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The Official Guide to Koreatown LA

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Koreatown, Los Angeles is the perfect place to go to hang out with friends, explore new adventures, and experience Korean culture all within the growing city. Whether it is eating Korean BBQ on a Wednesday night or drinking at a bar on a Friday night, Koreatown is full of adventures that anyone can enjoy.

1. Korean BBQ in Koreatown LA

Whether it be with your friends, family members, or colleagues, Korean BBQ is the way to go as you can  get a hearty meal from eating meat and Korean side dishes all within the grill on the table. Note, some KBBQ have All You Can Eat (AYCE) menus too!

Quarters Korean BBQ

A premium quality of Korean BBQ  that one should experience when they are in Koreatown. Their top-selling Prime Short Ribs paired with their cold buckwheat noodles are most loved and an experience both Koreans and non-Koreans need to try. Chosun Galbee is also quieter and less hectic than other Korean BBQ places to represent the experience of fine dining. 

3465 W 6th St #C-130
Los Angeles, CA 90020
(213) 365-8111
$$

Chosun Galbee Korean BBQ

The perfect place to go to experience a crazy night of delicious meat and a fusion of both Korean and American culture all within Korean BBQ. Although the waiting time can extend to more than a hour, you don’t want to miss their high-quality meat and savory side dishes. 

3330 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90019
(323) 734-3330
$$$

Oo Kook Korean BBQ

Looking for a place where you can enjoy All You Can Eat Korean BBQ? Pricing at $35/person for dinner, includes different varieties of meat with side dishes. It is a bustling area with great food, quick service, and high-quality meat that is less expensive than the places listed above. 

3385 W 8th St,
Los Angeles, CA 90005
(213) 385-5665
$

Brothers Korean BBQ

Less crazy than Quarters and Oo Kook, Brothers Korean BBQ is pricier but can be enjoyed by all ages. With top-quality meat, Brothers BBQ also sells its meat in packaged sizes so customers can enjoy the meat at home. 

3680 W 6th St,
Los Angeles, CA 90020
(213) 387-9292
$$

Mansoo Korean BBQ

Mansoo KBBQ is an AYCE restaurant ranging from prices of $23.99 to $54.99. It offers price points of within $20, $30, and $50, where customers can enjoy a variety of high quality. AYCE meat. It’s located slightly away from Koreatown, but it is worth trying with both Korean BBQ fanatics and friends new to Korean BBQ culture.

3429 W 8th,
Los Angeles, CA 90005
(213) 388-9494
$

Corner Place Korean BBQ

Located near Koreatown, Corner Place offers an unforgettable experience with their cold Dong Chi Mi noodles and authentic Korean BBQ. Dong Chi Mi noodles are refreshing and have a tangy taste in comparison to cold noodles offered in other KBBQ places. It’s a perfect pair with their Kalbi, which is sweet and savory. It’s worth a try as it’s less crazy than an AYCE restaurant. 

2819 James M Wood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90006
(213) 487-0968
$$

Song Hak Korean BBQ

If you are interested in trying intestines (Gopchang), Song Hak offers delicious, savory intestines with fresh banchan that complement the meat. Intestines are well-loved in Korean culture, and it’s worth a try if you are new to the culture! Also, you must eat the fried rice at the end, it’s the best finale of the Song Hak experience.

356 S Western Ave #201
Los Angeles, CA 90020
(213) 529-4008
$$

Eight Korean BBQ

Eight BBQ offers the best experience with eating pork belly in Koreatown. The restaurant offers 8 flavors of pork that are well-loved by both Koreans and non-Koreans. 

863 S Western Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90005
(213) 365-1750
$$

2. Korean Street Food

Korean street food can be eaten any time of the day, and it can be enjoyed by anyone! These recommended places serve the best types of Korean street food, and you should definitely try it out. 

Two Hands Hotdog

Two Hands Hotdog is the perfect place to get a Korean corn dog as a snack with your friends. There are a variety of options to choose like getting a sausage, cheese, sausage and cheese, rice cake, and more on the inside while the fried batter is coated with sugar at the end. This can be enjoyed by people of all ages and any time of the day. 

450 S Western Ave #313
Los Angeles, CA 90020
(213) 375-7518
$

Eighth Street Soondae

Soondae is a classic Korean street food that can be enjoyed by young teenagers to older grandparents. Soondae is known as blood intestines where meat, glass noodles, and vegetables are stuffed inside the skin of an intestine, similar to sausages. It is deliciously paired with spicy rice cakes or fish cake soup.  

2703 W 8th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90005
(213) 487-0038
$

Gaju Gimbap - California Market Gimbap & Udon

The most common street food would be gimbap, a roll wrapped with rice, meat, and veggies inside nori seaweed. There are many varieties that gimbap is made from, and it is the perfect lunch or snack to keep you full throughout the day. 

450 S Western Ave Suite 105
Los Angeles, CA 90020
(213) 568-3128
$

Yup Dduk

If you have tried spicy rice cakes before, you should check out Yup Dduk, one of the most popular spicy rice cake branches in South Korea. Yup Dduk takes spicy food to another level that is worth a challenge to try. They also serve sweet drinks and other street food like fried vegetables, rice balls, and more to help lessen the spiciness of their rice cakes. Their extra mild is a great option for those who are not able to eat spicy food as well. 

3603 W 6th St,
Los Angeles, CA 90020
(213) 263-2355
$$

Jopok Topokki

Similar to Yup Dduk, Jopok Topokki is a popular spicy rice cake franchise that made its way into Koreatown, LA. Their spicy rice cakes, soondae, assorted fried food, and fish cake soup are the perfect combination. It’s worth trying with your friends who are new to the Korean food culture!

3407 W 6th St,
Los Angeles, CA 90020
(213) 908-5500
$$

Wako Donkasu

Donkasu, also known as cutlet, is popular Korean street food. Wako Donkasu takes the cutlet to another level by serving delicious udon and soba on the side to help the dining experience become more enjoyable. With delicious side dishes, Wako Donkasu is worth trying with those who are new to Korean food.

2904 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90006
(213) 387-9256
$$

Koreatown Plaza Food Corner

The Koreatown Plaza food court has a variety of Korean traditional dishes and street food. You can order different food from each of the stores to gain a full experience of how diverse Korean culture is. 

928 S Western Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90006
(213) 382-1234
$$

Gogobop Korean Rice Bar

Gogobop is a new take on Korean street food as you can create your rice bowls and also select from their goodies menu that includes a fusion of fries, nachos, and hotteok (a hot Korean pancake with a sweet brown sugar filling). Catered towards both Koreans and non-Koreans, it is the perfect way to get a taste of Korean street food if you’re hesitant to try it right away.

3456 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90010
(213) 385-1089
$$

3. Korean Noodles/Soup

Korean noodles and soup is the perfect food to eat during a hot or cold day, when you’re sick, when you’re hungover, and more. It is great for breakfast or a late night meal whenever you crave something hot. 

Ma Dang Gook Soo

Madang Gooksoo is the perfect place to go with friends to get a big, hearty bowl of hot noodles. Filled with young adults and grandparents, it has huge portions that can be shared among two to three people with delicious kimchi served on the side. It is the place to go when you are feeling under the weather or crave hot noodles. 

869 S Western Ave #1,
Los Angeles, CA 90005
(213) 487-6008
$

MDK Noodles

Serving up kalguksu (knife-cut noodles) to dumplings and other Korean specialties, they serve a variety of amazing noodles like spicy kalguksu and beef bulgogi. It is also well-loved and visited by Westerners who are craving warm soup and noodles.

3630 Wilshire Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90010
(213) 385-7789
$$

Hangari Kalguksu

Kalguksu and cold, thin, chewy noodles are served as a specialty on the menu. They also serve other Korean specialties like Sujebi (hand-torn dough flakes that are in warm broth) and Bossam (steamed pork belly). Hangari also has a special appetizer for all guests, which would be barley rice with sesame oil and spicy radish kimchi. 

3470 West 6th Street Suite 9 and 10,
Los Angeles, CA 90020
(213) 388-2326
$

Zzamong

ZZamong is a Korean-Chinese restaurant that is well known for its spicy jjajangmyeon (black bean noodles). Their challenger jjajangmyeon is extremely spicy and loved by visitors who wish to challenge themselves. They also serve delicious jjambong (spicy seafood noodles) and tangsuyuk (fried meat served with a sweet and sour sauce).  

4255 W 3rd St,
Los Angeles, CA 90020
(213) 739-2747
$

Jun Ton SuLung Tang

Sul Lung Tang (ox bone soup that is served with brisket and glass noodles) is a traditional Korean soup that is loved by all ages. It serves to be the perfect breakfast, lunch, or dinner due to its protein and delicious flavor. It is worth trying if you are craving hot soup if you’re feeling under the weather or hungover. 

869 S Western Ave,
Los Angeles, CA 90005
(213) 387-8899
$

Gam Ja Gol

Gamjatang (spicy pork-bone stew with potatoes, glass noodles, green onions, and hot peppers) is a Korean specialty dish that will involve you using your hands to eat the meat. The meat is often juicy and deliciously coated with spicy soup. It is the perfect dinner location for you and your friends to try.

3003 W Olympic Blvd Ste 107
Los Angeles, CA 90006
(213) 381-6446
$$

Sun Nong Dan

Sun Nong Dan serves Korean hot soup and specialty dishes that are catered towards both Koreans and Westerners. The branch in Western is open 24 hours, and it is the best place to go after a drink or late-night soup craving. 

710 S Western Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90005
(213) 264-3303
$$

Han Bat Sul Lung Tang

Known for its quick service and delicious soup, Han Bat Sul Lung Tang is the #1 recommended Sul Lung Tang place in Koreatown, LA. The ox bone soup is creamy and rich with bone marrow, and the spicy kimchi and cabbage are also the star of the show.

4163 W 5th St
Los Angeles, CA 90020
(213) 383-9499
$

4. Korean Fried Chicken

Korean Fried Chicken (KFC) is the most famous dish loved by Koreans and non-Koreans. Koreatown has dozens of KFC restaurants that you need to try. And if you are 21+, make sure to also try beer and KFC as they make the best combo! Note: Do not drink if you are underage and do not drink and drive! 

Witch's Chicken

With reasonable prices, Witch’s Chicken is well-loved by everyone as the tenders are crispy and savory. Although there is a wait time, the chicken is said to be fresh and crispy to satisfy the customers with delicious pickled radish served on the side. It’s good to keep in mind to call ahead to place your order as it gets very busy. 

3250 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90006
(323) 733-9292
$$

Hite Kwang Jang

Located in Wilshire, Hite Kwang Jang is the perfect place to eat fried chicken with some beer on the side. Their Half&Half Chicken and Green Onion Chicken is the best to order with Corn Cheese on the side. People line up right when it opens as it is a pretty popular spot among young adults and older adults.

3121 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90006
(213) 908-6440
$$

Kyochon Chicken

Kyochon is one of the popular South Korean franchises in both Korea and Koreatown. Customers all recommend their wings, and they have special options you can choose from.

3833 W 6th St,
Los Angeles, CA 90020
(213) 739-9292
$$

Michin Dak

Translating to “Crazy Chicken”, Michin Dak serves up delicious Korean fried chicken with a fusion twist. The Korean fried chicken sandwich is the most popular item, and you can also choose your spicy level! The sandwich is filled with delicious sauce, crispy chicken, and cabbage slaw that is the perfect lunch or snack for your day. 

3324 W 6th St,
Los Angeles, CA 90020
(213) 263-2700
$

Gol Tong Chicken

Crispy chicken and great service are what customers rave about Gol Tong Chicken. The Director’s Combo is the most recommended with three flavors: soy garlic, chili garlic, and regular chicken. People of all ages enjoy eating and spending time at Gol Tong. 

361 S Western Ave #101
Los Angeles, CA 90020
(213) 716-6116
$

Twozone Chicken

Located on the first floor of Oxford Center Plaza, customers can place their order and cruise around the plaza as they wait. Their bone-in chicken is the most recommended by customers with its white radish.

3516 W 8th St A,
Los Angeles, CA 90005
(213) 819-9899
$

BBQ Chicken

BBQ Chicken is one of the most popular Korean Fried Chicken franchises with delicious fried chicken and other items on the menu. Not only is the chicken delicious, but customers also enjoy eating their spicy rice cakes and pasta along with their chicken. Cheesling chicken is a new type of flavor that customers also recommend eating. 

3450 W 6th St. #102
Los Angeles, CA 90020
(213) 739-1047
$$

5. Korean Desserts

In Koreatown, there are so many dessert places you can go after eating a delicious lunch or dinner with your friends, family, co-workers, etc. Korean desserts consist of bingsoo (shaved ice), taiyaki (a bread shaped like a fish with filling inside), and more! 

Somi Somi

Soft creamy ice cream served inside a fish-shaped bun is the best way to eat dessert at Somi Somi. With recommendations from Girls Generation’s Tiffany Young in a Buzzfeed video, children and adults can all enjoy this sweet dessert. 

621 S Western Ave #208-A
Los Angeles, CA 90005
(213) 568-3284
$

Sul & Beans

Bingsoo, known as shaved ice, is taken to a new level at Sul & Beans as they use frozen shaved milk instead of ice. With delicious toppings like Black Sesame and Strawberry and Cheesecake, it is a popular place to eat dessert or catch up with a friend.

621 S Western Ave #208-A,
Los Angeles, CA 90005
(213) 385-5510
$

Cheesetella

Cheesetella is a delicious castella location with different flavors with a soft and fluffy texture. The castella can be enjoyed with coffee, milk tea, and more with a size that can be enjoyed by everyone who wants a sweet, soft dessert. 

928 S Western Ave #123,
Los Angeles, CA 90006
(213) 263-2428
$

Anko

Anko is a bingsoo dessert place with delicious bingsoo and taiyaki (a fish bun that is filled with red bean, custard, or Nutella). Customers all recommend trying their different drink selections like sparkling green grape and grapefruit. 

400 S Western Ave, 
Los Angeles, CA 90020
(213) 568-3657
$

Oakobing

Oakobing serves bingsoo that is different from the other bingsoo places. They serve shaved ice that is tall and filled with delicious fruits and toppings. Their shaved ice is flavored and not just milk, which customers found refreshing and light. Customers all enjoy the Mango Melon Bingsoo, where the shaved ice is mango flavored with fresh honeydew balls decorated onto the dessert.

3300 W 6th St,
Los Angeles, CA 90020
(213) 387-1002
$$

Mumu Bakery Cafe

Mumu Bakery Cafe is a cute themed cafe with delicious cheesecake, taiyaki, and other baked goods. In addition, Mumu cafe has special drinks that are packaged in a plastic milk carton that has the cafe’s logo on it. 

3109 W Olympic Blvd D,
Los Angeles, CA 90006
(213) 660-6776
$

Cocohodo

Cocohodo specializes in hodukwaja (a special red-bean ball with walnut inside) and it is a dessert that is loved by all ages. It’s not as sweet as other bread but perfectly paired with either coffee or other hot drinks. In addition, it is the perfect place to chat with your friends and relax with dessert after eating lunch or dinner. 

3500 6th Ave, 
Los Angeles, CA 90020
(213) 382-8943
$

Bumsan Organic Milk Bar

Bumsan is the ice cream place you need to visit after dinner! Their most popular flavor would be the True Milk flavor, both sweet and creamy. In addition, don’t forget to take a picture of your ice cream in front of the pink wall.

534 S Western Ave,
Los Angeles, CA 90020
(213) 908-5192
$

6. Korean Coffee Shops

Korean coffee shops are the best place to either study or meet a friend. Not only is the drinks catered to be the best, the pastries are delicious and freshly baked for everyone to enjoy. Whether you are on a date or need to pick a place for a meeting, Korean coffee shops also have a beautiful aesthetic of their own. 

Coffee Signal

Coffee Signal serves signature drinks and desserts that are perfect to eat as you study or hang out with friends. We recommend their bestsellers, which would be Signal Latte, and their soft, chewy taiyaki. 

207 N Western Ave,
Los Angeles, CA 90004
(323) 672-8600
$

Document Coffee Bar

Document Coffee Bar is a beautiful, local coffee shop in Koreatown. The coffee is high quality and even has a separate menu for single-origin pour-overs for extreme coffee lovers. Not only is the coffee delicious, but the coffee is also the perfect aesthetic place to come with friends and take a picture.

3850 Wilshire Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90010
$$

Alchemist Coffee Project

Located slightly away from Koreatown, the Alchemist Coffee Project is the perfect place to hang out with your friends. The Kimchi avocado toast is well-loved by customers with delicious, smooth coffee and free parking. There is a large variety of pastries, desserts, sandwiches, and drinks that the customers can choose from. 

698 S Vermont Ave Ste 103
Los Angeles, CA 90005
(213) 388-8767
$$

Coffee MCO

Located slightly away from Koreatown, Coffee MCO is quiet and beautiful while serving delicious drinks and pastries. Using specialty beans to create their drinks, there are a variety of options ranging from regular coffee to special drinks to even beer.

2580 W Olympic Blvd Unit #2.
Los Angeles, CA 90006
(213) 674-7381
$

Spl. Coffee

Spl. Coffee is located slightly away from Koreatown but it is well-loved by locals and new customers. With unique drinks and high-quality coffee, customers can enjoy a variety of drinks to help them throughout the day with delicious pastries. The Rosemary Bee Latte is the most loved and recommended drink.

4059 W 3rd St,
Los Angeles, CA 90020
(213) 915-0037
$

6xs Coffee

6xs coffee is a modern coffee shop with artsy aesthetics like a beautiful logo, silent movies playing in the back, and their own tower cold brew machine. Both new and continuing customers enjoy drinking their special drinks like Cloud coffee and Mellow coffee.

3907 W 6th St,
Los Angeles, CA 90020
(213) 660-1987
$

Cafe Scent

Located near Radio Korea, Cafe Scent has a beautiful ambiance with delicious drinks and desserts. Cafe Scent also sells beautiful flowers, which customers enjoy the soft floral fragrance around the store. Cafe Scent also serves delicious sandwiches, pasta, and appetizers that are perfect to share with your friends. 

3680 Wilshire Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90010
(213) 383-9440
$$

Cafe Mooi

Cafe Mooi is located in a mall, but it deserves the love and appreciation from its customers due to its delicious coffee drinks and espresso. The most popular items would be the Black Sesame Latte, Injeolmi Cream Cold Brew, and their berry smoothie. Not only do they serve drinks, but their sandwiches and pastries are also well-loved by customers. 

3500 W 6th St #230,
Los Angeles, CA 90020
(213) 528-6004
$

7. Entertainment & Things to Do

Along with food and dessert, there are various ways to find entertainment in Koreatown that you must visit and try. Whether it be with friends or family, everyone will enjoy the entertainment found in Koreatown. 

1) Outdoor Activities

In Koreatown, there are several outdoor activities and places you can visit. Here are the most recommended!

Seoul International Park

Seoul International Park is a recreation area that includes a playground, jogging track, baseball diamond, and an indoor gym. You can plan fun activities to hang out at the park with your friends. 

3250 San Marino St
Los Angeles, CA 90006
(213) 383-7549

Korean Pavilion

The Korean Pavilion is the place you need to visit with your friends if you want to see the Dawooljung, which means a harmonious gathering place. It also stands as a perfect place to take pictures with your friends. It is only open during daytime weekday hours so plan ahead!

1000 Normandie Ave, 
Los Angeles, CA 90006
(213) 480-1115

Aroma Golf Range

Aroma Golf Range is an upscale facility that includes a four-level, 150-yard driving range. You can take personal or group classes to use the driving range. 

3680 Wilshire Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90010
(213) 387-2111
$$

California Donuts

California Donuts is open for 24 hours, and you can definitely find yourself devouring their delicious, sweet, and savory doughnuts and milkshakes. Doughnuts are made twice a day and their croissants are made throughout the entire day. Customers rave about the crossiants, so make sure you stop by to try one!

3540 W 3rd St, 
Los Angeles, CA 90020
(213) 385-3318
$

2) Late Night Activities

In Koreatown, there are places that open until night time. It is a great place to visit with friends on a Friday night or weekend. 

Boba Bear

Boba Bear serves boba teas, hookah, smoothies, and light Korean bites that are offered. In addition, it closes at 1 am, and it is a great place to end your night. 

414 S Western Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90020
(213) 908-5595
$

Melo Melo

Melo Melo is a coconut-based dessert shop with delicious fruit flavors and an aesthetic vibe inside the store. It closes at 10 pm so it’s definitely a great place to stop by after dinner. 

3470 W 6th St #2B, 
Los Angeles, CA 90020
(213) 375-7757
$$

Awesome Coffee

As coffee shops close pretty early, Awesome Coffee closes at 10 pm, and it is a great place to chill with you friends if you crave coffee at night. It has a minimalist vibe with a cozy aesthetic that anyone can enjoy in the evening. 

3959 Wilshire Blvd a21,
Los Angeles, CA 90010
(213) 674-7558
$

Shatto 39 Lanes

Shatto 39 Lanes is bowling alley that has fun arcade games, pool tables, and a bar. After bowling, you can relax with your friends late at night as the location closes at 2am. 

32555 W 4th St,
Los Angeles, CA 90020
(213) 385-9475
$$

Pharaoh Karaoke Lounge

Pharaoh Karaoke Lounge is a modern karaoke lounge with 17 private rooms and snack. Popular items on the menu would be kimchi fried rice and drinks. 

3680 Wilshire Blvd B-02,
Los Angeles, CA 90010
(213) 383-8686
$$

3) Indoor Activities

In Koreatown, there are indoor places that have fun activities to do with your friends and family. Some are open until late night to ensure a fun end to your week.

CGV Cinemas

CGV Cinemas is a South Korean movie theatres where both Asian and American movies are shown with premium seating and different popcorn flavors. Located in MaDang, you can roam around the courtyard as you wait for your movie times to start. 

621 S Western Ave, Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA 90005
$$

60out Escape Room

60out Escape Room is the perfect place to solve problems with your friends. Test your patience and make sure you visit 60out Escape Room!

135 S Western Ave,
Los Angeles, CA 90004
(213) 378-0011
$

Quest Room

Quest Room can be enjoyed by friends and family members! You should definitely visit Quest Room for a fun activity after dinner and dessert as it closes at 12 am. 

170 S Western Ave,
Los Angeles, CA 90004
(310) 707-1240
$

8. Shopping

Koreatown has not only great places to eat but to shop for your necessities. Korean shopping malls are filled with boutiques, hair salons, and home/kitchen accessories. 

Koreatown Plaza

Koreatown Plaza is the perfect place to go as there are so many stores inside. Starting from a food court and market, there are clothing stores, kitchen appliance stores, and even a bakery.

928 S Western Ave,
Los Angeles, CA 90006
(213) 382-1234
$$

Koreatown Galleria

Galleria Plaza also contains a small food court, market, and little clothing boutiques. There are little kiosks and a big stationery store on the second floor.  

3250 W Olympic Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90006
(213) 733-6000
$$

Photo: Emmanuel Hahn

Rodeo Galleria Shopping Center

Rodeo Galleria Shopping Center is located in a huge parking lot with BCD Tofu House, Eight Korean BBQ, and more. Inside, there is a small food court, bakery, little boutiques, and a huge Korean skincare store located right in front. 

833 S Western Ave,
Los Angeles, CA 90005
(213) 338-7177
$$

Kim's Home Center

Kim’s Center is a huge Korean appliance store that includes a kitchen, bedding, pajamas, and more. If you are living in a new apartment and need new kitchen appliances, Kim’s Center is where you need to go.

2940 W Olympic Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90006
(213) 386-4882
$$

Home Shopping World

Similar to Kim’s Center, Home Shopping World sells a huge variety of kitchen appliances. They also sell makeup products and other home products like bedding and cushions that will best accommodate you. 

3071 W Olympic Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90006
(213) 380-3330
$$

City Center on 6th

City Center on 6th has a variety of stores within each floor, ranging from kiosks and clothing stores. 

3500 W 6th St,
Los Angeles, CA 90020
(213) 383-3435
$$

MaDang Courtyard

Containing CGV theaters, Daiso, and H-Mart, MaDang is the perfect place to hang out with your friends to eat and shop. The Courtyard closes at 11 pm, so you can stay as long as you want to explore the center.

621 S Western Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90005
(213) 387-8811
$$

9. Nightlife

Koreatown is the perfect place to hang out with your friends or a date partner late on a Friday night as you can visit clubs and bars. There is a variety of clubs and bars in Koreatown that have their unique flavor, and it is definitely a fun and new experience if you have not visited one. 

Terra Cotta

Terra Cotta is the perfect mix of a small night club and bar as there is a small dance floor with a DJ stand. The bar is filled with an array of alcohol with delicious drinks. There are craft cocktails you can choose from and dance to the music as you enjoy the atmosphere.

3670 Wilshire Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90010
(213) 365-1077
$$

Arena Ktown

Arena is a nightclub and lounge with hip-hop and R&B nights, bottle service, and karaoke rooms. In addition, there are special events on the weekends that you don’t want to miss out on!

3319 Wilshire Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90010
(323) 455-4218
$

The Normandie Club

Filled with a cocktail lounge, The Normandie Club offers delicious drinks and is located in Hotel Normandie. The club has a beautiful, rustic ambiance that is well loved by customers.

3612 W 6th St,
Los Angeles, CA 90020
(213) 263-2709
$$

Apt 503 Lounge

Apt 503 Lounge is a nightspot with fun decoration, special signature drinks, a DJ station, and an outdoor area. It’s impossible to not dance with great music and delicious drinks served at Apt 503.

3680 Wilshire Blvd 5th Floor,
Los Angeles, CA 90010
(213) 674-7061
$$

Honey Night

Honey Night is definitely an underrated Korean bar as they serve delicious food and drinks. Paired with soju or beer, Honey Night has the best anju (Korean side dishes to alcohol) to classic Korean alcohol like soju or rice wine. 

3526 W 8th St,
Los Angeles, CA 90005
(213) 263-9949
$$

DGM - DwitGolMok

Translating to “Back Alley,” DGM is definitely a place you need to try. Creating a modern pocha (a Korean tent that sells alcohol and delicious food), DGM serves not only classic Korean alcohol but delicious anju and great service for all customers to experience.

3275 Wilshire Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90010
(213) 382-8432
$$

Star Night

Star Night is a Gastropub with delicious anju and food with classic drinks to compliment it. Loved by customers, it should definitely be on your list to try on a Friday night with your friends. 

3855 Wilshire Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90010
(213) 251-0099
$$

LA Ddong Ggo

Similar to DGM, Ddong Ggo has a huge seating area with tv screens for customers to watch sports on. They serve delicious food with Korean drinks, and it is truly an experience you should try if you are new to Korean pochas. 

528 S Western Ave,
Los Angeles, CA 90020
(213) 568-3708
$$

Boolieya

Boolieya is known for their delicious dishes like the Signature Spicy Boneless Fire Chicken, Charcoal Grilled Pork Belly, Spicy Pig’s Trotter (jokbal which is pig’s feet), and more. They serve classical Korean drinks with special cocktails that compliments their dishes. 

3959 Wilshire Blvd #B211,
Los Angeles, CA 90010
(213) 378-0096
$$

JJAN

As jjan means cheers in Korean, JJAN is a Korean-style pub with classic Korean food served with drinks. Foods like Classic Spicy Rice Cake, Spicy Chicken Feet BBQ, Shake Shake Chicken, and more are all served and should be in your next bar to visit!

3328 W 8th St,
Los Angeles, CA 90005
(213) 381-5838
$$

Hanshin Pocha

Hanshin Pocha serves incredible food while some dishes are served over a burner to keep it warm. The fried rice, dakbal (chicken feet), and the Hanshin Tongdak (fried whole chicken) are most recommended, and they compliment the classic soju and beer well. You can also take out their food to enjoy it at home or a party!

3500 W 6th St Ste 331,
Los Angeles, CA 90020
(213) 368-1388
$$

Chef Kang Sul Box

Loved by customers, Chef Kang Sul Box is a great pub to stop by to indulge with friends and coworkers. With large portions easy to share, foods like Chef Kang Signature Army Stew, and Kang Chef’s Korean Fried Chicken drumsticks, 

3881 Wilshire Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90010
(213) 302-2622
$$

Izakaya Mi-young

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Izakaya Mi-young is bar that serves fresh Japanese fish like Shima Aji, Kanpachi, Itoyoridai, and more every Tuesday and Friday. The most recommended item would Sashimi Combo that contains seafood ramen, fried oysters, beef tataki, and skewers that are well loved by customers. 

3680 Wilshire Blvd Ste #B03,
Los Angeles, CA 90010
(213) 674-7480
$$

Dan Sung Sa

Dan Sung Sa serves authentic Korean bar cuisine like spicy octopus with noodles, chicken gizzard, and more while serving different types of alcohol. There is a huge menu to choose from with a cool ambiance that customers all enjoy when dining. 

3317 W 6th St, 
Los Angeles, CA 90020
(213) 487-9100
$$

Biergarten

Biergarten is a earth sports bar with an Asian twist to Korean/German infused foods. Packed with all the sports channels and games, Biergarten incorporates the ambience of the beer gardens in Germany with a Korean taste within Koreatown. 

206 N Western Ave,
Los Angeles, CA 90004
(213) 466-4860
$$

Seoul Salon Restaurant & Bar

Seoul Salon Restaurant & Bar is the place to go with friends to enjoy a Korean-retro themed restaurant within Koreatown. With delicious food and tasty drinks, customers all enjoy the ambience of the restaurant. Foods like Tomahawk donkatsu, Seafood Cream Pasta, and Hamburg Steak are especially  recommended!

3600 Wilshire Blvd Ste 100B,
Los Angeles, CA 90005
(213) 674-7363
$$

Go Pocha

Go Pocha serves delicious food along with classic Korean drinks to enjoy with friends and family. Serving foods like Fire Pigs Feet, Spicy Chicken with French Fries, and more are all loved by customers during Happy Hour. 

401 Vermont Ave, 
Los Angeles, CA 90020
(213) 381-0088
$$

Toe Bang Cafe

Despite its name, Toe Bang serves up delicious Korean anju and drinks with 20 years of business serving Koreatown. Serving up classics like Rabokki (Korean spicy cakes with ramen noodles), Chicken Gizzard, Spicy Fried Chicken Wings, and more, Toe Bang Cafe should be the place you visit tonight with your friends. 

3465 W 6th St #110,
Los Angeles, CA 90020
(213) 387-4905
$$

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365

365 is a unique bar that includes large selections of alcohol with foods and snacks that compliment the drinks. With large portions, the sweet potato fries, kimchi pancake, fried oreos, and a huge cotton candy ball that are all loved by customers. Make sure you try out 365 for a fun Friday night experience with friends. 

3300 W 6th St #1,
Los Angeles, CA 90020
(213) 318-5005
$$

Everybody Pocha

Everyday Pocha has delicious meat served with their drinks. With a grill provided, customers can cook their meat as if they are in a Korean BBQ restaurant. The Pork Belly combo and Asado are the best selling meat while serving Korean bar classics like army soup and intestine dumpling stew. 

698 S Vermont Ave #106,
Los Angeles, CA 90005
(213) 263-2225
$$

Cafe Nandarang

Cafe Nandaran serves Korean fusion dishes with European draft beer. The bar has TVs to host sports games and latest music videos playing. Their well known items would be Kimchi pasta, Animal style fries, and Kimchi fried rice. 

3811 W 6th St #3815,
Los Angeles, CA 90020
(213) 388-8513
$$

Louders

Louders is definitely the place to go if you want to try out different pastas and chicken. With such delicious variety of Korean bar food, Louders is a place you want to add to your list. Make sure you try their Kimchi Udon Carbona, Shrimp Rose Pasta, and their Stir-Fried Baby Octopus and Pork Belly. 

3470 W 6th St #2A,
Los Angeles, CA 90020
(213) 263-9492
$$

Kitchen Sooda

Kitchen Sooda specializes in Korean-style Chicken dishes, Asian inspired dishes, and Lousiana seafood. Dishes like Mentaiko pasta, honey fried chicken, and $1.50 per piece oysters are well loved by customers. 

618 S Serrano Ave,
Los Angeles, CA 90005
(213) 741-0159
$$

10. Beauty/Spas

Needing to relax with a special beauty day? Come to Koreatown for an amazing spa experience with Korean saunas, nail salons, hair salons, and more. 

Wi Spa

Wi Spa is well-loved by Koreans and non-Koreans who want to experience what a Korean Spa is. With great service and a large variety of saunas at a reasonable price, it is a great place to relax on a weekend after a long week. It’s also open for 24 hours!

2700 Wilshire Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90057
(213) 487-2700
$$

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SPA LA

SPA LA is a clean, quiet, and well-loved Korean day spa in Koreatown. Customers all enjoy the scrubs in the bath with the sauna rooms. 

3442 Wilshire Blvd #100,
Los Angeles, CA 90010
(213) 700-8595
$$

Daengki Spa

Daengki Spa is the perfect place to do a sauna for females with affordable pricing, steam rooms, and sauna. If you want to do a girls’ night, we recommend coming here to relax.

4245 W 3rd St,
Los Angeles, CA 90020
(213) 381-3780
$

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Olympic Spa

Located slightly away from Koreatown, Olympic Spa is both combined with Korean and Western-style spa. Customers will enjoy their stay with several dry and wet saunas and cleanliness at this day spa.

3915 W Olympic Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90019
(323) 857-0666
$$

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Hair by Hyun & Subin

Hair by Hyun & Subin specialize in colors, women’s cut, hair treatment, and Korean magic perm. The stylists make sure to take care of every customer’s hair, and their salon is well-loved and recommended. Located in MaDang Courtyard, you should definitely give this hair salon a try if you need a cut or new color!

621 S Western Ave #205,
Los Angeles, CA 90005
(213) 700-7466
$$

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Itocco Hair and Beauty

Itocco Hair and Beauty is known for its hairdressing and also make-up. With professional hairstylists and make-up artists, customers are taken care of by the stylists within the store.

324 S Western Ave,
Los Angeles, CA 90020
(213) 384-6000
$$

Nail Story

Nail Story is loved by customers for its excellent service and experienced technicians. With reasonable pricing and beautiful designs, customers recommend Nail Story for a relaxing nail salon experience. 

2917 W Olympic Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90006
(213) 739-0703
$$

JoaNail

Joa means “like” in Korean, and customers are well satisfied with the experience they have JoaNail. With beautiful nail designs and customer service, JoaNail is recommended by many to have a lovely nail salon experience.

3407 W 6th St Suite 505,
Los Angeles, CA 90020
(213) 433-9501
$$

11. Markets/Groceries

Needing to shop for fresh groceries and Asian snacks? Koreatown has a variety of Korean markets you can go to! 

H Mart Koreatown Plaza

Located on the bottom floor of Koreatown Plaza, H Mart is the perfect place to go for your groceries and grab a delicious snack in the bakery next store.

928 S Western Ave,
Los Angeles, CA 90006
(213) 235-1666

H Mart City Center

With fresh produce and is huge, H Mart City Center is worth going to. Just be careful to not go out late from the parking lot as it closes on time. 

3500 W 6th St Suite #100,
Los Angeles, CA 90020
(213) 235-1917

H Mart MaDang Plaza

H Mart Madang Plaza is smaller yet there are fun restaurants and stores to visit along your way, like Somi Somi and Daiso. It is the perfect place to go grocery shopping and then grab dessert before heading home. 

621 S Western Ave,
Los Angeles, CA 90005
(213) 235-9560

California Marketplace

California Marketplace is a huge grocery store with many restaurants, dessert shops, and clothing boutiques on the third floor. 

450 S Western Ave #1,
Los Angeles, CA 90020
(213) 382-9444

Galleria Market

Galleria Market is a great place to get your groceries and eat at the food court beforehand. It’s smaller than the other markets but contains fresh produce and meat. 

3250 W Olympic Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90006
(323) 733-3800

HK Market

HK Market is one of the oldest markets; however, they have a delicious chicken and taiyaki place hidden inside the market. Customers can order chicken and shop around the market as they wait. It’s worth going to. 

124 N Western Ave,
Los Angeles, CA 90004
(323) 469-8934

Hannam Chain Supermarket

Although it is a smaller market, Hannam Chain is well-loved by Koreans and non-Koreans to find Asian snacks and produce. There are delicious pre-packaged side dishes and Korean food. The market has its own parking space, but it can get crowded fast.

2740 W Olympic Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90006
(213) 382-2922

12. Hidden Gems

Although we listed many options of places for you try to when you’re in Koreatown, you need to also check out these hidden gems! Koreatown have hidden gems all around the city that deserves more attention!

Jail Joa

Themed to be like a jail, Jail Joa is a delicious Gastropub that is well loved and recommended by customers. Jail Joa is also a word play to “the best liked” in Korean. Just like the double meaning, customers believe it is a hidden gem that everyone needs to try. 

2500 W 8th St, 
Los Angeles, CA 90057
(213) 908-6423
$$

Yuk Dae Jang

As there are many hot soup places in Koreatown, Yuk Dae Jang is a hidden gem as it serves amazing spicy soup that you need to try! They serve delicious Bossam (steamed pork belly), and it is loved by many customers.

3033 W 6th St 104-105, 
Los Angeles, CA 90020
(213) 352-1331
$$

Saikai Ramen Bar

Saikai Ramen Bar is a modern ramen place with delicious multicultural foods. You need to try this restaurant as they have many top-selling items on their menu!

209 N Western Ave #B, 
Los Angeles, CA 90004
(323) 378-6518
$$

Happy Bookstore

Happy Bookstore is the perfect place to go to if you want to find used Korean books or any Korean translations of any American books. It is also well loved by the community despite its small location.

321 S Western Ave,
Los Angeles, CA 90020
(213) 384-0750
$

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