Historic Filipinotown - Things to Do PDF Print Email

The various historical sights, major businesses, and events in Historic Filipintown can primarily be found and/or take place along the two main streets of the area: Temple Street and Beverly Boulevard. There are various alternative options to driving when making your way to and around Historic Filipinotown, such as utilizing the Metro bus and LADOT DASH bus transit. In exploring some of the murals or landmarks within the neighborhood parks, be sure to check with the times they are open prior to visiting.

Places to Explore/Sights

  • Gintong Kasaysayan, Gintong Pamana mural
    photoRecognized as the largest Filipino-American mural in the United States. Painted by muralist, Eliseo Art Silva in 1995, Gintong Kasaysayan, Gintong Pamana (“Filipino Americans: A Glorious History, A Golden Legacy”) spans 25 feet tall by 145 feet wide, and depicts notable Filipino and Filipino American figures such as Jose Rizal, Carlos Bulosan, Lapu-Lapu, Larry Itliong, Philip Vera Cruz and more. In the Fall of 2011, Silva, along with numerous youth and collegiate volunteers, worked together to restore the mural at Unidad Park, where it still remains today, open to the public and visible driving west along Beverly Boulevard.
  • Filipino American WWII Veterans Monument
    photoLocated at Lake Street Park, this is the first monument dedicated to Filipino soldiers who fought for the United States in World War II. Designed by artist Cheri Gaulke.
  • Remy’s on Temple
    Art gallery and performance space opened in June 2004, named after Remedios “Remy” Geaga (1916-1997), who fervently dedicated her life to establishing and running several organizations that serve the Filipino community Los Angeles.
  • Filipino American Library<
    Founded in 1985 by Helen Agcaoili Summers Brown ("Auntie Helen"), the Filipino American Library (FAL) is the earliest and largest Filipino library in the country with a collection of more than 6,000 titles.http://derbydolls.com/

Activities/Entertainment

  • Pilipino Workers’ Center (PWC) Jeepney Tours
    PWC offers tours (by appointment only) of Historic Filipinotown along their authentic jeepney. PWC also provides services and resources that help meet the immediate needs of Pilipino workers and their families while organizing for long-term change.
  • Historic Filipinotown 5K Run/Walk + Festival
    An annual event that features a 5K Run & Walk right through the heart of Historic Filipinotown. Following the race is the HiFi Festival, which features community organizations and business vendors, as well as performances by local and widely known entertainers.
  • L.A. Derby Dolls
    The L.A. Derby Dolls are Southern California's premiere all-female, banked track roller derby league! Founded in October 2003, the L.A. Derby Dolls are a league of more than 150 skaters and volunteers, divided into five teams who skate on a banked track. The L.A. Derby Dolls take all the thrills of the old game and update it with a fresh and feisty new face. And the hits and spills are 100% real. No script can write this kind of action!

Restaurants and Specialty Shops [links will access restaurant’s home page or Yelp.com]

  • Bahay Kubo Natin
    photo of bahay kubo nation restaurantBahay Kubo Natin (or simply known as “Bahay Kubo”) offers traditional, home-cooked Filipino cuisine. Many traditional Filipino restaurants such as Bahay Kubo present and offer entrees in turo-turo (“point-point”) style, where customers “point” to the dish they want to order. Turo-turo is a quick and easy way to taste your way through a wonderful variety of dishes.
  • Bernie’s Teriyaki
    One of the earliest Filipino family-owned restaurants in Historic Filipinotown (established in 1977), Bernie’s Teriyaki offers fast, affordable, and delicious barbecue teriyaki plates and burgers.
  • Kapistahan Grill
    Kapistahan Grill offers quality, authentic Filipino food for breakfast, lunch and dinner. This sit-down restaurant located in Luzon Plaza also offers entertainment and karaoke on a semi-nightly basis. Call ahead for any inquiries in regards to private parties.
  • Little Ongpin
    Located on the corner of Beverly and Union, Little Ongpin is known for their affordable and delicious lomi noodle soup, miki bihon noodles and pancit noodles.
  • Nanay Gloria’s Bakery and Restaurant
    Nanay Gloria’s offers a wide selection of turo-turo served Filipino food in addition to an all-you-can-eat option. The variety of food includes pork sisig, chicken adobo, beef steak, pancit noodles and more. Be sure to also try the turon!
  • Salakot Sizzle and Grill
    One of the few family-owned, formal sit-down Filipino restaurants in central Los Angeles, Salakot Sizzle and Grill offers Filipino fine dining with a catered banquet room available on the second level for use by business meetings or large, private parties.
  • Tribal Café
    photo of tribal cafeTribal Café serves light, nutritious transitional comfort foods to both vegetarians & non-vegetarians, which include sandwiches, fruits, salads, as well as juices, smoothies, coffee, tea and espressos. In addition to focusing on healthier and organic foods, Tribal Café also serves as an artistic space throughout the week hosting open mic nights and local music entertainment.
  • The Park’s Finest
    Opened in 2011, The Park’s Finest restaurant lies just outside the designated area of Historic Filipinotown, but was founded by several of the community’s own. The Park’s Finest BBQ offers traditional American cuts of barbecue paired with the secret sauce that has been passed down for generations, rooted in flavors from the Philippine islands. “Anytime, anyplace, anywhere…The Park’s Finest is always bringing that backyard boogie!”
  • Tigeorges Chicken
    Tigeorges effervescent dining joint is one of the best places to come for fine Caribbean dining in California. A unique indoor avocado wood burning rotisserie spit is employed daily to prepare succulent fowl that carries an inventive, cross-cultural flavor, making Tigeorges' Chicken one of the best Haitian restaurants in Los Angeles.
  • Gigi’s Bakery & Café
    Gigi's was founded in 1968. Gigi's offers its clients the best bakery products from Cuba, Mexico, and Central America that are made with the finest ingredients to provide the utmost quality. In addition to various pastries, Gigi’s also offers breakfast, sandwiches, coffee and smoothies.
  • Original Tommy’s World Famous Hamburgers
    The very first Original Tommy’s was founded in 1946 and to this day is still located on the corner of Beverly and Rampart Boulevards in HiFi. Since then, the Original Tommy’s, very popularly known for their chili burgers, have expanded to 31 locations in California and 2 in Nevada.
  • Brooklyn Bagel Bakery
    Located along Beverly Boulevard in HiFi, Brooklyn Bagel Bakery has been making the highest quality bagel products ever since they opened in 1953 – always baking fresh, seven days a week. They make everything from the traditional to the exotic, responding to changing tastes and palettes here in the Southland.
  • Jollibee
    Jollibee is a popular fast-food restaurant chain in the Philippines. With choices like the “Yumburger” or the “ChickenJoy,” Jollibee is American-style fast-food with Filipino-influenced dishes specializing in burgers, spaghetti, chicken and some local Filipino dishes. Located on Beverly Boulevard adjacent to the Metro Red Line station, Vermont-Beverly, this Jollibee is the only location in Central Los Angeles and also features a drive-thru.
  • Red Ribbon Bake Shop
    Since 1984, moist and heavenly cakes and pastries continue to be the standards for every Red Ribbon product handcrafted today. Red Ribbon Bakeshop uses only premium ingredients, such as real butter, high-quality cake flour, and its unique Red Ribbon cream. The Los Angeles Times has twice cited Red Ribbon’s MANGO CAKE and UBE CAKE as the ”BEST OF L.A.”
  • Goldilocks
    Enjoy delicious bakeshop and foodshop items like classic ensaymada, mamon, fresh lumpi, and more at Goldilocks. Also, Goldilocks provides cakes and pastries that would please brides, children, and customers with all sorts of celebration needs!
  • L'Artisan du Chocolat
    Since 2003, L’ Artisan du Chocolat has been making fresh chocolate the traditional French way using no preservatives and less sugar. Visit the shop on 1st St. or shop online to order various gift boxes and assortments!
  • DJ Bibingkahan
    Enjoy traditional and affordable Filipino food served turo-turo style. Whether you eat at the restaurant or order to-go, DJ Bibingkahan offers Filipino food favorites such as lechon baboy, lumipa shanghai, pancit palabok, as well as halo-halo dessert!
  • Manila Good-Ha
    Pork adobo, fried galungong (mackerel), and pork siopao are among the traditional Filipino eats you can have at Manila Good-Ha. Also try the empanadas and lomi noodles!
  • Neri’s Bakery and Curbside Cravings
    Located just outside of Historic Filipinotown, Neri’s offers classic Filipino cuisine served turo-turo style for breakfast, lunch, and dinner meals. Additionally, Neri’s own food truck, Curbside Cravings, serves Filipino dishes crossing culinary boundaries without forgetting the taste of traditional and classic cuisine. Be sure to try Curbside Cravings’ widely popular and very delicious Tocino Burger!
  • Jim’s Burgers For over 20 years, Jim’s has been serving up fast and classic American eats in the neighborhood such as burgers, chili cheese fries, and chicken strips. Jim’s also offers breakfast options like steak and eggs.

Shopping

Temple Plaza – Temple Seafood Market, Chez Therese Boutique & Beauty Bar, Macapagal Optical

Temple Seafood Market offers Asian and Filipino grocery including fresh food, canned goods, desserts, mixes, drinks, noodles, etc. Chez Therese offers various hair, skin and other salon products.

Seafood City Supermarket

Seafood City Supermarket has a mix of Asian and Filipino-influenced offerings with practical products to serve a diverse population. The supermarket features fresh seafood and meat departments, a wide selection of fresh produce, bakery, health and beauty, as well as quick grab-and-go options. It carries a wide selection of Filipino and Asian grocery items as well as American products that one would normally find in any supermarket.

Island Pacific Supermarket

Island Pacific Supermarket offers numerous Asian and Filipino grocery goods, as well as meats, seafood, produce, bakery goods and also hot food to go. Their complete line of quality foods ensures that you get your money’s worth every time you shop at Island Pacific.