re-established the beloved wagashi (sweets shop) and it has been churning out fresh mochi ever since.

Photo: Amber Procaccini

Little Tokyo: Daikokuya

Locals line up for Daikokuya's spicy ramen.

Photo: Amber Procaccini

Little Tokyo: Daikokuya
Photo: Amber Procaccini
Little Tokyo: Hama Sushi

Hama Sushi is consistently authentic.

Photo: Amber Procaccini

Little Tokyo: Japanese American Cultural & Community Center

Catch the latest production at East West Players, an acclaimed Asian American theater, or stop at the courtyard garden of the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center (pictured).

Photo: Amber Procaccini

Little Tokyo: Anzen Hardware

At Anzen Hardware, browse through Japanese culinary items, including a wide range of knives and gardening tools.

Photo: Amber Procaccini

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