East Hollywood

East Hollywood hasn't achieved celebrity status or cult status. Its unpretentious attitude is what wins this neighborhood its awards.

Just east of Hollywood and just west of supremely hip Silver Lake, East Hollywood hails from somewhere between LA's bastion of embedded stars and its outpost for artistic savants. Unpretentious and fastidiously unkempt, East Hollywood boasts neighborhood dive bars, streetside churro stands, and community fairs where sidewalk musicians make all the noise they want. East Hollywood is defined by its diversity—Thai town, Little Armenia, and a strong Hispanic community compose this neighborhood's distinctive culture.

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On the Map

East Hollywood is bordered by Los Feliz, Silver Lake, Mid-Wilshire, and Hollywood

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Possible

LAX Airport: 30 minutes by car or 1 hour & 30 minutes by public transit
Santa Monica Pier: 25 minutes by car
Hollywood Walk of Fame: 15 minutes by car
Venice Boardwalk: 30 minutes by car
The Grove: 15 minutes by car

An Everyday Neighborhood Next to Star-Studded Hollywood

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East Hollywood strikes a pose that drastically differs from Hollywood, its famous neighbor to the west.

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It's more common to see stars in the sky than stars walking its streets.

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Its celebrity-less boulevards are part of the recipe that makes East Hollywood locally beloved.

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The neighborhood feels nearly untouched by Hollywood's pomp and circumstance.

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It may not be celebrity-related, but the neighborhood maintains its own sort of swagger.

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Juxtapositions that recall opening scenes from films set in suburbia pervade this take-it-as-it-is location.

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Mobile street art?

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We'll take it.

Alternative Attractions In East Hollywood

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East Hollywood is home to the nation's sole designated Thai ethnic community, Thai Town. Its plaza brims with Thai restaurants, markets, silk stores, and spas.

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UCLA's original campus, now Los Angeles City College, and The Church of Scientology's West Coast headquarters are also located in the neighborhood.

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One of the best kept secrets in Los Angeles is this area of East Hollywood."

Getting Around East Hollywood

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Celebrity-embedded Hollywood, super-creative Silver Lake, and LA's big-business Downtown aren't far from East Hollywood.

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They're relatively easy to reach by bus, car, or Metro Red Line.

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Photography

Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Rob is an editorial & commercial art photographer based in LA. On a recent assignment to South Africa with Ghetto Film School, he documented student filmmakers. On the Airbnb project, Rob says: “I love exploring the City of Angels. The other day, I photographed in pouring rain, thinking the worst, but ended up with some of my best shots. The people I meet on a daily basis amaze me."

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