Highland Park

Welcome to Highland Park

Eclectic LA neighborhood with many hip businesses.

Highland Park is an eclectic neighborhood in northeast Los Angeles. Highland Park has historical roots as Los Angeles’ first suburbs and a hip modern-day reputation as one of the metropolis’ coolest neighborhoods. The lively areas of Figueroa Street and York Boulevard feature a great mix of long-lived local businesses, trendy restaurants, independent retailers, and nightlife venues. This hilly neighborhood also features several parks along with art galleries and unique cultural attractions.

Highland Park’s real estate mix includes Craftsman homes dating back to the early 20th century. Much of Highland Park’s original housing stock has been replaced with newer properties, including attractive townhouses and single-family residences on tree-lined streets.

What to Love

  • Craftsman homes and newer properties
  • Diverse dining scene
  • Boutiques and music venues
  • Historic landmarks

People & Lifestyle

Highland Park combines the best of old and new urban living. Homes in this walkable neighborhood are within easy reach of a great selection of local businesses. Highland Park has an artsy reputation dating back to the early 20th century when the neighborhood was at the forefront of the Arts and Crafts movement. The 21st century has seen a new influx of artists and creative types, as Highland Park has emerged as one of LA’s most happening neighborhoods.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Highland Park is home to a diverse dining scene, with a wide variety of international restaurants. Mexican eateries are particularly well represented. El Huarache Azteca and Metro Balderas compete for local affections, serving their giant scratch-made flatbread huaraches and other Mexican street eats. La Fuente is another dependable Highland Park favorite for all kinds of authentic cuisine from south of the border. Rosty specializes in wood-fired rotisserie chicken and other tasty Peruvian dishes.

Checker Hall is a classy vintage cocktail bar and Mediterranean bistro pairing classic drinks and scrumptious dishes in a historic 1920s Masonic lodge. Otono also mixes great cocktails alongside inventive takes on Spanish tapas. Hippo is a stylish choice for seasonal Italian and American cooking. For vegetarian and vegan fare, check out the Insta-worthy café Kitchen Mouse or pair plant-based Bavarian pub grub with German beers at Hinterhof Beer Garden and German Kitchen. Craft beer and wine are the main attractions at The Hermosillo and Block Party, both of which offer a wide choice of craft beer on draft and wines by the glass.

For nighttime entertainment, there’s live music at Lodge Room and DJ-led dance parties at chic vinyl bar Gold Line. This neighborhood retains some long-lived local businesses, such as Galco’s Soda Pop Stop, a specialty drinks store that opened in Downtown LA in 1897 and moved to Highland Park in the 1950s.

More recent additions to the neighborhood capture retro appeal with vintage apparel at Charlie Roquette and mid-century home furnishings at Sunbeam Vintage. Other retailers in Highland Park include record stores such as Gimme Gimme Records and new and used books hub Owl Bureau.

Things to Do

As Los Angeles’ first recognized suburb, Highland Park has a richer history than almost any other LA neighborhood. The Heritage Square Museum explores this heritage with tours by costumed guides through a community of eight buildings dating back to the 1850s. The Rustic American Craftsman stone Lummis House is a unique historic landmark built by hand over 13 years, beginning in the 1890s. This striking home is now open to the public as a museum. Lummis House is surrounded by gardens featuring a gorgeous array of native Californian plants and sycamore trees.

Highland Park Bowl is Los Angeles’ oldest bowling alley. Opened at the height of the prohibition era in 1927, Highland Park Bowl originally combined a bowling alley with doctors’ offices known for liberally prescribing medicinal whiskey. This beautifully preserved bowling alley now features a live music performance space.

Along the meandering Arroyo Seco stream at the neighborhood’s edge, Hermon Park is a scenic greenspace with barbecue pits, lighted tennis courts, and a playground. Hermon Park adjoins to the sprawling 282-acre open space preserve of Ernest E. Debs Regional Park. The Audubon Center at Debs Park hosts a variety of nature-themed events and educational programs.

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