Aug 21
2019

Exploring the Pinata District in Los Angeles, California

in Travel

Los Angeles can be dirty, smelly, noisy, and crowded, but it can also be bright, colorful, friendly, and delicious. Despite the grime and some of the unmentionable smells that you might run into, there are some wonderful spots.

Checking out the pinatas in the Pinata District

Earlier this month we visited an area that I hadn’t visited before—the Piñata District. In this area you can find any type of piñata imaginable. Unicorn? Yup. Poo emoji? Yup. Spider-Man? Yup. Trump? Duh! You can also buy the candy to fill them, the rope to string them up with, the stick to hit with, and the blindfold to wear to make it even more fun, all alongside all sorts of other party supplies.

Pinatas in the Pinata District of Los Angeles, California

On the weekends the district becomes especially vibrant as it becomes a street fair, packed with vendors selling everything from toys to homemade queso.

Vendor selling agua fresca

As we entered the district we stopped at a fruit stand selling freshly made limeade with chia seeds and orange passion fruit juice. Both were delicious, but the limeade was to die for.

Chia Limeade

Later we stopped at a stand that was selling freshly made elote and esquites. Grilled corn on the cob, or corn kernels cut off the cob, dressed with lime juice, butter, mayonnaise, cotija cheese, and tajin. I had esquites dressed simply with lime juice and tajin.

Vendor selling elote and esquites

Esquites

Later on we passed another fruit stand and the cups of bright fruit caught the eyes of the Fujilings. Bug got a cup of perfectly ripe strips of mango, Monkey got a cup of ruby red strawberries, and Squirrel got a cup of pomegranate arils which she elected to have topped with tajin.

Vendor selling fresh fruit

For lunch we stopped at a stand where an older woman was cooking quesadillas, tacos, and huaraches on a large comal. When you ordered she would grab a ball of masa (corn dough made from corn flour treated with limewater) and form the dough, using her hands, into whatever shape was needed for the item you ordered.

Woman making fresh huaraches

I ordered a huarache—masa with mashed beans placed in the center before it is shaped into an oblong shape, like the bottom of a sandal (huarache is the name of a type of Mexican sandal), then topped with whatever you want. I got a combo of flor de calabaza (squash blossoms with zucchini and onions) and huitlacoche (“Mexican truffle”). Once she finished cooking it and gave it to me, I topped it with shredded lettuce, pico de gallo, curtido (Mexican cabbage slaw), a spicy red salsa, and a more mild green salsa. Huaraches are one of my favorite things in life, and this particular huarache is the best one I have ever eaten.

Huarache

As we left the market, arms full of purchases (piñatas, Mexican tamarind candy, and leftover fruit), we passed an ice cream stand which was handing out free samples. One bite of their mango sorbet resulted in us adding a cup of mango sorbet to our haul. Each bite tasted like biting into a perfect mango, and on a hot California afternoon, there’s nothing better.

Mango Sorbet

Next time you’re in Los Angeles, think about adding the Pinata District to your list of places to go on a weekend.  It’s worth the visit!

Walking to the car from the Pinata District in Los Angeles, California

Pinata District

1238 E Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90021

Hours:
Sunday — Friday: 8AM — 6PM
Saturday: 7AM — 7PM

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Fuji Nana August 21, 2019 at 6:51 pm

What a wild and crazy and tasty experience! It was so fun being there with you. I can’t wait to go again!

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Nancie McDetmott August 21, 2019 at 10:28 pm

I loved every word and every image of this post. What a gift! Thank you for taking me with you.

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Lana Watkins August 22, 2019 at 8:31 pm

Oh, Rachel, I have to go to the Pinata District with my girls – I didn’t know it existed! Thanks! XOXO I miss you:)

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imgrum September 11, 2019 at 2:05 am

What a nice place to visit. There are so many cute pinata here, I could see a lovely cactus pinata. Thank you for sharing!

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