Echo Park is a trendy neighborhood just outside of downtown Los Angeles area that has become popular with young professionals and transplant residents. The area around Mirror Lake provides an extra layer in the history behind it and some great dates.
Echo Park has a lot going for it – from the history and culture in its depths to great food options galore. But at times, you might feel like an outsider if your tastes don’t match up with those around here; this is especially true when it comes time to spend money on things like rent or clothes (which we all need). Still, after all, not only will they get used, but there’s always something new coming along.
Sunset Blvd in Echo Park is the place to be for tacos, beer joints, and new American cuisine. From Guisado’s with their slow-cooked meaty treats in lulling flavors of stew or chorizo sizzling on an open grill; Button Mash where you can enjoy some arcade games while sampling excellent craft beers that are paired perfectly alongside Asian small plates such as Ostrich Farm’s tasty burn marks made from firewood served grilled over coals- it doesn’t get much more backyard than this.
If you’re in Echo Park and are looking for a great place to drink beer, Mohawk Bend is your ultimate destination. They’ve got one of the best lists in town, and it’s generally packed with Pliny on tap. If wine isn’t really what you are after, but rather something stronger like an Irish whiskey or even tequila shots, then head across the street to Bar Bandini, where they have all that plus more available options, which will surely satisfy any craving. Coffee nuts are people who only drink the perfect cup of coffee. They’ll set up their second home in Woodcat, Eightfold, or any other craft spot along Sunset Boulevard to enjoy a nice chat with friends over great brews and delicious treats. Echo Park is always an adventure–you never know what surprises await around every corner.
In the heart of Echo Park lies a little-known historical fact-the Cuban presence is vast here. After Castro overthrew Batista in 1959, many immigrants settled into this neighborhood and left their mark with landmarks like José Martí Square or an annual celebration called “Presencia Cubana.” Eyeing a breakfast sandwich? There are Cuban bakeries (chief among them Cuscatleca), sandwich shops, and cafes everywhere you look.