In the three mile radius around Pacoima’s City Hall, the residents of one of L.A.’s oldest neighborhoods created a cultural landmark called “Mural Mile.” Reflecting the heart of their community in vibrant colors, local artist Levi Ponce and his painting posse have completely reimagined Pacoima’s gray walls into stunning works of art that attract walking tours and special trips up the 5 Fwy by art aficionados.
You’ll also want to check out Valens Park’s long list of impressive amenities, far too many to name here. The park was named for Ritchie Valens, Pacoima native and forefather of Chicano rock.
GRV LOCAL EATS
MYKE’S CAFÉ (13171 VAN NUYS BLVD)
Nothing compliments a good breakfast like a great setting. Myke’s Café has the perfect ambiance to match their sweet and savory entrées. Come for their unique pancakes, bold coffee, and artsy décor.
FRUTA Y CULTURA (13512 VAN NUYS BLVD)
This local juice bar beats any big chain in flavor, service, and fresh ingredients. A must stop for any on the lookout for a tasty, healthy option. Also a great spot for an independent cup of joe.
ME GUSTA GOURMET TAMALES (13752 VAN NUYS BLVD)
The name says it all. This cozy spot serves a savory variety of tamales unlike any other. Authentic, delicious, and a must-eat.
Although Pacoima doesn’t get the best rap, it makes up for it in home value appreciation and affordability. It’s important to remember that crime as a whole is decreasing considerably.
Discovery Charter Preparatory No. 2 HS (5/10)
Pacoima MS (310)
Canterbury Avenue ES (6/10)