What to do in Koreatown

For young professionals living in Los Angeles, location is everything when looking for a new apartment. If living close to great restaurants and nightlife is important to you, UDR’s 3033 Wilshire Apartments in Koreatown is a perfect place to call home. Koreatown has become one of the city’s go-to spots thanks to a thriving scene of bars, and some of the best restaurants in Los Angeles. Koreatown is home to a large population of young, active people who enjoy an energetic and fast-paced lifestyle. According to Trulia’s real estate market data, the average age of the Wilshire Center / Koreatown neighborhood is 35 and renting is popular choice as well — only 7 percent of the population are homeowners.

To help get you more acquainted with the area’s restaurants, nightlife, shopping, and amenities, here’s a guide to all the great things to do in Koreatown.

Where to go on a Friday evening?


Karaoke – Karaoke bars are in abundance in Koreatown, with a variety of different styles to choose from. If old fashioned bars are your preference, R Bar is a speakeasy style bar on 8th street that hosts Karaoke nights. If you’re looking for a classic karaoke bar that is easy on the wallet, check out Soop Sok and Feel for an affordable night out with friends.

Live Music – Are you a big indie rock fan? The Art Deco tower, also known as the Pellissier Building, is a simple landmark for many, but for local music junkies, it’s a go-to rock venue. Expect to be packed in like sardines at a typical show here for concerts that are standing room and seating only.

Bowling – Shatto 39 Lanes is a vintage local bowling alley that has served the local community since 1954. The bowling alley features a whopping 39 lanes, an arcade and food vendors, and a bar that is popular for pre-gaming before a long night out.

Try some authentic local cuisines


Pot – This Korean-American fusion foodie hotspot serves up creative dishes in hot pots. If you’re here in the evening or staying at the Line Hotel, consider enjoying a cocktail from its full bar or grab something from its delicious bakery during the day.

Kang Hodong Baekjeong – If you’re going to live in Koreatown, you’re going to need a go-to Korean BBQ place. Kang Hadong Naekjeong is one of the premier KBBQ restaurants in Koreatown, and located in Chapman Plaza. This two-story eatery gets busy, so be ready for long lines for what might be the best KBBQ in Los Angeles.

Great places to shop


Koreatown Plaza – Koreatown doesn’t have an actual centralized downtown area, but this plaza might be the closest thing to a go-to shopping area for Koreatown residents. The mall features American stores with a few Korean shops to check out, with a full on Korean food court. The architecture is a bit outdated, but the mall is still popular place in the community.

Koreatown’s Galleria – While the top level shops, and food courts are a bit lackluster, the true attraction of the Galleria is its bottom level supermarket. It’s a great place to pick up some groceries, or enjoy a self-serve Korean buffet located in the back of the market.

Nearby communities


Another great part of Koreatown’s location is its proximity to Hollywood and Downtown Los Angeles. Commuting to a job in Downtown Los Angeles takes less than 10 minutes – putting the notorious “bad traffic” rumors to rest. Koreatown also boasts easy access to Highway 101’s on-ramp.

Commutes/Public Transit


Of course, if you don’t have a car, there’s a very convenient metro that runs across town. This will take you through all the attractions of town – and also very handy for a day of shopping or night out bar hopping.

Where are your favorite spots in Korea Town? Share them in the comments below.

Sam Brannan

is a writer based in San Francisco. His passion for journalism, along with a familial background in real estate, sparked his interest in writing about the real estate industry. Sam writes for Trulia and other real estate sites.

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