Borrow's Guide to Koreatown

Welcome to LA! Borrow is your number one travel buddy, and we’re here to give you the inside scoop on all things LA. First stop: Korea Town.


K-BBQ. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve heard about K-town’s biggest hit, K-BBQ. Shredded beef (“bulgogi”) and spare ribs (“kal-bi”) are common favorites, but feel free to order the pork belly (“samgyeopsal”) if you’re feeling adventurous. Check out a few of our favorite spots (but keep in mind, you might have to wait in line):

Honey Pig

Talk about sweet and savory! When it comes to Korean BBQ, what else do you need?

3400 W 8th St
Los Angeles, CA 90005

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Quarters Korean BBQ


Image courtesy of The Minty

465 W 6th St
Los Angeles, CA 90020

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Bulgogi Hut

Ff you're in the market for shredded beef, you're probably in the market for at least a hut's worth of it. Hence: Bulgogi Hut.

3600 Wilshire Blvd
Ste 100C
Los Angeles, CA 90010

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Tofu-soup. If you want an extra authentic experience, we’ve got another dish for you: Korean traditional tofu soup (“soon-dubu”). It’s just as popular, if not more so, among the local crowd. Korean cuisine isn’t just K-BBQ, so do yourself a favor and give some of these tofu houses a try:

BCD Tofu House


Tofu Soup, via CitySearch

Pictured above! Mmmm. You can see the kick before you taste!

869 S Western Ave
Ste 2
Los Angeles, CA 90005

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Young Dong Tofu House


Courtesy of Yelp user Sun K.

3828 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90010

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Tofu and Noodles. At most tofu houses you can find other traditional dishes as well. We highly recommend branching out – you’ll thank us later.

Mixed Rice Bowl (“bi-bim-bap”). Finally, America has caught on and people are raving about the Korean mixed rice bowl. You can find this dish almost anywhere, and for good reason. Order the “hot pot” rice bowl (“dol-sot-bi-bim-bap”) and it will come out in a hot stone bowl – it keeps the dish hot and makes the rice extra crispy.


Easy as Bi-Bim-Bap!

Glass noodles (“japchea”). Korean glass noodles are amazing, when they’re prepared well. They are served cold and compliment the previous dishes perfectly. But ask your server if they recommend the “japchea,” because not chef knows how to make it right.


As if food wasn't enough fun for you! Well, once you're sated, let the flavors settle in with a few other indulgences:

Two words: karaoke room (“no-reh-baang”). Popular in Korea for decades, karaoke rooms have become a staple in Korean communities everywhere. Unlike its American counterparts, Korean karaoke bars give each party a personal room to fill with songs of your choice. Waiters take drink orders and serve them to you in your personal karaoke room. It’s a great place to start out your night with a group of friends.


Bath houses (“jim-jil-baang”). Bath Houses are a common sight across Korea, but are a bit harder to find in LA. For a traditional bath house experience, check out Wi Spa, just east of Korea Town. It’s an experience you’ll have to see to believe. Just don’t be shy about nudity – the spa’s regulars certainly aren’t. (Fair warning: you might want to read up on Korean bathhouses before you make the commitment. It’s worth it, but it might not be for everyone.)