It had been way too long since Mr. Lovely and I went out for a mini adventure, so we decided to explore a part of LA that we hadn’t gotten to know too well. We’ve stopped in Little Tokyo here and there in the past for a quick errand, but this time we found a nice long meter parking spot and wandered around.
A good place to start is the Japanese Village Plaza; there are shops and restaurants, and you can wander around for a whole afternoon. Go for lunch and put your name in at Kula Sushi Bar (if it’s crowded, waste a little time in the shops nearby). I had never been to a conveyor belt sushi restaurant before, and it was so fun! There’s just something about an endless parade of food marching by that gets me excited. All of the plates are $2, so you can also get a pretty decently priced lunch. Try the dragon roll. I could have eaten three plates of it.
Head around the corner to Pop (not to be confused with Popkiller). One of my favorite shops in the village! They have about a zillion fun t-shirts, and also some pretty fab accessories at reasonable prices. I love how white and breezy the shop is, and they styled everything with air plants — a current particular obsession. I might have tried on a few hats.
If you’re shopping for a little one, be sure to find the Monkey Pants shop. The cutest baby britches I’ve seen recently. And if you’re in the mood for some little Japanese bits and pieces, stop by the Tokyo Outlet Store. It totally reminded me of some of my favorite shops in Japan — all kinds of cute little containers, pencils, bowls, and so much more good stuff.
Wrap up your visit with a couple of sweet treats. We stood outside of Mitsuru Cafe for about 10 minutes, just fascinated watching the bakers make the red bean cakes. Be sure to take a peek, and then hop in line to get one (they’re worth the $1.50). And it might seem out of place, but Lette macaron shop is right there in the mix and too good to pass up. We brought a few home for later.
We definitely missed a few spots (have to go back for mochi!) but it’s a fun afternoon if you’re wandering around in LA. Next time we’ll hit some of the gardens in the area, too; I’ve read that there are a few Japanese gardens tucked away from the craziness of the city. Have you been? Would love to know if you’ve ever wandered around Little Tokyo! xoxo