Uptown Whittier

Welcome to Uptown Whittier

A hip, bustling area with historic roots
Uptown Whittier is the “historic core” of the city of Whittier, which is located in Los Angeles County. It was officially incorporated into the city in 1898 and is known for its long history of walnut and citrus growing. Today, it’s also known for its hip, bustling atmosphere. The Greenleaf Promenade’s restaurants and shops bring the culture, while a local farmer’s market brings a sense of community. There are also several lush parks, perfect for exercising, picnicking, or playing with pets. Homes here range from large, luxurious condominiums, to stately Cape Cod mansions, to classic colonials. You’ll find the perfect option for a family in Uptown Whittier.

What to Love

  • Eclectic shopping and dining selections
  • A strong sense of local community
  • A family-friendly atmosphere with highly-rated schools

Local Lifestyle

Uptown Whittier is a suburban dream, full of both excitement and leisure. It’s an area that prides itself on supporting locals, including local artisans, creators, growers, and more. People love to stay on the move in Whittier, and it’s easy to find things to do here. The nightlife is exciting, the streets are bustling, and the sense of community is strong. While lovely and upscale, it’s not un-approachable — you’ll see people wandering the promenade in jeans and sneakers, eager to see if anyone they know is out and about. This is the place to be if you want to be part of something.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Uptown Whittier is best known for its dining and shopping; so if you’re a fan of fun, this is the place for you. Phlight is a delicious tapas bar that provides both a “warm and sophisticated atmosphere” to everyone who walks in. Try the fried chicken or the patatas! Locals love grabbing lunch at Uptown Provisions, with its simple charm and delicious, fresh foods. Their sandwiches are hearty and original. 
If you’re looking to wet your whistle, be sure to check out Bodega Brewery. This premium brewery is all about quality and craftsmanship. Made with all-natural ingredients, their beers are unique and refreshing. Pair a craft brew with an order from their fresh-cut meat menu, and you’re in for a delicious experience.
When it comes to shopping, Local Fixture is exactly as the name suggests — a catch-all gift shop that sells everything from home goods to chic clothing and accessories. They carry the brand Whittier Local, which is a locally-owned, unisex brand.
You’ll also find many other boutiques in the area. Ember + Stone, Haute Mess Boutique, and Paola’s Boutique are just a few of the places where you can dress for success, and support a local business in the process.

Things to Do

You’ll find several ways to entertain yourself in Uptown Whittier, thanks to the area’s community spirit. Uptown Whittier’s Dia de los Muertos festival is one of Southern California’s biggest Day of the Dead celebrations. Food, music, and artisans bring the vibrant culture to this autumn event. Other holiday events include the Uptown Whittier Christmas Parade. Floats, marching bands, dance groups, and more parade along the streets, while onlookers enjoy. This is the perfect way to kick off the holiday season and is especially fun for kids.
Whittier also hosts the Whittier Area Classic Car Show. Attendees are sure to see some of the most well-kept, impressive vehicles around while enjoying a range of food trucks and entertainment. 


  • Uptown Whittier is part of the East Whittier City Elementary School District, which boasts a range of impressive academic institutions.
  • La Serna High School, 9-12, Magnet School with an A-rating on Niche
  • Broadoaks Children's School, Preschool-8th, highly acclaimed private school
  • Whittier College, 4-year private school, one of the top schools in the nation
  • St. Bruno Catholic School, TK-8
  • Whittier Christian School, 9-12, acclaimed private
  • Carden Academy, PK-8, acclaimed private
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