Welcome to Echo Park
Hip haven with an urban polish
Hailing from a fascinating past, the vibrant neighborhood of Echo Park has made a name for itself as one of the Los Angeles area’s coolest suburbs. Its trendy bars, nightclubs, and unique local businesses make this dynamic community a longtime destination for young artists, pop stars, and creatives yearning for a taste of the legendary nightlife and local flavor. Fun is the buzzword here, exuberant energy pervading the atmosphere. With easy freeway access, it’s easy to hop in and out of LA anytime you want, but the treasures overflowing within Echo Park barely leave much to be desired. From lakefront eateries to trendy boutiques, coffee shops, and lush parks. Locals soak up the perfect sunshine with visits to Elysian Park for rejuvenating recreational sessions. Boasting a mix of historic Victorian homes, vintage craftsman houses, and recently built Spanish-style homes, all staying true to the neighborhood’s standout architectural past.
What to Love
- Hip atmosphere
- Unique, independently-owned stores
- Sunny weather
- Vivacious nightlife
- Attractive architecture
A paradise of hipsters, fashionistas, foodies, and artists, Echo Park is a hotspot for the arts. Charming mom-and-pop-run businesses reign supreme in this town, lying within walkable distance from homes, and making Echo Park an excellent destination for late nights at the bar and spontaneous culinary adventures across diverse restaurants. Despite its laid-back charisma, there are plenty of activities to keep the population abuzz. When locals are not out walking their dogs at Elysian Park, you can find them soaking up the sun with a leisurely pursuit along the lake in a paddleboat.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
From trendy boutiques to coffee bars and buzzing nightclubs, Echo Park truly echoes with its fair share of retail and ample entertainment. Stop into Tavin’s Boutique, stocked full of vintage clothing and accessories for women who are going for a look with the bohemian feel, and check their range of fashionable sweaters, dresses, hats, and jumpsuits. The adorable Shout and About is a quirky gift shop offering everything from scented candles to chocolate bars, woven African baskets, and stationery among other things. For a venture in the vinyl universe, Origami’s got you covered. Spice up your vintage wardrobe with dazzling eyewear from Gentlemen’s Breakfast Eyewear and order online for long-lasting artisan jewelry at Beatrice Venezuela.
Things to Do
Get on a swan boat ride with your kids at Echo Park Lake and then explore the surrounding Echo Park. The kids would love a rosemary fries lunch or burger and cold tea at Beacon Cafe, right on the lakefront. Take fun pictures with the bounties of nature as a backdrop and be sure to visit again when local events like the Lotus Festival and annual Dragon Boat Race spring up!
Wake up for an early morning jog along the scenic paths at Elysian Park, where some of the best views of the city can be gleaned. You can bring your family for a picnic outdoors at the lush Buena Vista Meadow Picnic Area or catch the LA Dodgers playing a home game at the 56k capacity state-of-the-art Dodger Stadium.
Echo Park is served by the Los Angeles Unified School District, home to some of California’s most exalted educational institutions. A few of the area’s coveted schools include: