Part cookbook store, part lifestyle shop, Now Serving is one serious destination for boutique kitchenware, international food magazines, aprons, and cookbooks representing more than 20 countries. Curated and owned by husband-and-wife team Ken Concepcion and Michelle Mungcala—the former a past chef for Wolfgang Puck—this shop within Far East Plaza draws upon more than a decade of kitchen experience to curate some truly special wares. It’s also become a major fixture of the community thanks to its regular cookbook-author talkbacks and signings, not to mention congenial and welcoming customer service.
Heading to L.A.’s Chinatown? Use this as your go-to guide for shopping—from unique art-inspired boutiques to old-school neighborhood shops—because no matter what you’re looking for, we’ve got you covered. Unlike nearby neighborhoods such as Highland Park, Echo Park and Los Feliz, Chinatown is an L.A. hub that you may need help discovering. Walk through the historic streets and see it like a local with this guide to the best shops—so you don’t miss on the great stores hidden in and out of the arcades.
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