Know where to find a soothing café de olla? Or where to sing karaoke all night? How about the best spot for DTLA skyline views? Our neighborhood guides are here to show you it all.
But we all can agree it’s vast.
So we’re helping break it down for you. “This must be the place” is a series of guides to the many cities, neighborhoods and communities that make L.A., L.A.
These are by no means comprehensive lists but rather highlight reels — the spots are all handpicked by L.A. Times writers who spent months talking to residents, walking the streets and diving into the history of each place. The guides may shift or expand over time, just like the neighborhoods themselves. And some locales may linger outside of technical parameters. Rather than lean into stark definitions, we wanted to celebrate all of the gems — the restaurants, shops, theaters, outdoor spaces, landmarks and more — that make us love where we live.
While this is a small slice of Los Angeles County, we will be adding more guides regularly, so bookmark this page and return often for even more places to discover.
Creative director: Amy King
Design direction: Faith Stafford, Jessica de Jesus
Lead art direction, design and animation: Brandon Ly
Photo editing: Taylor Arthur, Rachel Hulin
Assistant to photo editors, coordinator: Sonja Stott
Writers: Ada Tseng, Jeong Park, Christopher Reynolds, Julia Carmel, Danielle Dorsey, Astrid Kayembe, Andrea Flores, Kailyn Brown, Jenn Harris, Rachel Kraus, Jessica Roy, Michelle Woo
Photography: Jason Armond, Dania Maxwell, Allen J. Schaben, Mariah Tauger, Kayla James/For the Times, Angella Choe/For the Times, Ricardo DeAratanha, Betty Hallock, Christina House, Jay L. Clendenin, Brian van der Brug, Wally Skalij, Luis Sinco, Stephanie Breijo, Carter Hiyama/For the Times, Shelby Moore/For The Times, Damon Casarez/For the Times, Silvia Razgova/For the Times
Copy editing: Lisa Horowitz, Doug Norwood, Alison Dingeldein, Lynn Meersman
Audience engagement: Amy Wong
Data reporting: Sandhya Kambhampati