Welcome to Highland Park
A thriving, trendy hotspot.
If ever there were a phoenix rising above and renewing itself, again and again, it would have to be Highland Park. This Los Angeles neighborhood has transformed itself over and over—always growing, improving, and reaching forward, constantly bettering itself. It was part of a ranch in the mid-1800s, and by 1895 it was annexed by Los Angeles. In the early 1900s, artists and writers began to flock to the area, but by the end of the 1900s and early 2000s, it had fallen on hard times. Like the phoenix, however, it rose yet again and has become one of the city's hippest, trendiest, chicest areas.
There are many reasons Highland Park is so desirable, not the least of which are the residential, tree-lined streets, which are so walkable and inviting, giving the area a suburban feel amid urban living. Art galleries, museums, quirky boutiques, trendy little bistros, and fine-dining restaurants have staked a permanent claim and taken up residence, giving the area a vibrant, romantic edge. Artists still peddle their wares here and there, and there are plenty of parks within walking distance for relaxation and open greenspace. The housing includes luxury villas and mansions, older and newer single-family homes, posh townhouses, and swanky condominiums.
What to Love
- Year-round sunny weather with very mild winters
- A walker’s paradise with everything needed at your fingertips
- Many fine-dining restaurants, delis, cafés, and lounges
- Tree-lined streets with a residential, almost suburban feel
- Several museums, art galleries, and live music venues
- Excellent public transportation throughout Los Angeles
Life is pleasant in Highland Park, with a mix of lifetime residents and new transplants. Almost everything the locals need is within walking distance, and it’s easy enough to commute into downtown L.A. York Boulevard is full of interesting little shops and eateries, and neighborhood taco stands bring a smile to everyone’s face. The Highland Park Recreation Center
offers residents sports, fitness, and dance programs, a pool, picnic tables, a kitchen, a stage, day camps for children, and special events throughout the year.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
For absolutely authentic Mexican cuisine, you will fall in love with El Huarache Azteca
, family owned and run for over 20 years. Fresh, simple, excellent Taiwanese food is served daily at Joy on York
with a relaxed neighborhood atmosphere, and make sure you try the thousand-layer pancake. Enjoy a special date night with Spanish and Mediterranean food at Otoño
, known for its vibrant atmosphere and craft cocktails, and you can’t go wrong with ordering the pulpo a la Brasa.
An established neighborhood like Highland Park always has its trendy shops. Check out Dotter
for its mix of clothing, jewelry, shoes, and home décor. For those who love everything vintage, head for Amsterdam Modern
, where they offer an amazing array of vintage furniture, lamps, ceramics, and wall art.
Things to Do
Be entertained with stand-up comedy, performance art, and live music at the Lodge Room
. Hidden about a mile away, you’ll find the Arroyo Seco Golf Course
, which offers an 18-hole challenging course right in the city. The mature trees surrounding it make it a veritable secret oasis.
Since 1963, the Bob Baker Marionette Theater
has been putting on puppet shows for marionette lovers of all ages. This is one of those beloved neighborhood quirks you have to experience for yourself.