The neighborhood’s namesake and centerpiece, this former reservoir lives on as a family-friendly destination worthy of its bold backdrop: the Downtown skyline amid the lotus flower blooms, fountains and the Lady of the Lake statue. You can push your way through the lake in a pedal or swan boat ($12 per hour) or stroll around the path that hugs its borders.
Though it often gets lumped together with its upscale neighbor Silver Lake, Echo Park has enough character of its own to set itself apart. The wave of trendsetters and trendseekers have transformed the neighborhood—love it or hate it—into a haven for dive bars and casual dining as well as eclectic live music and art galleries.
You’ll hear plenty of people refer to Echo Park as being on the Eastside—and just as many Angelenos who insist it most definitely isn’t. But no matter which side of that you fall on, we can all generally agree that Echo Park includes both the hilly residential areas and bustling flats outside of Dodger Stadium, bounded by the 5, 110 and 101 freeways, as well as Glendale Boulevard to the west, with some extra blocks extending to the other side of Alvarado Street. Echo Park neighbors Silver Lake to the northwest, while to the northeast its Elysian Park extension butts up against Frogtown. The neighborhood more or less stops at the freeways, where, to the south, it neighbors Historic Filipinotown, Downtown L.A. and Chinatown. Most of the neighborhood’s activity is centered around Sunset Boulevard—where you’ll also find its most frequently-running bus lines.
We think you’ll find plenty to love in Echo Park, whether you’re spending an afternoon at Echo Park Lake or a summer evening at Dodger Stadium.