Top things to do in Exposition Park & South LA

Top Choice Landmark in Exposition Park & South LA

Watts Towers

The three Gothic spires of the fabulous Watts Towers rank among the world’s greatest monuments of folk art. In 1921 Italian immigrant Simon Rodia set out ‘to make something big’ and then spent 33 years cobbling toge…
Top Choice Food Hall in Exposition Park & South LA

Mercado La Paloma

If you're near Expo Park or USC, it's totally worth the five-minute walk under the freeway to this fabulous food hall. About a dozen restaurant stalls sell everything from Yucatan to Ethiopian cuisine, ceviche to co…
Top Choice Art in Exposition Park & South LA

Sika

It would be hard to find a better collection of antiques, masks, clothes and jewelry outside of West Africa than those found in this owner-operated treasure chest, a pillar of Leimert Park. It's also known for nose …
Museum in Exposition Park & South LA

California Science Center

Top billing at the Science Center goes to the Space Shuttle Endeavour, one of only four space shuttles nationwide, but there's plenty else to see at this large, multistory, multimedia museum filled with buttons to p…
Cultural Center in Exposition Park & South LA

Watts Labor Community Action Committee

Watts was around the epicenter of two sets of LA riots – first in 1965 and then in 1992 – when this vibrant community and cultural center was burned to the ground. The neighborhood is still teeming with large number…
Area in Exposition Park & South LA

Leimert Park

The soft lilt of a saxophone purrs from a storefront. Excited chatter streams from a coffee house. The savory aroma of barbecue wafts into the steamy noontime air. Welcome to Leimert (luh-MERT) Park, the cultural hu…
Spectator Sport in Exposition Park & South LA

Los Angeles Rams

Professional football returns to LA after a 22-year hiatus. The Rams were the first NFL team in Southern California, starting in 1946, but unbelievably the nation's second-largest market was without pro football onc…
Books in Exposition Park & South LA

Eso Won Books

Nearly 30 years in business and still going strong in an Amazon world, this store focuses on African-American literature, fiction and nonfiction. Luminaries such as Maya Angelou, BB King, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Ta-…
Museum in Exposition Park & South LA

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

Dinos to diamonds, bears to beetles, hissing roaches to African elephants – this museum will take you around the world and back, through millions of years in time. It’s all housed in a beautiful 1913 Spanish Renaiss…
Burgers in Exposition Park & South LA

Locol

Clean lines, loud hip-hop and a gourmet pedigree animate this fast-food concept from Roy Choi, the chef credited with starting LA's food-truck revolution. Locol does bargain-priced yet quality burgers, fried chicken…