Welcome to Highland Park
Trendy enclave tucked off the beaten path
Settled in the Northeast corner of Los Angeles along Highway 110, Highland Park’s personality as one of LA’s first suburbs makes it a city bursting with a colorful history and elegant architecture. Tranquil residential streets fringe Highland Park’s two main business thoroughfares—Figueroa Street and York Boulevard, teeming with local eateries, bars, shops, and entertainment venues. Artsy, walkable, and endowed with pleasant year-round weather, Highland Park has proved an idyllic destination for creatives, historic home buffs, and foodies seeking continental delicacies within the swanky locale. Striking craftsman homes with spacious front porches dominate the neighborhood, alongside elaborate Victorians and Spanish revival-style homes.
What to Love
- Architecturally diverse with all shapes and sizes
- Hip, urban enclave with gastropubs and art galleries
- Pedestrian-friendly locale bursting with nightlife
Highland Park offers a homely feel with lots of energy to keep the mind, body, and soul constantly stimulated. Inclusivity is the norm with diverse individuals calling the city home. Its wealth of restaurants, bars, and music venues have made it a favorite for glitzy nightlife and elegant dining rooms offering the best culinary options. Locals will often step out to enjoy the sunshine at Hermon Park or socialize at Tuesday’s farmer’s markets while picking up organic goodies and fresh food to feed their families on.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
The variety of shops and pubs on York Boulevard is enough to blow your mind. The York is no doubt one of the most popular haunts, serving guests gourmet pub grub paired with cocktails, beer, or wine in an intimate space with a hip, industrial vibe. Check out Barcade for craft beer and fun arcade games, or The Hermosillo for continental bites and innovative draft beers.
Step into Dotter for classy clothes and toys or The Bearded Beagle for carefully curated vintage clothing collections ranging from vintage tees to accessories. Love you a cutesy gift basket? Be sure to stop by at Crush. Shorthand is said to have a high bar for stationery items that customers are guaranteed not to be disappointed once they step into the charming shop. Collector of vinyl records? Gimme Gimme Records have got you covered with their selection of used and new records in every genre from pop to blues, R&B, jazz, and more! Choose your choice of soda flavors and Italian-style deli at the family-run Galco's Soda Pop Shop or stop in for Taiwanese milk tea and dan-dan noodles at the cozy Joy.
Things to Do
Spend an evening striking out on the eight lanes at Highland Park Bowl glorious in its reputation as LA's Oldest Operating Bowling Alley, this rustic, intimate haunt is adorned in beautiful vintage murals, chandeliers, and a live music space perfect for a date night. Puppet shows have found their home in the historic Bob Baker Marionette Theatre on York. Fill your day with outdoor fun with a family bike race on the 2-mile Arroyo Seco Bike Path or lay down a blanket for a sunny picnic at Hermon Park and bring your kids to the playground at York Park.
If you need new eyeglasses, you can check in with the salesman at Society of The Spectacle. Relish an evening of tours of the Historic homes at The Heritage Square Museum, a living history museum that brings the Highland Park village alive with animated exhibits featuring relics of 19th century Los Angeles lifestyle and open-air architecture including a church, Queen Anne mansion, and even a train depot.
Highland Park is zoned to the Los Angeles Unified School District, a prestigious district offering students an enriching and culturally fulfilling education. Some of the area’s most coveted schools include: