Pulling an all-nighter in LA’s Koreatown
Although during the day Los Angeles is just as vibrant as any other cosmopolitan metropolis, it’s not uncommon to see deserted streets and hear how the buzz lowers to a bare minimum between 9:00 PM and 2:00PM to finally become pretty much ghost town after that, once the hip clubs and bars of the city call it a night.
But if you’re in LA for an adventure and you’re determined to make the most out of your time in the city, you have to pull an all-nighter and discover the secrets of the only part of Los Angeles that never sleeps: its very own Koreatown.
If a budget situation or logistics get in your way so you cannot visit Korea, Koreatown is a place you most definitely need to check out. Of course, we’re not saying this is just like the real deal or that after you’ve visited this pocket universe within Los Angeles, you can skip your dream trip to the Asian country, but it can, for sure, give you a glimpse of what you’re in for.
Koreatown features the looks and vibes of Seoul through its flashy soju billboards and dozens of signs in authentic Korean language. But what makes this place so special and so similar to the real deal, is its booming 24-hour culture; which is rapidly growing in popularity.
There’s an increasingly active night scene going on in Koreatown, and trendy bars and clubs are always around the corner. And at the very beginning of your night-out, you should get something to nurture your soul and empty stomach. The gastronomic offer of Koreatown is versatile, interesting and exotic, you can find genuine Korean food, molecular cuisine with Korean elements and highlights or fusion dishes out of this world amongst many other delicious things.
Once your tummy is full, it’s time to kickstart the party with a few drinks, which you can enjoy in any of the many bars around the area. Korean fried chicken is very popular, and it’s known as a staple of a fun night out. The best way to enjoy it, is with your closest friends at a local and intimate bar having some drinks.
As the night progresses -and for from getting less interesting–, the window opportunity presents itself with a wide variety of activities to pick from for after hours entertainment. From bowling alleys and karaoke bars that open till 2:00 AM to more upbeat clubs where you can dance the night away, the catalogue of night activities for you to enjoy in Koreatown is rather broad. Further, the best part is how easy it is to walk throughout the entire area and enjoy every bit of it in a city where cars are pretty much mandatory, which makes it the ultimate accessible night-time destination.
If all that partying leaves you famished, there are several 24 hour restaurants that offer Korean BBQ, hot pots, ramen and even waffles. If on the other hand, the party left you a bit overworked, you might want to try an after midnight spa session before heading home at dawn. Yes, I know how it sounds but it is perfectly possible as some establishments, such as Wi Spa are available fully operative 24/7.
Before going back to your hotel or home to enjoy a full day of rest and sleep, it’s time to explore Koreatown gastronomic offer one last time. You can get breakfast pretty much in every corner., so you can basically pick blindfolded and you will go back home with a full stomach and a delicious after taste no matter what.
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