Small Town Adventures: Leimert Park

Leimert Park was among the city’s first planned communities. The Crenshaw District neighborhood was established in 1927, but blacks weren’t allowed to live here until 1948. Today the area is a hub of African American culture

esowonbooksEso Won Books
Cosby, Clinton, and Obama are among the authors who’ve appeared at the shop, which specializes in literature by and about African Americans. » 4331 Degnan Blvd.


gallerplusGallery Plus
Check out works by African American artists or chat with owner Laura Hendrix, who can fill you in on the neighborhood’s history. » 4344 Degnan Blvd.


worldstageThe World Stage
Jazz drummer Billy Higgins cofounded the educational and performance gallery, which presents workshops, jam sessions, and an annual jazz festival. » 4333 Degnan Blvd.


kaosnetworkKaos Network
Every Thursday the community center hosts Project Blowed, a hip-hop open-mic night that’s featured the likes of  the Black Eyed Peas and Jurassic Five. » 4343 Leimert Blvd.


babesRickysInnBabe’s & Ricky’s Inn
The 52-year-old institution, which relocated from Central Avenue in the 1990s, is famous for serving live jazz and blues at night with a heaping side of soul food. » 4339 Leimert Blvd. 


phillipsbbqPhillips Bar-B-Que
The take-out joint’s pork ribs (from an old family recipe) are L.A.’s best. Grab a pile of napkins and head to Leimert Park Plaza, south of 43rd Place, where drum circles gather on Sundays. » 4307 Leimert Blvd.


lucyflorenceLucy Florence Cultural Center
Browse your way through the labyrinth of art, jewelry, doll clothing, and gift displays at this art space. » 3351 W. 43rd St.