The Best Things To Do And See In Los Angeles' Palms Neighborhood

Zumba Toning © teammarche/Flickr
Zumba Toning © teammarche/Flickr
Photo of Nadya Rousseau
9 February 2017

Technically the oldest neighborhood in Los Angeles, Palms, originally called ‘The’ Palms, is a diverse community with no shortage of activities to do, or places to see. Though commonly overlooked by East and Westsiders alike, the enclave situated in between Culver City and Venice is definitely worth exploring. Here’s how.

It's Game Time!

Shop, Store
Paragon Pinball Machine
Paragon Pinball Machine | © Ryan McFarland/Flickr
On the corner of Motor and National, is a vortex into gaming goodness. It’s GameTime sells a variety of collectibles including baseball cards, game cards and board games. For those not so keen on board game nostalgia, the pinball machine in the back is famously addictive. The game store doesn’t house any video games, but there are weekly events for Magic the Gatherer and Dungeons and Dragons fans. The pizza shop just two doors down is a great place to refuel.

Take an art class at Kline Academy

For art enthusiasts interested in trying their hand at painting or drawing, Kline Academy holds a variety of workshops and ongoing classes. The academy’s classes include figure drawing, abstract painting, and workshops based in both classic and contemporary foundations. Not just serious artists go here — many of the program offerings are for all levels. At one point, the academy held live nude drawing sessions complete with a mimosa brunch, making it a go-to spot for creative exploration.

Peruse the Cheviot Farms Market

Bar, Deli, Market, Fast Food
Cheviot Farms
Cheviot Farms | © vedanti/Pixabay
The Cheviot Farms Market could be looked upon as a microcosm of the Palms area, itself. Need Sriracha? Udon noodles? Maybe a block of the yummiest tempeh ever? The standard KIND bar? This market really has it all. On top of their unique international items, the market has a high quality espresso bar, deli, comfortable seating, WIFI, and big screen television. Not surprisingly a lot folks living in Palms hang out here to study, read, or relax.

Attend an event at Palms-Rancho Park Branch Library

The Palms—Rancho Park Branch Library may be tiny, but their book collection and event calendar are extensive. These include book clubs, meditation gatherings, lectures, and activities for those with children. The library also has a gallery with ongoing and special exhibits.

Midnight Metal Mondays at Irish Times

Pub, Restaurant, Bar, American, Irish
Irish stew and Guinness
Irish stew and Guinness | © daspunkt / Flickr

On Mondays, at Midnight, The Irish Times Pub & Restaurant – a Westside pub known for its cozy ambiance, inexpensive booze and local crowd – blasts iconic heavy metal hits. Irish coffee, Metallica, other rock enthusiasts at midnight—and on a Monday? Yes, please.

Motor Avenue Farmers Market

Due to the incredible size of Los Angeles, there are a plethora of farmers’ markets throughout the city. Even for long-time residents, tackling every market is likely an unattainable challenge. The Motor Avenue Farmers Market, situated on the corner of National and Motor in the heart of the Palms neighborhood is small but comprehensive. For anyone wishing to explore, the Palms Farmer’s Market is a great place to pick up fresh produce, baked goods, and R&R with a fresh tamale or burrito from a local vendor. Plus, there’s almost always live music.

Farmers Market | © Gemma Billings/Flickr

Take a Zumba class at Zumba Westside

Fitness Studio, School, Train Station
Zumba Toning
Zumba Toning | © teammarche/Flickr
Zumba Westside offers Zumba classes throughout the week — some as late as 9:30pm. It’s a great way to workout, meet people in the area, and have fun in the process.

Get a massage at Tranquility Body Spa

Whether the preference is for a Swedish massage, or Thai massage, at Tranquility Body Spa, customers can get relaxed and rejuvenated at just $45.00 per hour. At certain times of the day, the spa has ‘Happy Hour Specials’, and hot oil, aromatherapy, and waxing services are always on offer.

Get down with Karaoke at The Boardwalk 11

Bar, Pub Grub
Located on National Boulevard, The Boardwalk 11 is a dark, albeit raucous respite from trendier bars and lounge, and famous for its Friday Night Karaoke. The Karaoke DJ plays a variety of songs spanning across the eras, and plays on throughout the night. This Palms spot may just be a new Friday night go-to.

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