Welcome to Elysian Valley
Aptly-named community of paradisiacal whimsy and warmth
Close-knit community Elysian Valley is a sliver of land in Central Los Angeles that runs along the edge of Elysian Park between Atwater Village and Glassell Park. Also known by its nickname Frogtown, Elysian Valley’s landscape is largely defined by the coursing Los Angeles River on its northern boundary and received its quirky moniker from the amphibians who live in the brush along the river’s banks. With a population under 10,000 residents, this neighborhood—where neighbors wave, waiters know your order, and bartenders know your name—has a vintage vibe and a timeless aura. In the early 2000s, as another wave of commercial newcomers threatened to spill into the district, Elysian Valley residents organized to resist the construction of high-rises and incoming urban density to maintain the neighborhood’s authentic charm. Homes in Elysian Valley range from refinished million-dollar bungalows to chic renovated apartments, which accommodates a multitude of lifestyles.
What to Love
- Old-school LA charm
- Dog-friendly neighborhood
- Kayaking the Los Angeles River
- Quirky, foodie-approved eateries
- Low-density advocates
- Picnics at Elysian Park
People & Lifestyle
Elysian Valley is a funky, eclectic strip that appeals to a broad array of people. Young professionals love the urban proximity and slightly-reduced cost of living while families enjoy the economic diversity, highly-rated nearby schools, and spacious homes. Whether you’re new in town or you’ve been around the block a few times, Elysian Valley has a laid-back vibe and a local outlook. Here, everyone has a place to call home.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Local eateries are frequent favorites in Frogtown. Sunny Salazar has an abundance of outdoor patio seating under the shade of palm trees, and their colorful menu packs a flavorful punch. Wax Paper is a charming take-out sandwich shop where menu items are playfully named after celebrities—but that’s not all that’s on their menu. They have partnered with nearby vendors to bring you a fully-fledged menu so that you can pair your Ira Glass sandwich with a glass of vibrantly-colored matcha from Dayglow Coffee. In addition to renting and repairing bicycles, Spoke Bicycle Cafe offers a cult-favorite all-day breakfast menu alongside sandwiches and beer that can be readily enjoyed on their roomy patio. Grab a seat at the counter at Restaurante Tierra Caliente and for classic Mexican cuisine, including enchiladas, tortas, and sope, or head over to Lupita’s, where you’ll find traditional Mexican fares. Vegan bakery Just What I Kneaded boasts a dazzling selection of handcrafted plant-based pastries, cakes, and pies. Craft beer is Frogtown Brewery’s specialty. Their industrial-inspired décor, beer garden, and dedication to fostering community let this brewery thrive.
Things to Do
Elysian Valley’s convenient location near Interstate 5 makes it easy to navigate the city for date night destinations or afternoon activities, but you’ll find plenty of things to do right here in Frogtown. The Los Angeles River is a stunning natural ecosystem that courses through Elysian Valley, where LA River Kayak Safari invites you to explore its whitewater. If you prefer to keep your feet on solid ground, Zebulon is the best of both worlds: half-café, half-concert venue, swing by for drinks from their extensive menu, and stay for the show.
Elysian Valley is home to several outstanding educational facilities that offer students vital tools for success. A few of the most noteworthy academic institutions include:
- Allesandro Elementary School, K-6
- Dorris Place Elementary School, K-6
- Solano Avenue Elementary School, K-6