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Boyle Heights Guide
A guide to places to eat, things to see, and what to explore in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles.
This family owned operation is perhaps one of the best taco spots in Los Angeles. The first location started in Boyle Heights. They've since expanded to open a location in DTLA and Echo Park. If you're from out of town or have never tried Mexican food, I would definitely give this place a try.
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Guisados
2100 East Cesar E Chavez Avenue
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This family owned operation is perhaps one of the best taco spots in Los Angeles. The first location started in Boyle Heights. They've since expanded to open a location in DTLA and Echo Park. If you're from out of town or have never tried Mexican food, I would definitely give this place a try.
King Taco was founded in 1974 by Raul Martínez, Sr., who operated a mobile lunch wagon out of a converted ice cream truck. Author Gustavo Arellano has credited Martinez as the inventor of the modern taco truck. Within six months, he opened the first of the chain's restaurants in Cypress Park. This inexpensive spot offers a straight forward menu of tacos, burritos, quesadillas, and tamales. On weekends, they offer rotisserie chicken. This place is fast and cheap and always packed!
King Taco # 9
2400 East Cesar E Chavez Avenue
King Taco was founded in 1974 by Raul Martínez, Sr., who operated a mobile lunch wagon out of a converted ice cream truck. Author Gustavo Arellano has credited Martinez as the inventor of the modern taco truck. Within six months, he opened the first of the chain's restaurants in Cypress Park. This inexpensive spot offers a straight forward menu of tacos, burritos, quesadillas, and tamales. On weekends, they offer rotisserie chicken. This place is fast and cheap and always packed!
This is the oldest Japanese American restaurant on the West Coast. Boyle Heights was once home to a large Japanese American community. Today, Otomisan Restaurant is the last reminder of that past. This small family-owned restaurant opened in the 1950s and, while it's had a few owners over the years, the sense of history is strong. Eating at Otomisan feels as if you're dining inside someone's home. It's tiny and there's a refrigerator behind a counter covered with art and large magnets. Known for their tempura and oyakodon (chicken and egg bowl), the dishes run the gamut from chicken karaage to curry to sushi. Dinner combos are just $12.50 and their most expensive sushi, the sizable Dragon Roll is a reasonably priced $14.50.
Otomisan Restaurant
2506 1/2 E 1st St
This is the oldest Japanese American restaurant on the West Coast. Boyle Heights was once home to a large Japanese American community. Today, Otomisan Restaurant is the last reminder of that past. This small family-owned restaurant opened in the 1950s and, while it's had a few owners over the years, the sense of history is strong. Eating at Otomisan feels as if you're dining inside someone's home. It's tiny and there's a refrigerator behind a counter covered with art and large magnets. Known for their tempura and oyakodon (chicken and egg bowl), the dishes run the gamut from chicken karaage to curry to sushi. Dinner combos are just $12.50 and their most expensive sushi, the sizable Dragon Roll is a reasonably priced $14.50.
A wonderful spot where customers can load up on spices, sauces and watch the staff prepare tortillas and smoke meat. This place is a must try if you love Mexican food.
Los Cinco Puntos
3300 East Cesar E Chavez Avenue
A wonderful spot where customers can load up on spices, sauces and watch the staff prepare tortillas and smoke meat. This place is a must try if you love Mexican food.
This place looks like a something from the past. They've been open for decades and offer burgers, fries, milkshakes, etc.
George's Burger Stand
2311 East Cesar E Chavez Avenue
This place looks like a something from the past. They've been open for decades and offer burgers, fries, milkshakes, etc.
Did you know that Caesar E. Chavez was originally named Brooklyn Ave? Some of the older businesses still bare this reminder of the past. This small mom and pop hardware store offers hardware basics and wells as plants.
Brooklyn Hardware
3734 East Cesar E Chavez Avenue
Did you know that Caesar E. Chavez was originally named Brooklyn Ave? Some of the older businesses still bare this reminder of the past. This small mom and pop hardware store offers hardware basics and wells as plants.
This synogogue is a historical landmark and echos the rich history of Boyle Heights, once home to the largest Jewish population outside of New York. You can still see many old synagogues in the neighborhood. Boyle Heights was known as the Lower East Side of the West Coast because of its history of always being welcome to new immigrants. Caesar Chavez Blvd was known as Brooklyn Ave until it was renamed in the nineties. Boyle Heights is also located next to Brooklyn Heights. This building is currently being restored but you can walk by outside if you'd like to take a look.
Breed Street Shul Project
247 N Breed St
This synogogue is a historical landmark and echos the rich history of Boyle Heights, once home to the largest Jewish population outside of New York. You can still see many old synagogues in the neighborhood. Boyle Heights was known as the Lower East Side of the West Coast because of its history of always being welcome to new immigrants. Caesar Chavez Blvd was known as Brooklyn Ave until it was renamed in the nineties. Boyle Heights is also located next to Brooklyn Heights. This building is currently being restored but you can walk by outside if you'd like to take a look.
This is a drugstore chain.
Walgreens
305 N Breed St
This is a drugstore chain.
A chain drugstore.
CVS
3627 East Cesar E Chavez Avenue
A chain drugstore.
A supermarket.
Superior Grocers
3600 East Cesar E Chavez Avenue
A supermarket.
An American supermarket.
Food 4 Less
2750 East 1st Street
An American supermarket.
This old school burger stand has been open since 1960 and offers burgers, milkshakes, fries, pastrami, and fried chicken. Delivers through Grub Hub.
Tom's Burgers
3566 E 1st St
This old school burger stand has been open since 1960 and offers burgers, milkshakes, fries, pastrami, and fried chicken. Delivers through Grub Hub.
Established in 1877, Evergreen Memorial Park & Crematory is L.A.'s oldest cemetery and truly reflective of the city's history. This is the part of Los Angeles that often remains hidden in the shadow of Hollywood glamour. While there aren't any celebrity graves at Evergreen, if you walk amongst the weathered headstones, you'll get a good slice of life in Los Angeles. Notable interments include John Strother Griffin (founder of East L.A.), "Biddy" Mason (founder of the First AME Church), George Albert Ralphs (founder of the supermarket chain), Isaac Newton Van Nuys, and several former L.A. Mayors. Evergreen is also a popular jogging spot, as there's a track surrounding the cemetery itself. Film fans will recognize Evergreen from its appearances in A Nightmare on Elm Street and Mask. The cemetery is non-denominational, so the permanent residents come from many backgrounds - portions of the cemetery represent different ethnic communities that have settled here for generations. Evergreen never banned African Americans from being buried at the cemetery. A large area devoted to Chinese Americans dates to the Gold Rush. A monument in the heart of the park honors the Japanese Americans of the 442nd Infantry Regimental Combat Team who fought in World War II - the unit was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor by President Obama in 2010.Many horror movies have been filmed here including 1980's Nightmare on Elm Street. There are separate sections dedicated to the Jewish and Japanese communities that used to live in the neighborhood. There is a jogging track around the periphery of the cemetary if you are interested in working out. There are many people who work out in the early evening on the path.
Evergreen Cemetery
204 N Evergreen Ave
Established in 1877, Evergreen Memorial Park & Crematory is L.A.'s oldest cemetery and truly reflective of the city's history. This is the part of Los Angeles that often remains hidden in the shadow of Hollywood glamour. While there aren't any celebrity graves at Evergreen, if you walk amongst the weathered headstones, you'll get a good slice of life in Los Angeles. Notable interments include John Strother Griffin (founder of East L.A.), "Biddy" Mason (founder of the First AME Church), George Albert Ralphs (founder of the supermarket chain), Isaac Newton Van Nuys, and several former L.A. Mayors. Evergreen is also a popular jogging spot, as there's a track surrounding the cemetery itself. Film fans will recognize Evergreen from its appearances in A Nightmare on Elm Street and Mask. The cemetery is non-denominational, so the permanent residents come from many backgrounds - portions of the cemetery represent different ethnic communities that have settled here for generations. Evergreen never banned African Americans from being buried at the cemetery. A large area devoted to Chinese Americans dates to the Gold Rush. A monument in the heart of the park honors the Japanese Americans of the 442nd Infantry Regimental Combat Team who fought in World War II - the unit was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor by President Obama in 2010.Many horror movies have been filmed here including 1980's Nightmare on Elm Street. There are separate sections dedicated to the Jewish and Japanese communities that used to live in the neighborhood. There is a jogging track around the periphery of the cemetary if you are interested in working out. There are many people who work out in the early evening on the path.
Established in 1934, Tenrikyo Church was a spiritual center of the then-large Japanese and Japanese American community in Boyle Heights. This Shinto temple is considered a historical landmark. There is a Japanese school next to it.
Tenrikyo Mission Headquarters in America
2727 E 1st St
Established in 1934, Tenrikyo Church was a spiritual center of the then-large Japanese and Japanese American community in Boyle Heights. This Shinto temple is considered a historical landmark. There is a Japanese school next to it.
Take the light rail / subway.
Indiana Station
Take the light rail / subway.
A cute coffee shop that sells sandwiches, pastries, and pizza. They offer free wifi and the staff is very friendly.
Weird Wave Coffee Brewers
2415 East Cesar E Chavez Avenue
A cute coffee shop that sells sandwiches, pastries, and pizza. They offer free wifi and the staff is very friendly.
This is a lovely Mexican style bakery chain with lots of seating, Mexican style coffee and pastries. Highly recommend!
La Monarca Bakery
2127 East Cesar E Chavez Avenue
This is a lovely Mexican style bakery chain with lots of seating, Mexican style coffee and pastries. Highly recommend!
This cute Mexican bakery bakes their pastries daily. Stop by for a snack and coffee.
La Favorita Bakery
3559 E 1st St
This cute Mexican bakery bakes their pastries daily. Stop by for a snack and coffee.
This is a bargain store that sells a variety of things from shampoo to garbage bags and iphone chargers. Please note, most of the items in this store cost more than a dollar.
Unique Dollar
3645 E 1st St
This is a bargain store that sells a variety of things from shampoo to garbage bags and iphone chargers. Please note, most of the items in this store cost more than a dollar.
Originally a hospital, this historical building has been featured in many movies and tv shows including: Pearl Harbor, The Cell, Insidious Chapter2, End of Days, To Live and Die in LA, Outbreak, Reign Over Me, Suicide Kings, The Atticus Institute, Midnight Movie, Perry Mason: The Case of the Lady in the Lake, American Poltergeist 3.
LINDA VISTA SENIORS
630 S St Louis St
Originally a hospital, this historical building has been featured in many movies and tv shows including: Pearl Harbor, The Cell, Insidious Chapter2, End of Days, To Live and Die in LA, Outbreak, Reign Over Me, Suicide Kings, The Atticus Institute, Midnight Movie, Perry Mason: The Case of the Lady in the Lake, American Poltergeist 3.
This is one of several bridges that connects Boyle Heights to Downtown LA. The 6th Street Viaduct is currently being rebuilt. The stretch of the DTLA river that separates Boyle Heights from DTLA has been the location for numerous TV shows, commercials, movies including: Drive, Grease, The Dark Knight Rises, Terminator 2, Point Blank, All Quiet on the Western Front, In Time, To Live and Die in LA, etc.
6th Street Viaduct
This is one of several bridges that connects Boyle Heights to Downtown LA. The 6th Street Viaduct is currently being rebuilt. The stretch of the DTLA river that separates Boyle Heights from DTLA has been the location for numerous TV shows, commercials, movies including: Drive, Grease, The Dark Knight Rises, Terminator 2, Point Blank, All Quiet on the Western Front, In Time, To Live and Die in LA, etc.
This cozy book store sells poetry, magazines, and comics. It's a cute neighborhood bookstore where a lot of creative types hang out. They also have a good selection of literature for book worms.
Other Books, Comics, and Zines
2006 East Cesar E Chavez Avenue
This cozy book store sells poetry, magazines, and comics. It's a cute neighborhood bookstore where a lot of creative types hang out. They also have a good selection of literature for book worms.
Hollenbeck Park is a city park in the Boyle Heights district of Los Angeles, California. It is located on the corner of Saint Louis and Fourth Streets, near Boyle Avenue. The park features grassy knolls, picnic areas, playgrounds, a skateboard park, and a man-made lake.
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Hollenbeck Park
415 South Saint Louis Street
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Hollenbeck Park is a city park in the Boyle Heights district of Los Angeles, California. It is located on the corner of Saint Louis and Fourth Streets, near Boyle Avenue. The park features grassy knolls, picnic areas, playgrounds, a skateboard park, and a man-made lake.
Considered a historic site, Mariachi Plaza has been a place where mariachi musicians have gathered since the 1930s. One can find musicians for hire here. The historic Boyle Hotel is also here and one can stop by LA Monorca Bakery for coffee and pastries. Catch the Gold line and get off at the Mariachi Plaza stop.
Mariachi Plaza
Considered a historic site, Mariachi Plaza has been a place where mariachi musicians have gathered since the 1930s. One can find musicians for hire here. The historic Boyle Hotel is also here and one can stop by LA Monorca Bakery for coffee and pastries. Catch the Gold line and get off at the Mariachi Plaza stop.
This is a great pizza place for delivery or takeout.
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Purgatory Pizza
1326 East 1st Street
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This is a great pizza place for delivery or takeout.
The Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California teaches and trains physicians, biomedical scientists and other healthcare professionals, conducts medical research, and treats patients. Founded in 1885, it is the second oldest medical school in California.
Keck School of Medicine of USC
1975 Zonal Avenue
The Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California teaches and trains physicians, biomedical scientists and other healthcare professionals, conducts medical research, and treats patients. Founded in 1885, it is the second oldest medical school in California.
This tiny hole in the wall burrito spot has been open since 1955. It gets busy with locals at lunch. They're famous for their bean and cheese burritos.
Al & Bea's Mexican Food
2025 East 1st Street
This tiny hole in the wall burrito spot has been open since 1955. It gets busy with locals at lunch. They're famous for their bean and cheese burritos.
This is one of two major hospitals in the Boyle Heights area with emergency rooms. The other one is Keck USC Hospital.
White Memorial Medical Clinic
1701 East Cesar E Chavez Avenue
This is one of two major hospitals in the Boyle Heights area with emergency rooms. The other one is Keck USC Hospital.
The Boyle Hotel - Cummings Block is a designated historical building that harks back to LA's Victorian past. Completed in 1889, the former hotel has now been converted to affordable housing. However there's still a lot for history and architecture buffs to appreciate. The Boyle Hotel is at Mariachi Plaza, which is itself another historical site as a gathering place for mariachi bands since the '30s. The historical details of the exterior of the hotel is still intact. La Monarca Bakery is located on the ground floor if you'd like a coffee and pastry. On weekends, there is an open market at the plaza, which is accessible on the Goldline subway. Get off at Mariachi Plaza.
101 N Boyle Ave
101 N Boyle Ave
The Boyle Hotel - Cummings Block is a designated historical building that harks back to LA's Victorian past. Completed in 1889, the former hotel has now been converted to affordable housing. However there's still a lot for history and architecture buffs to appreciate. The Boyle Hotel is at Mariachi Plaza, which is itself another historical site as a gathering place for mariachi bands since the '30s. The historical details of the exterior of the hotel is still intact. La Monarca Bakery is located on the ground floor if you'd like a coffee and pastry. On weekends, there is an open market at the plaza, which is accessible on the Goldline subway. Get off at Mariachi Plaza.
The Simon Francois Gless Farmhouse is a historical building. The farmhouse was originally the family home on a sheep ranch. During the early 1900s, it became a Hebrew asylum for people in danger of persecution in other countries. Today, the house is a 15-unit apartment building. Most of its tenants are mariachis.
131 S Boyle Ave
131 S Boyle Ave
The Simon Francois Gless Farmhouse is a historical building. The farmhouse was originally the family home on a sheep ranch. During the early 1900s, it became a Hebrew asylum for people in danger of persecution in other countries. Today, the house is a 15-unit apartment building. Most of its tenants are mariachis.
A designated historical building, this was Max Factor's home in the 1920s. He was a Jewish immigrant from Poland who came to Hollywood and developed cosmetics for the film industry that was setting roots down in LA. He also later created a consumer line of cosmetics under his name. Max Factor never learned to drive and actually converted the garage into a cosmetics lab, inventing or improving cosmetics products we still use today like lip gloss. The house itself features common design elements of the Craftsman style, including wide eaves with exposed rafters underneath. The interior of the house featured rich wood paneling and had four large bedrooms, a separate dining room, a household worker’s room, a laundry chute, and two solariums.
432 S Boyle Ave
432 S Boyle Ave
A designated historical building, this was Max Factor's home in the 1920s. He was a Jewish immigrant from Poland who came to Hollywood and developed cosmetics for the film industry that was setting roots down in LA. He also later created a consumer line of cosmetics under his name. Max Factor never learned to drive and actually converted the garage into a cosmetics lab, inventing or improving cosmetics products we still use today like lip gloss. The house itself features common design elements of the Craftsman style, including wide eaves with exposed rafters underneath. The interior of the house featured rich wood paneling and had four large bedrooms, a separate dining room, a household worker’s room, a laundry chute, and two solariums.
One of Los Angeles' most famous eateries, Canter's Delicatessen is a hub of the Jewish community in the Fairfax District. Yet its birthplace is the Eastside. Now in its third generation as a family-owned business, the Canter brothers first opened a deli in Jersey City, New Jersy in 1924. Following the 1929 stock market crash, they set out for Los Angeles, opening the Canter Brother's Delicatessen in Boyle Heights in 1931. The building itself dates to 1924. Serving traditional deli fare, including pastrami, corned beef, matzoh ball soup, and challah, Canter's was one of many successful Jewish-owned businesses to populate Brooklyn Avenue. Like most businesses, however, it catered to a highly diverse clientele, reflecting the population of the surrounding neighborhood. The family opened a second location on Fairfax Avenue in 1941 in order to be closer to the emerging Jewish neighborhood, although they also operated in Boyle Heights until 1948. In 1953, the business moved into a new building in the Fairfax District, setting up shop in the space previously occupied by the Esquire Theatre. Today, the former Canter's building in Boyle Heights houses a dentist's office and a small Mexican restaurant.
2323 East Cesar E Chavez Avenue
2323 East Cesar E Chavez Avenue
One of Los Angeles' most famous eateries, Canter's Delicatessen is a hub of the Jewish community in the Fairfax District. Yet its birthplace is the Eastside. Now in its third generation as a family-owned business, the Canter brothers first opened a deli in Jersey City, New Jersy in 1924. Following the 1929 stock market crash, they set out for Los Angeles, opening the Canter Brother's Delicatessen in Boyle Heights in 1931. The building itself dates to 1924. Serving traditional deli fare, including pastrami, corned beef, matzoh ball soup, and challah, Canter's was one of many successful Jewish-owned businesses to populate Brooklyn Avenue. Like most businesses, however, it catered to a highly diverse clientele, reflecting the population of the surrounding neighborhood. The family opened a second location on Fairfax Avenue in 1941 in order to be closer to the emerging Jewish neighborhood, although they also operated in Boyle Heights until 1948. In 1953, the business moved into a new building in the Fairfax District, setting up shop in the space previously occupied by the Esquire Theatre. Today, the former Canter's building in Boyle Heights houses a dentist's office and a small Mexican restaurant.
El Mercado is widely known as a social, cultural, and commercial center for the local Latinx community. Representing a traditional Latin American marketplace, it provides a space in Boyle Heights for the sale of traditional Mexican goods, religious relics, live mariachi music, and authentic Mexican food. The building is situated around a large interior courtyard and is distinguished by its red tiled roof, arcade, and distinctive two-story arches. Although El Mercado has become strongly identified with the Latinx community, the space was originally a multiethnic market. Founded in 1968 by Art Chaya on the former site of the Boyle Heights Lumber Company, the two-story stucco building served the local Mexican, Japanese, and Italian communites. The variety of cultures, products, and foods boosted its appeal to outside visitors. Though the building has evolved over time, its original spirit and purpose has been sustained.
El Mercado de Los Angeles
3425 E 1st St
El Mercado is widely known as a social, cultural, and commercial center for the local Latinx community. Representing a traditional Latin American marketplace, it provides a space in Boyle Heights for the sale of traditional Mexican goods, religious relics, live mariachi music, and authentic Mexican food. The building is situated around a large interior courtyard and is distinguished by its red tiled roof, arcade, and distinctive two-story arches. Although El Mercado has become strongly identified with the Latinx community, the space was originally a multiethnic market. Founded in 1968 by Art Chaya on the former site of the Boyle Heights Lumber Company, the two-story stucco building served the local Mexican, Japanese, and Italian communites. The variety of cultures, products, and foods boosted its appeal to outside visitors. Though the building has evolved over time, its original spirit and purpose has been sustained.
The International Institute was established in Boyle Heights in 1914 as a branch of the YWCA (Young Women’s Christian Association). Its mission was to “serve women and girls coming from Europe and the Orient and to assist the foreign communities in their adjustment to life in this country.” One of the Institute’s earliest projects was to meet “Japanese picture brides” at the LA Harbor and help them resettle into their new lives in Los Angeles. The Institute offered a place for immigrants to gather for special events and holidays, and the courtyard was often a centerpiece of their annual International Day Festival that showcased dances, food, and customs of the many cultures in Boyle Heights and fostered greater cross-cultural understanding. As a charitable women’s organization, the International Institute was one of several community service agencies that were along this block of Boyle Ave by the 1920s. In addition to the Hollenbeck Home for the Aged, the Japanese Sisters Home for Children, and the Volunteers of America Girls and Boys Home were located on either side. They operated from buildings that were once the grand residences of prominent individuals, and reflected the strong philanthropic dedication of the Boyle Heights community. While those buildings are no longer here, the International Institute and Hollenbeck Palms remain.
International Institute of Los Angeles
435 S Boyle Ave
The International Institute was established in Boyle Heights in 1914 as a branch of the YWCA (Young Women’s Christian Association). Its mission was to “serve women and girls coming from Europe and the Orient and to assist the foreign communities in their adjustment to life in this country.” One of the Institute’s earliest projects was to meet “Japanese picture brides” at the LA Harbor and help them resettle into their new lives in Los Angeles. The Institute offered a place for immigrants to gather for special events and holidays, and the courtyard was often a centerpiece of their annual International Day Festival that showcased dances, food, and customs of the many cultures in Boyle Heights and fostered greater cross-cultural understanding. As a charitable women’s organization, the International Institute was one of several community service agencies that were along this block of Boyle Ave by the 1920s. In addition to the Hollenbeck Home for the Aged, the Japanese Sisters Home for Children, and the Volunteers of America Girls and Boys Home were located on either side. They operated from buildings that were once the grand residences of prominent individuals, and reflected the strong philanthropic dedication of the Boyle Heights community. While those buildings are no longer here, the International Institute and Hollenbeck Palms remain.
The Boyle Heights building, completed in phases starting in 1927, attracted more than 100,000 curious visitors in its first month of operation, The Times reported that year. That didn't include shoppers at the company department store on the first floor. Sears employees filled mail orders by roller skating around the 200,000-square-foot floors picking up items and dropping them onto corkscrew slides for distribution by truck or rail. The Sears department store on the first floor is still in operation, but the catalog center closed in 1992 and the property was sold as part of a cost-cutting program. That left a hole in the neighborhood around Olympic and Soto Street, where the Sears complex employed more than 1,000 workers at the time it closed. The illuminated Sears sign atop a 14-story tower above the building was a beacon for Eastsiders returning home on area freeways for decades. The property is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Sears
2650 E Olympic Blvd
The Boyle Heights building, completed in phases starting in 1927, attracted more than 100,000 curious visitors in its first month of operation, The Times reported that year. That didn't include shoppers at the company department store on the first floor. Sears employees filled mail orders by roller skating around the 200,000-square-foot floors picking up items and dropping them onto corkscrew slides for distribution by truck or rail. The Sears department store on the first floor is still in operation, but the catalog center closed in 1992 and the property was sold as part of a cost-cutting program. That left a hole in the neighborhood around Olympic and Soto Street, where the Sears complex employed more than 1,000 workers at the time it closed. The illuminated Sears sign atop a 14-story tower above the building was a beacon for Eastsiders returning home on area freeways for decades. The property is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
LA-based textiles shop Matteo offers carefully crafted linens and apparel using luxury threads for ultimate comfort. Everything they sell is made in LA, on-site at the company factory, just steps from the showroom and store. With minimalistic designs and effortless style, this high-quality boutique cycles through dreamy linens in signature colors, cuts and styles, and delights loyal shoppers with yearly sample sales to keep inventory fresh.
Matteo Showroom
1060B East Cesar E Chavez Avenue
LA-based textiles shop Matteo offers carefully crafted linens and apparel using luxury threads for ultimate comfort. Everything they sell is made in LA, on-site at the company factory, just steps from the showroom and store. With minimalistic designs and effortless style, this high-quality boutique cycles through dreamy linens in signature colors, cuts and styles, and delights loyal shoppers with yearly sample sales to keep inventory fresh.
This old-school liquor store offers a vast selection of global spirits, beer & wine. The staff is very friendly and helpful.
Ramirez Liquor, Wine, & Kegs
736 South Soto Street
This old-school liquor store offers a vast selection of global spirits, beer & wine. The staff is very friendly and helpful.
This bank is by the Indiana stop of the Goldline Subway.
Citibank
324 E 1st St
This bank is by the Indiana stop of the Goldline Subway.
Located near the Soto Stop of the Goldline subway.
Chase Bank
2301 E 1st St
Located near the Soto Stop of the Goldline subway.
This drive thru Starbucks is located at the corner of Soto St and Olympic Blvd, next to the historic Sears building.
Starbucks
2675 E Olympic Blvd
This drive thru Starbucks is located at the corner of Soto St and Olympic Blvd, next to the historic Sears building.
This drive thru Starbucks is located next to the Keck USC Health Sciences Campus in Boyle Heights. If you are interested in grabbing a scooter, you can usually pick one up around here.
Starbucks
1106 Cornwell St
This drive thru Starbucks is located next to the Keck USC Health Sciences Campus in Boyle Heights. If you are interested in grabbing a scooter, you can usually pick one up around here.
This is an old school pharmacy / bakery. For decades residents here have headed to the St. Louis Pharmacy for their meds. Soon, they will be coming to the same corner building for fresh baked-goods and pastries. Baker Amy Tam and her fiancée and co-owner Andres Fuentes have now been working for two years to open Cake Girl inside the long-time neighborhood pharmacy. Fuentes – a 30-year-old who is a Boyle Heights native – would pass by the pharmacy on E. 1st and St. Louis Street nearly every day as he rode the Gold Line. He thought the retro space would be ideal for Cake Girl.
St Louis Pharmacy
2100 E 1st St
This is an old school pharmacy / bakery. For decades residents here have headed to the St. Louis Pharmacy for their meds. Soon, they will be coming to the same corner building for fresh baked-goods and pastries. Baker Amy Tam and her fiancée and co-owner Andres Fuentes have now been working for two years to open Cake Girl inside the long-time neighborhood pharmacy. Fuentes – a 30-year-old who is a Boyle Heights native – would pass by the pharmacy on E. 1st and St. Louis Street nearly every day as he rode the Gold Line. He thought the retro space would be ideal for Cake Girl.
A contemporary art gallery.
Parrasch Heijnen Gallery
1326 S Boyle Ave
A contemporary art gallery.
Longtime Latino community art center with exhibits & workshops focusing on printmaking.
Self Help Graphics & Art
1300 E 1st St
Longtime Latino community art center with exhibits & workshops focusing on printmaking.
A contemporary art gallery.
Nicodim Gallery Los Angeles
571 S Anderson St
A contemporary art gallery.
A contemporary art space.
VENUS LA
601 S Anderson St
A contemporary art space.
A contemporary art space.
Maccarone
300 S Mission Rd
A contemporary art space.
Milpa Grille offers dishes inspired by the food eaten in MesoAmerica thousands of years ago. Available for delivery on Door Dash.
Milpa Grille
2633 East Cesar E Chavez Avenue
Milpa Grille offers dishes inspired by the food eaten in MesoAmerica thousands of years ago. Available for delivery on Door Dash.
Josefina Lopez, who wrote Real Women Have Curves, was raised in Boyle Heights and launched CASA 0101 in 2000. In September 2011, CASA 0101 moved to a larger venue a block away. The original location was renamed "Little Casa" and both spaces are part of CASA 0101. The theater's calendar includes plays, dance performances and other cultural productions. They also offer classes for both children and adults in subjects like acting, voice and playwriting. CASA 0101 is also home to the Jean Deleage Art Gallery, which features exhibitions of local artists.
Casa 0101
2102 E 1st St
Josefina Lopez, who wrote Real Women Have Curves, was raised in Boyle Heights and launched CASA 0101 in 2000. In September 2011, CASA 0101 moved to a larger venue a block away. The original location was renamed "Little Casa" and both spaces are part of CASA 0101. The theater's calendar includes plays, dance performances and other cultural productions. They also offer classes for both children and adults in subjects like acting, voice and playwriting. CASA 0101 is also home to the Jean Deleage Art Gallery, which features exhibitions of local artists.
Located at the corner of St. Louis and 4th Streets, Hollenbeck Park has a long history that dates back to 1892. The popular neighborhood spot features picnic tables, BBQ pits, children's play area, a lake, and a stretch of the 5 Freeway running through it. One of its more recent features is the Hollenbeck Skate Plaza. Designed by California Skateparks, the 13,000 square-foot space attracts crowds of skaters. The skatepark features long flat rails, ledges, manual pads, 7-stair rail and a kicker wedge. It's not the most visible portion of Hollenbeck Park, though - you'll find it near the freeway bridges.
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Hollenbeck Park
415 South Saint Louis Street
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Located at the corner of St. Louis and 4th Streets, Hollenbeck Park has a long history that dates back to 1892. The popular neighborhood spot features picnic tables, BBQ pits, children's play area, a lake, and a stretch of the 5 Freeway running through it. One of its more recent features is the Hollenbeck Skate Plaza. Designed by California Skateparks, the 13,000 square-foot space attracts crowds of skaters. The skatepark features long flat rails, ledges, manual pads, 7-stair rail and a kicker wedge. It's not the most visible portion of Hollenbeck Park, though - you'll find it near the freeway bridges.
Located next to the Gold Line Mariachi Plaza Station, Libros Schmibros Lending Library is a small space packed with books. According to their website, Libros Schmibros has put more than 20,000 books into circulation in Boyle Heights and beyond. The group of book lenders invites guests to become members with donations of as low as $5, with each tier of membership offering more incentives. They host events like Free Book Weekends and the monthly bilingual children's storytelling hour, welcomed CicLAvia riders, and sponsored a parents' reading group. Libros Schmibros recently released a book of work from their Young Writers Program called "Where My Pen Dances."
Libros Schmibros Lending Library
1711 Mariachi Plaza
Located next to the Gold Line Mariachi Plaza Station, Libros Schmibros Lending Library is a small space packed with books. According to their website, Libros Schmibros has put more than 20,000 books into circulation in Boyle Heights and beyond. The group of book lenders invites guests to become members with donations of as low as $5, with each tier of membership offering more incentives. They host events like Free Book Weekends and the monthly bilingual children's storytelling hour, welcomed CicLAvia riders, and sponsored a parents' reading group. Libros Schmibros recently released a book of work from their Young Writers Program called "Where My Pen Dances."
Primera Taza is a proper coffee house, the kind of place that feels a bit rebellious. Featured on Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, the family-owned cafe is small and the cups of Mexican coffee are large. When it's available, don't miss the lonche, a Mexican sandwich made with imported bread from Jalisco that the Los Angeles Times calls "truly great" and "the rarest sandwich in L.A." Around the register, you'll see stickers with slogans like "No gentrification any time." The artwork on display can be quite political and is for sale. Primera Taza hosts events such as live music, open mic nights, and the annual "Art, Coffee and Conversation" gathering.
El Café by Primera Taza
622 East 1st Street
Primera Taza is a proper coffee house, the kind of place that feels a bit rebellious. Featured on Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, the family-owned cafe is small and the cups of Mexican coffee are large. When it's available, don't miss the lonche, a Mexican sandwich made with imported bread from Jalisco that the Los Angeles Times calls "truly great" and "the rarest sandwich in L.A." Around the register, you'll see stickers with slogans like "No gentrification any time." The artwork on display can be quite political and is for sale. Primera Taza hosts events such as live music, open mic nights, and the annual "Art, Coffee and Conversation" gathering.
Self Help Graphics is an integral part of art history in Boyle Heights, as well as Los Angeles at large. Founded in 1970, the studio emerged from the Chicano Movement of the Civil Rights era and was part of the related rise of Chicano art. It's primarily known as a print studio, but they host workshops for other arts as well, and they are also home to an art gallery. The studio's major annual event is Dia de los Muertos in early November. They also hold a number of other events throughout the year.
Self Help Graphics & Art
1300 E 1st St
Self Help Graphics is an integral part of art history in Boyle Heights, as well as Los Angeles at large. Founded in 1970, the studio emerged from the Chicano Movement of the Civil Rights era and was part of the related rise of Chicano art. It's primarily known as a print studio, but they host workshops for other arts as well, and they are also home to an art gallery. The studio's major annual event is Dia de los Muertos in early November. They also hold a number of other events throughout the year.
This hidden gem sells Mexican inspired clothes for men, women, and kids. It's highly accessible as it is across the street from the Gold Line Indiana Stop and there's plenty of street parking. Stop by for a poncho or embroidered summer dress.
Quetzal Boutique
3509 E 1st St
This hidden gem sells Mexican inspired clothes for men, women, and kids. It's highly accessible as it is across the street from the Gold Line Indiana Stop and there's plenty of street parking. Stop by for a poncho or embroidered summer dress.
The name says it all at the original Tamales Liliana's in Boyle Heights. While the ample menu has everything from all-day breakfast to a variety of specials and dinner entrees, you'll want to order the tamales. They are dense eats, with fillings like chile rojo con carne or pollo con verduras stuffed inside the thick masa. Save room for a dessert tamale like pasitas con piña (raisins and pineapple). If you get it to go, you'll leave with a heavy bag and finish the night with a full stomach.
Liliana's Tamales
3448 E 1st St
The name says it all at the original Tamales Liliana's in Boyle Heights. While the ample menu has everything from all-day breakfast to a variety of specials and dinner entrees, you'll want to order the tamales. They are dense eats, with fillings like chile rojo con carne or pollo con verduras stuffed inside the thick masa. Save room for a dessert tamale like pasitas con piña (raisins and pineapple). If you get it to go, you'll leave with a heavy bag and finish the night with a full stomach.
This Citibank is located across the street from Liliana's Tamales (a must try) and the Indiana stop on the Goldline.
Citibank
324 E 1st St
This Citibank is located across the street from Liliana's Tamales (a must try) and the Indiana stop on the Goldline.
This Mexican seafood restaurant is a must try if you want to try Mexican style seafood. Try the yummy fish and shrimp tacos.
El 7 mares
2729 East Cesar E Chavez Avenue
This Mexican seafood restaurant is a must try if you want to try Mexican style seafood. Try the yummy fish and shrimp tacos.
This Japanese florist is located next to Evergreen cemetery (the oldest cemetery in LA). It's been open at this location for 4 decades. This Japanese florist is a remnant of the large Japanese American community that used to reside in Boyle Heights, which is why Little Tokyo is nearby. Stop by if you need to send an interesting floral arrangement.
Haru Florist
2844 E 1st St
This Japanese florist is located next to Evergreen cemetery (the oldest cemetery in LA). It's been open at this location for 4 decades. This Japanese florist is a remnant of the large Japanese American community that used to reside in Boyle Heights, which is why Little Tokyo is nearby. Stop by if you need to send an interesting floral arrangement.
Calling all LA history buffs. Constructed in 1924 as a Masonic temple, the Chicago Building has a long history of housing nonprofit and civic organizations, most notably the Community Service Organization, established by labor activists Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta. The City of Los Angeles purchased the building, now known as Boyle Heights City Hall, in 2007 and subsequently invested more than $22 million in renovations. The 2008 Chino Hills earthquake caused serious damage to the structure, leaving it in need of costly repairs and retrofitting. Boyle Heights City Hall officially opened in August 2013 and was the final piece of the community's new Civic Center. The building will house up to 15 city, nonprofit, and community organizations.
Boyle Heights City Hall
2130 E 1st St
Calling all LA history buffs. Constructed in 1924 as a Masonic temple, the Chicago Building has a long history of housing nonprofit and civic organizations, most notably the Community Service Organization, established by labor activists Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta. The City of Los Angeles purchased the building, now known as Boyle Heights City Hall, in 2007 and subsequently invested more than $22 million in renovations. The 2008 Chino Hills earthquake caused serious damage to the structure, leaving it in need of costly repairs and retrofitting. Boyle Heights City Hall officially opened in August 2013 and was the final piece of the community's new Civic Center. The building will house up to 15 city, nonprofit, and community organizations.
ATM and in office bank branch.
U.S. Bank Branch
2708 E 1st St
ATM and in office bank branch.
A Chase bank branch office and ATM.
Chase Bank
2301 E 1st St
A Chase bank branch office and ATM.
This is a large Mexican chain supermarket. Buy Mexican and American groceries here as well as ready made takeout Mexican food.
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Northgate Market
425 South Soto Street
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This is a large Mexican chain supermarket. Buy Mexican and American groceries here as well as ready made takeout Mexican food.
A branch of a fully functioning post office.
Post Office
199-163 East Cesar E Chavez Avenue
A branch of a fully functioning post office.
Open since 1955, this family run restaurant makes massive burritos and typical Mexican food.
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El Tepeyac Café
812 North Evergreen Avenue
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Open since 1955, this family run restaurant makes massive burritos and typical Mexican food.
Calling all vegans and vegetarians. Un Solo Sol is a cozy restaurant with an eclectic menu that brings together flavors from across the globe. You'll find everything from taquitos to tabbouleh on the menu. Ghormeh sabzi, a Persian stew, is a flavorful mixture of spinach, herbs and beans. Cholay, an Indian specialty with chickpeas and served with a yogurt and cucumber mixture on the side, is another meat-free delight. While this isn't a vegetarian restaurant, the menu features plenty of items for those who don't eat meat.
Un Solo Sol
1818 East 1st Street
Calling all vegans and vegetarians. Un Solo Sol is a cozy restaurant with an eclectic menu that brings together flavors from across the globe. You'll find everything from taquitos to tabbouleh on the menu. Ghormeh sabzi, a Persian stew, is a flavorful mixture of spinach, herbs and beans. Cholay, an Indian specialty with chickpeas and served with a yogurt and cucumber mixture on the side, is another meat-free delight. While this isn't a vegetarian restaurant, the menu features plenty of items for those who don't eat meat.
At Raspados Don Manuel, icy treats are the order of the day. Raspados (Mexican shaved ice slushies) are the draw and come in a variety of flavors. If you're not in the mood for a raspado, there's also bionicos, diablitos, sundaes and more. For a small, sweet-and-spicy fix, go for the mangoneada - a cross between a popsicle and a frozen drink with mango. Make sure you add the chili powder. Cash only.
Raspados don Manuel
2848 E 4th St
At Raspados Don Manuel, icy treats are the order of the day. Raspados (Mexican shaved ice slushies) are the draw and come in a variety of flavors. If you're not in the mood for a raspado, there's also bionicos, diablitos, sundaes and more. For a small, sweet-and-spicy fix, go for the mangoneada - a cross between a popsicle and a frozen drink with mango. Make sure you add the chili powder. Cash only.
This is a family oriented restaurant serving fresh and authentic Mexican food. Located near the Mariachi Plaza stop on the Gold line. They also deliver via Grub Hub, Postmates.
Casa Fina
1842 E 1st St
This is a family oriented restaurant serving fresh and authentic Mexican food. Located near the Mariachi Plaza stop on the Gold line. They also deliver via Grub Hub, Postmates.
One of a handful of Buddhist temples in Little Tokyo and Boyle Heights, Rischo Kosei-kai is a remnant of the large Japanese American community that once resided in Boyle Heights. Unfortunately, after Japanese Americans were forced to vacate their homes and relocate to internment camps during WWII, the community declined as many never returned home. Check visiting hours.
Rissho Kosei-kai Buddhist Church
2707 E 1st St
One of a handful of Buddhist temples in Little Tokyo and Boyle Heights, Rischo Kosei-kai is a remnant of the large Japanese American community that once resided in Boyle Heights. Unfortunately, after Japanese Americans were forced to vacate their homes and relocate to internment camps during WWII, the community declined as many never returned home. Check visiting hours.
One of a handful of Buddhist temples in Little Tokyo and Boyle Heights, Nichiren Shu is a remnant of the large Japanese American community that once resided in Boyle Heights. Unfortunately, after Japanese Americans were forced to vacate their homes and relocate to internment camps during WWII, the community declined as many former residents never returned home. Check visiting hours.
Nichiren Shu Beikoku Betsuin
2801 E 4th St
One of a handful of Buddhist temples in Little Tokyo and Boyle Heights, Nichiren Shu is a remnant of the large Japanese American community that once resided in Boyle Heights. Unfortunately, after Japanese Americans were forced to vacate their homes and relocate to internment camps during WWII, the community declined as many former residents never returned home. Check visiting hours.
Unfortunately, this photo is not an accurate representation of this Boyle Heights Brewery. There's lots of beer brewed onsite and lots of food vendors onsite as well as one of the most beautiful outdoor brick and ivy walkways in all of LA. It's a casual place that would be great for groups of friends or families to hang out to enjoy good food and beer.
Indie Brewing Company
2350 Sunrise St
Unfortunately, this photo is not an accurate representation of this Boyle Heights Brewery. There's lots of beer brewed onsite and lots of food vendors onsite as well as one of the most beautiful outdoor brick and ivy walkways in all of LA. It's a casual place that would be great for groups of friends or families to hang out to enjoy good food and beer.