10 Reasons Why Koreatown Is The BEST Right Now

Photo: Courtesy of Pot.
Downtown has been the talk of L.A. for quite a while now. Culver City is still having a moment. East Los Angeles just keeps getting cooler and cooler. But, of all the SoCal neighborhoods that everyone's currently obsessing over, Koreatown tops our list. There's more than one reason the once under-the-radar nabe has become one of the city's fastest-growing areas — in fact, we can think of at least 10. From the quirky 'hood's best ramen burger joint to an affordable spa that can only be described as magical, we've rounded up the essential K-town spots that will make you never want to leave this part of L.A.
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Photo: Courtesy of Poketo.
Poketo at The Line Hotel
It might not be as large as the flagship store downtown, but Poketo's newest location at the Line Hotel offers a perfectly curated selection of their too-cool-for-school stationery, office supplies, and rad home accent pieces.

Poketo at The Line Hotel, 3515 Wilshire Boulevard (near South Ardmore Avenue); 213-381-7411.
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Ramen Burger
The arrival of Ramen Burger in Los Angeles is both a blessing and a curse — for obvious reasons.

Ramen Burger, 239 South Vermont Avenue (at West 3rd Street); 213-380-2399.
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71 Stanton
Owned and curated by chic designer Ellis Yu, this luxe women's boutique offers an amazing selection of her own minimalist and extremely wearable designs — plus, vintage accessories from the likes of Chanel, Hermes, and the rest of the gang.

71 Stanton, 3517 West 6th Street (at South Alexandria Avenue); 213-807-0888.
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Ubatuba Acai
Forget about trying to spell it, but this spot offers some of the best acai bowls we've tried in all of L.A. Period.

Ubatuba Acai, 549 South Western Avenue (at West 6th Street); 213-388-8958.
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Natura Spa
Truth be told, Koreatown boasts a number of incredible Korean spas, and choosing a favorite is a difficult and personal decision. That said, Natura Spa is definitely one of our current go-tos, thanks to its reasonable $15 admission fee and magical jade sauna.

Natura Spa, 3240 Wilshire Boulevard (near South Vermont Avenue); 213-381-2288.
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La Fleur by Tracy
Perfect flower arrangements, stunning orchids, and a surprisingly wide range of cacti? Yes, please! Oh, and, it's all pretty affordable compared to the average L.A. floral shop.

La Fleur by Tracy, 3453 West 8th Street (near South Hobart Boulevard); 213-487-6487.
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Photo: Courtesy of Pot.
Pot
Chef Roy Choi's latest L.A. restaurant is a true homage to Los Angeles' Koreatown. If you're not afraid of a little spice, we recommend ordering the Redondo Beach.

Pot, 3515 Wilshire Boulevard (near South Ardmore Avenue); 213-368-3030.
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Saint Martha
Brought to you by the team behind Farmer's Daughter Hotel and Tart restaurant, this new wine bar/resto may look tiny and inconspicuous, but it packs a serious punch. The wildly creative menu — dubbed as "modern American cuisine" — is not for the timid, but we suggest you find the courage to try it out. You won't be disappointed.

Saint Martha, 740 South Western Avenue (near West 8th Street); 213-387-2300.
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Beer Belly
Go for the craft beer selection. Stay for a grilled cheese with a side of duck-fat fries.

Beer Belly, 532 South Western Avenue (between West 5th and West 6th streets); 213-387-2337.
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EMC Seafood & Raw Bar
Even though it just opened, apparently this spot doesn't need any time to get its game face on. If you like raw, you'll freak over the oysters. If you're more into cooked, opt for the softshell crab sliders. And, don't forget an order of zucchini fries for the table!

EMC Seafood & Raw Bar, 3500 West 6th Street (near South Alexandria Avenue); 213-351-9988.
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