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Los Angeles — By Joannaline C. Young on March 3, 2010 at 12:29 pm
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The Best of Sawtelle Boulevard

If you were to put three of the most common Asian countries on one street in Los Angeles, it would be on Sawtelle Boulevard.  You’ll find a Japanese grocery store, karaoke, clothing stores, cute knickknacks, and best of all restaurants.

Here are top picks for favorite spots on Sawtelle:


  • Nijiya Grocery Store – You can find many of the authentic food and products of Japan including great sushi. They also carry a wide selection of fresh produce and sweets.  Caution, however, many products are only in Japanese.  Location:  2130 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles.
  • Crepe to go – This little booth has no problem with being upfront and honest, and often post signs telling customers they won’t put up with their “bull”.  On a lighter note, they have fun savory and sweet Japanese-style crepes named after celebrities.  Location: 2116 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles.
  • Beard Papa – This famous Asian pastry is filled with custard goodness. They also have other types of desserts for you to enjoy.  Location:  2130 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles
  • Tokyo Japanese Outlet – Like the Nijiya grocery store, this place has a lot of imported products from Japan.  However, here you’ll find stationary, clothing, music, and toy and fun gifts.  This is a great stop to pick up little gift items for the kids.  Location:  2109 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles.


  • Volcano Tea – Here you can get the classic Asian bubble tea and coffee drinks along with small snacks.  They also offer free wifi.  Location:  2111 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles.
  • Blue Marlin – Stylish tableware and decorations in this Chinese fusion restaurant.  Try the delicious mushroom risotto.  Location:  2121 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles.


  • Tofu Ya – This favorite Korean restaurant and usually packed in the evening.  They serve Soon Dubu (tofu soup) and other traditional Korean dishes.  Location: 2021 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles.

Celebrate some international flavor with a visit to Sawtelle Boulevard, just one example that Los Angeles is truly a melting pot.

Photo credit: Luna, Ink.

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