Get in
Monterey Park is located about 8 miles east of Downtown Los Angeles and is most easily accessible by car via the 10, 60 or 710 freeways.
 Get around
Monterey Park has its own citywide bus system called the SPIRIT. Local area school kids affectionately dub it "the trolley".
[add listing] See
Known as "Little Taipei" in the 1980's, Downtown Monterey Park (along Garvey Avenue) contains many Chinese businesses and restaurants. These authentic restaurants are often viewed as Monterey Park's biggest claim to fame. Like South Bay area in relation to Little Tokyo, Monterey Park and the surrounding San Gabriel Valley area (plus Rowland Heights further east on the 60 freeway) is the new residential heart of the Chinese community in Los Angeles.
While ethnic Chinese represents more than half of the city's population, incredible diversity exists in the city. Monterey Park is home to families who trace their roots to places as different as Mexico, Taiwan, Hong Kong, China, Japan, Vietnam, Thailand and Indonesia. Monterey Park - Asian-American friendly, All-American, and 100% Angeleno!
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go to one of the many parks in Monterey Park for a picnic or to play. Barnes Park is the main park in the center of the city where many of the big events, like the 4th of July Celebration and May Days are held.
 Cultural Celebrations
Chinese New Year Festival - usually takes place around January or February, depending on when the Chinese New Year falls for that year.
Cherry Blossom Festival a Japanese and Japanese American cultural festival that usually takes place in April in Barnes Park
Cinco de Mayo Celebration around May 5 in Barnes Park. The day features a wide variety of entertainers, including Folklorico Dancers, Mariachis, and other traditional Mexican music.
Harmony Festival  held in the fall
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Chinese knick-knacks from Tak Shing Hong on Garvey Avenue is recommended for browsing.
Tea, Tea sets, bowls and ceramics, Chinese herbs and ginseng of excellent quality can be found at Wing Hop Fung in the strip mall at the intersection of Garvey and Atlantic (in the same plaza as 99 Ranch Market)
Asian style pastries and other baked goods from the many bakeries around town (try the mango cake).
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This is the San Gabriel Valley, which in Monterey Park primarily means: delicious, authentic Asian food.
Other recommended restaurants include Mandarin Noodle House at the intersection of Garvey and Chandler, Zagat rated; 501 (it's real name is Gourmet Delight but 501 is what me and my friends call it) located at 501 S. Atlantic; Empress Harbor for dim-sum (Atlantic and Garvey); JJ's Cafe is a Monterey Park classic, old school Hong Kong style San Gabriel Valley cafe located at Garvey and Ynez. Have not personally been, but have had Hong Kong Cafe on Garvey and Victory French Restaurant on Garvey, and Bollini's on Garfield recommended to me. Osho Sushi on Chandler Avenue is gorgeous inside, with authentic and super fresh sushi. Sushi Sai on Atlantic holds a special place in my heart (my Japanese friend recommends their salmon skin salad).
[add listing] Drink
Two words: Ten Ren. Super famous tea shop in Taiwan. Their Monterey Park branch is located across the street from Bank of America close to the intersection of Garvey and Garfield. Everything is good and made to order, so you can specify less sugar, extra ice, etc.
Beard Papa along Atlantic Blvd and Garvey is great for freshly made cream puffs. Highly recommend those cream puffs but also the drinks, with great tea and coffee options, and you can add tapioca balls
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