Welcome to Echo Park
Eclectic enclave with urban grit
Tucked into the heart of central Los Angeles is densely-populated Echo Park. Bordered by Elysian Valley and Silver Lake, this diverse community is centered around the manmade lake of the same name. Echo Park is a burgeoning hipster alcove that appeals to people from all walks of life. Here, you’ll find moody dive bars, vintage vinyl stores, and upscale bistros. Echo Park’s central location makes it ideal for go-getters and jet-setters—you’re only a 10-minute drive from everything downtown has to offer, thirty minutes from the beach, and less than twenty miles from Los Angeles International Airport. Plus, getting around is easy in Echo Park. Its pedestrian-friendly streets are easy to navigate, which is great for club-hopping, window shopping, and running errands. Homes in Echo Park are as diverse as its residents. Real estate comes in a wide variety of styles, from Victorian homes to stuccoed bungalows that pepper Echo Park’s avenues with interest and intrigue.
What to Love
- Being in the heart of it all
- Abundant sunshine year-round
- Seventh inning stretches at Dodger’s Stadium
- Swan boat rides on Echo Park Lake
- Brunch dates and bar hopping
- Diverse neighbors
People & Lifestyle
Echo Park’s eclectic residents illustrate the resilience of Los Angeles in their relentless creativity and constant inspiration. This bustling locale is in the thick of it all. Bisected by Sunset Boulevard, Echo Park is bursting with trendy eateries, coffee shops and cocktail bars, and homegrown Angeleno charm.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Echo Park’s thriving culinary scene brings bold flavors to the table. At the bohemian corner store Sticky Rice, organic Thai food is dished up all day. This atmospheric restaurant is sure to become a fast favorite. For an Instagrammable afternoon tea, grab a seat at Lady Byrd Cafe. Their garden-inspired patio is a dreamy destination for weekend brunch and toasting bubbly. Cozy neighborhood café Ostrich Farm only has room to seat fifty, but this intimate dining experience is worth the wait. Any dish from their menu of New American comfort food feels like a home-cooked meal. For vegan cuisine with a Californian flair, stop by Mohawk Bend or head over to Cosa Buona if you’re in the mood for wood-fired pizza topped with locally-sourced ingredients.
Eccentric boutique shops are Echo Park’s lifeblood. Lemon Frog Shop Vintage Bazaar is a vintage consignment shop rich with retro finds. If you’re hunting for records, cassettes, and hi-fi gear, swing by Cosmic Vinyl. This classic record shop has an old-fashioned rock-n-roll spirit and buys, sells, and trades.
Things to Do
Echo Park’s vibrant personality lends itself to a brimming social calendar. You’ll never run out of things to do here. Spend the day at Echo Park Lake, where you can paddle a swan boat on the glistening reservoir waters. After dark, head to Los Globos and dance the night away to the booming bass of dance hall hits. For live music, hit The Echo, a long-standing punk rock venue. Cantina-style Bar Flores is a quirky upstairs drink station with speakeasy roots where they serve tequila sours from the treetops. Meanwhile, the margaritas at El Compadre are on fire—literally. Flaming cocktails, Mexican classics, and good times are all on the menu at this traditional eatery.
Echo Park is fortunate to be home to a plethora of outstanding educational institutions that offer students vital tools for success. A few of the most notable academic facilities in the area include:
- Baxter Montessori School, K-3
- Gabriella Charter School, K-8
- Alliance Ted K. Tajima High School, 9-12