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Little Tokyo's best attractions and restaurants (map)

Explore the best of Little Tokyo with this map of the neighborhood's best restaurants, shops and things to do.

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Illustration: Tom Lamb Little Tokyo
By Time Out editors |
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When you're on the hunt for the best ramen and best things to do in Little Tokyo, find your way around with this map (we asked local artist Tom Lamb to illustrate it for us). Our favorite spots are all here.

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Restaurants, Coffee shops

Café Dulcé

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For coffee hounds, Café Dulcé in the Japanese Village Plaza is a must. From cortados and cappuccinos to a great Vietnamese iced coffee, you’ll find excellent options here for getting your java fix, with hot and cold coffee made with beans from various specialty roasters (most recently, Madcap Coffee Company beans were in the hopper). Grab a green tea donut or a donut hole topped with Fruity Pebbles, and sit down at one of the tables outside watching the ebb and flow of Little Tokyo.

Restaurants, Ice cream parlors

Mikawaya

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This traditional Japanese bakery has been open in Los Angeles (though not at this location) for more than 100 years. Mikawaya offers a plethora of pastries in this retail shop, but is probably best known for its famous Mochi Ice Cream, available in flavors varying from mango to green tea.

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Restaurants, Japanese

Hama Sushi

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You're likely to make a new friend while sitting at this cozy Japanese eatery's sushi counter, behind which professional sushi chefs expertly prepare ultra-fresh cuts of albacore, yellotail, red snapper, sea eel and more.

Restaurants, Dinner

The Spice Table (CLOSED)

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Little Tokyo is an unlikely place to find chef Bryan Ng’s ode to Singaporean and Vietnamese street food that is Spice Table, yet there it is—a beautifully weathered brick building situated next to Shin-Sen-Gumi. The Southeast Asian dishes here are closer to the source material than expected from a Mozza alum. One may understandably opt to drive an extra 20 minutes east to the San Gabriel Valley, but you can find a Hainanese chicken rice dish just as good at Spice Table. Grab a seat at the bar in front of the wood-burning oven where lamb belly satay and grilled pig's tail are grilled over the wood-burning oven and served tableside—in its full unctuous glory—with fish sauce and aromatic herbs and lettuce to wrap. Lunch options include a refined banh mi—served with headcheese and pâté on house-baked bread—one of the better fancy versions in town.

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