To the northeast of Hollywood, you’ll find one of the most diverse pockets of LA County, a town called Glendale. Though with a population of almost 200,000, “town” might not be the best definition anymore. This thriving community has long been a spot for families to settle down, but the growing restaurant and shopping scenes are changing that. Now, it is more appealing to a younger crowd seeking more affordable housing in a clean, green, area. Curious about Glendale? Here’s our picks for places to indulge, enjoy, and explore:
Best Restaurants in Glendale
If you love to eat authentic flavors from around the world, dine in Glendale!
Raffi’s Place: Armenian Persians flock here for big family dinners of grilled meat (the photo above should have you drooling!) and other Persian dishes. Raffi’s is known for gigantic serving sizes, so be prepared to share!
Porto’s: This Cuban bakery is the number one destination for fresh-out-of-the-oven cheese rolls, decadent fruit tortes and pies, authentic Cuban sandwiches and flaky chicken empanadas.
Din Tai Fung: Enjoy traditional Shanghainese and Taiwanese dishes in the trendy Americana at Brand shopping center. A must-order dish: Juicy Pork Dumplings.
Best Bars & Pubs in Glendale
Whether you love a classy cocktail or a beer outside, find your perfect watering hole in Glendale.
Pub at Golden Road – Enjoy the California sunshine with a local brew, lawn games, and live band karaoke at the Golden Road Brewery (pictured above). Check out their free brewery tours!
Oak & Vine – This wine bar, retail shop, and art gallery is a great place to relax and catch up with friends while learning about wine from their trained sommeliers.
Tigre Magnifico – For the coolest drink you’ll ever have, try to get into this pop-up free cocktail event, held in apartments – the location of which is only revealed to lucky attendees. Follow them on Instagram @eltigrecocktails to try and score an invite to upcoming events (and maybe bring me as your +1).
Best Attractions in Glendale
Glendale is full of hidden gems, so keep these attractions in your back pocket when you need an adventure.
Museum of Neon Art – Check out their permanent collections of electric and light based arts, or join them on a bus tour through LA to see famous signs. Want to make your own sign? They’ve got a cool DIY event coming up soon!
Forest Lawn Museum – A museum at a cemetery might seem strange, but their rotating exhibits are always interesting and unique. Up now: A celebration of the work of Eyvind Earle, an artist and Disney Legend who did background paintings for many Disney animated films, including Sleeping Beauty, Lady and the Tramp, and Peter Pan.
Moonlight Rollerway – Take a trip back in time (it was built in the 1950s) to this kitschy roller rink, with special skating times for kids, LGBT skaters, and adults.
Best Nature Areas & Parks in Glendale
Unplug and enjoy nature with these beautiful spots in Glendale, perfect for hiking, picnicking, and Instagramming.
Verdugo Mountains Open Space – The 244-acre nature preserve contains more than 2,300 indigenous trees, and a beautifully diverse terrain (see above).
Deukmejian Wilderness Park – The Wilderness Park occupies a rugged 709-acre site in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains, featuring trails with secluded streamside woodlands and spectacular views of the Crescenta Valley and the Los Angeles basin.
Best Shopping in Glendale
Pick up something for your friend, your kids, and yourself at these great shopping destinations.
Americana at Brand – This luxury shopping center has dozens of shops, restaurants (including the recently opened Shake Shack), a movie theater, a trolley, and a daily Dancing Fountain & Light Show. Can it get more LA than that?!
Glendale Galleria – For serious shoppers only. This massive indoor mall has practically every store, including major chains and unique boutiques.
Mystery & imagination Bookstore – Shop local at this one-of-a-kind book shop featuring new, used, and rare books, plus regular readings, book signings, and more events.
Best Schools in Glendale
The Glendale Unified School district is in the top 15% of school districts in California, with high performing elementary, middle, and high schools.
Monte Vista Elementary – This K-6 school is beloved by students and parents alike, has high test scores and engaging after-school activities, and was named a California Gold Ribbon School in 2016.
Rosemont Middle – This California Distinguished School consistently scores above average for the state, and offers dozens of clubs and extracurricular activities for its students.
Crescenta Valley High – With a 98% graduation rate, and 60% of students taking Advanced Placement classes, it’s no wonder they send a huge amount of students to top local colleges like UCLA & USC.
Glendale is a wonderful place to visit or live. Check out these awesome restaurants, attractions, and more to see what Glendale is all about.