West Los Angeles

West Los Angeles, also called Sawtelle Japantown, is an eclectic, freeway-adjacent district celebrated for its Japanese eateries and shops. A strollable stretch of Sawtelle Boulevard offers ramen, sushi and shave ice, plus karaoke and Tokyo-inspired gifts. Other options include Chinese dumplings, Korean BBQ and Vietnamese sandwiches. Apartment complexes and slick shopping mall Westside Pavilion round out the area.