More Local Knowledge
Local knowledge is submitted by travellers and is based on personal experiences. This might include recommendations of places to eat or drink, things to see and do, local shopping areas, information about local customs and local tourism tips.
Eat and Drink
- Rocky Cola Cafe Whittier (California) - Whittier's predominant soda jerk joint.
- The Rusty Monk Whittier (California) - A recently-opened Belgian gastropub
- Dattilo Whittier (California) - Italian food the way mom used to make. OK, maybe the way your cousin's next-door neighbor's aunt Maria used to make. What it lacks in authenticity it makes up for in charm.
- Mimo's Cafe Whittier (California) - A great place to grab a sandwich, cup of soup, or ice-cream cone. Sit at one of the outdoor tables and do some surprisingly good people-watching, especially at night. Count the number of the times the same group of high school sophomores walking by, and you'll understand why Whittier teenagers are so bored.
- New Canton Whittier (California) - A Chinese restaurant
See and Do
- Rocky Cola Cafe Whittier (California) - The parade scene in the final episode of ''The Wonder Years'' was filmed at the corner of Greenleaf Avenue and Philadelphia Street. Kevin (Fred Savage) is standing under the awning of Rocky Cola Cafe. He crosses Philadelphia to meet Paul (Josh Saviano) as a parade goes by. Parades actually do go down Greenleaf, but they're usually Christmas parades.
- National Bank of Whittier Building Whittier (California) - Across the street from Rocky Cola Cafe. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and was home to Richard Nixon's first law office.
- Whittier Museum Whittier (California) - Operated by the Whittier Historical Society. It contains exhibits on the early history of Whittier, and contains archives on Whittier history.
- Whittier High School Whittier (California) - Remember ''Back to the Future''? Well, the high-school scenes, including the exteriors for the Enchantment Under the Sea Dance, were filmed at Whittier High School. WHS' Vic Lopez Auditorium hosts not only Whittier High's drama department, but also concerts of the Rio Hondo Symphony and other community events.
- The Jonathan Bailey House Whittier (California) - Built in 1860, the Jonathan Bailey House was the first residence in Whittier and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
- Uptown Whittier - Uptown Whittier is the traditional shopping district of Whittier. It contains many restaurants and specialty stores, such as the candy shop Village Sweets and the soap shop Pour Le Bain. Most of the businesses are located on Greenleaf Avenue between Hadley and Mar Vista Streets, and on Philadelphia Street between Pickering and Painter Avenues.
- Half Off Books - Once home to a few independent bookstores, Greenleaf now only boasts Half Off Books. But what a boast it is. Recently expanded, this wonderfully spacious and affordable bookstore carries new and used titles. There are separate mystery and kids' sections, and the floorboards are really squeaky.
- King Richard's Antique Mall - King Richard's Antique Mall is an antique mall located at Whittier and Penn Streets in a former citrus packing house. It is one of the largest antique malls in California.
- Whittwood Town Center - Whittier's regional shopping mall
- Blue Hills Nursery - Who knew that Southern California's DIY green-thumb mecca was located in Whittier? Knowledgeable gardeners, that's who. The staff here know everything there is to know about, well, gardening. Bring in a leaf from any plant, and they'll identify it. Seriously.