Los Angeles/Northwest

Northwest Los Angeles is a region of the city that roughly comprises the neighborhoods of East Hollywood, Los Feliz, Silverlake, Echo Park, Elysian Park and Westlake/MacArthur Park, as well as the spacious Griffith Park.

Understand

For the last several decades these areas have been occupied mostly by low-income Hispanic families. Many areas had fallen into disrepair, but over the last few years skyrocketing rents and the increasing cost of living has pushed a younger population further and further east and towards Downtown. Area neighborhoods are changing rapidly, and rents are increasing to reflect this. Hip new restaurants and shopping boutiques open regularly as the property owners renovate and raise rents, pushing the immigrant communities further east and south.

Get in

The area is roughly bounded by an inverted triangle created by the 101 freeway to the west, the 5 freeway to the east, and Griffith Park to the north, and both freeways have multiple exits into the area. The 2 freeway begins/ends in Northwest Los Angeles. Major streets that serve the area include Vermont Avenue and Sunset Boulevard.

The Metro Red Line passes through East Hollywood, with stops at Hollywood & Western, Vermont & Sunset, and Vermont & Santa Monica. Further north on the line will take you through Hollywood and terminating in the North Hollywood Arts District. Further south will take you into Koreatown and eventually Downtown LA, terminating at Union Station. Both the Red and Purple Lines stop at Westlake/McArthur Park station, between Downtown and Koreatown.

Get around

Major streets in this region include:

See

MacArthur Park, with Downtown LA in the background

Griffith Park

A large municipal park at the eastern end of the Santa Monica Mountains in Los Feliz, the park covers 4,210 acres of land, making it one of the largest urban parks in North America. It has been referred to as the Central Park of Los Angeles, but is much larger and with a much more untamed, rugged character. Griffith is a great place for hikes, picnics or hanging around with friends. The hiking trails lead up to Mulholland Drive, and provide great views of the city. One of the main hiking trails is located on Bronson Avenue; The street ends at the trailhead. Griffith Park has several attractions for kids, most of which are located along Crystal Springs Drive on the eastern side of the park: the L.A. Zoo, the Travel Town Museum, the Autry National Center, train rides, pony rides, a golf course, driving range, horseback riding, a merry-go-round, and a Christmas light display in December (expect traffic).

Griffith Observatory

Do

Dodger Stadium

Buy

Eat

In East Hollywood you can find countless "pupuserias". These thick, hand-made corn tortillas come with quesillo (Salvadorean cheese), pork, chicken, rice, beans, or "queso con loroco" (cheese and vine flower bud). Just look for signs that say "pupuserias." They usually run around $1.50-2 a pupusa. A very delicious food.

East Hollywood's Little Armenia district has a few excellent cheap food options. Falafel Arax at 5101 Santa Monica Blvd has excellent Falafel and Shawerma. Sassoun Bakery, at 5114 Santa Monica has great Lahmejun (Armenia pizza), boregs, zahtar (thyme) and tahini breads. Zankou Chicken at 5065 W Sunset Blvd has popular rotiserrie chicken with great garlic sauce. Carousel at 5112 Hollywood Blvd has an amazing mezze (appetizer) selection, and great food.

Budget

Mid-range

Splurge

Drink

Cafés


Bars

Sleep

There's a surprising lack of decent hotel accommodation in the area, but downtown has a handful and is a short drive away.

Go next

Routes through Northwest

Sacramento Glendale  N  S  Downtown L.A. Santa Ana
Santa Barbara Hollywood  N  S  Downtown L.A. END
Santa Monica Hollywood  W  N  Northeast L.A. Glendale
North Hollywood Burbank  W  E  Glendale Pasadena
Santa Monica Hollywood  W  E  Downtown L.A. Barstow
North Hollywood Hollywood  N  S  Downtown L.A. END
END Koreatown  W  E  Downtown L.A. END


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