Welcome to Leimert Park
Los Angeles’ most vibrant and historic neighborhood with something for everyone
Leimert Park is a vibrant, walkable neighborhood in South Los Angeles, California. The neighborhood was developed in 1920 as a mainly residential area and named after its founder, Walter H. Leimert, a successful residential developer. Many homes here are spacious, and you will find beautiful Spanish-style homes, bungalows, and modern apartment buildings offering great living.
Leimert Park boasts dense tree-lined streets, great views, and easy access to high-end restaurants, grocery stores, parks, museums, and other attractions. Commuting from Leimert Park to downtown Los Angeles is 20 minutes by car or 40 minutes by transit.
What to Love
- Sense of community
- Peaceful historical neighborhood
- Great outdoor activities
- Upwardly mobile
Leimert Park is a friendly neighborhood boasting a rich history, community pride, and a sense of togetherness. The heart of the community offers several outdoor amenities, including art galleries, unique restaurants, bookstores, and shops. There is never a dull moment in Leimert Park, with residents enjoying several events and festivals held throughout the year. It is known for its vibrant music scene, poetry jam nights, and authentic Afro-Caribbean cuisine. The park at the district's center is a popular spot for performances and gatherings.
Dining, Entertainment, & Shopping
Leimert Park’s dining, shopping, and entertainment spots never fail to impress. Before setting off for fun exploration, jumpstart your day at Swift Cafe for coffee and tea, authentic Brazilian açai bowls, delicious smoothies, and baked empanadas. Nutritionist Kyndra McCrary opened the cafe in 2019 to offer healthy fare that borrows heavily from Latin, Indian, and Caribbean cuisine.
If you are a fan of ice cream, All Chill Hip Hop Ice Cream Shop should top your list of places to visit. It serves tasty ice cream and frozen yogurt with pecans, Mochi, strawberries, coconut, and pomegranate drizzle. Hop into Hot and Cool Cafe and grab a mug of the coolest cold brew coffee on the planet, infused with blueberries and raspberries.
Things to Do
Though small, this gem of a neighborhood boasts countless events, sights, and landmarks. Leimert Park Plaza serves as the community's epicenter, where residents gather daily to socialize, support, and celebrate Black culture.
Each year, the neighborhood welcomes Martin Luther King Parade into town, a practice that has been going on for decades. The event commemorates the life and time of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, a great American icon. You can catch a glimpse of spectacular views of the parade, attend a poetry reading, catch a commemorative performance, or participate in community service.
If you want to learn new dance moves, Debbie Allen Dance Academy offers comprehensive dance classes to students aged four and up. The studio uses dance and theatre training and performances to enrich, inspire, and transform the lives of its students.
The Taste of Soul festival is another popular annual event you should don’t want to miss. The free daylong event showcases the best food, entertainment, and shopping in the Southland. It is graced by over 300 vendors, top recording artists, and renowned celebrities.
The Los Angeles Unified School District serves the Leimert Park neighborhood. Top education opportunities in this neighborhood include:
Equitas Academy, grades K-4
Juan De Anza Elementary, grades K-5
Wish Community School, grades K-8
Rise Kohyang High School, grades 9-12