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Chinatown

Neighborhood: Central L.A
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Address: N Broadway at North Hill St, Downtown, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Phone Number: 213-680-0243
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Though much smaller than the Chinese neighborhoods of New York and San...

Though much smaller than the Chinese neighborhoods of New York and San Francisco, great food and numerous small Chinese specialty stores still abound in Chinatown.

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Good place to check if you have a couple of hours to kill

Not as big as I would have hoped it would be but there are lots of good places to eat and some boutiques to see. We went on a Sunday mid morning/PM and it felt deserted. I can... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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15 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Not as big as I would have hoped it would be but there are lots of good places to eat and some boutiques to see. We went on a Sunday mid morning/PM and it felt deserted. I can only assume not much was opened until after midday. We spent a couple of hours walking around to see the sights and... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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194 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Chinatown in LA is very small and disappointing - Been to the Chinatown in San F. might make me like the LA one less. But I think it is very small. Also not much going on there during the weekend, I went there on a Saturday around 11am and most stores were closed.

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Santa Monica, California
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400 reviews
213 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 231 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015

Sigh...truth is that I had higher expectations. Memories from my childhood were that this was a vibrant Chinatown with a wishing well, etc. Well...it's not anymore. That said it was still fun to walk and see the shops and live seafood store and I did pop into a garden store and get a little fountain that is making me happy... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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37 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2015 via mobile

Came here with friends to have lunch and cut my hair. Everything was cheap and good. It was a little packed but we managed to find everything we need.

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Los Angeles, California
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26 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Been a while since I've been down there to walk around. Drive through it every day but haven't stopped down in years. Wife and I thought we'd see if we could find some art for the house but unfortunately that was not to be. - Over all, the experience was for the most part very tourist centric. The majority of... More 

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Lawrence, Kansas
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370 reviews
216 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015

It doesn't take long to see Chinatown in L.A. but it is worth the experience, especially if you take the time to enjoy lunch or dinner at one of the many restaurants. They are all good and offer good value for the price.

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Fremont, California
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3,541 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2015

Once upon a time Chinatown was where to go for Asian food in the Los Angeles area. Now with more Asians living in the San Gabriel Valley area, we go there instead for dim sum and Asian lunches and dinners. We did stop by to have dim sum with friends this trip, but in general, Chinatown in Los Angeles is... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2015

the best place to experience chinese culture right at home. The stores and restaurants are as authentic as you can get in the US. I recommed visiting at least one time if you are in chicago.

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Los Angeles, California
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1,758 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 334 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2015

Yes, I still do venture into LA's small Chinatown each year, but only for dining with friends. The luster of Chinatown wore through Kant years ago and it's a small restricting area with mostly junkie tourist trinkets, which you'd be better without anyway. Only bright side is Chinese New Year when it's strangely alive and vibrant. Not much to do... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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153 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015

Small , artificial , tourist trap - overpriced restaurants Walked around and kept wondering "is this all there is?" Waste of time

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