Eso 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.
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.
The 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.
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.
Babe’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.
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.
Lucy 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.