Little Ethiopia, Los Angeles

Coordinates: 34°03′18″N 118°21′59″W / 34.05500°N 118.36639°W / 34.05500; -118.36639
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Little Ethiopia
Little Ethiopia neighborhood sign located at the intersection of Fairfax Avenue and Olympic Boulevard
Little Ethiopia neighborhood sign
located at the intersection of
Fairfax Avenue and Olympic Boulevard
Little Ethiopia is located in Western Los Angeles
Little Ethiopia
Little Ethiopia
Location within Western Los Angeles
Coordinates: 34°03′18″N 118°21′59″W / 34.055°N 118.366389°W / 34.055; -118.366389
Country United States of America
State California
County Los Angeles
Time zonePacific
Area code323

Little Ethiopia is a neighborhood in the central region of Los Angeles. It is known for its collection of Ethiopian restaurants, coffee shops, boutiques and thrift stores.[1]


Businesses along Fairfax Avenue in Little Ethiopia

The neighborhood of Little Ethiopia dates back to the early 1990s. The area has a high concentration of Ethiopian businesses and restaurants, as well as a significant concentration of residents of Ethiopian and Eritrean ancestry.[2][3]

In the 1990s, the neighborhood was called "Little Addis", referring to Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa.[4] In 2002, the city officially bestowed the name "Little Ethiopia" on the neighborhood.[5] By 2006, there were 15 Ethiopian businesses in the neighborhood, including restaurants, markets, a clothing store, a hair salon and a travel agency.[2]


Little Ethiopia is located on Fairfax Avenue between Olympic Boulevard and Whitworth Drive.[1][6] The neighborhood of Carthay Square is west and Wilshire Vista is east. Faircrest Heights is southwest, Picfair Village is southeast and Miracle Mile is northeast.

Landmarks and attractions[edit]

  • The Little Ethiopia Cultural and Resource Center - 1045 South Fairfax Avenue.[7]
  • Hansen's Cakes - 1060 S Fairfax Ave [8]


  1. ^ a b Levin, Rachel (2009-03-10). "Neighborhoods: Little Ethiopia". Los Angeles Times. p. D2. Retrieved February 21, 2023.
  2. ^ a b "To Fairfax and on to Ethiopia". Los Angeles Times. 2006-02-12. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2018-02-16.
  3. ^ "Discover Los Angeles, "The Definitive Guide to Little Ethiopia"".
  4. ^ MITCHELL, JOHN L. (1992-07-01). "Ethiopian Emigres Make an Imprint in Their New Land". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2018-02-16.
  5. ^ "A Los Angeles Primer: Little Ethiopia". KCET. 2013-06-11. Retrieved 2018-02-16.
  6. ^ Pollard-Terry, Gayle (February 12, 2006). "To Fairfax and on to Ethiopia (Map)". Los Angeles Times. p. K2.
  7. ^ "LECRC | Little Ethiopia Cultural and Resource Center". Retrieved 2018-02-16.
  8. ^ Pang, Kevin (April 29, 2004). "The Best Cakes on the Block". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 23 November 2022. On a stretch of South Fairfax Avenue dotted by Ethiopian restaurants and thrift stores stands a cake maker that has been catering to Hollywood's A-list for nearly 60 years.