Downtown Los Angeles An insiderâ€™s guide to exploring the city
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Explore Downtown’s Diverse Districts
NIGHTLIFE & ENTERTAINMENT Bars, Fun and Games, and More
A Guide to Museums and Other Attractions
Whatever You Want to Buy, Downtown Has It
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DISCOVER Downtown Los Angeles has 15 unique districts. They are all part of one vibrant community, but each has unique elements.
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ARTS DISTRICT AT A GLANCE: The Arts District has emerged as the epicenter of all things cool, and is Downtown’s most buzzed-about neighborhood. With lauded restaurants, a collection of micro-breweries, a growing residential base, a micro-amusement park and, of course, loads of art spaces, this sometimes gritty and always colorful enclave is in the throes of a serious transformation. LOCAL COLOR: Keep an eye out for vibrant murals, creative shops in unlikely locales, a cutting-edge architectural school, a design museum, and lots of new loft buildings. A highlight addition is Two-Bit Circus, which opened last summer with a plethora of virtual reality games. INSIDER TIPS: A good place to start your exploration is Third Street and Traction Avenue, also known as Joel Bloom Square. Here you’ll find plenty of local color, art and places to eat.
BUNKER HILL AT A GLANCE: This neighborhood is a hub for office towers, but it’s more than a place for worker bees — it also boasts some of L.A.’s best cultural institutions. Just consider The Broad museum, a repository of some 2,000 pieces of contemporary art. It’s part of a cultural corridor along Grand Avenue that includes the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Music Center, MOCA and the Colburn School. LOCAL COLOR: Be sure to stroll through Grand Park, a 12-acre attraction stretching from the Music Center to City Hall. Watch for movie nights, festivals, concerts, free dance events and big community block parties. Don’t miss a trip on Angeles Flight, the funicular that runs from Bunker Hill down to Grand Central Market. INSIDER TIPS: Culture can be costly, so check out Hot Tix for discounted shows at the Music Center (about $25). Grand Park also offers a number of free events, and a super-fun splash fountain. Additionally, lines for the Broad are shortest after 5 p.m. on Thursday.
CENTRAL CITY EAST AT A GLANCE: Central City East consists of two sub-districts: the Industrial and Toy districts. This 44-block expanse is a melting pot of activity: trucks rumble in and out of seafood, produce and cold storage warehouses; gritty streets give way to pockets of lofts and restaurants; and wholesale and retail shops
sell a hodgepodge of discounted goods. LOCAL COLOR: Hundreds of shops are crammed with cheap silk flowers, perfume, housewares, luggage, toys, water pipes and much more. It’s energetic and a bit rough around the edges, but the lure of a good bargain is strong. INSIDER TIPS: Los Angeles Street is place to go if you want to shop. And you can find toys in the Toy District for a fraction of what they cost in the mall. But beware of counterfeit items — if the deal seems too good to be true, it probably is.
CHINATOWN AT A GLANCE: Chinatown is a blend of tradition and trendy. Art galleries and cultural festivals draw families and hipsters; designer boutiques share real estate with Chinese gift shops; and these days, old-school restaurants share the spotlight with a new crop of buzzy eateries. In fact, the district is emerging as a foodie mecca, with everything from barbecue to Nashville hot chicken to artisanal ice cream. LOCAL COLOR: There’s a magical quality here that you can’t find anywhere else in the city — there are paper lanterns overhead, smoked ducks hanging in windows and quaint shops filled with tourist trinkets. INSIDER TIPS: Be sure to visit Far East Plaza, which houses a collection of exciting new restaurants. Or visit any of the traditional restaurants for an authentic meal. On the eastern edge of the community is the beautiful and Los Angeles State Historic Park. Keep going east and you’ll find celebrity chef David Chang’s restaurant Majordomo.
CITY WEST AT A GLANCE: Separated from Downtown proper by the 110 Freeway, City West has seen a number of high-end and high-rise residential projects. Wilshire is a hub of activity, and the area is also seeing some nightspots, particularly on Seventh Street. Housing projects are also rising here. LOCAL COLOR: Major tenants include the 20-acre Los Angeles Center Studios (they shot “Mad Men” here) and the Vista Hermosa Natural Park, a lovely and bucolic space with walking trails. INSIDER TIPS: If you’re looking for a top-notch burger, stop by Plan Check on Wilshire Boulevard. If you want to catch an indie rock band, head to the
〉〉〉 Add These 10 Iconic Downtown Spots to Your Must-See List
NO. 1 WALT DISNEY CONCERT HALL
NO. 2 GRAND CENTRAL MARKET
Frank Gehry’s concert hall has become one of Downtown’s most visited and photographed landmarks since opening in 2003. Home to the L.A. Philharmonic, the project stands out for, among other things, its sail-like exterior, the lack of right angles and the huge pipe organ nicknamed Hurricane Mama. The building is clad in brushed stainless steel and mirror-like steel panels. The interior features billowing Douglas fir ceilings. 111 S. Grand Ave.
Grand Central Market has been in operation since 1907, though it was sold to a new owner in 2018. In its heyday, well-heeled Bunker Hill residents shopped for produce, meat and dry goods. In the 1990s, the market underwent a renovation to bring back its historic features after decades of neglect. Today, it’s a foodie hub, with options such as Wexler’s Deli, Belcampo Meat Co., G&B Coffee, Knead & Co. Pasta Bar, Eggslut and many more. 317 S. Broadway.
NO. 3 RICHARD J. RIORDAN CENTRAL LIBRARY
NO. 4 BROADWAY THEATER DISTRICT
The 1926 library was built to evoke ancient Egyptian design, yet also heralded the beginning of the Art Deco period. Limestone sculptures depicting various disciplines and literary figures adorn the exterior, and a high-domed rotunda features an illuminated globe and 12 murals detailing California history. Despite a thwarted demolition in the mid1970s, and fires in 1986, it has survived to become one of Los Angeles’ most treasured institutions. 630 W. Fifth St.
This six-block-long corridor is the first and largest theater district listed on the National Register of Historic Places, with a dozen former movie palaces along Broadway. Among the most spectacular is the palatial Los Angeles Theater. Most venues are not open to the public, but can be seen during tours or special events (including Night on Broadway in January). Several, including the Orpheum, host concerts. One, the Tower Theatre, is being transformed into Downtown’s first Apple Store. On Broadway between Third and Ninth streets.
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NO. 5 HAUSER & WIRTH LOS ANGELES In March 2016, a collection of late 19th and early 20th century Arts District warehouses were reborn as Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles. The local outpost of a Switzerland-based powerhouse gallery, Hauser & Wirth offers a rotating run of museum-caliber shows that are always free to check out. It’s more than just an art venue, with a courtyard that hosts community events, a restaurant called Manuela, and even an art book store. 901 E. Third St.
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Teragram Ballroom on Seventh Street. That street also holds the just-revamped boutique Mayfair Hotel.
CIVIC CENTER AT A GLANCE: Home to a concentration of public agencies employing more than 93,000 people, the Civic Center bustles during the week with city, county, state and federal workers. The iconic City Hall is here, as are the LAPD and Caltrans headquarters. A cube-shaped federal courthouse is now in service. LOCAL COLOR: A popular weekly farmers market unfolds on the east side of City Hall. There are curious sculptures on the east side of the Police Administration Building. INSIDER TIPS: For a spectacular view, check out the City Hall Observation Deck with 360-degree vistas of the city. It’s open weekdays, and it’s free. While you’re there peruse the portraits of all of L.A.’s past mayors. Walk by Times Mirror Square but note that the L.A. Times in 2018 decamped to El Segundo.
EL PUEBLO/UNION STATION AT A GLANCE: Tens of thousands of tourists and commuters each day visit El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument and pass through the adjacent Union Station (the Mission-style terminus is the regional transit hub for the subway, rail and bus networks). This is the city’s birthplace, and history is everywhere you look. LOCAL COLOR: One of the biggest draws is Olvera Street, a block-long marketplace of Mexican restaurants and vendors selling handicrafts and gifts. Don’t miss the Italian American Museum or the preserved David Alfaro Siqueiros mural “América Tropical.” INSIDER TIPS: Las Angelitas del Pueblo gives free 50-minute tours of the area (Tuesday-Saturday at 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and noon). Other free attractions include the Chinese American Museum and LA Plaza de Cultura Y Artes. Union Station hosts a growing roster of free cultural and entertainment events.
FASHION DISTRICT AT A GLANCE: Spread across 100 blocks, the Fashion District is the hub of the West Coast apparel industry, with more than 1,000 stores. The California
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FIGUEROA CORRIDOR AT A GLANCE: The corridor that runs from Staples Center to Exposition Park just received a $20 million makeover. It still is a main thoroughfare for cars, but now there are protected lanes for bicyclists, as well as new landscaping, lighting and signage. It’s a major step in strengthening the connection between Downtown and the University of Southern California. LOCAL COLOR: USC is the district’s biggest and best-known resident, with some 43,000 undergrad and graduate students. The area continues to expand with new housing, restaurants and shops, including the mammoth USC Village (it has a Trader Joe’s!). INSIDER TIPS: Visit the Exposition Park Rose Garden, a seven-acre oasis filled with more than 20,000 rose bushes and 200 varieties. Picnics, weddings and soccer games unfold here. Also, catch a game at the sparkling Banc of California Stadium, home to the Los Angeles Football Club. The intimate soccer stadium opened in 2018.
FINANCIAL DISTRICT AT A GLANCE: There are almost too many highlights in this bustling neighborhood to keep up with: New housing complexes have arrived in recent years, as has a Whole Foods grocery store at Seventh Street and Grand Avenue. The renovated Bloc shopping mall has reinvigorated the retail scene, and in 2019 will get an Alamo Drafthouse theater complex. The standout in the district is the 73-story Wilshire Grand Center; it houses a 900-room hotel, office and retail space in the tallest building in the West. LOCAL COLOR: No longer just a nine-to-five enclave, the district is alive late into the evening with revelers out to enjoy the pubs, sleek restaurants and lounges. INSIDER TIPS: Crane your head skyward to catch a glimpse of 71Above, a
NO. 6 WILSHIRE GRAND CENTER
NO. 7 CITY HALL
The tallest building west of the Mississippi River opened in the summer of 2017, with its skyline-altering profile and tall spire. The $1.2 billion high-rise boasts an 899-room InterContinental hotel, 400,000 square feet of office space, and views of the entire city. It’s got a handful of eating and drinking spots, including some at the top of the tower. 900 Wilshire Blvd.
Completed in 1928, City Hall was the tallest structure in Los Angeles for nearly 30 years. The 27-story building was modeled after the mausoleum at Halicarnassus and blends Classical, Mediterranean and Moderne styles. Free tours last about 40 minutes and are available weekdays from 9 a.m.-noon. Keeps your eyes open for Mayor Eric Garcetti. Be sure to go to the top of the tower for great views and portraits of every past Los Angeles mayor. 200 N. Spring St.
NO. 9 ANGELS FLIGHT RAILWAY The 1901 funicular reopened in 2017 after being closed for four years. For decades it ferried riders up and down the steep hillside connecting Bunker Hill above to Hill Street below. These days oneway rides cost $1. Angels Flight, at just 298 feet, is billed as the world’s shortest railway. The black and orange cars are named Olivet and Sinai. Between Third and Fourth streets on Hill Street. 10
Market Center and Cooper Building are two of its main wholesale destinations. Some new restaurants and residential buildings are arriving. LOCAL COLOR: The most popular destination is the bazaar-like Santee Alley, with more than 150 vendors selling bargain-priced fashions and accessories. INSIDER TIPS: A sub-district known as the Flower District is made up of two major marts that supply the region’s floral industry (the public can gain entry for a few dollars). Also, if you head to Santee Alley, be prepared to bargain. If you need a cocktail, try the Pattern Bar.
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NO. 8 STAPLES CENTER
NO. 10 THE BROAD
The 19,000-seat arena hosts more than 200 events every year. It is home to LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers, as well as the Clippers, hockey’s Kings and the WNBA’s Sparks. It also holds a bevy of concerts for artists from Drake to Elton John, and is the site for other events, including monster truck shows and visits by the Harlem Globetrotters. Before or after a game or concert, head across the street to the bars and restaurants of L.A. Live. 1111 S. Figueroa St.
Philanthropist Eli and Edith Broad’s $140 million museum opened in 2016 and instantly became one of Downtown’s top draws. Admission is always free (though reservations are a good idea) and the museum usually shows about 200 of the 2,000 pieces in the couple’s collection. There are also rotating special shows on the first floor. Ogle works by Warhol, Rauschenberg, Mark Bradford and every other big name in contemporary art. The dazzling building was designed by the firm Diller, Scofidio + Renfro. 221 S. Grand Ave.
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For a taste of old school goodness, visit the beloved Philippe The Original. Opened in 1908, it’s one of Los Angeles’ oldest restaurants and home to the famed French Dip sandwich. You’ll get heaping servings of nostalgia as you stand in line and order at the counter — try a double dipped lamb sandwich slathered with hot mustard, a side of macaroni salad, pickled beets, apple pie and lemonade. Check out the sawdust on the floors. At 1001 N. Alameda St., philippes.com.
2. Millennium Biltmore Hotel Make reservations for the weekend high tea at the gorgeous 1923 Millennium Biltmore Hotel. The Rendezvous Court, which was the hotel’s original lobby, is adorned with Moorish carved wood ceilings, goldleaf accents and angelic themes. From its rose marble fountain to the enormous bronze Baroque stairwell, this elegant two-story lounge is a sight to behold. At 506 S. Grand Ave., millenniumhotels.com.
3. The Bradbury Building
4. Los Angeles Conservancy Walking Tours
Built in 1893 by mining magnate Lewis Bradbury, the Bradbury Building is one of the most unique buildings in Downtown Los Angeles. It’s exterior is fairly traditional and simple, but it’s the iconic interior that made it famous. Iron rails and elevator cages, plus marble staircases and a large open atrium make the building come alive. The building has shown up in multiple television shows and films, most famously in Blade Runner. At 304 S. Broadway.
Downtown Los Angeles is awash in history and stunning architecture, with many of its past treasures just waiting to be discovered. An ideal place to start is with the Los Angeles Conservancy, a nonprofit preservation group that gives some of the best and most knowledgeable tours around. The Historic Downtown Walking Tour includes landmarks such as the Central Library, the Bradbury Building and Angels Flight. At laconservancy.org.
5. Union Station/El Pueblo Union Station is the last of the great train stations built in the U.S., and merges Art Deco, Spanish Revival, Mission and Streamline Moderne styles, with a smattering of Moorish detail. Wander the terminus while you ogle the high ceiling dotted with Deco light fixtures. It still serves as the city’s pulsing transit center. Across the street is El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument, the city’s birthplace, where you’ll find a collection of historic buildings and the colorful Olvera Street promenade. At 800 N. Alameda St. and 125 Paseo De La Plaza. 12
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HISTORIC CORE AT A GLANCE: The historic Broadway thoroughfare continues its comeback, with vintage neon lighting the night, fashion boutiques luring shoppers and restaurants activating the street. The Historic Core continues to power forward with hotel, housing and other projects coming. In 2018, an Apple Store was announced for the old Tower Theatre. LOCAL COLOR: An impressive collection of pre-1930s landmarks includes the gorgeous Bradbury Building, Grand Central Market (which has a huge collection of artisan food stalls), and the historic Broadway Theater District — the largest of its kind in the nation. There are also, surprisingly, a string of sneaker stores, including a new Jordan Brand shop at 620 S. Broadway. INSIDER TIPS: Don’t miss the annual Night on Broadway festival in January, which celebrates the comeback of the corridor. Also, the funicular Angels Flight connects the community to Bunker Hill.
other, neighbors wave, families stroll with kids, dog walkers are everywhere and sidewalk eateries abound. The sense of community here is strong, which makes sense since it was the first neighborhood to emerge in the modern loft boom. LOCAL COLOR: Independent shops, art galleries, restaurants and cafes line the streets, making for a lively scene. INSIDER TIPS: The monthly Art Walk (the second Thursday of each month) is one of the biggest draws Downtown, as galleries, restaurants and shops open their doors. If you need a used book for cheap, head to the mammoth and dazzling Last Bookstore. There also may be more cafes here than people.
SOUTH PARK AT A GLANCE: This district is home to L.A. Live, Staples Center, the Convention Center and a large number of bars and restaurants. A handful of mega-projects are adding even more energy, and thousands of residents, to the neighborhood. The two-tower, $500 million housing complex Circa opened in the fall of 2018. LOCAL COLOR: Visitors flock here to attend concerts and events at the Microsoft Theater, the Conga Room and The Novo, dine at the growing list of restaurants or catch a movie at the cineplex. INSIDER TIPS: Regal Cinemas at L.A. Live has 14 screens. Also, check out the Grammy Museum, which honors all things musical. There’s even a small dog park at L.A. Live.
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fine-dining restaurant that crowns the iconic U.S. Bank Tower; that edifice also has a “skyslide” high up on the exterior of the building. The Wilshire Grand offers eating and drinking options on its top floors. For something closer to the ground, visit the gorgeous Central Library on Fifth Street.
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JEWELRY DISTRICT AT A GLANCE: Many of the Jewelry District’s underutilized historic buildings are getting new life in the form of creative office space, housing, shops and restaurants. Still, the area remains the center of the local jewelry and gem industry, with literally thousands of wholesale and retail jewelers, suppliers, manufacturers and more spread throughout 12 blocks. LOCAL COLOR: Pershing Square park at Fifth and Olive streets hosts a year-round slate of concerts, movies, holiday events and a large farmers market. Also, pop into Rice Bar, one of the district’s coolest eateries; serves gourmet Filipino rice bowls. INSIDER TIPS: When buying jewelry, one rule stands out above all others: bargain! Come lunchtime, visitors often head to a tiny alley next to St. Vincent’s, which offers a charming European-like setting with a handful of cafes and eateries.
LITTLE TOKYO AT A GLANCE: Though fairly compact, Little Tokyo is a gathering point for Japanese Americans in Southern California. It boasts cultural landmarks the Japanese American National Museum, the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center and the MOCA Geffen Contemporary. There are also a wealth of standout restaurants and boutiques. LOCAL COLOR: Little Tokyo is one of Downtown’s most popular walking districts thanks to a concentration of sushi restaurants, ramen houses, bars and shops. The open-air Japanese Village Plaza is one of the busiest shopping hubs, with everything from mochi ice cream to a Hello Kitty shop, while the Little Tokyo Galleria features a Daiso Japan store and the X Lanes bowling alley. INSIDER TIPS: Known as the “garden of the clear stream,” the James Irvine Japanese Garden is a hidden gem inside the JACCC complete with babbling stream, cascading waterfall, fish and ducks.
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➤ APOTHEKE This new addition to the Downtown drinking scene mixes herbal-infused liquors and early 20th century vibes. The menu boasts cocktails with vegetables and tea, in concoctions unlikely to be found elsewhere. The New York transplant’s lush, Art Nouveau interior and spacious patio help set the ambiance. 1746 N. Spring St., apothekela.com.
owntown Los Angeles is full of options to entertain even the most jaded Angeleno. If you love craft beer, the Arts District has emerged as a brewing mecca. If you want a cool room, you can’t do better than Clifton’s Republic, which has a variety of dynamic themed space. There are wine bars and elegant spaces that specialize in whisky. Depending on your mood, you can find authentic dive bars, speakeasy-type joints and opulent lounges galore. Don’t forget the live music and other entertainment options that round out Downtown’s offerings.
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➽ A vintage-inspired spot next to The Regent theater serves handmade cocktails that are great to sip before a show. There’s usually vinyl playing.
APOTHEKE 1746 N. Spring St., apothekela.com
➽ Mezcalero has become a neighborhood favorite in the Historic Core on the strength of its mezcal- and tequila-based cocktails, the menu of modern Mexican eats, and a laid-back vibe.
➽ Head toward the emerging neighborhood near L.A. State Historic Park to enjoy herbal-infused liquors and elaborate cocktails. THE ASSOCIATION 110 E. Sixth St., circa93.com
➽ Look for the black door with a lion’s head knocker and you’ve found this English-inspired lounge. Cocktails are made from ingredients such as absinthe and cardamom. BARCITO 403 W. 12th St., barcitola.com
➽ A charming Argentine cocktail bar in South Park’s EVO building. They offer tapas and on tap cocktails. BIRDS AND BEES 207 S. Broadway, birdsandbeesla.com
➽ Enjoy a clever and delicious cocktail menu inspired by mid-century recipes and famous characters. The speakeasy feel adds to the allure. THE BOARDROOM 135 N. Grand Ave., boardroomla.com ➤ BIRDS & BEES One of Broadway’s newer bars, Birds & Bees mixes mid-century drinks with modern bartending techniques. There are classic cocktails, but also new libations named for Los Angeles neighborhoods. The basement spot’s industrial bones and Jazz Age decor add to the experience. 207 S. Broadway, birdsandbeesla.com.
➽ The back room at Kendall’s Brasserie is a luxe, beautiful space with post-war French aesthetics, elegant bites and cocktails, and even punch bowls to share. BROKEN SHAKER 416 W. Eighth St., freehandhotels.com/los-angeles
➽ One of the country’s top bars is now in L.A., on the roof of the Freehand Hotel. Come for the fun decor and pool-party vibes, stay for the meticulous cocktails, including tiki-influenced drinks. CAÑA RUM BAR 714 W. Olympic Blvd., canarumbar.com
➽ This intimate spot has a vintage Latin vibe with handmade rum cocktails, tastings and spirit education. A low-key patio welcomes cigar smokers. Patrons pay a $20 membership fee that’s good for a year. CLAYTON’S PUBLIC HOUSE 541 S. Spring St., claytonspublichouse.com
➽ This new arrival is a modern British pub with plenty of ales and lagers. It also has a sophisticated cocktail menu with plenty of whiskey and gin options. CONTINENTAL CLUB 116 W. Fourth St., circa93.com ➤ BAR CLACSON/ THE SLIPPER CLUTCH The Historic Core’s Bar Clacson and its “speakeasy” in the back just might be Downtown L.A.’s best one-two drinking combo. The former offers classy libations and European vibes, while The Slipper Clutch has arcade games, highballs and punk rock. 351 S. Broadway, barclacson.com. see more on page 18
➽ This modern, upscale speakeasy whips up chic, old-school cocktails. Try the Perfect Manhattan and dress to impress. FAITH AND FLOWER 705 W. Ninth St., faithandflowerla.com
➽ This glamorous South Park restaurant sports a dazzling cocktail lounge serving both vintage and modern concoctions. Standouts include the milk punch with Cognac, bourbon, rum and absinthe. GALLERY BAR AND COGNAC ROOM 506 S. Grand Ave., millenniumhotels.com
➽ There’s an old-world elegance at this historic Biltmore Hotel bar that boasts a storied history (the Black Dahlia was last seen here), veteran bartenders and a romantic setting. LOVESONG BAR 446 S. Main St., theregenttheater.com
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MEZCALERO 510 S. Broadway, mezcalerodtla.com
MIRO 888 Wilshire Blvd., mirorestaurant.com
➽ Head to the basement of Miro restaurant, which boasts a cozy brick and leather couch-filled space called the Whiskey Room. They offer 390 varieties. Yes, the number is correct. PATTERN BAR 100 W. Ninth St., patternbar.com
➽ At this Fashion District spot, cocktails are named after famous designers (Valentino, Lagerfeld and Chanel). There are DJs. RUDOLPH’S BAR AND TEA 416 W. Eighth St., freehandhotels.com/los-angeles
➽ The ground floor of the Freehand Hotel holds this cozy bar wrapped in lots of warm wood and tiles. The unique cocktail menu focuses on tea as a main flavoring. SEVEN GRAND 515 W. Seventh St., 213hospitality.com
➽ Behind the hand-carved walnut bar, more than 120 whiskeys are displayed. The masculine space touts plaid carpets, taxidermy and pool tables. SPIRE 73 900 Wilshire, dtla.intercontinental.com
➽ Billed as the tallest rooftop bar in the country, Spire 73 at the Wilshire Grand Center lets you enjoy cocktails and bites while looking out over the entire city. STREAMLINER 800 N. Alameda St., thestreamlinerbar.com
➽ The new addition to Union Station offers drinks fast, in case you need to catch a train. TRAXX BAR 800 N. Alameda St., traxx.la
➽ Sip a martini or glass of wine surrounded by the Art Deco beauty and romance of Union Station. It’s a tucked-away oasis in the bustling depot. VARNISH 118 E. Sixth St., 213hospitality.com
➽ A nondescript brown door at the back of Cole’s opens to a bygone world of vested bartenders who take their craft seriously. It’s dark, intimate and conducive to drinking. Ask for the bartender’s choice. VILLAINS TAVERN 1356 Palmetto St., villainstavern.com
➽ This take on an outlaw’s hideaway in the Arts District blends steampunk and Gothic-chic. It boasts a fabulous patio, shuffleboard, an arched church window and antique apothecary bottles. Cocktails are painstakingly made. Live music, no cover.
➽ LOUNGES BAR JACKALOPE 515 W. Seventh St., 213hospitality.com
➽ Inside Seven Grand bar is this hidden Japanese-inspired whiskey tasting lounge and sipping library. Ring a bell near the restrooms and you can enter if there’s room — it only seats 18.
BLUE J BAR & LOUNGE 333 S. Alameda St., bluejlounge.com
➽ Tucked into the ground floor of the Little Tokyo Galleria, Blue J offers cocktails and dancing in a sleek space with room for groups and plenty of themed music nights. BROADWAY BAR 830 S. Broadway, 213hospitality.com
➽ A vintage-inspired space with a 50-foot circular bar, tiered lounge and a location that lures concertgoers from the Orpheum Theatre next door. EDISON 108 W. Second St., edisondowntown.com
➽ A former power plant-turned-cocktail lounge, entertainment here runs the gamut from eclectic bands to Gothic acrobats. The stunning interior retains many of the architectural and mechanical artifacts of its former life. Dress nicely. FALLS 626 S. Spring St., thefallslounge.com
➽ This vintage-glam spot has a right-on mix of great bartenders, good DJs, an eclectic crowd and chic ambiance. GENERAL LEE’S 475 Gin Ling Way
➽ Sip a craft cocktail in this dark, old-school spot steeped in history. Located in Chinatown, it’s got a bar, a DJ downstairs and a lounge upstairs. HONEYCUT 819 S. Flower St., honeycutla.com
➽ This basement bar is ideal for lounging and sipping stellar cocktails (there are some 50 to be had), while the disco room rocks an impressive LED-lit dance floor. LAS PERLAS 107 E. Sixth St., 213hospitality.com
➽ They’ve got a fabulous selection of tequila and mezcal, and intriguing cocktails made with syrups, Mexican herbs, fruit and spices. It’s perfectly dim for your journey down the rabbit hole. LITTLE EASY 216 W. Fifth St., littleeasybar.com
➽ Located in the Alexandria Hotel, this bar feels like you’re stepping into a New Orleans courtyard complete with fountain, porch swing, ornate wrought iron, French doors and live music. LUCKY STRIKE LANES & LOUNGE 800 W. Olympic Blvd., bowlluckystrike.com
➽ This L.A. Live outpost makes bowling shoes cool with fancy cocktails, stylish decor, a lounge and a dress code. MELODY LOUNGE 939 N. Hill St.
➽ Dozens of overhead lanterns set the mood at this chill Chinatown hangout where you can listen to vinyl while enjoying the great craft beer selection. ONYX RESTAURANT, LOUNGE & BAR 118 W. Fifth St., onyxloungela.com
➽ A candlelit lounge in the Security Lofts building serves crafty cocktails, punches to share and a long list of vintage drinks. RHYTHM ROOM 206 W. Sixth St. or facebook.com/rhythmroomla
➽ A long-defunct underground bar has been given new life, with plentiful seating, games, live music and lots of drinks. SHOO, SHOO BABY 717 W. Seventh St., shooshoobabyla.com
➽ The bar on a busy stretch of Seventh Street has retro decor, a diverse food menu and flexible seating for groups of all sizes. SUEDE BAR & LOUNGE 404 S. Figueroa St., suedebarla.com
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➽ GAY BARS PRECINCT 357 S. Broadway, precinctdtla.com
➽ A cop-meets-rock-and-roll theme marks this nightclub spanning 8,500 square feet inside a century-old brick building. There’s a stage, dance floor, large bar and a patio overlooking Broadway. REDLINE 131 E. Sixth St., redlinedtla.com
➽ A cozy, diverse spot in the Historic Core with a nice happy hour.
➽ SPORTS BARS BIG WANGS 801 S. Grand Ave., bigwangs.com
➽ The large patio, 29 TVs and 16 taps draw sports fans to cheer on their favorite team. ➤ REDBIRD Most restaurants have bars, but not all are worth your time and money. Consider Redbird, the beautiful restaurant in the former rectory of the St. Vibiana’s cathedral, where elegant, creative cocktails are always available. 114 E. Second St., redbird.la.
➤ GENERAL LEE’S Tucked into a busy Chinatown plaza, General Lee’s is one of Downtown’s true drinking gems. The music is always bumping on weekends and there’s a broad selection of smart craft cocktails, served in a moody, lounge-like atmosphere. 475 Gin Ling Road, generallees.com.
GAMEZ DTLA 500 S. Spring St., gamezdtla.com
➽ A chill spot to catch a game (including UFC) with great drink prices and happy hour. HOOTERS 1248 S. Figueroa St., westcoasthooters.com
BEELMAN’S PUB 600 S. Spring St., beelmanspub.com
➽ Enjoy a pint and a plate of oysters at this Euro-inspired bar and eatery. Beelman’s has a large sidewalk patio and plenty of unique cocktails. BOOMTOWN BREWERY 700 Jackson St., boomtownbrew.com
➽ This Arts District brewery features standout craft beers in a variety of styles, served in a beautiful old warehouse with games and food trucks. CASEY’S IRISH PUB 613 S. Grand Ave., 213hospitality.com
➽ Venture into Downtown’s favorite Irish pub. Cozy up to the mahogany bar or take a pint out to the covered patio. There’s also pool, ping-pong and darts. FAR BAR 347 E. First St., farbarla.com
NIRVANA SPORTS BAR & GRILL 314 E. First St.
IRON TRIANGLE BREWING 1581 Industrial Ave., irontrianglebrewing.com
➽ A casual Little Tokyo spot with plenty of flat screens, a projector showing games, happy hour and karaoke.
➽ This mega craft brewery features an IPA-focused program that allows guests to imbibe in the tasting room or bar.
TOM’S URBAN 1011 S. Figueroa St., tomsurban.com
LIBRARY BAR 630 W. Sixth St., librarybarla.com
➽ Visitors to L.A. Live can catch the game on any of the 80 screens and sip a signature margarita.
➽ It may be tricked out like a cozy library, but the only thing you’ll be checking out here is the selection of craft beers, a smart wine list and some solid eats.
➽ WINE BARS
LITTLE BEAR 1855 Industrial St., littlebearla.com
BACARO 2308 S. Union St., bacarola.com
➽ There’s a jovial vibe at this USC-adjacent spot and lots of wine talk at the communal table. D’VINE WINE CELLAR 821 S. Flower St., dvinela.com
➽ Descend the stairs at the O Hotel into this wine cellar with a speakeasy feel. Sample from more than 50 varietals. GARÇONS DE CAFE 541 S. Spring St., garcons-de-cafe.com
➽ Cozy and intimate, this lovely wine bar and bistro seats about 20. Pull up a stool and sample the two dozen or so small-production European wines. ORIEL 1135 N. Alameda St., orielchinatown.com
➽ A massive craft brewpub with nine original beers, a wraparound bar, a patio and games including darts, Skeeball and life-size Jenga.
➽ This Little Tokyo craft beer hub has nearly 30 taps dedicated to great brews. Tucked behind the Chop Suey Café, the brick-walled patio strung with twinkling lights can be accessed through a narrow alleyway.
MIGNON 128 E. Sixth St., mignonla.com
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ARTS DISTRICT BREWING 828 Traction Ave., artsdistrictbrewing.com
➽ All your favorites from this sports bar chain including copious hot wings, beer and cocktails.
➽ A beautiful French wine bar and retail shop where you can indulge. There are wine flights and delectable fromage and charcuterie.
➤ THE VARNISH Tucked inside the back of the excellent bar and restaurant Cole’s, The Varnish was one of Downtown’s first new speakeasy-style bars, and it is still one of the best. Grab a drink off the menu or trust an experienced mix-master to help you out. The occasional live jazz helps set the mood. 118 E. Sixth St., 213hospitality.com/ the-varnish.
dozen craft brews on tap. There are darts and cornhole, as well as occasional live music. Food trucks provide sustenance.
➽ This gastropub in the Arts District has a wide selection of Belgian imports that pair well with a juicy burger and crispy fries. LOS ANGELES BIERGARTEN 750 S. Broadway, labiergarten.com
➽ Located on the ground floor of the Chapman Building, you’ll find 100 draft beers, cocktails and eats with a Bavarian feel. MEGA BODEGA 1001 S. Broadway, megabodega.la
➽ Take your pick from 12 taps of craft beer, wines and craft ciders. Plus they have good coffee. MUMFORD BREWING 416 Boyd St., mumfordbrewing.com
➽ A dozen beers are brewed onsite, including a variety of IPAs, a dubbel and saison options. Check out the curbside pick-up — they’ll fill your growler and bring it to your car. PEKING TAVERN 806 S. Spring St., tooguapo.com
➽ This Chinatown wine bar offers French food, a variety of vintages, and an intimate atmosphere away from the bustle of the nearby Metro station.
➽ This basement bar will have your head spinning if you aren’t careful. Peking’s specialty cocktails are made with a strong Chinese distillate called baijiu. Load up on the tasty Beijing street food.
OVERFLOW 210 W. Fifth St.
PUBLIC SCHOOL 213 612 S. Flower St., psontap.com
➽ A cozy spot with art-strewn walls, good wine, meat and cheese plates, and live music. POUR HAUS WINE BAR 1820 Industrial St., pourhauswinebar.com
➽ An Arts District gem with affordable wines by the glass, tasty snacks and a garden patio with comfy sofas and board games.
➽ CRAFT BEER/PUBS ANGEL CITY BREWERY 216 S. Alameda St., angelcitybrewery.com
➽ This century-old warehouse now features a bar and beer garden with half a
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➽ Get your education in the art of food and beer. The gourmet bar menu includes lamb burgers, short rib tacos, artisan cheeses and more. Plus they’ve got darts. SIXTH STREET TAVERN 630 W. Sixth St., sixthstreettavern.com
➽ Seriously good pub fare with 24 rotating beers on tap as well as signature cocktails. A DJ spins on the weekend. SPRING ST. BAR 626 S. Spring St., springstla.com
➽ Suspender-wearing barkeeps at this beer-centric pub pour from 26 brews on tap. There are yummy gourmet eats, too.
➽ On the ground floor of the Alexandria Hotel, this dive bar sports celebrity mug shots on the walls. Games are usually on TV, and there are copious drink specials, bands and DJs. EIGHTYTWO 707 E. Fourth Pl., eightytwo.la
➽ It’s a bar. It’s an arcade. It’s a barcade! Drink and dance the night away, play some Street Fighter or pinball, and grab food from the trucks parked outside. EVERSON ROYCE BAR 1936 E. Seventh St., erbla.com
➽ This beautiful Arts District bar features a lovely patio, ample parking, vintages by the glass or bottle, a sprawling cocktail program and tasty eats. GOLDEN GOPHER 417 W. Eighth St., 213hospitality.com
➽ Exposed brick walls, chandeliers and golden gopher lamps augment a rocking jukebox and a cozy patio at this longtime hangout.
➽ This holdout neighborhood dive, which opened in 1933, has been updated to include some new craft brew options. The clientele is mixed and the prices are cheap. LA CITA 336 S. Hill St., lacitabar.com
➽ This Mexican ranchero bar draws just about every demographic. Booze is cheap, lighting is dim, DJs rock and the covered patio is a gem. REDWOOD BAR AND GRILL 316 W. Second St., theredwoodbar.com
➽ Located at L.A. Live, the Conga Room offers salsa dancing, three bars, and top-notch Latin bands. ESCONDITE 410 Boyd St., theescondite.com
➽ Think of this place as a sort of burger speakeasy. There’s a rustic bar serving beer and handmade drinks. There is live music every night of the week. No cover. Lot parking available. FIVE STAR BAR 267 S. Main St., fivestarbardtla.com
➽ Art, music, burgers and cheap beer. It’s the kind of no-frills dive you’ll wanna get lost in for a few hours. Cash only. GRAND STAR 943 N. Broadway, grandstarjazzclub.com
➽ This vintage Chinatown hangout serves wicked rum drinks and plenty of kitsch. There’s lively karaoke and a lineup of jazz, hip-hop and R&B. HAM & EGGS TAVERN 433 W. Eighth St., hamandeggstavern.com
➽ This two-room locals’ haven serves cheap beer (mostly in cans) and some good wine. On weekends, squeeze into the narrow back room where rock bands, DJs and singer-songwriter types play on a tiny stage. LEXINGTON 129 E. Third St., thelexingtonbar.com
➽ A small, dark haven with affordable pitchers of beer, chalkboard walls and murals. There is live music, as well as open mic and comedy nights. MICROSOFT THEATER 777 Chick Hearn Court, microsofttheater.com
➽ This L.A. Live venue boasts the largest stage in Southern California, as well as a 7,100-seat configuration in which no seat is further than 220 feet from the action. It hosts concerts, comedy acts, awards shows and TV specials. MOROCCAN LOUNGE 901 E. First St, themoroccan.com
➽ The Arts District joint is one of Downtown’s most intimate and
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KING EDDY SALOON 131 E. Fifth St., kingeddysaloon.com
CONGA ROOM 800 W. Olympic Blvd., congaroom.com
➽ This longtime dive bars has free popcorn, a great jukebox and stiff drinks that won’t break the bank.
➽ A hidden gem in Little Tokyo’s Weller Court, this jazz bar is intimate and chill.
HANK’S BAR 840 S. Grand Ave., (213) 623-7718
BLUE WHALE 123 Astronaut E. S. Onizuka St., #301, bluewhalemusic.com
DOWN & OUT 501 S. Spring St., downandoutbar.com
➽ LIVE MUSIC
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➽ Down a flight of steps and inside a bank vault entrance is this quaint watering hole catering to locals. It’s a casual spot to relax with a beer or shot of tequila.
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CRANE’S BAR 810 S. Spring St.
➽ East meets West at this intimate Little Tokyo haunt, where the house special is a can of Sapporo and a shot of Johnnie Walker Red. The Japanese bar snacks rock and DJs spin.
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➽ It’s still home to the famed French dip sandwich, but the historic Cole’s also serves as a modern saloon that makes excellent whiskey drinks and throwback cocktails.
WOLF & CRANE 366 E. Second St., wolfandcranebar.com
COLE’S 118 E. Sixth St., 213hospitality.com
➽ Beyond the red neon sign is a relaxed hangout with a jukebox, about a dozen beers on tap, dark wood and plenty of neighborhood folk.
➽ This vintage cafeteria holds three bars: the Monarch bar offers a collection of California-inspired cocktails (and more than a dozen draft beers); the Gothic Bar upstairs features an ornate church altar and soaring arches, creative cocktails and live entertainment including burlesque; and the Pacific Seas is a tiki-themed room with an assortment of craft cocktails.
WENDELL 656 S. Main St., wendellbardtla.com
CLIFTON’S REPUBLIC 648 S. Broadway, cliftonsla.com
➽ NEIGHBORHOOD JOINTS
➽ There’s a casual, Prohibition-era charm at this Arts District locale. Enjoy handcrafted cocktails, muscular drinks, pool, ping-pong and darts.
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➽ Located at L.A. Live, Yardhouse has a mind-boggling 138 beers on tap. It’s an ideal spot to gather before a game at Staples Center.
TONY’S SALOON 2017 E. Seventh St., 213hospitality.com
YARDHOUSE 800 W. Olympic Blvd., yardhouse.com
➽ Twenty-four imported beers on tap, exotic grilled sausages and communal tables make for a lively scene.
➽ An Arts District oasis, Resident is a hybrid bar, beer garden and music venue. A vintage trailer on the patio serves drinks, and eats are provided by food trucks.
WURSTKÜCHE 800 E. Third St., wurstkuche.com
RESIDENT 428 S. Hewitt St., residentdtla.com
➽ Located underground in the City National Bank mall, visitors will find a nice selection of craft beers, more than 100 wines and big screen TVs. Happy hour is popular.
➽ This maritime-inspired tavern is decked out with fishing nets, weathered wooden planks and the stumps of dock timbers. There are frequently live and loud rock bands.
WEILAND BREWERY UNDERGROUND 505 S. Flower St.
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JAPANESE NEW YEAR
Weller Court and Japanese Village Plaza, jccsc.com
900 Exposition Blvd., nhm.org
Celebrate the Japanese New Year with traditional events including taiko drumming, dancing, martial arts, calligraphy, folk songs and more.
NIGHT ON BROADWAY
On Jan. 26, 2019, this annual event celebrates the revival of Broadway. Historic movie palaces will hold live acts, and the streets are filled with entertainment, food trucks, pop-up shops and family activities. There’s even a Ferris wheel and chess boxing! Admission is free.
MARDI GRAS CHILDREN’S FESTIVAL
CHINATOWN SUMMER NIGHTS
125 Paseo de la Plaza, elpueblo. lacity.org
Central and Mandarin Plazas, 943-951 N. Broadway, chinatownsummernights.com
A celebration of Fat Tuesday on Olvera Street with a children’s carnival that includes Brazilian singing, dancing, a parade and mask-making workshops.
CHINATOWN FIRECRACKER 5/10K RUN
As part of the Chinese New Year festivities, bike riders, runners and walkers take part in this event on Feb. 16, 2019. There will be live entertainment all weekend.
The action never stops in Downtown. Here are some of the year’s best events, from festivals and concerts to parades and holiday traditions.
200 N. Grand Ave., musiccenter.org
Pull up a lawn chair or blanket for free films shown on a 25-foot inflatable screen. Each month has a theme. Picnics welcome. Every Friday through August at Pershing Square.
The Year of the Dog kicks off with a colorful slate of events including the Golden Dragon Parade, firecrackers, a pageant and entertainment. It’s all free.
Part food event, part summer party, Angelenos flock here for the local cuisine, food trucks, DJs, art, vendors, chef demonstrations, craft beer and cultural activities. Third Saturdays through August.
425 N. Los Angeles St., camla.org A 2,000-year-old tradition takes place at a historic Chinatown site. Enjoy lantern making, face painting, crafts, entertainment, arts activities and food trucks.
LAST REMAINING SEATS
Since 1987, the Los Angeles Conservancy has opened Broadway’s historic theaters to the public for its summer film series. The classic movies often include old newsreels and advertisements, or lectures by film historians.
SUNDAY SESSIONS AT THE PARK
200 N. Grand Ave., grandparkla.org
ST. PATRICK’S DAY STREET FESTIVAL
613 S. Grand Ave., 213nightlife.com
It’s easy being green at this raucous celebration hosted by Casey’s Irish Pub. There’s lots of green beer, food, games and DJs. It is the happening spot on March 17. Free before 11 a.m. Event runs 6 a.m.-2 a.m.
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El Pueblo and Olvera Street come alive with music, cultural presentations, dancing, food and a beer garden.
FRIDAY NIGHT FLICKS
CHINESE NEW YEAR
532 S. Olive St., laparks.org
125 Paseo de la Plaza, olvera-street.com
Get free lessons in everything from Bollywood to samba to disco to tango, then hit the dance floor for an energetic party under the stars with live music and DJs in Grand Park. Through September.
CINCO DE MAYO
Want to taste the wares of a bug chef or hold a Madagascar hissing cockroach? This celebration at the Natural History Museum lets you bug out with hands-on activities, crafts, vendors and fun.
This lively Cinco de Mayo celebration is the largest of its kind anywhere. Huge crowds flock to Broadway for music, food, entertainment and vendors. Last Sunday in April.
A mini-electronic music fest fills Grand Park the last Sunday of the month. Dance the day away, and enjoy food trucks and plenty of summer sun. Through August.
LOS ANGELES MARATHON
More than 20,000 runners take part in this annual race that spans 26.2 miles across the city, including parts of Downtown. Runners start at Dodger Stadium on March 24, 2019.
300-350 S. Grand Ave., grandperformances.org
The Bunker Hill Watercourt comes alive every summer with dozens of free events, including international performance troupes, film screenings, theater and more. Through September.
1000 Elysian Park Ave., dodgers.com
The baseball team’s regular season runs through October. Dodger Stadium’s ticket office is open Mon.-Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and during home games.
BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS
845 N. Alameda St., olvera-street.com
At Olvera Street, L.A. Archbishop Jose Gomez blesses dogs, cats, iguanas, goats, hamsters and more as part of a centuries-old tradition. The Saturday before Easter Sunday. It’s free.
DOG DAY AFTERNOON
555 W. Temple St., downtownla.com
Bring your four-legged friend to this festive evening at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. Locals meet and mingle over cocktails and hot dogs. Free.
September LOS ANGELES RAMS
3911 S. Figueroa St., therams.com
100 N. Central Ave., janm.org
The Rams return to play the 2019 season in the L.A. Memorial Coliseum.
Bring the family to this annual Japanese American National Museum summer celebration featuring performances, crafts (including the signature paper hats) and activities. Free.
USC TROJAN FOOTBALL
3911 S. Figueroa St., lacoliseum.com or usctrojans.com When the USC Trojans play, it’s an allday event with tailgate parties and an eardrum-splitting game at the L.A. Coliseum. Season runs through November.
L.A. FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL
This four-day foodie extravaganza tempts with free-flowing vino, gourmet eats, celebrity chefs and lots of people watching.
FOURTH OF JULY BLOCK PARTY
200 N. Grand Ave., grandparkla.org
Enjoy a spectacular fireworks display, live bands, DJs, food trucks, picnicking and games during this daylong celebration at Grand Park. Free.
The shopping center’s outdoor plaza is transformed with a series of free Friday night performances ranging from pop and rock to jazz and soul. Through August.
This weekend event features more than 250 artisans and makers selling everything from jewelry and clothing to home decor and gourmet treats.
Climb 75 stories to the top of U.S. Bank Tower during this fundraiser to benefit the Downtown YMCA. There’s also a block party with food trucks, vendors, live music and a beer/wine garden.
Throughout Little Tokyo, niseiweek.org
FIGAT7TH DOWNTOWN FESTIVAL
200 N. Grand Ave., renegadecraft.com
401 S. Hope St., ymcastairclimb.org
735 S. Figueroa St., artsbrookfield.com
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UNION STATION SUMMER CONCERTS
800 N. Alameda St., unionstationla.com
Every Saturday evening in July and August, the historic rail hub hosts free open-air concerts featuring up-and-coming performers and DJs.
First held in 1934, this nine-day celebration of second-generation Japanese Americans born in the U.S. draws thousands to Little Tokyo for parades, cultural activities, a car show, sumo wrestling and taiko drumming.
Central and Mandarin Plazas, 943-951 N. Broadway, chinatownla.com
November L.A. KINGS HOLIDAY ICE RINK AT L.A. LIVE
800 W. Olympic Blvd., lalive.com
L.A. Live gets in the holiday spirit with an ice skating rink sponsored by the Kings. You can glide with Santa amid the twinkling lights. Through January.
Surrounded by palm trees and high-rises, this beloved ice rink offers day and evening skating, DJs, broomball and concerts. Open Nov. 15 through Jan. 21.
PERSHING SQUARE SUMMER CONCERTS
532 S. Olive St., laparks.org
October L.A. KINGS, CLIPPERS AND LAKERS
PERSHING SQUARE ICE RINK
532 S. Olive St., holidayicerinkdowntownla.com
HOLIDAY SEASONAL LIGHTING CEREMONY
This family-friendly festival features performances, live music, food trucks, a craft beer garden and moon viewing through telescopes. Free.
This is the unofficial start Summer fun abounds at this free outdoor concert series of the holiday season at El that showcases lunchtime music, tribute bands, Saturday Pueblo de Los Angeles night headliners and salsa Sundays. Through August. Historical Monument, the birthplace of the city. Festivities include a snow area for kids, crafts, face RENEGADE CRAFT FAIR NYE L.A. painting, entertainment 200 N. Grand Ave., renegadecraft.com 201 N. Grand Ave., and photos with Santa. Get your holiday shopping done at grandparkla.org Ring in the New this weekend event at Grand Park. L.A. COUNTY HOLIDAY It features more than 250 artisans Year at Grand CELEBRATION Park with more and makers selling jewelry, clothing, 135 N. Grand Ave., home goods, gourmet treats and than 25,000 lacountyarts.org revelers. There much more. An enormous lineup of choirs, instrumental groups and is music, art, dance companies representing the area’s diverse traditions DISNEY HALL SING-ALONG family activdraws more than 5,000 people to the Dorothy Chandler 111 S. Grand Ave., laphil.com ities, food Pavilion on Dec. 24. Free. This jolly sing-along usually trucks, photos features a special guest accomand animated panied by the hall’s huge pipe LAS POSADAS projections El Pueblo de Los Angeles, 622 N. Main St., olvera-street.com organ, choir and jazz combo. using City Witness a nine-day re-enactment and celebration of Mary and Belt out favorites including Hall as the “Jingle Bells” and “Rudolph the Joseph’s trip to Bethlehem, complete with a candlelight procanvas. Free. cession, singing, ballet and the nightly breaking of a piñata. Red-Nosed Reindeer.”
1111 S. Figueroa St., lakings.com, clippers. com, lakers.com Staples Center’s busiest time of year begins, with one hockey and two basketball teams kicking off their campaigns. Each team will play about 40 homes games through the spring. HALLOWEEN PARTY FOR DOWNTOWN KIDS
919 S. Grand Ave., downtownla.com
This annual Halloween night party at Grand Hope Park includes copious activities, entertainment, food, costumes and trick or treating in the heart of Downtown. DIA DE LOS MUERTOS
125 Paseo de la Plaza, olvera-street.com Honor the dearly departed during this colorful Mexican ceremony that includes processions in late October; the main event unfolds during the first days of November. Decorate altars with sugar skulls in remembrance of a loved one.
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unique performance venues. Enjoy a mix of local and some touring national bands. MRS. FISH 448 S. Hill St., mrsfish.com
➽ This upscale bar/restaurant and rock venue features a 5,500-gallon fish tank. There are three levels for lounging, drinking and listening to live music. ORPHEUM THEATRE 842 S. Broadway, laorpheum.com
➽ The 2,000-seat former vaudeville house has been restored with modern amenities. The Orpheum hosts touring bands and more. TAIX’S 321 LOUNGE 1911 Sunset Blvd., taixfrench.com ➤ BROKEN SHAKER The acclaimed Miami bar has arrived in Downtown L.A., as part of the Freehand Hotel at Eighth and Olive streets. The rooftop space is decked out with a pool and fun decor, but the focus is on precision cocktails with eye-opening flavors. 416 W. Eighth St., freehandhotels.com/los-angeles.
➽ There are a lot of retro lounges out there, but this is the real thing: a dark, cozy den with sofas, tight tables, and a stage that’s for indie bands and comedians. TERAGRAM BALLROOM 1234 W. Seventh St., teragramballroom.com
➽ The City West spot has some of the best acoustics and sight lines in Downtown, as well as a nonstop roster of excellent local and touring rock and indie bands. THE NOVO 800 W. Olympic Blvd., thenovodtla.com
➽ This venue at L.A. Live seats 2,300, with some of the best acoustics in town. Enjoy a dizzying array of touring acts. THE REGENT 448 S. Main St., theregenttheater.com
➽ Operated by Spaceland Productions, this space draws some of the top touring rock bands and also has plenty of dance nights. THE SMELL 247 S. Main St., thesmell.org
➽ Located in an alley, The Smell is a friendly, all-ages refuge. It’s tight, sweaty, raw and punk rock. Tickets are generally $5. No alcohol. ➤ EVERSON ROYCE BAR ERB touts excellent cocktails, a big roster of spirits, a laid-back vibe and a killer cheeseburger. No wonder this neighborhood favorite continues to draw crowds to the Arts District. Don’t miss the picturesque patio. 1936 E. Seventh St., erbla.com.
THEATRE AT ACE HOTEL 929 S. Broadway, acehotel.com
➽ Part of the chic Ace Hotel, this restored movie palace features a threestory grand lobby, an ornate open balcony and vaulted ceiling. The venue hosts concerts, film and special events; the Upstairs bar features a slate of musical acts.
➽ DANCING/CLUBS BELASCO THEATRE 1050 S. Hill St., thebelasco.com
➽ This event and film venue has a lineup of cult movies, foreign flicks and critical darlings. Keep an eye out for film festival offerings. There’s beer and wine, too. IMAX THEATER 700 Exposition Park Drive, californiasciencecenter.org
➽ This state-of-the-art theater offers family-friendly fare that usually ties in to exhibits at the Science Center. The seven-story screen is the largest in Los Angeles. Open daily. PERSHING SQUARE FRIDAY NIGHT FLICKS 532 S. Olive St., laparks.org
➽ Bring a picnic basket, lawn chair or blanket, and enjoy a film projected on a 40-by-20-foot inflatable screen in the park. Well-behaved dogs on leash are welcome. The curtain goes up at 8 p.m. and the series runs from July through August. REDCAT (ROY AND EDNA DISNEY/CALARTS THEATER) 631 W. Second St., redcat.org
➽ In addition to its regular schedule of concerts, live theater and speakers, REDCAT hosts cutting-edge and experimental films, often on Monday evenings. Each May there’s a children’s international film festival REGAL CINEMAS 1000 W. Olympic Blvd., regmovies.com
➽ This 14-screen complex is Downtown’s biggest movie destination. The stateof-the-art theaters are on the western edge of L.A. Live. ROOFTOP CINEMA CLUB Level DTLA, 888 S. Olive St., rooftopcinemaclub.com/los-angeles
➽ This fun series takes place on the outdoor pool deck of an apartment complex. There are big-name films and headsets that send the sound right into your earholes.
➽ FUN & GAMES ESCAPE IQ 1135 E. Fifth St., escapeiq.com
➽ In this escape room you have one hour to solve the puzzles, find clues and free yourself. ESCAPE ROOM L.A. 120 E. Eighth St., escaperoomla.com
Downtown’s largest escape room has five different games. As usual, you have an hour to solve the clues and get out. L.A. GUN CLUB 1375 E. Sixth St., thelosangelesgunclub.com
➽ Choose your target (zombies, creepy attackers, etc.), select your weapon and fire. Since 1989, this indoor shooting range in the Arts District has attracted a diverse crowd.
THE CROSSING 200 S. Hill St., thecrossingla.com
LUCKY STRIKE LANES & LOUNGE 800 W. Olympic Blvd., bowlluckystrike.com
➽ Live music, DJs, dancing and comedy against a sultry black and red backdrop.
➽ This L.A. Live outpost makes bowling shoes cool with fancy cocktails, stylish decor, a lounge and a dress code.
EXCHANGE LA 618 S. Spring St., exchangela.com
SKYSPACE AND SKYSLIDE 633 W. Fifth St., skyspace-la.com
HONEYCUT 819 S. Flower St., honeycutla.com
DOWNTOWN INDEPENDENT 251 S. Main St., downtownindependent.com
➽ Inside the Belasco Theatre is a vast event space and dance club. The calendar of musical acts draws big crowds.
➽ Built in 1930, this former stock exchange is now in its second incarnation as a nightclub that draws big-name EDM DJs.
➤ BARCITO The much-loved South Park bar features simple (and tasty) drinks and Argentinian bites in a casual space that feels like a quintessential part of the neighborhood. Take advantage of the stellar happy hour. 403 W. 12th St., barcitola. com.
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➽ Located 15 feet below a Downtown alley, this basement bar’s disco room rocks an impressive LED-lit dance floor. THE LASH 117 Winston St., thelashsocial.com
➽ An artsy bar-nightclub-performance space with a European vibe. Decor is black and white, concrete with broken subway tiles, cracked glass and Russian neon. Music runs the gamut and so does the crowd. THE RESERVE 650 S. Spring St., thelareserve.com
➽ This massive lounge and dance floor is built into a 1924 bank vault. Weekdays bring a mellow vibe with jazz and live music, while weekends are off the hook with DJs and dancing.
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➽ This attraction is perched 1,000 feet above the ground in U.S. Bank Tower. There are two decks, 360-degree views, and the famous Skyslide — a 45-foot long outdoor glass slide that glides from the 70th to the 69th floor. SPIN STANDARD 550 S. Flower St., losangeles.wearespin.com
➽ Get your drink and your game on at this quirky ping-pong social club in the Standard Hotel. There are 11 tables, three bars, a cocktail menu and food truck-inspired grub. TWO BIT CIRCUS 634 Mateo St., twobitcircus.com
➽ The recently opened Arts District space bills itself as a “micro-amusement park.” There is a collection of jaw-dropping virtual reality games, and some arcade classics. Check out the robot bartender! X LANES 333 Alameda St., xlanesla.com
➽ This Little Tokyo fun zone has 24 LED-lit bowling lanes (including eight private lanes), VIP lounges, a sports bar, restaurant, arcade, karaoke and billiards.
CULTURE E Whether youâ€™re interested in cocktails and art along Gallery Row, a play at the Music Center or a visit to the art collection at MOCA, The Broad or the Japanese American National Museum, Downtown has you covered. The Central City hosts an assortment of the performing arts in its cluster of venues atop Bunker Hill, including the landmark Walt Disney Concert Hall, while top-notch exhibits fill more than a dozen museums and galleries. There are special events, festivals and more to be found year-round in this culture-packed community.
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majority African American Central Avenue community, and from 1924-1955 it was one of two segregated fire stations in L.A. It now serves as the first and only freestanding African American firefighter museum in the country. Check out vintage fire vehicles, photos, memorabilia and more. Free admission. Open Tuesday and Thursday 10 a.m.-2 p.m., and Sunday 1-4 p.m. 1401 S. Central Ave., aaffmuseum.org.
A+D Museum This 8,000-square-foot Arts District warehouse is the only museum of its kind in Los Angeles. The A+D offers exhibits focusing on contemporary architecture and design, and there are educational and community programs. Current exhibits include a survey of the winners of the American Society of Architectural Illustrator’s Architecture in Perspective competition. Suggested donation $10; students/seniors $5. Open ThursdayFriday 2-8 p.m., until 6 p.m. on Wednesday and weekends noon-7 p.m. 900 E. Fourth St., aplusd.org.
The Broad This stunning facility holds some 2,000 artworks collected over the decades by Eli and Edythe Broad (about 200 are on display at any given time). These are some of the most prominent examples of postwar and contemporary art in the world, with works by Koons,
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Warhol, Basquiat, Lichtenstein and hundreds of others. An eye-catching honeycomb design filters light into the block-long gallery and connects the museum to the Grand Avenue cultural corridor. There is also a 24,000-squarefoot public plaza. Admission is free but online reservations are recommended. Closed Monday. Open TuesdayWednesday 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursday-Friday 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. 221 S. Grand Ave., thebroad.org.
California African American Museum CAAM collects, preserves and displays the history, art and culture of African Americans. In addition to its permanent collection of more than 6,000 objects of art, artifacts and historical documents, and a research library, CAAM hosts nearly a dozen in-house and/or traveling exhibitions, and more than 80 public programs each year. Located in Exposition Park, the museum recently revealed its fall program, including a survey of painter Nina Chanel Abney’s work and a look at California’s little-known role in the 19th century slave trade. Admission is free. Open Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 600 State Dr., caamuseum.org. California Science Center This museum is a wonderland filled with hands-on and creative exhibits that fill three stories: The Air and Space Gallery features real planes and spacecraft; the World of Life examines the living environment; and the Creative World explores human invention, from computer technology to solar cars. The Ecosystems wing showcases a diverse assortment of live plants and animals, as well as interactive exhibits in 11 environments. Also, be sure to view the awe-inspiring Space Shuttle Endeavour and the current King Tut exhibit. Beat the crowds by visiting on weekends or weekday afternoons after 1:30 p.m. A few steps across the Science Center plaza is the IMAX Theater, with a seven-story screen that puts science in larger-than-life perspective (some films are 3D). Free museum admission; tickets required for IMAX. Open daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 700 Exposition Park Drive, californiasciencecenter.org. Chinese American Museum Housed in the oldest and last surviving structure of the city’s original Chinatown, CAM is Southern California’s first and only museum dedicated to telling the history and stories of the Chinese American experience in Los Angeles. Located in the El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument, the museum houses artifacts including antique furniture, herbal store furnishings, traditional wedding gowns, toys, photos, letters, dishware and literature. There are also audio recordings of Chinese Americans who share memories of growing up in Old Chinatown. Admission $3; students/seniors $2. Open Tuesday-Sunday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 425 N. Los Angeles St., camla.org. El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument This is the official birthplace of Los Angeles. Of the monument’s 27 historic buildings, four function as museums: the Avila Adobe, the city’s oldest house; the Sepulveda House, home to exhibits and the Visitors Center; the Old Plaza Firehouse, which houses late 19th century fire-fighting equipment; and the Italian American Museum of Los Angeles, in the old Italian Hall. The most popular part of El Pueblo is the Olvera Street marketplace with restaurants, shops and booths selling handicrafts. The plaza serves as a lively gathering place and hosts year-round festivals and events. Open daily; hours at shops and halls vary. 125 Paseo de la Plaza, elpueblo.lacity.org.
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FIDM Museum and Galleries This fashion design school includes a museum that has a collection of more than 12,000 costumes, accessories and textiles, ranging from the 18th century through the present, including designs from Chanel, Dior and Yves Saint Laurent. Visitors can also view an early Hollywood costume collection. Keep an eye open for FIDM’s two major annual exhibits, one featuring a stunning display of movie costumes from the previous year, which is mounted in the late winter and spring, the other focused on outfits from TV shows, which lands in the summer. Free admission. Open Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 919 S. Grand Ave., fidmmuseum.org.
FIDM’s Annette Green Perfume Museum This is the only museum in the U.S. dedicated to scents. Its namesake Green has been an authority and leader in the fragrance industry since the early 1960s, and the collection contains more than 2,000 bottles, perfume presentations and documentary ephemera dating back to the late 1800s. About 200 objects are displayed and rotated every six months. Free admission. Open Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 919 S. Grand Ave., second floor lobby, fidm.edu. Grammy Museum Four floors of exhibits celebrate the power and history of music at this sleek venue at L.A. Live. Incorporating film, sound and interactive experiences, exhibits highlight genres such as rock and roll, hip-hop, country, Latin, R&B and jazz. The vast collection includes lyric notebooks, archival photos, costumes, musical instruments and much more. The museum also explores
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Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles This Arts District mega-gallery opened in 2016. It occupies a seven-building compound that began life as a grain mill in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. There is a mix of private sales rooms along with museum-caliber exhibitions open to the public. Community elements include an open-air courtyard, the on-site bookstore Artbook and the restaurant Manuela. During summer nights there are often public events, and admission is always free. 901 E. Third St., hauserwirthlosangeles. com. Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles One of Downtown’s newest museums, the former Santa Monica Museum of Art moved from the Bergamot Station art complex to the Arts District in 2017, taking over a warehouse with 7,500 square feet of exhibition space. The museum mixes works by international artists with up-and-coming local creators. The ICA-LA is currently running an exhibit on painter Nina Chanel Abney and a survey of work by sculptor B. Wurtz. The museum also hosts discussions, community workshops and live performances. Admission is free. Open Wednesday-Friday 11 a.m.-7 p.m. and weekends 11 a.m.- 6 p.m. 1717 E. Seventh St., theicala.org.
Italian American Museum of Los Angeles This museum at the El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument opened in 2016 in the restored 1908 Italian Hall. An ongoing inaugural exhibit examines the ItalianAmerican experience from the birth of Los Angeles to the present day. The museum also features historic documents and artifacts, including photographs and maps. Expect to find film screenings, language classes and performances throughout the year. Admission is free. Open TuesdaySunday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 125 Paseo de la Plaza, #400, iamla.org Japanese American National Museum This is the only museum in the country dedicated to the Japanese American experience. There are artifacts from the first-generation Japanese immigrants, as well as oral histories and materials that document the lives of Japanese Americans before, during and after their World War II incarceration. Opened in 1992 in a former Buddhist temple, the museum is now housed in an 85,000-square-foot contemporary pavilion adjacent to the original location. There are often traveling exhibits, and family festivals, live concerts and speakers. Free admission every Thursday from 5-8 p.m. and all day every third Thursday of the month. Admission $12; $6 for seniors/students. Children under 5 are free. Closed Monday. 100 N. Central Ave., janm.org. LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes This cultural center celebrates the unique Mexican and Mexican American experience in Southern California with interactive exhibits, films, lectures and classes. It is near Olvera Street in two historic buildings, and is surrounded by a sprawling garden. Free admission. Closed Tuesday. Open Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from noon-5 p.m. and Friday-Sunday noon-6 p.m. 501 N. Main St., lapca.org.
through June. Admission $14; seniors and students $11; children 3-12 $6; children 13-17 $11. Open daily 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. 900 Exposition Blvd., nhm.org.
Velveteria Museum Chinatown is where you’ll find this emporium of kitschy velvet paintings. Founders and curators Caren Anderson and Carl Baldwin have acquired nearly 3,000 pieces, placing some 450 on display at any given time. The museum also features a black light room, a tiki corner and the requisite hall of Elvis. Admission $10. Open Wednesday-Monday 11 a.m.-6 p.m. 711 New High St., velveteria.com. Wells Fargo History Museum This petite museum inside the Wells Fargo Center
chronicles the bank’s role in Southern California, including the Gold Rush era of the 19th century. Items on display include an original Concord stagecoach, the 27-ounce Challenge Nugget, a historically re-created Express office and a working telegraph. The museum attracts school field trips, California history buffs and the occasional office worker looking for a break. Free admission. Open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. In the lobby of 333 S. Grand Ave., wellsfargohistory.com. SPEAKER SERIES
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Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Grand Avenue Downtown’s contemporary art museum was founded in 1979, and has amassed one of the country’s most renowned permanent collections of art created since the 1940s. MOCA boasts a cache of more than 5,000 Abstract Expressionist, Minimalist, Post-Modernist and Pop Art gems. Look for ambitious themed shows and retrospectives, surrounded by cool programming, especially during the summer. Admission $12; seniors/students $6; and free from 5-8 p.m. every Thursday. Closed Tuesday. 250 S. Grand Ave., moca.org. Museum of Contemporary Art, The Geffen Contemporary MOCA’s second space is a vast warehouse in Little Tokyo. The Geffen Contemporary offers 40,000 square feet of space, and the sprawling facility with high ceilings houses some of the more playful and expansive of MOCA’s shows. Admission $12; seniors and students $6; and free from 5-8 p.m. every Thursday. Closed Tuesday. 152 N. Central Ave., moca.org. Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County This museum features a world-class dinosaur hall with 30 full-body specimens that let you get up close. There are also nature gardens and a lab, and an exhibit that digs into the growth of Los Angeles. Opened in 1913, the NHM houses a mindboggling 35 million specimens. Three diorama halls display mammals and habitats from all over the world. Other standouts include the gem and mineral hall, the family-friendly Discovery Center and Insect Zoo, and the Dino Lab. DJ events and special speakers fill the museum during the First Fridays series, which runs January
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THE ARTS DISTRICT THE ARTS DISTRICT IS ONE OF DOWNTOWN’S HOTTEST NEIGHBORHOODS, AND IS SEEING A FLURRY OF NEW HOUSING COMPLEXES, OFFICE SPACE AND CULTURAL DESTINATIONS. HERE ARE SOME SPOTS TO CHECK OUT.
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5. Arts District Brewing Company The former home of discount electronics retailer Crazy Gideon’s is now a popular brewery. The Arts District Brewing Co. comes from Downtown nightlife icons 213 Hospitality; here they have created a large brewery and taproom with a rotating list of beers — expect everything from IPAs to porters. The fun space includes a rack of skeeball machines. 828 Traction Ave. or 213hospitality.com/artsdistrictbrewing. .............
6. Pie Hole Nestled between the Arts District Brewing Co. and Angel City Brewery, the Pie Hole is one of the best places for sweet baked goods in Downtown. It offers a variety of savory and sweet pies, with a seasonal list of flavors (expect pumpkin in the fall). It’s perfect for an afternoon snack or dessert. 714 Traction Ave. or thepieholela.com. .............
7. Resident Housed in an 8,000-square-foot warehouse on Fourth Street, this is the only museum in Los Angeles focused on contemporary architecture and design. Exhibitions track the latest trends in building and style, mixing form with function. Along with its shows, A+D hosts lectures and educational programs. 900 E. Fourth St., aplusd.org. .............
2. Everson Royce Bar Some of the best drinks in Downtown are served here. The indoor bar is small, but the main attraction is the large outdoor patio in the back. Illuminated by a strings of bulbs, it’s a relaxed spot whether you’re on a date or hanging with a group of friends. It has a number of eclectic bar food options, including bao and chorizo burgers. 1936 E. Seventh St. or erbla.com. .............
3. Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles This mega-gallery comes from Switzerland-based art dealers Manuela Hauser and Iwan Wirth. The seven-building complex originally was a grain mill, but now houses multiple galleries showing museum-caliber exhibitions. The space is open to the public and always free to enter. Visitors can also sit around the open-air courtyard, shop in the Artbook bookstore or grab food at the restaurant Manuela. Check the website for the occasional community events. 901 E. Third St., hauserwirthlosangeles.com. .............
4. Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles The former Santa Monica Museum of Art left the Westside for DTLA, and opened in a 7,500-square-foot former warehouse in September. The ICA, LA showcases international artists as well as creators from Los Angeles. Check out paintings, drawings, installations and more, and keep an eye open for the museum’s community workshops and lecture series. 1717 E. Seventh St., theicala.org. 28
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Located in a former industrial shop, Resident has emerged as a destination music venue. There is a low indoor stage and music nearly every night of the week. Acts range from rock to electronic, though there are also fun throwback ’80s nights. The outdoor beer garden is open all week and serves dozens of beers on tap out of a vintage Airstream trailer. The bar options include cocktails on tap, and even blended slushie cocktials. 428 S. Hewitt St. or residentdtla.com. .............
8. Two Bit Circus One of the most exciting additions to Downtown in years is a huge, indoor play space. Dubbed by its operators as a “micro-amusement park,” Two Bit Circus is full of brain-bending virtual reality options. There are modern twists on old carnival games and “story rooms,” a spin on escape rooms in which groups of people work together on some sort of mission (pilot a spacecraft, perhaps, or defend a raft from attacking monsters and demons). Or, play a game of four-person air hockey. You can also grab a drink prepared by a robot bartender. 634 Mateo St. or twobitcircus.com.
Last Bookstore A bevy of intriguing authors with new books are making a trip to the Historic Core for an evening appearance at the brilliant Last Bookstore. You can generally expect two or three events per week. You might hear a novelist, a journalist, a poet or a panel of people who all contributed to a collection. Prices vary. 453 S. Spring St., lastbookstorela.com. Live Talks Los Angeles Enthralling on-stage conversation should be expected at this citywide speaker series that has a number of Downtown locations. Founded in 2010, Live Talks books speakers who encompass a range of professions including authors, actors, musicians, scientists and more. Prices vary. Some of the Downtown locations include the Aratani Theater in Little Tokyo and the offices of architecture firm Gensler, livetalksla.org. SCI-Arc The architecture school in the Arts District hosts a multi-disciplinary slate of speakers throughout the year. Open to the public, the lineup features architects, artists, filmmakers, engineers and more. Recent lectures have focused on such topics as architecture in the digital age and urban planning. Free. 960 E. Third St., sciarc.edu. Town Hall-Los Angeles Business and city leaders, as well as those who simply want to stay informed, attend these timely events focused on issues that affect the lives of Angelenos. Formed in 1937, topics include public safety, business, education, the economy, infrastructure, government and more. Most events are at the City Club in the Financial District. 555 S. Flower St., 51st floor, townhall-la.org. Zócalo Zócalo, which means “public square” in Spanish, has featured more than 800 thinkers and doers in a free-flowing, non-partisan format. The wide range of topics has encompassed politics, government, economics, education, technology, arts and science. Free and at various locations, zocalopublicsquare.org. THEATER/CLASSICAL MUSIC
Ahmanson Theatre One of two local venues operated by Center Theatre Group (CTG), the Ahmanson boasts the largest theatrical subscription base on the West Coast and is the biggest of CTG’s spaces. Built in 1967, the theater boasts more than 2,000 seats and hosts an array of dramas, musicals, comedies, classic revivals and touring Broadway shows. 135 N. Grand Ave., centertheatregroup.com. Dorothy Chandler Pavilion Built in 1964, the Dorothy Chandler continues to wow visitors with its crystal chandeliers, wide curving staircases and one of the largest stages in the country. Located on the south end of the Music Center complex, the pavilion is home to exquisite operatic performances from L.A. Opera, led by tenor great and General Director Plácido Domingo. 135 N. Grand Ave., centertheatregroup.com. East West Players Housed within the historic Union Center for the Arts in Little Tokyo, this award-winning theater company has premiered more than 100 plays and musicals about the Asian-American experience. Its repertoire includes cutting-edge new works as well as adaptations of familiar plays with Asian casts. The main stage of this 240-seat venue is the David Henry Hwang Theater. 120 Judge John Aiso St., eastwestplayers.org. Los Angeles Theatre Center This multi-theater facility in the Historic Core is operated by the Latino Theater Company, and the venue showcases a diverse lineup of dramas, comedies, dance and theater. The LATC also works with the community to offer space for rehearsals, performances and cultural events. 514 S. Spring St., thelatc.org. Mark Taper Forum The Taper is an award-winning theater and the site of a number of prominent works, both local productions and shows on tour. The smaller of Center Theatre Group’s stages, it is more experimental than its neighbor, CTG’s Ahmanson. 135 N. Grand Ave., centertheatregroup.org.
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an appearance at the Central Library’s speaker series held inside the 235-seat Mark Taper Auditorium. For a quarter century, the Los Angeles Library Foundation, which runs Aloud, has hosted novelists, poets, scientists, educators, performing artists, journalists, political figures and filmmakers, and the frequent addition of a local scholar, critic or fellow artist makes for a lively dialogue. Programs fill up quickly, so reserve a space in advance. Free. 630 W. Fifth St., lfla.org/aloud.
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Downtown Stage Summer Concerts
........................ Flop down a blanket and set up a folding chair as you watch free concerts in the heart of the Financial District. Located at Pershing Square and generally taking place over six Saturday nights in July and August, attendees enjoy a mix of local and national acts across a variety of genres and generations. Highlights have included the B-52s, The Wallflowers and punk legends X. On Friday nights during the summer, the park hosts free movie screenings.
Summer Happenings at the Broad
........................ The Bunker Hill museum The Broad is known for its deep collection of contemporary artworks collected over the decades by Eli and Edythe Broad. During the summer months, it is also known for bringing the noise. Summer Happening at the Broad features musical performances within the museum halls and on its outdoor plaza. Taking place on the last Saturday of each month between June and September, the evenings are tied together via a unifying theme, often inspired by the art on display. Featuring local and international performers, the series has hosted acts including Gang Gang Dance, Matmos and Michael “5000” Watts.
........................ Since the BET Experience landed in Downtown in 2013, hip-hop lovers have made the pilgrimage to the Central City. Held annually in June at the Convention Center and adjacent L.A. Live (with the biggest events in Staples Center and the Microsoft Theater) the four-day extravaganza features musical performances from some of the best known hip-hop and R&B acts in the world, as well as panel discussions and a celebrity basketball game. The 2018 iteration featured Chris Brown, SZA, Nas, Ludacris and LL Cool J, among many others.
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........................ This hip-hop festival is as much a summer camp-inspired carnival as it is one of the best music gatherings on the West Coast. The two-day happening on the grounds of Dodger Stadium (1000 Vin Scully Ave.) springs from the often-peculiar mind of Odd Future co-founder Tyler, the Creator. There are rides, games, food options and, naturally, a musical line-up orchestrated by Tyler himself. The 2018 festival (Nov. 10-11) includes hiphop stalwarts A$AP Rocky, Flatbush Zombies, Post Malone, The Internet and the always electric Lauryn Hill. Tyler is also bringing out fellow Odd Future members Earl Sweatshirt and Domo Genesis.
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REDCAT (Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater) This cutting-edge, black box space has carved out a niche at the back of Walt Disney Concert Hall for experimental dance, avant-garde theater, films, panel discussions and literary events. Stumble across an impromptu performance in the lounge, stop in for a peek at the art gallery, or take in one of the innovative performances. 631 W. Second St., redcat.org. 24th Street Theatre Located inside a 1928 carriage house, this 99-seat theater in Exposition Park has showcased a number of critically acclaimed performances since 1997, including one-offs and Spanish-language productions. They also do youth outreach, art exhibits, music and dance. 1117 W. 24th St., 24thstreet.org. USC Bovard Auditorium This 1921 red brick building is the centerpiece of the campus, and though it is home to USC’s formidable symphony, it also serves as a venue for many music groups and performance troupes. The hall seats over 1,230 people and is one of the oldest stage locations in Los Angeles. 3551 Trousdale Parkway, usc.edu.
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Walt Disney Concert Hall This iconic concert hall on Bunker Hill is home to the Gustavo Dudamel-led L.A. Philharmonic. Designed by architect Frank Gehry, the venue presents classical, contemporary, world and jazz music in a unique, 360-degree setting. There are also occasional non-Phil concerts, as well as performances by the L.A. Master Chorale. 111 S. Grand Ave., laphil.com.
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owntown has always drawn crowds to its diverse and quirky shopping spots. It was, and remains, an alternative to the staid mall experience. In recent years, as revitalization efforts have increased, Downtown has welcomed a bevy of independent designers, high-end boutiques and global brands, making for a vibrant and diverse retail scene. Even a handful of shopping centers have gotten in on the action: The Bloc is a chic, open-air marketplace with upscale designers, art and trendy eateries. Nearby, the bustling FIGat7th has attracted youthful retailers such as H&M and Zara. Additionally, older corridors like Broadway are seeing modern arrivals
such as Urban Outfitters and boutiques including Acne Studios. The allure of Downtown shopping can be found in its contrast of high-low options, from snagging bargains in the Fashion District to flea market finds in the Arts District. Options abound, so get out there. The BLOC Formerly Macy’s Plaza, a complete renovation has reshaped this mall into an easygoing destination anchored by a flagship Macy’s, as well as an open-air marketplace filled with restaurants, upscale shops, showrooms and art. The Alamo Drafthouse cinema is scheduled to open here in 2019. In February, a tunnel opened up connecting the mall to the Seventh Street/Metro Center Metro rail station. The Bloc currently has retailers such as B5lineNYC, Eli & Ella Rose and Mr. G’s Toys. 700 S. Flower St., theblocla.com.
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Historic Downtown is the epicenter of independent retail. You’ll find a diverse collection of cutting-edge, creative boutiques, vintage shops and indie designers. Don’t miss the ShopwalkDTLA events that take place on the second Thursday of each month and coincide with the Downtown Art Walk. It’s an opportunity to explore, dine and drink while browsing concurrent sales at participating businesses (shopwalkdtla.com).
Row DTLA The 30-acre Industrial District complex is growing quickly, with both office and retail tenants filling out the space. The shopping center houses home goods shops such as A+R and Tokyobike, along with fashion retailers Erica Tanov, Galerie.LA and dRA. New arrivals come almost every month, and there is a huge outdoor Sunday gathering called Smorgasburg. Additionally, there is plenty of parking. 777 S. Alameda St., rowdtla.com. Central Plaza A pagoda entryway marks Chinatown’s most popular and historic plaza, where gift shops sell pretty umbrellas, jade keepsakes and silk pajamas. The modern boutique Realm offers an eclectic selection of gifts, ceramics and stationary, while the traditional Gin Ling Gifts is a good spot for Chinese dresses, accessories and other goodies. And yes, you can find paper lanterns. Bordered by Broadway, Hill, Bernard and College streets. Dynasty Shopping Center Hidden from street view, this huge indoor swap meet is packed with dozens of stalls selling clothes, toys, luggage, purses and jewelry. There are bargains to be had, especially if you are ready to haggle. Just next door is Chinatown Plaza, a collection of jewelry storefronts. 800 N. Broadway. FIGat7th H&M, Zara and Target are highlights at this mall, along with a Nordstrom Rack on the ground level. The 500-seat food court is one of the best places to grab a bite Downtown, with a plethora of eateries. There’s also a weekly farmer’s market, and frequent live music and events to keep shoppers entertained. 735 S. Figueroa St., figat7th.com. 505 Flower Underneath a pair of office towers is an underground shopping area boasting a flower shop, fitness center, photo shop, dentist and several eateries. 505 S. Flower St., B Level. Japanese Village Plaza This outdoor destination is Little Tokyo’s most popular place to shop, dine and stroll. You can browse the gift shops, sample
frozen yogurt, visit the market for a selection of Japanese goods, or simply sit and people watch. The First Street entrance is marked by a traditional fire tower. Two-hour parking with validation on Central Avenue between First and Second streets. 335 E. Second St., japanesevillageplaza.net. Little Tokyo Galleria & Market This Japanese-oriented shopping mall is anchored by the Market, a full-service grocery store specializing in Asian products and readymade food. There are stores filled with housewares, knickknacks, Hello Kitty items and stationary (Daiso is a popular shop). Several restaurants will keep you fueled, while the X Lanes bowling alley and arcade provide entertainment. And don’t miss Beard Papa’s cream puffs! Validated parking. 333 S. Alameda St. St. Vincent Jewelry Center At 200,000 square feet, this is the largest complex in the Jewelry District with nearly 500 businesses selling every jewel, stone, precious metal and bead imaginable. Prices fit all budgets, with some items up to 80% less than the mall competition. Be ready to bargain. There’s a 250-car parking structure adjacent to the center on Broadway. 640-650 S. Hill St., svjc.com. Weller Court Look for the giant friendship knot sculpture that marks this tucked-away Little Tokyo shopping center. There are a handful of restaurants (Orochan Ramen and Curry House), as well as gift shops, boutiques, a bookstore, karaoke and the Marukai Market. 123 Astronaut E. S. Onizuka St. The Yards This massive Arts District shopping and restaurant hub is part of the vibrant residential complex One Santa Fe. Shoppers will find 80,000 square feet of retail with an eclectic mix of stores, including upscale brands such as Wittmore, The Voyager Shop and Malin+Goetz. Don’t miss the amazing bookstore Hennessy + Ingalls. Grab a bite at the grocery store Grow. There’s even the comic book emporium A Shop Called Quest. 300 S. Santa Fe Ave., osfla.com.
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UNION STATION Thursday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. The newest addition to the roster opened in July and offers fruits, vegetables, prepared foods, pre-packed foods and crafts. It’s in the plaza next to the main entrance of the station. 800 N. Alameda St.
THE WALL Saturday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Make your way to the Flower District where you can peruse the fresh produce, sample tasty artisan food and listen to live music. There’s often face painting, balloon artists and a train ride for the kiddos. Parking on Maple and San Julian streets. 766 Wall St. (between Seventh and Eighth streets).
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Saturdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Get your produce, artisan foods, cheese, organic baked goods, live music and local art at this colorful market. Free parking. Traction Ave. and E. Third St.
FIGAT7TH Thursday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. This outdoor mall in the Financial District sells produce, kettle corn, flowers, honey, breads, olives, nuts and more. 735 S. Figueroa St.
HISTORIC CORE Sunday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Pick up fruits and veggies, bread, farm fresh eggs, pastries and even pet products. See everyone you know in the neighborhood. 500 S. Spring St. (between Spring and Broadway).
BANK OF AMERICA PLAZA Friday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. A small market with food stalls, produce, flowers, prepared foods and crafts. 333 S. Hope St.
PERSHING SQUARE Wednesday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Check out the colorful produce, food and handicrafts in the heart of the Financial District. 532 S. Olive St. (between Grand and Flower).
CLOTHING/ACCESSORIES 3.1 Phillip Lim The 5,000-square-foot store carries high-end items for men and women from designer Phillip Lim. 734 E. Third St., 31philliplim.com. Acne Studios Inside the gorgeous Eastern Columbia Building, past the quirky mushroom sculpture, visitors will thrill at the 5,000 square feet of high-end Swedish fashion. The sleek shop offers austere racks of denim, biker jackets, footwear and suits for men and women. Grab some caffeine at the in-house coffee shop. 855 S. Broadway, acnestudios.com. Alchemy Works This shop/gallery includes a Warby Parker showroom with hip sunglasses as well as designer fashion, unique gifts, housewares, vintage items and magazines. 826 E. Third St., alchemyworks.us. A.P.C. Adding to the hip Ninth Street retail revival, this très chic French label draws followers to its minimalist space for equally minimalist designs. 125 W. Ninth St., apc.fr. Apolis Global A stylish line of men’s clothing and accessories with a social bent in the Arts District. 806 E. Third St., apolisglobal.com. Beautiful Fül L.A. designer Alejandro Rodriguez’s bi-level menswear store in the Rosslyn Hotel features retail on the bottom and a design studio on the mezzanine. Order a drink at the fully stocked whiskey bar. 107 W. Fifth St., beautifulful.com. BNKR This Aussie retailer opened its first U.S. store on the ground floor of the Blackstone Apartments. The minimalist shop sells cult brands of women’s clothing. 901 S. Broadway, us.fashionbunker.com. Brooks Brothers This elegant men’s retailer deals in suits, ties, shirts and accessories. They have belts and socks, too. 545 S. Figueroa St., brooksbrothers.com. Clade This is a high-fashion menswear boutique with a stylish, edgy, modern aesthetic in the heart of the Historic Core. 600 S. Spring St., Studio 105, clademan.com. COS The sub-brand of H&M focuses on higher-end items including cardigans, suit pieces and pants. The shop filled the 1927 Olympic Theatre. 313 W. Eighth St., cosstores.com. Foot Action Brand-name footwear options, plus athletic apparel. The store includes a Nike Kicks Lounge, carrying exclusive items. 749 S. Broadway, footaction.com. Garcons de Café The retail half of this wine bar offers high-end clothing and accessories from French designers. 541 S. Spring St., garcons-de-cafe.com. Gladys Tamez Millinery This designer and hat maker operates a space near the L.A. River that’s part showroom and part production facility for her spectacular cranial creations. Be sure to make an appointment. 2347 E. Eighth St., gladystamez. com. Guerilla Atelier Browse 4,000 square feet of designer fashion for men and women. There are also accessories and apothecary products. 912 E. Third St., guerillaatelier.com.
H&M The largest H&M in Southern California, this 32,000-squarefoot store at FIGat7th meets all your fast fashion needs with clothing and accessories for men, women and children. Open until 10 p.m. on weekdays. 735 S. Figueroa St., Suite 303, hm.com. Jessica Louise Dubbed “cupcake punk,” this women’s clothing line is fun and colorful. 117 W. Ninth St., jessicalouise.com. Le Box Blanc The 1,800-square-foot South Park store carries clothing from designers including Black Orchid, Equipment and Keepsake. 1100 S. Hope St., leboxblanc.com. Monkey Pants Find the cutest children’s clothing at this Little Tokyo store, which also sells irresistible toys and accessories. 131 Japanese Village Plaza Mall, monkeypantsla.com. Mykita German brand Mykita offers high-end eyewear (made from stainless steel and acetate) on the ground floor of the Eastern Columbia Building. 847 S. Broadway, mykita.com/en. 1 Man’s Trash An outpost for this eponymous clothing brand, the shop also offers hard-to-find vintage gear, shoes and accessories. 655 S. Main St. Nice Kicks This two-story footwear and apparel cube in the Fashion District has sportswear, shoes and more. Don’t be surprised to see people lined up outside for special releases. 862 S. Main St., nicekicks.com. Nordstrom Rack Discount clothes from some of Nordstrom’s top fashion brands, on the bottom level of the FIGat7th shopping center. 735 S. Figueroa St., nordstromrack.com. Pale Violet A mix of local and global cult designers awaits at this stylish
locale offering women’s clothing, footwear and accessories. 112 W. Ninth St., #1024, pale-violet.com. Pocket Square Clothing This Seventh Street space sells clothing and accessories for the modern gentleman, including pocket squares, socks, ties, bowties, bags, shirts and sunglasses. 205 W. Seventh St., pocketsquareclothing.com. RIF A sneaker consignment store in Little Tokyo with rare names. These shoes are pricey but unique. 334A E. Second St., rif.la. RNT23 Jeans European made menswear, shoes, accessories and fragrances in the Fashion District. 840 S. Los Angeles St., rnt23.com. Roger Stuart Men’s suits and clothing at moderate prices at this long-running shop. 729 S. Los Angeles St. Shiekh Shoes Get your favorite athletic shoe brands for men, women and children. 745 S. Broadway, shiekhshoes.com. Shoe Palace The Little Tokyo sneaker spot has all the major brands in a sleek space. 326 E. Second St., shoepalace.com. Skingraft A shop for this L.A.-based design house features avant-garde clothing, leather jackets and a dark color palette. 758 S. Spring St., skingraftdesigns.com. Urban Outfitters This chain has set up in the historic Rialto Theatre with two stories of clothing, shoes, home goods and gifts. 810 S. Broadway, urbanoutfitters.com. Woo Located in the Arts District, you’ll find women’s clothing, jewelry and accessories with a bohemian flair. 209 S. Garey St., ilovewoo.com.
This historic thoroughfare is ground zero for Downtown’s retail explosion, particularly the area near Ninth and Broadway. Clustered around the Ace Hotel is a growing collection of edgy boutiques and trendy shops, among them Aesop, Acne Studios, BNKR, Urban Outfitters and A.P.C
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✦S H O P Zara Spanish fashion retailer Zara operates a 27,000-squarefoot store at FIGat7th, with clothing for men, women and children. 735 S. Figueroa St., zara.com.
HOME/LIFESTYLE Aesop A wide range of skin, body and hair care products from the high-end Australian company are found in a 1,000-squarefoot space on Broadway. 862 S. Broadway, aesop.com. Anzen Hardware Since 1946 this Little Tokyo standout has sold finely crafted gardening tools, gadgets and knives. There are also beautiful kitchen utensils, carpentry goods, household items and bonsai tools. 309 E. First St. A+R The design and furniture store A+R has a 7,000-square-
foot space in the Arts District and sells tables, sofas, lighting and tech accessories. 777 S. Alameda St., aplusrstore. com. Daiso Everything is $1.50 at this Japanese import. It’s an emporium of cuteness that includes household items, crafts, dishes, beauty supplies, gifts, knickknacks and more. 333 S. Alameda St., #114, daisojapan.com. Dish Factory The 35,000-square-foot space carries some 10,000 items ranging from inexpensive restaurant-style dishes to heavy-duty stockpots to flatware. 310 S. Los Angeles St., dishfactory.com. Hammer and Spear This seller of lovely vintage home goods also stocks textiles, apothecary, ceramics and other decor. 255 S. Santa Fe Ave., #101, hammerandspear.com.
Downtown’s business district is in the midst of a retail boom. Its two shopping centers, FIGat7th and The Bloc, have been reinvented with exciting new shopping and dining options. The former includes a Zara, Target and H&M, while the latter offers a huge Macy’s. The 9-to-5 crowd gives way to a livelier vibe after quitting time.
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For deals on precious gems, watches, engagement rings and other sparkly items, head to the Jewelry District. There are a number of jewelry marts throughout the area: International Jewelry Center (550 S. Hill St.); California Jewelry Mart (607 S. Hill St.); Jewelry Theater Building (411 W. Seventh St.); and the 556 S. Broadway Building. The largest is the St. Vincent Jewelry Center, with nearly 500 independent sellers (640-650 S. Hill St., svjc. com). Check out Hill from Fifth to Eighth streets.
Nadia Gellar Designs Market This Arts District spot offers furniture, pillows, rugs, candles, soaps, jewelry and more. 1308 Factory Place #105, nadiageller.com. Olde Good Things Architectural salvage is the name of the game at this fun store, located near the L.A. Trade Tech campus. There is plenty to rummage through, from antique mantles to gorgeous mirrors to lighting and furniture. 1800 S. Grand Ave., ogtstore.com. Please Do Not Enter You’ll need an appointment to shop at this luxury boutique/gallery geared to men. Located in the PacMutual building, there are high-tech goodies, sculpture, leather accessories, perfume, toys and much more. 549 S. Olive St., pleasedonotenter.com. Recliner L.A. A sign of Downtown’s residential growth, this Olive Street space has all the top modular chair brands, such as La-Z-Boy. 914 S. Olive St., recliners.la. Ross Cutlery This longtime Downtown shop features 6,000 square feet of knives including blades for chefs, sportsmen, collectors and personal protection. There are countless accessories and gadgets such as scissors, flashlights, trimmers, razors and lighters. 324 S. Broadway, rosscutlery.com.
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VINTAGE Caveman Vintage Music A cool Chinatown shop with a selection of vintage instruments, amps and rare vinyl. 3231 N. Main St., caveman-vintage.com. Heirloom Everything has a story in this shop, where you’ll find old leather jackets, Harley T-shirts and biker boots. The specialty is pre-1970s clothing. 301 E. First St. Kools Clothing Store If you love vintage clothing and quirky accessories, this little shop is for you. They restock all the time and you won’t leave empty-handed. 110 Japanese Village Plaza Mall. PopKiller Second This colorful, long-running boutique has a cheeky selection of vintage goodies including heart-shaped sunglasses, “I Heart L.A.” T-shirts, novelty toys and lots of accessories. 343 E. Second St., popkiller.us. Raggedy Threads An impressive selection of apparel spanning the decades. 330 E. Second St., raggedythreads.com. Round2 L.A. Throwback men’s and women’s apparel and accessories from hipster to couture. 605 Los Angeles St. Shareen’s Vintage A 7,000-square-foot wonderland, including a stunning bridal collection and an original line of vintage-inspired clothing. They’ve got snacks and candy too, but no boys allowed (since ladies try on clothing out in the open). 1721 N. Spring St. Six Hundred There’s a diverse selection of clothing from vintage to designer at this Historic Core boutique. 600 S. Spring St., Unit R1, sixhundredla.com.
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BOOKS/GIFTS Artbook Adding to the growing collection of book purveyors in the Arts District, this space is part of the Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles gallery and focuses on contemporary art and design books. 917 E. Third St., artbook.com. Bunkado Little Tokyo’s Bunkado (which means “house of culture”) has been around for 70 years. They’ve got Japanese-themed items ranging from parasols to stationery to intricate dolls.
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✦S H O P The second floor has a big selection of J-Pop music and a bargain section. 340 E. First St., bunkadoonline.com. Fong’s Since 1952, this gift shop has stocked Asian art, antiques, figurines, opera puppets, jewelry and more. It is now in the Best Western Dragon Gate Inn Plaza. 818 N. Hill St., Suite B, fongsla.com. Hennessey + Ingalls Peruse 5,000 square feet of books on photography, fashion, cooking, architecture and design from this highly regarded import to the Arts District. 300 S. Santa Fe Ave., hennesseyingalls.com. Kinokuniya Bookstore This catch-all Little Tokyo shop offers Japanese stationery, pens, washi paper, stickers, music and gifts. Oh yeah, there are books and magazines too. 123 Astronaut E. Onizuka St., kinokuniya.com.
Last Bookstore This Historic Core indie store sells old and used books, with an eclectic assortment ranging from cookbooks and sci-fi to fiction and photography. Many titles are less than $10. They’ll also buy your used books and CDs. It’s a great place to spend an hour or two. 453 S. Spring St., lastbookstorela.com. Library Store Shop from this collection of fun and eclectic gifts, goods and curiosities. There are toys, treasures for literary lovers, L.A. souvenirs, bags, magic tricks and, of course, books. Proceeds benefit the library. 630 W. Fifth St., lfla.org. Made by DWC Handmade gifts from the women of the Downtown Women’s Center fill this lovely shop and cafe. Proceeds support homeless and low-income women. There are refurbished and vintage pieces, as well as clothing, soy candles and
Little Tokyo is one of the most enjoyable places to stroll and shop. The quaint stretch of historic storefronts along First Street is peppered with restaurants and gift shops offering delicate Japanese sweets, beautiful kimonos, anime-inspired gear and dainty tea sets. Second Street also offers cool stores, and the outdoor Japanese Village Plaza runs between the two streets.
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The Arts District offers unexpected delights. Rummage through awesome vintage boutiques, designer clothing stores and one-of-a-kind furniture warehouses. A good starting point is East Third Street, near Traction Avenue, where you’ll find plenty of shopping stimulation at Poketo, Apolis, Alchemy Works and Guerilla Atelier.
natural soaps, journals, succulents and decoupage art. 438 S. San Pedro St., madebydwc.org. Poketo Inside a colorful warehouse you’ll discover beautiful items to decorate your life. There are wallets and T-shirts emblazoned with designs from up-and-coming artists, whimsical accessories, stationery, home goods and unusual toys. They also host calligraphy and craft workshops. 820 E. Third St., poketo.com. Q Pop Shop It’s a festival of all things cute and collectible at this cheery Little Tokyo store. Pick up plushies, T-shirts, art, accessories, toys, books and music. 319 E. Second St., qpopshop.com. Rafu Bussan Inside Honda Plaza you’ll find a selection of beautiful ceramics and tea sets, as well as cookery, paper lanterns, candles, Japanese dolls and other gifts. 414 E. Second St., rafubussaninc.com. Sanrio This brightly colored shop oozes cuteness. Fans will go gaga over the shelves of clothing, bags, stationery, dolls, makeup, and toys featuring Hello Kitty and her friends. 115 Japanese Village Plaza, sanrio.com. Tokyo Japanese Outlet It’s impossible to leave this gift shop without something adorable, and prices are affordable. They’ve got the requisite Hello Kitty merchandise, but also sweet bento box sets, sushi items galore, clever kitchen gadgets, pens, stickers, toys and collectibles. 114 Japanese Village Plaza Mall, tokyojlsusa.com.
DISCOUNT STORES/SALES Arts District Co-Op Located inside a century-old brick warehouse, shoppers can hunt for clothing, furniture, art, jewelry and handmade goods. There’s a fun block party vibe with music and food trucks. Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. 453 Coylton St. Burlington This discount retailer of coats, clothing and shoes is on the
ground floor of the St. Vincent Jewelry Center. 659 S. Broadway, burlingtoncoatfactory.com. California Market Center While this fashion showroom hub sells to the trade, the public can get a taste of the action during monthly sample sales. From 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on the last Friday of the month, you’ll spot a line that often stretches around the block. There are racks of discounted designer clothing and accessories. Cash only. 110 E. Ninth St., californiamarketcenter.com. Gap Factory Store With prices lower than traditional Gap outlets, you can stock up on all the wardrobe staples your heart desires. 737 S. Broadway, gap.com. Rock n’ Roll Flea Market This lively market unfolds in the historic theater The Regent on the first Sunday of the month. Come for the music-related items, vinyl and much more. 448 S. Main St., rnrflea.com. Ross Dress for Less The 39,000-square-foot discount clothing store occupies the basement and ground floor of the former Woolworth department store building. 719 S. Broadway, rossstores.com. Santee Alley Santee Alley is the epicenter of Downtown bargain hunting. This open-air street market comprised of more than 150 stalls and small shops is open daily (9:30 a.m.-6 p.m.), though weekends attract the biggest crowds hunting for cheap jeans, T-shirts, shoes, sunglasses, jewelry, cell phone accessories, toys and men’s suits. Haggling is expected, and though a number of shops now take plastic, prices often go down if you pull out cash. Parking can be intense. Many lots charge $5 to $7 for the day. Olympic Boulevard to 12th Street, between Maple Avenue and Santee Street, thesanteealley.com. Smorgasburg A cool weekly market unfolds in Row DTLA in the Industrial District selling clothes, antiques, art and culinary goods. There is plenty to eat, too. 746 Market Court, la.smorgasburg.com.
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owntown Los Angeles has a collection of gorgeous and historic movie palaces, though it has been decades since a regular slate of firstrun films was shown. Now some of the venues are being restored, but not as theaters. Instead, the past is coming into the future as retail. At least three turn-of-the-20th-century venues have been or are being transformed. Whereas patrons once bought popcorn, modern audiences can pick up clothing or electronics. The first to flip was the old Rialto Theatre, which in late 2012 was reborn as an Urban Outfitters (812 S. Broadway). The 1917 building, just up the street from the restored Ace Hotel, is a 10,000-squarefoot space with all of the chain’s traditional men’s and women’s gear. In a nod to the theatrical history, track lights reminiscent of stage lamps hang from the 31-foot ceiling. The mezzanine is decorated with hundreds of small movie posters. Additionally, the Urban Outfitters team took advantage of the east wall of the store, where the movie screen used to hang. Now, vintage movie clips are projected on a brick wall. Nearby, the former Olympic Theatre has been upgraded 40
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and houses the COS store (813 W. Eighth St.). COS (it stands for “Collection of Style”) is a brand from H&M that focuses on minimalist, higher-end items. The theater’s street-level façade has been restored, with a green and yellow blade sign mounted on the exterior. The Olympic Theatre originally opened in 1927. COS arrived in 2017. The biggest change is yet to come. In August, Apple announced that it will open a new, multi-level store in the former Tower Theatre (802 S. Broadway). No opening date has been announced yet for the structure owned by the Delijani family (they control four old Broadway movie palaces), but crews have begun work. Apple is leasing the entire building, and old murals and decorations will be restored and maintained. Renderings from Apple show a revamped upper balcony and mezzanine overlooking the shop floor, which will house display tables and shelves for products. The Tower Theatre was built in 1927. The cinema was home to a number of movie premieres, including “The Jazz Singer,” the first “talkie” film. Plans call for Apple to do more than just sell iPhones and iPads. The store will reportedly host a number of seminars on using Apple products, including art programs, as well as computer coding classes.
OUTDOORS Yes, Downtown is a buzzing metropolis, but it also boasts a number of parks, playgrounds and gardens. So get out there! While Downtown Los Angeles contains more than its share of steel and concrete, it also has a growing collection of community-beckoning green spaces and open-air venues. L.A. State Historic Park offers 34 acres of recreational space. There are numerous community events and kids splashing in the dancing fountain at Grand Park. The city gathers at Pershing Square for summer concerts and movie nights. The vibrant El Pueblo beckons with mariachi music and revelry. These are some of the many outdoor options that will get your heart pumping. DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES GUIDE
PARKS AND OPEN SPACES Biddy Mason Park This tucked-away monument honors the life of former slave Biddy Mason, who walked behind her master’s wagon train from Mississippi to California in 1851, and petitioned the court to declare her a free citizen. She later became a prominent L.A. landowner. Her astonishing story is commemorated on plaques in the courtyard, which is full of camphor, jacaranda trees and public art. 333 S. Spring St. (between Broadway and Spring, Third and Fourth streets). Broad Plaza Though the eye-catching Bunker Hill contemporary art museum garners most of the attention, don’t overlook
the lovely 24,000-square-foot public plaza south of the venue. Visitors will appreciate the 100-year-old grove of Barouni olive trees, a lawn, seating and other inviting landscaping along Grand Avenue. 221 S. Grand Ave., thebroad.org. California Plaza Watercourt Surrounded by towering office buildings, the Watercourt may seem an unlikely oasis. But thanks to the jumping fountains, shaded tables and relaxed hum of activity, it is an ideal place to take a load off and grab a bite to eat. There are cafes and restaurants lining the Watercourt, and summer evenings and weekends bring a fantastic lineup of free concerts and performances. 300-350 S. Grand Ave., grandperformances.org.
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Cathedral Garden The olive tree garden at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels delights with whimsical animal sculptures designed by a children’s book author. Based on Bible stories, the expressive pieces include a camel, bear, turtle, lion, fish and even a giant beehive cave for exploring. Grab lunch from the cathedral cafeteria and eat it on the patio overlooking the garden. The main plaza also offers water features that delight curious minds. 555 W. Temple St., olacathedral.org. Echo Park Lake Enjoy this Downtown neighbor just a few minutes away. Families, joggers and loungers gather here to ogle the lake’s lotus flowers in bloom, ride the pedal boats, feed ducks and stroll on a walking path. The boathouse features an eatery where you can get breakfast all day and sip refreshing drinks. Keep an eye out for the community festivals that take place here. 751 Echo Park Ave., laparks.org. El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument Called the “birthplace of Los Angeles,” El Pueblo’s nearly 30 historic buildings (most of which are open to the public) are clustered around a bustling open-air plaza. The colorful plaza often hosts music, dancing, public speakers and lively mariachis, while the shops of Olvera Street bustle just a few steps away. 125 Paseo de la Plaza, elpueblo.lacity.org. Exposition Park Rose Garden This oasis spans 7.5 acres and boasts more than 20,000 rose bushes representing 190-plus varieties. There are always wedding parties and families frolicking among the gazebos, statues and fountain. The grounds surrounding the garden are full of expansive lawns that also host picnics and pick-up soccer games. Don’t miss the annual Blooming of the Roses Festival in April. But be careful of visiting when games take place in the Coliseum. Open daily 8:30 a.m.-sunset. Closed Jan.1-March 15 for pruning. 701 State Dr., laparks.org. Everychild Playground Open to the public, this nearly half-acre, universally accessible playground has foam ground, colorful slides, tubes, bridges, swings, interactive puzzles and a dragon that mists kids with water. Open daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m. At 2400 S. Flower St. Parking entrance is on 23rd St., between Flower St. and Grand Ave. Visit ortho-institute.org. Grand Hope Park Located next to the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, this fun little park offers a playground, fountain, benches and a lawn dotted with whimsical coyote statues. A colorful mosaic clock tower stands at the entrance. There’s also a playground, making it a very popular spot for South Park families. 919 S. Grand Ave. Grand Park Spanning 12 acres and stretching from the Music Center to City Hall, this urban park is where Downtown gathers.
OUTDOORS It hosts a wealth of events including civic functions, concerts, picnics, farmers markets, movie nights and extravaganzas on New Year’s Eve and the Fourth of July. It is a lavender-scented expanse of grassy lawns and performance spaces, with seating areas amid mini-gardens studded with cacti. There is also a fountain with lights and jets of dancing water that kids love to splash in, plus a fenced-in area dog run. Open daily until 10 p.m.. 201 N. Grand Ave., grandparkla.org. Grand Park Playground This kid-beckoning playground is on the eastern side of Grand Park, across from City Hall. The whimsical space features a canopy of sycamore trees, a 20-foot-tall tree house with two slides, a tunnel, ropes and rocks to climb, and a two-foot “mountain” for the little ones. Open daily 5:30 a.m.-10 p.m. 200 N. Grand Ave., grandparkla.org. James Irvine Japanese Garden Walk into the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center and you’ll discover this secret Japanese garden. Built in 1979, it was designed by L.A. landscape architect Takeo Uesugi, and features a lovely brook, gently cascading waterfalls, meandering paths and lush vegetation. Known as the “Garden of the Clear Stream,” it’s popular for weddings and receptions. Closed Mondays. Open weekdays, 10 a.m-5 p.m. and weekend 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 244 S. San Pedro St., jaccc.org. Los Angeles State Historic Park This 34-acre park underwent a $20 million renovation and opened in the spring of 2017. Nestled on the shoulder of Chinatown, the park was once home to Tongva villages and the Zanja Madre, or “Mother Ditch,” a key part of L.A.’s early water system. The former rail yard now features wildflowers, native plants, winding dirt trails for walking or jogging, and picnic areas. The upgrade has delivered a scenic pedestrian bridge, welcome center, amphitheater and restrooms. It is also the sight of occasional concerts and festivals. Open daily 8 a.m.-sunset. 1245 N. Spring St., parks.ca.gov. Maguire Gardens This 2.3-acre park unfolds by the Flower Street entrance of the Richard J. Riordan Central Library. There are seven fountains, as well as shady jacaranda and olive trees. Sculptures are placed throughout the garden, and the Grotto Fountain is a tribute to civil liberties, etched with quotes from Frederick Douglass and the Fourteenth Amendment. Southeast corner of Fifth and Flower streets. Pershing Square Dedicated in 1866, this five-acre park started out as a Spanish plaza called La Plaza Abaja. Now named after World War One General John J. Pershing, it has evolved dramatically over the decades and features a 10-story purple bell tower, bright yellow walls, a faux earthquake fault line and a Beethoven bust. There’s a bustling farmers market on Wednesday; summer concerts and movies from July through August; an ice-skating rink from No-
vember to January; and other occasional festivals. Plans call for a major renovation in the future. 532 S. Olive St., laparks.org/pershingsquare. Pershing Square Playgrounds A pair of playgrounds marks the southern end of this park, with one for kids ages 2-5 and the other for the 5-12 set. There are bridges, slides, a climbing structure and a balancing apparatus. Open daily 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. 532 S. Olive St., laparks.org/pershingsquare. Vista Hermosa Natural Park A 10.5-acre swath of green on the western edge of Downtown (adjacent to the Edward R. Roybal Learning Center), Vista Hermosa features walking trails, streams, meadows,
oak savannahs, a nature-themed playground, lovely picnic areas and an amphitheater with a waterfall and flat rocks for seating. There’s also a soccer field that draws local teams. Enjoy the views of Downtown at this sprawling park. Open sunrise to sunset daily. 100 N. Toluca St., at First St. and Beaudry Ave., lamountains.com. STADIUMS AND ARENAS Dodger Stadium The 56,000-seat stadium has welcomed baseball fans since 1962. After scouting a spot at Chavez Ravine just north of Downtown, Brooklyn Dodgers owner Walter O’Malley built the stadium and moved his team to the West Coast. The venue is noted for its 300 acres of tree-
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With the construction of the Los Angeles Police Department headquarters came this Second Street-facing park. It isn’t specifically for dogs, but pet owners have co-opted the space, creating a visible community of canines. Beware though: There is no fence separating the park from the street. Open daily. At Second and Spring streets.
This small, fenced-in area is tucked into the parcel across from City Hall near the Spring Street entrance of Grand Park. Take your dog off-leash and let Fido scamper around this dirt and gravel-covered run. Open daily, sunrise to sunset, 227 N. Spring St., grandparkla.org.
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This park isn’t explicitly for pooches, but area dog owners still love to take their pets to the lawn on Spring Street — and for good reason. The park is large enough to let dogs stretch their legs (leashes are required, though rarely utilized), as well as playground space for kids. Open daily, sunrise to sunset, 428 S. Spring St., laparks.org/park/spring-street-park.
Dogs of all sizes will enjoy this doggie park alongside the 110 Freeway next to L.A. Live. It’s convenient to South Park loft and condo buildings and flush with benches, water fountains and seperate runs for large and small dogs. Open daily, 5 a.m.-10 p.m. L.A. Live Way, just west of the Regal Cinemas parking garage.
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Just before the Fourth Street Bridge, four-legged friends congregate with their human companions in the spacious Arts District dog park. There’s a great sense of community here. Open daily, 5 a.m.-11 p.m. 1004 E. Fourth St., laraba.org/ dog-park.
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filled landscaping and a cantilevered design that eliminates view-blocking columns. Don’t miss the 90-minute, behind-the-scenes tour. A free shuttle for ticket holders departs from Union Station. 1000 Elysian Park Ave., dodgers.com. L.A. Live/Staples Center This South Park entertainment and sports hub is a lively collection of hotels, restaurants, concerts, sporting events and festivals. It’s home to Staples Center, the Microsoft Theater and the Grammy Museum. The Kings, Lakers and Clippers all play here. It also hosts several celebrations and seasonal events on its plaza, including a winter ice rink. 800 W. Olympic Blvd., lalive.com. Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Anchoring Exposition Park and its collection of museums and green space is the L.A. Memorial Coliseum, which opened in 1923. It saw action during the 1932 and 1984 Summer Olympics, the World Series in 1959, and Super Bowls I and VII. The Coliseum is home to the USC Trojans football team and the L.A. Rams (until a permanent stadium in Inglewood opens). It will also be used for the 2028 Summer Olympics. 3911 S. Figueroa St., lacoliseum. com. Banc of California Stadium The latest addition to the list of Downtown sports venues, Banc of California Stadium opened in 2018 and sits near the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Exposition Park. The stadium sits 22,000 people and houses Major League Soccer’s Los Angeles Football Club. The venue will also play a role when Los Angeles hosts the 2028 Olympic. At 3939 S. Figueroa St., bancofcaliforniastadium.com TOURS Architecture Tours L.A. You can trust that the architectural historian and guidebook author who guides these tours knows her way around the city’s most interesting landmarks. Choose from two- and three-hour driving tours (via deluxe van) of more than 70 Downtown sites including historic buildings that played a part in the formation of the city, vintage hotels, elegant department stores, wholesale districts, civic gems, Little Tokyo, Chinatown and modern marvels such as Frank Gehry’s Walt Disney Concert Hall. Tours are $75 per person and typically last two to three hours. At architecturetoursla.com. Cartwheel Arts Tour Explore the Central City while learning about the neighborhood’s historic buildings, speakeasies and artist hubs. Based in the Arts District, this tour company also offers custom excursions for those looking for something more personalized. Tours start at $25 per person. 688 S. Sante Fe Ave., cartwheeelart.com. Downtown L.A. Walking Tours Daily public and private guided walking tours of Downtown help tourists and locals explore the monuments, history, architecture, fashion, arts, haunted spots, and
OUTDOORS even the holiday lights of the city center. Various times. Tickets $20; children 5-12, $5 and children under 4 are free. 600 W. Ninth St., dtlawalkingtours.com. DTLA Bikes This shop rents a fun assortment of bikes, including city and road bikes, cruisers, trikes, recumbents, tandems, electric scooters and even seats/trailers for the kids. They have everything needed for a tour of the Central City, including helmets, locks and lights. Full day rentals are $35-$120. 425 S. Broadway, dtlabikes.com. Real Los Angeles Tours This tour covers all of the Central City’s highlights including landmarks along Seventh Street, on Bunker Hill and in the Historic Core. The two-hour trek covers two miles, features three stops to purchase food at Downtown culinary haunts, and costs $35 per person. At thereallosangelestour.com. Just Ride L.A. A fun and healthy way to navigate Downtown is by bicycle. They’ve got road bikes, fixies, tandems and hybrids, plus helmets and locks for rent. Prices are $35-$90 for the day. 1626 S. Hill St., justridela.com. L.A. Cycle Tours They offer guided day and late-night tours of new and historic Downtown. Ride and learn about the history, architecture and culture of the area. Tickets include a 21-speed hybrid bike, helmet, safety vest, water and guide. The tour is about three hours, covers up to 12 miles and costs $65. At lacycletours.com. Los Angeles Conservancy Tours When it comes to the history and architecture of the city, there’s no more important organization than the Los Angeles Conservancy. Not only does it advocate for the preservation of architecturally and culturally significant buildings, it also has a whip-smart cadre of docents. For more than two decades they have led fascinating walking tours of the historic Broadway Theater District, Art Deco palaces, civic gems, high-rises and the Historic Core. Most of the two-and-a-half-hour excursions depart at 10 a.m. Reservations are required, as the tours often sell out. Tickets are $15 for the general public, $10 for members and children under 17. At laconservancy.org. Los Angeles Explorers Club Take a two-wheeled journey into Los Angeles’ forgotten eras. Bike tours start at various locations and often include beer. This band of urban adventurers seeks out the secret places, treasures, stories and legends of the city. Tickets are $10. At laexplorersclub.com. Segwow This company offers all the benefits of a walking tour without actually having to walk. Participants see the sights via Segway. These two- to three-hour excursions can cover nine miles and 60 blocks, with riders zipping by local landmarks, major hotels and shopping plazas. Tours start at $59 and generally meet at 11 a.m. At segwow.com.
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KID-FRIENDLY SPACES by a trio of museums: the Natural History Museum, the California Science Center and the California African American Museum. The grounds around these institutions feature expansive lawns, picnic areas, retired spy planes and life-sized dinosaur models. The Natural History Museum is at 900 Exposition Blvd., nhm.org. The California Science Center is at 700 Exposition Park Drive, californiasciencecenter.org. The California African American Museum is at 600 State Drive.
1. Two Bit Circus Kids love video games. They also love the circus. Those two are combined, and tricked up with the best in modern virtual reality, at this Arts District funhouse. Try your hand at one of the many VR games or jump into a time machine and battle it out for the top score in their classic games arcade. There’s also a restaurant for when you get hungry. Open Tuesday-Thursday, 5-11 p.m., Friday, 5 p.m.-1 a.m., Saturday-Sunday, 1 p.m.-1 a.m.. 634 Mateo St., twobitcircus.com. .............
2. Richard J. Riordan Central Library The library is ideal for inquisitive minds, with story time, puppet shows, and more every Saturday at 2 p.m. The children’s library here is bigger than some libraries in the LAPL system. Kids can explore the sprawling stacks of books and let their imagination run wild. 630 W. Fifth St., lapl.org/ central. 46
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6. Skyspace and Skyslide At 1,000 feet above street level, the U.S. Bank Tower touts California’s tallest open-air observation deck. There are two decks, 360-degree views, and the Skyslide, a 45-foot long outdoor glass slide that glides from the 70th to the 69th floor. 633 W. Fifth St., skyspace-la.com ............. .............
4. FIGat7th Kids Club Take a free arts and crafts workshop at the FIGat7th Kids Club, where children can create everything from snow globes to tree sculptures to tiki mosaic pieces. When they get hungry, there’s an adjacent food court. Second and fourth Saturday of each month from 2-4 p.m. (ages 3 and up). FIGat7th (Taste level), figat7th. com.
5. Olvera Street Take in history at this oneblock Mexican street market. Located within walking dis-
3. Exposition Park Exposition Park is an activity-rich paradise highlighted
tance of Union Station, Olvera Street is home to the oldest building in Los Angeles, the Avila Adobe, and is adjacent to the birthplace of the city, El Pueblo de Los Angeles, and a host of inexpensive museum options. Open Daily, 845 N. Alameda St., Olvera-street.com. .............
7. XLanes This Little Tokyo destination offers 24 LED-lit bowling lanes, including eight private lands for parties. If you get tired of obliterating bowling pins, there’s a massive arcade, pool tables and a restaurant and bar to keep things interesting. 333 S. Alameda St., xlanesla. com.
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owntown Los Angeles may be the nation’s hottest food scene. Some eateries are helmed by Michelinstar chefs, others by entrepreneurs with a passion for local, sustainable ingredients. You’re guaranteed to satisfy your every culinary desire, whether it’s meatloaf from a vintage-era cafeteria, spicy fried chicken in Chinatown or fine dining on the 71st floor of a skyscraper. $: Entrees under $10 I $$: Entrees $10-20 I $$$: Entrees $20 and up B: Breakfast I L: Lunch I D: Dinner I W: Open Weekends I BR: Brunch I W/B: Wine and Beer I FB: Full Bar I De: Delivery I WiFi: Free WiFi
AMERICAN Bäco Mercat
408 S. Main St. I (213) 687-8808 bacomercat.com I $ . L . D . W . FB
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sandwich is called the bäco — a hybrid sandwich, taco and pizza developed by prolific Downtown chef Josef Centeno. The Historic Core favorite also features Spanish-influenced small plates, creative salads and roasted meats. Blu Jam Cafe
541 S. Spring St. I (213) 266-8909 blujamcafe.com I $$ . B . L . W . FB
❱❱ Satisfying brunch and lunch options in an airy space. Blue Cow Kitchen
350 S. Grand Ave. I (213) 621-2249 bluecowkitchen.com I $$ . L . D . W (Sat. only) . FB . WiFi
❱❱ Urban farm cuisine using local, artisan
products, with indoor and outdoor seating. Bonaventure Brewing Company (Westin Bonaventure)
404 S. Figueroa St., 4th Floor Pool Deck (213) 236-0802 I bonaventurebrewing.com $$ . L . D . W . FB . WiFi
❱❱ Enjoy your microbrew and burger on the
skyline patio in this venerable establishment. Bottega Louie
700 S. Grand Ave. I (213) 802-1470 bottegalouie.com I $$ . B . L . D . W . BR . FB . WiFi ❱❱ Bistro-style dishes, a great bar, a market
with beautiful pastries, fantastic pizzas and one of the loudest rooms in Downtown. It’s always crowded. Bunker Hill Bar & Grill
601 W. Fifth St. I (213) 688-2988 bunkerhillbar.com I $$ . L . FB . WiFi
❱❱ Elevated American eats like truffle burgers,
15 There’s no shortage of good food in downtown. Check out these 15 standouts that are too hot to miss! short rib sandwiches and aioli fries next to U.S. Bank Tower. A great place to catch a football game on the many TVs. Clayton’s Public House
541 S. Spring St. I (213) 863-4327 claytonspublichouse.com I $$ . B . L . D . W . W/B ❱❱ Take a trip to the Victorian Era. The pub
offers burgers and more paired with an extensive list of craft beers. Try the fish and chips. Cliftons
648 S. Broadway I (213) 627-1673 cliftonsla.com I $$ . L . D . W . BR . FB
❱❱ This revitalized nostalgic favorite has a
cafeteria and multiple bars. The facelift has
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restored the woodland decor. Look out for the giant indoor redwood tree. Cole’s
118 E. Sixth St. I (213) 622-4090 colesfrenchdip.com I $$ . L . D . W . FB . WiFi
❱❱ The French Dip sandwich, served at Cole’s since 1908, comes with a serious side of history. The Counter
725 W. Seventh St. I (213) 228-7800 thecounterburger.com I $$ . L . D . W . FB . WiFi
❱❱ Grab a clipboard and design your own burger. Choose
your protein, cheese, sauce and extra toppings. They have salads too. Dekkadance
900 Wilshire Blvd. I (213) 688-7777 dtla.intercontinental.com/dining I $$$ . B . L . D . W . FB
❱❱ Cuisines from around the world are served buffet-style in the Intercontinental Hotel in the Wilshire Grand Center. Faith and Flower
705 W. Ninth St. I (213) 239-0642 faithandflowerla.com I $$ . L . D . W . FB
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contemporary menu is touched with global flavors, and the cocktails celebrate the 1920s. Farmer Boys
726 S. Alameda St. I (213) 228-8999 farmerboysla.com I $ . B . L . D . W . WiFi
❱❱ Tasty fast food and grill items with a convenient drivethru. Gus’s Drive In
1657 W. Third St. I (213) 483-8885 gussdi.com I $ . B . L . D . W
Food Hub You Wherever ntown, Go in Dow ection Coll There’s a ants of Restaur The traditional suburban mall food court is filled with the regular roster of sandwich, burger, pizza and salad joints. Yawn. Fortunately, Downtown Los Angeles is at the opposite end of the spectrum. The community has a handful of food hubs filled with enticing eats. Here’s a rundown of a few of them.
❱❱ Drive through or dine in, they’ve got mouthwatering burgers, sandwiches and Mexican dishes. Howlin’ Ray’s
727 N. Broadway I (213) 935-8399 howlinrays.com I $$ . L . W
❱❱ Make your way to Chinatown for this purveyor of spicy fried chicken. Lines can be long, but it’s worth the wait. Justice Urban Tavern
120 S. Los Angeles St. I (213) 253-9235 justicela.com I $$ . B . L . D . BR . W . FB
❱❱ A friendly gastropub with the signature Barrister Burger and hand-cut fries. Lawry’s Carvery (L.A. Live)
1011 S. Figueroa St., #115 I (213) 222-2212 lawrysonline.com I $$ . L . D . W . W/B
❱❱ This casual eatery is known for its prime rib and handcarved sandwiches. Ledlow
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❱❱ An upscale New American eatery in the heart of the Old
This culinary emporium is replete with some of the most exciting dining options in all of Los Angeles, as top-notch chefs thrill to the independence afforded by small stalls and thousands of adventurous customers. Standouts include Mark Peel’s seafood spot Prawn, the Belcampo Meat Co., Knead & Co. Pasta Bar and the falafel haven Madcapra. Satisfy a sweet fix at Valerie Confections or pop in for a high-quality cup at G&B Coffee. 217 S. Broadway, grandcentralmarket.com.
400 S. Main St. I (213) 687-7015 ledlowla.com I $$ . B . L . D . W . FB
Bank District from restaurateur Josef Centeno. Majordomo
1725 Naud St. I (213) 223-5980 majordomo.la I $$ . D . W . FB
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off a signature brand of culinary creativity. Try the cod or the short ribs, or better yet, ask your serve for recommendations. Nick’s Cafe
1300 N. Spring St. I (323) 222-1450 nickscafela.com I $ . B . L . W . CO
❱❱ Since 1948, this nostalgic diner has served killer ham and eggs, along with a slew of breakfast and lunch favorites. Onyx Restaurant, Lounge & Bar
118 W. Fifth St. I (213) 891-1144 onyxloungela.com I $$ . D . W . FB
❱❱ A candlelit lounge in the Security Lofts serves farm-fresh meals, elegant small plates and entrees. Order a cocktail. Orchid Bar & Kitchen
819 S. Flower St. I (213) 784-3048 barandkitchenla.com I $$ . L . D . W . FB . WiFi
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The Original Pantry Cafe
877 S. Figueroa St. I (213) 972-9279 pantrycafe.com I $ . B . L . D . W . CO
❱❱ Open 24 hours, this historic eatery owned by form L.A. Mayor Richard Riordan fills your belly with huge breakfasts, steak and burgers. Original Tommy’s
2575 W. Beverly Blvd. I (213) 389-9060 originaltommys.com I $ . B . L . D . W . CO
❱❱ The chain’s original stand is open 24 hours and is home to the city’s most famous chili burger. Philippe The Original
1001 N. Alameda St. I (213) 628-3781 philippes.com I $ . B . L . D . W . W/B
Home of the French dip sandwich since 1908. It’s an L.A. landmark, down to the sawdust on the floors. Public School 213
612 S. Flower St. I (213) 622-4500 psontap.com I $$ . L . D . W . BR . FB
❱❱ This gastropub in the Financial District offers
gourmet pub food and is busy at lunch. There is loads of good beer, too. Redbird
114 E. Second St. I (213) 788-1191 redbird.la I $$$ . L . D . B . W . FB
❱❱ Neal Fraser’s beautiful restaurant is highlighted by a retractable roof. The space is equaled by the food. 71Above
633 W. Fifth St. I (213) 712-2683 71above.com I $$$ . L . D . W . FB
❱❱ Chef Vartan Abgaryan’s market-driven contemporary American menu is served amid sensational vistas on the 71st floor of U.S. Bank Building. The views steal the show. There’s also a sultry bar and lounge with craft cocktails. Spring Street Smoke House
640 N. Spring St. I (213) 626-0535 sssmokehouse.com I $ . L . D . W . W/B
❱❱ A laid-back joint that serves pork ribs, Texas
hotlinks, brisket and more, cooked in a pit barbecue. Enjoy the beer selection. Tom’s Urban (L.A. Live)
1011 S. Figueroa St. I (213) 746-8667 tomsurban.com I $$ . B . L . D . W . FB
❱❱ Located in Chinatown’s Far East Plaza, devotees of Pan-Asian street food go for the chubby pork belly rice bowl, ooey gooey fries and the Chego Burger with Thai basil. Ebaes
2314 S. Union Ave. I (213) 747-6888 ebaesla.com I $$ . L . De . W . W/B
❱❱ Boasting unique spins on traditional Asian dishes, this ramen haunt is popular with the college crowd and offers customizable ramen bowls and entrees. Ebaes also has a substantial sushi menu with plenty of drinks. Lasa
727 N. Broadway #120 I (213) 443-6163 lasa-la.com I $-$$ . L . D . W
❱❱ Brothers Chad and Chase Valencia are leaders in bringing Filipino food to the forefront of the L.A. dining scene. Their Far East Plaza spot features
both casual lunches to go and a refined dinner experience. Little Sister
523 W. Seventh St. I (213) 628-3146 dinelittlesister.com I $$ . L . D . W . FB
❱❱ European favorites blend with Southeast Asian
flavors in a modern environment. Try the signature shaky shaky beef. Orsa & Winston
122 W. Fourth St. I (213) 687-0300 orsaandwinston.com I $$$ . D . W (Sat. Only) . W/B
❱❱ Chef Josef Centeno thrills diners with his fine dining Japanese and Italian fusion plates and omakase menu. Wokcano
800 W. Seventh St. I (213) 623-2288 wokcanorestaurant.com I $$ . L . D . W . FB . De
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❱❱ An L.A. Live sports bar with 30 taps, craft cocktails, scores of TVs and a menu with everything from gourmet burgers to street tacos. Traxx (Union Station)
800 N. Alameda St. I (213) 625-1999 traxx.la I $$$ . L . D . W (Sat. only) . FB
❱❱ Enjoy fine dining in this Art Deco-inspired restaurant that recalls the glamour and wonder of train travel’s golden era. Water Grill
544 S. Grand Ave. I (213) 891-0900 watergrill.com I $$$ . L . D . W . FB
❱❱ This longtime Downtown seafood eatery features a marble slab raw bar and craft beers on tap. For an unforgettable feast, order one of the iced shellfish platters. Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill (L.A. Live)
800 W. Olympic Blvd. I (213) 748-9700 wolfgangpuck.com I $$$ . L . D . W . FB . WiFi
❱❱ Puck modernizes the traditional bar and grill with signature comfort food (three-cheese mac and the sirloin burger). Dine outdoors or sit at the bar and watch the game with a cocktail.
727 N. Broadway #130 I (213) 935-8740 baohausnyc.com I $ . L . D . W
❱❱ Celeb chef Eddie Huang’s temple of Taiwanese-
style buns, stuffed with everything from pork belly to fried fish to tofu. Chego!
727 N. Broadway #117 I (323) 380-8680 eatchego.com I $ . L . D . W
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❱❱ A casual chic restaurant and lounge featuring Majordomo: Celebrity chef David Chang opened his first Los Angeles restaurant in January, and it quickly became one of the city’s toughest reservations. Expect dishes to share with plenty of Korean influences, seen in plates such as spicy skate fried rice and oysters with kimchi consommé. There’s also the show-stopping, $190 smoked whole short rib. At 1725 Naud St., majordomo.la.
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Broken Spanish: Modern Mexican cuisine melds with Southern California ingredients at this upscale eatery from chef Ray Garcia. Located near Staples Center, Garcia prepares dishes like sous-vide octopus with chorizo, chicaron with elephant garlic mojo, a lambneck tamale with oyster mushrooms, and an oxtail and plantain quesadilla. At 1050 S. Flower St., brokenspanish.com.
PYT: Josef Centeno’s not entirely sure why he named his vegetable-focused restaurant PYT, but has suggested it stands for Pretty Young Turnip. So naturally there’s a salt-baked turnip on the menu, as well as intriguing pastas, salads, cocktails and more, all from one of Downtown’s most influential chefs. At 400 S. Main St., pytlosangeles.com.
Lasa: Brothers Chase and Chad Valencia are changing the way L.A. sees Filipino food. Clams are popular here, as is the kinilaw, a plate of toothsome raw rockfish redolent with kalamansi citrus. The Bicol Express, traditionally a homey pork stew, at Lasa is interpreted as a jumble of fried pig tails, with lacy skin and runny fat, set on a pool of rosegold coconut cream. At 727 N. Broadway or lasa-la.com.
The Exchange: A lively spot on the first floor of the Freehand Hotel, the Exchange uses Israeli cuisine as a jumping-off point. Lunch options include a Tunisian sandwich and a chicken schnitzel. At dinner, try the lamb kebab or the grilled sweet potato. Of course, they have hummus, and there is an inspired cocktail list. At 416 W. Eighth St. or freehandhotel.com/los-angeles/the-exchange.
Sushi Go 55: Little Tokyo is overflowing with places to eat sushi, but there’s a reason why Sushi Go 55 has been serving up nigiri and sashimi since 1929. Nestled in the Little Tokyo Galleria, this is a literal hidden gem for any wannabe sushi nerd, whether you’re indulging in an omakase meal or just stopping by for happy hour. At 333 S. Alameda St., sushigo55-hub.com.
900 W. Olympic Blvd. I (213) 743-8824 wolfgangpuck.com I $$$ . D . W . FB . WiFi
❱❱ Restaurateur Wolfgang Puck tempts diners on
the 24th floor of the Ritz-Carlton at L.A. Live with a modern interpretation of Chinese cuisine.
CAFÉ/BAKERY Bae Little Tokyo
369 E. Second St. I (213) 266-8899 baebae.co I $ . B . L . FB . WiFi
❱❱ This Little Tokyo space is perfect for the
Instagram crowd, but they also happen to make an excellent latte. The activated charcoal soft serve is a favorite. Cafe Dulce
134 Japanese Village Plaza I (213) 346-9910 cafedulce.co I $ . L . D . W . WiFi
❱❱ Get your LAMILL coffee and baked goods, such
as the signature donuts (green tea, bacon and Fruity Pebbles). Chado Tea Room
369 E. First St. I (213) 258-2531 chadotea.com I $ . L . W . WiFi
❱❱ A traditional Little Tokyo tea house with sandwiches and light fare. Di Alba
827 E. Third St. I (213) 620-6244 eatdialba.com I $ . L . D . W
❱❱ Roman-style focaccia and a bevy of seasonal salads in this takeaway shop in the Arts District. Don Francisco’s Coffee Casa Cubana
541 S. Spring St. I (213) 537-0323 dfcasacubana.com I $$ . L . D . W
❱❱ A restaurant from the coffee roaster features a big menu of Cuban-inspired eats. Naturally, the coffee is great. Homegirl Cafe
130 W. Bruno St. I (213) 617-0380 homegirlcafe.org I $ . B . L . W (Sat. only) . BR
❱❱ This cafe with a social mission serves breakfast and lunch, using seasonal vegetables from their local farm. Paramount Coffee Project
7 Bavel: Ori Menshe and Genevive Gergis, known for the Italian restaurant Bestia, turned to Middle Eastern fare with Bavel. The Arts District establishment holds variations on the dishes the two ate as children. Appetizers include grilled octopus and oyster mushrooms. Among the entrees are wagyu beef cheek tagine, grilled dorade and slow roasted lamb neck shawarma. At 500 Mateo St. or baveldtla.com. Continued on page 54
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inventive sushi and rolls, and Thai and Chinese cuisines with a few twists on old favorites. It’s great for happy hour. WP24 (Ritz Carlton)
1320 E. Seventh St. I (213) 266-8899 pcpfx.com I $ . B . L . W . WiFi
❱❱ Brighten up the morning by grabbing your daily dose of caffeine at this Austrian coffee outpost. Spring for Coffee
548 S. Spring St. I springforcoffee.com I $ . B . L . D . W ❱❱ A tiny but popular spot for stellar coffee and pastries. Ideal for grab and go. Stumptown Coffee Roasters
806 S. Santa Fe Ave. I (855) 711-3385 stumptowncoffee.com I $ . B . L . D . W . WiFi
❱❱ Coffee fanatics love this Portland transplant,
which serves yummy pastries (Spam musubi croissant) and even growlers of their excellent cold brew. Urth Caffe
451 S. Hewitt St. I (213) 797-4534 urthcaffe.com I $ . B . L . D . W . BR . WiFi
❱❱ Enjoy gourmet breakfast or lunch with a cup of
fresh-roasted organic coffee in the Arts District. The patio is ideal for people watching. Verve Coffee/Juice Served Here
833 S. Spring St. I (213) 455-5991 vervecoffeeroasters.com I $$ . B . L . D . W
❱❱ Get your fix from a fancy Kees Van Der Westen
espresso machine, take in the stunning plant-filled patio, and sample some of the 23 cold-pressed juices. Zinc Cafe & Market
580 Mateo St. I (323) 825-5381 zinccafe.com I $$ . B . L . D . W . BR . FB
❱❱ This trendy cafe and specialty market serves
great coffee, breakfast, brunch and lunch. The expansive patio is the place to be seen. Free parking.
CHINESE/TAIWANESE CBS Seafood
700 N. Spring St. I (213) 617-2323 $$ . L . D . W . W/B
❱❱ A Hong Kong-style seafood house with excellent dim sum service. They also have a to-go section. Full House Seafood Restaurant
963 N. Hill St. I (213) 617-8382 I $$ . L . D . W/B
❱❱ A Chinatown favorite that serves seafood and
Cantonese cuisine. Open until 3 a.m. for those latenight cravings. Hop Li Seafood Restaurant
526 Alpine St. I (213) 680-3939 hoplirestaurant.com I $ . L . D . W . W/B
Seafood and Cantonese fare, with their signature shrimp with honey glazed walnuts. Lao Tao Street Food
727 N. Broadway #207 I (213) 372-5318 laotaostreetfood.com I $ . L . D . W
❱❱ Chinatown’s Far East Plaza is getting even hotter with this purveyor of Taiwanese street food. The 25-seat eatery features lots of unique small bites from braised five-spice pork belly with rice to the Thousand-Year-Old Egg with tofu. LiOrient Asian Bar and Restaurant
633 W. Hope Place. I (323) 500-1186 liorientrestaurant.com I $$$ . L . D . W/B . FB . WiFi
❱❱ A new addition to U.S. Bank Tower, the huge
LiOrient offers expertly prepared takes on Asian cuisine, as well as a takeaway bar at lunch. Peking Tavern
806 S. Spring St. I (213) 988-8308 pekingtavern.com I $ . L . D . W . FB
❱❱ Tasty Beijing street eats (scallion pancakes,
hand-pulled noodles) and craft beer and cocktails in a cool basement space. Try the world’s most consumed liquor, Baijiu. Plum Tree Inn
913 N. Broadway I (213) 613-1819 plumtreeinn.com I $$ . L . D . W . FB
❱❱ This Chinatown favorite is popular for its addictive honey walnut shrimp and crispy beef. Regent China Inn
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❱❱ You’ll find lots of seafood and Cantonese dishes at a reasonable price. Triple 8 China Bar & Grill (L.A. Live)
800 W. Olympic Blvd. I (213) 747-3700 triple8restaurant.com I $$ . B . L . D . W . FB
❱❱ Cantonese-style dishes include seafood dim sum and porridge. They’ve got signature cocktails and craft beer. Yang Chow
819 N. Broadway I (213) 625-0811 yangchow.com I $ . L . D . W . W/B
Some of the best Mandarin and Szechwan dishes including a longtime Downtown favorite, the slippery shrimp.
DESSERT Big Man Bakes
413 S. Main St. I (213) 617-9100 bigmanbakes.com I $ . W (Sat. only)
❱❱ Heavenly cupcakes available in 10 daily flavors and 11 special flavors. Just the right amount of frosting. Try the Old School. The Dolly Llama
1820 Industrial St. I (844) 932-4593 thedollyllamala.com I $ . B . L . WiFi
Spring Arcade Building ………………… A former swap meet has emerged as a prime eating and drinking destination in the Historic Core. Guisados offers authentic and delicious tacos and there’s casual French fare at Garcons de Café. The Blue Jam Café is always crowded and the British pub Clayton’s Public House just opened. If it’s hot, cool down with the inventive and tasty flavors at Gelateria Uli. Downtown Donuts is here, too. 541 S. Spring St., springarcadebuilding.com. Continued on page 53
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cream make for such a delicious pair. Downtown Donuts
❱❱ Mexican sweet bread, fresh croissants and cakes
1106 S. Hope St. I (213) 995-5022 hyggebakery.com I $ . W
❱❱ Serving traditional Japanese pastries since 1910.
❱❱ Nostalgic pastries are gobbled up at this Spring
authentic pastries, cakes and breads. Try the Kringle Bar. Little Damage
524 S. Main St. I (213) 623-8301 nickeldiner.com I $ . B . L . D . W
541 S. Spring St. #130 I (213) 713-2345 downtowndonutsla.com I $ . W
Arcade Building spot, which upholds the tradition of the classic donut shops that graced the area in the 1920s. Gelateria Uli
541 S. Spring St. I (213) 900-4717 gelateriauli.com I $ . W . WiFi
❱❱ Sample from 16 rotating flavors of gelato and
sorbet made daily in small batches. Varieties include poblano, beer, saffron and coconut lemongrass. They even have vegan waffle cones. Gourmet L.A. Bakery
548 S. Broadway I (213) 623-4244 gourmetlabakery.com I $ . W
for special occasions. Hygge Bakery
❱❱ South Park’s modern Danish bakery serves
700 S. Spring St. I (213) 628-3443 I $ . W
❱❱ Their black charcoal soft serve is a huge hit on Instagram. McConnell’s Fine Ice Cream
317 S. Broadway (Grand Central Market) (213) 346-9722 I mcconnells.com I $ . W
❱❱ Ice cream aficionados love the gourmet scoops
here, as well as the floats, sundaes and build-yourown ice cream sandwich.
118 Japanese Village Plaza I (213) 624-1681 mikawayausa.com I $ . W . CO Their mochi ice cream is the best. Nickel Diner
❱❱ Home of the maple bacon donut, Shaker lemon
pie, Devil’s Food cupcake, mixed berry jam tarts and salty peanut cake. Phoenix Bakery
969 N. Broadway I (213) 628-4642 phoenixbakeryinc.com I $ . W
❱❱ This longtime, family-operated bakery is famous
for its fresh strawberry and whipped cream cake. It’s an L.A. tradition for birthdays and special occasions. The Pie Hole
714 Traction Ave. I (213) 537-0115 thepieholela.com I $ . W . WiFi
❱❱ Enjoy a cup of gourmet coffee with a slice of pie fresh from the oven. Standouts include the maple custard, Mexican chocolate and Earl Gray. Salt & Straw
829 E. Third St. I (213) 988-7070 I $ . W
❱❱ The Portland shop has opened an L.A. location in
Full Bar • Party Rooms Take Out • Catering Szechuan Cuisine
the Arts District. Scoops
727 N. Broadway I (323) 906-2649 I $ . W
❱❱ The Chinatown ice cream shop has a cult following. You’ll see why after inhaling one of the gourmet scoops. Will it be the signature flavor brown bread? Sprinkles Cupcakes
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735 S. Figueroa St. I (213) 228-2100 sprinkles.com I $$ . W
❱❱ This cupcake chain serves popular flavors such as red velvet, chocolate marshmallow, salted caramel, dark chocolate and lemon blueberry. Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream
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727 N. Broadway #120 I (213) 443-6163 lasa-la.com I $-$$ . L . D . W
❱❱ Brothers Chad and Chase Valencia are leaders in
❱❱ Former Patina Executive Chef Charles Olalia runs
419 W. Seventh St. I (213) 807-5341 ricebarla.com I $ . L . D . W
a tiny eatery in the Jewelry District specializing in Filipino rice bowls using eight varieties of heirloom rice, as well as house-made longanisa sausage and local produce. The Parks Finest
1267 W. Temple St. I (213) 481-2800 theparksfinest.com I $$ . L . D . W . W/B
❱❱ Lip-smacking barbecue with Filipino flair near Dodger Stadium. Sari Sari Store (Grand Central Market)
317 S. Broadway I (323) 320-4020 sarisaristorela.com I $ . L . D . W
Serving breakfast daily from 6 - 10:30 a.m.
❱❱ Beloved chefs Walter and Margarita Manzke try
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❱❱ Earl Grey, Sicilian pistachio, honeycomb, apple
bringing Filipino food to the forefront of the L.A. dining scene, and their Far East Plaza spot features both casual lunches to go and a refined dinner experience. Ricebar
(213) 483-8885 Daily 7am-10pm
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300 S. Santa Fe Ave. I (213) 625-0705 vanleeuwenicecream.com I $$ . WiFi
their hand at Filipino bowls.
FRENCH Cafe Pinot
700 W. Fifth St. I (213) 239-6500 patinagroup.com I $$$ . L . D . W . FB
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❱❱ Business lunches and romantic dinners unfold in this beautiful garden patio adjacent to the Central Library.
609 S. Grand Ave. I (213) 488-8020 industrielfarm.com I $$ . L . D . W . BR . FB . WiFi
❱❱ Get French comfort food in a chic-meets-rustic
setting. The menu includes beet quinoa salad, brown butter skirt steak and the Roquefort bacon burger. Kendall’s Brasserie
135 N. Grand Ave. I (213) 972-7322 patinagroup.com I $$$ . L . D . W . BR . FB
❱❱ A lovely bistro beneath the Music Center serving
French favorites. Check in early for weekday happy hour or late-night dining if you missed a bite before the show. Le Petit Paris
418 S. Spring St. I (213) 217-4445 lepetitparisla.com I $$$ . L . D . W . FB
❱❱ A gorgeous French eatery with two bars and a
108 W. Second St. I (213) 221-7466 badmaashla.com I $$ . L . D . W . W/B
❱❱ The Indian gastropub serves tasty Bombay street food with a sense of humor. The tikka poutine blends the owners’ Canadian and Indian roots, while the playful chili cheese naan is pure comfort. Gill’s Cuisine of India (Stillwell Hotel)
❱❱ In South Park, a notoriously good, and cheap, Indian food buffet. Indus by Saffron
735 S. Figueroa St. I (213) 688-1400 300 S. Grand Ave. I (213) 687-0555 saffronindia.com I $$ . L . D . WiFi
❱❱ Great Indian food done fast, at multiple loca-
❱❱ Located inside the Walt Disney Concert Hall,
❱❱ Inside the City National food court you’ll find
448 S. Hill St., 13th floor I (213) 802-1770 perchla.com I $$$ . D . W . FB
a seat on one of the outside patios with a fireplace or head up the top floor for a more intimate setting at a fire pit and experience the Downtown skyline. Taix
❱❱ If you’re lucky enough to snag a reservation
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141 S. Grand Ave. I (213) 972-3331 patinarestaurant.com I $$$ . D . W . (Sat. Only)
505 S. Flower St. I (213) 488-9754 saffronindia.com I $ . L
Patina Executive Chef Paul Lee has devised a tasting-menu-only that you will long remember. Perch
Indian faves like the tofu daal and samosas.
2121 E. Seventh Pl. I (213) 514-5724 bestiala.com I $$$ . D . W . FB
at this rustic Italian, meat-centric hotspot with an industrial-chic aesthetic, you’re in for a treat. Colori Kitchen
1911 Sunset Blvd. I (213) 484-1265 taixfrench.com I $$ . L . D . W . FB . WiFi
429 W. Eighth St. I (213) 622-5950 colorikitchen.com I $$ . L . D . W (Sat. only)
tion serves French country fare. You can also grab a cocktail and watch the game at the bar.
this quaint and affordable eatery serves stellar meatballs and cioppino. BYOB.
❱❱ Family-owned since 1927, this Echo Park institu-
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838 S. Grand Ave. I (213) 623-1050 gillsrestaurant.com I $ . L . D . W (Sat. only) . W/B . De
patio. Try the decadent lobster eggs benedict or truffle burger. Patina
❱❱ Great food, a stellar wine list, and cocktails. Grab
❱❱ A longtime and understated Downtown favorite,
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Yes, it’s a food hall at the base of an office complex, but expectations end there. The lineup here include Indian dishes at Indus by Saffron, Korean eats at Oleego by Park’s Barbecue, grilled cheese galore at The Melt and the sandwich creations of whimsical Mendocino Farms. There’s also Ohana Poke Co. and, if you like burgers (of course you do), Five Guys. If you need something sweet to close out the meal there’s a Sprinkles Cupcakes shop. 735 S. Figueroa St., figat7th.com/taste.
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The Mighty: Quinn and Karen Hatfield’s Downtown restaurant is built around handmade pasta, from a simple spaghetti to the more exotic hollow-tube candele. The burrata toast comes with globs of milky young cheese. Prices are reasonable, portions are generous and there’s a top-notch key lime pie. At 108 W. Second St. or themightydtla.com.
LiOrient: The broad, accessible Chinese menu in this mammoth establishment includes barbecued pork with a sweet edge, and a satisfying Hainanese chicken rice, which features poached chicken and rice cooked in the chicken stock, served with a trio of intense dipping sauces. At lunch there’s an easy takeaway option. At 633 W. Hope Place, liorientrestaurant.com. Badmaash: What does modern Indian food look and taste like? Badmaash answers that question with fun twists on regional flavors. There’s an excellent lamb burger, chicken tikka poutine, as well as beautiful iterations of classic dishes like saag paneer. At 108 W. Second St., badmaashla.com.
Sonoratown: Chargrilled carne asada and fresh handmade flour tortillas are the name of the game at this tiny lunchtime eatery that serves tacos, burritos, quesadillas and chimichangas with a Northern Mexico twist. Meats are cooked on a mesquite grill, while a tortilla lady expertly presses the pillowy soft wraps in the back of the restaurant. At 208 E. Eighth St., sonoratownla.com. 54
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1300 Factory Pl. I (213) 996-6000 thefactorykitchen.com I $$$ . L . D . W . FB
❱❱ This tucked-away Arts District establishment
turns out luxurious handmade pasta (try the “handkerchief”) and irresistible specialties such as the stuffed flatbread or focaccia di Recco. Live Basil Pizza (L.A. Live)
1011 S. Figueroa St. I (213) 746-5483 livebasilpizza.com I $$ . L . D . W . W/B
❱❱ Enjoy high-quality ingredients quickly at this Neapolitan-style pizzeria. An easy stop before a game or concert. Maccheroni Republic
toria with an ever-growing fan base. Officine Brera
1331 E. Sixth St. I (213) 553-8006 officinebrera.com I $$ . L . D . W
❱❱ The duo behind the Arts District’s Factory
Kitchen delivers rustic cuts of meat grilled over an open wood fire. There is also an outdoor bar where you can sample small bites. Prufrock
446 S. Main St. I (323) 284-5661 theregenttheater.com I $$ . L . D . W . W/B
❱❱ This cozy eatery serves Neapolitan-style personal pizza, including one with a cauliflower, gluten-free crust. It’s next to rock club The Regent. Rossoblu
1124 S. San Julian St. I (213) 749-1099 rossoblula.com I $$$ . L . D . W . W/B
❱❱ Chef Steve Samson explores the cuisine of
Northern Italy at Rossoblu, with meats cooked over a fire and pasta made by hand daily. San Antonio Winery and Maddalena Restaurant
737 Lamar St. I (323) 223-1401 sanantoniowinery.com I $$ . L . D . W . W/B
❱❱ Tour an actual winery and dine on hearty Italian cuisine. Superfine Pizza
1101 S. San Pedro St. I (213) 880-7790 superfinepizza.com I $$ . L . D . W (Sat Only) . De
Rossoblu: Chef/owner Steve Samson’s Rossoblu is a testament to the cuisine of Bologna and other Northern Italian regions, with an emphasis on fire-roasted meats and pasta made by hand daily. The beautiful Fashion District space also offers a standout bar. At 1124 S. San Julian St., rossoblula.com.
features quality ingredients and old Italian flavors. Factory Kitchen
❱❱ Get your freshly made pasta at this gem of a trat-
Howlin’ Rays: If you enjoy pain, order the Howlin’ Hot chicken seasoned with several of the hottest peppers known to man. The line here tends to stretch through Chinatown’s Far East Plaza, as diners await their box of Nashville hot chicken. Fresh out of the fryer, seasoned mild, medium or hot, and piled atop sliced white bread with a handful of pickle chips, it’s near heaven on earth. At 727 N. Broadway, howlinrays.com.
❱❱ An elegant eatery from chef Celestine Drago
332 S. Broadway I (213) 346-9725 maccheronirepublic.com I $$ . L . D . W
Palikao: Chef Lionel Pigeard celebrates couscous at Palikao. He dishes out big bowls of fluffy, tender semolina topped with an array of braised meats, seasonal vegetables and fresh garnishes. Here a vat of vegetables and spices is always simmering away in the kitchen, with other pots holding pea-studded meatballs, a sticky chicken stew, lamb sausage and more. At 130 E. Sixth St. or w.
525 S. Flower St., #120 I (213) 228-8998 dragocentro.com I $$$ . L . D . W . FB
❱❱ Chef Steve Samson’s latest Downtown outpost adds a fresh take on thin-crust pizza. Terroni
802 S. Spring St. I (213) 221-7234 terroni.com I $$ . L . D . W . BR . FB
❱❱ Dine in style at this Italian eatery with great food
15 Clayton’s Public House: This British pub in the Historic Core is a cheerful spot with a Victorian throwback look. Choices include a cheese plate, salt cod fritters, a Scotch egg, and fried chicken bites. Among the entrees are angus beef burgers, veggie burgers, lamb shanks and, of course, fish and chips. At 541 S. Spring St. or claytonspublichouse.com.
and wine. Urban Oven
700 S. Flower St. I (213) 223-5980 theurbanoven.com I $$ . L . D (Wed. through Friday) . W . De ❱❱ A popular food truck turned brick and mortar, Urban Oven has all the typical pizza staples. Vespaio
225 S. Grand Ave. I (213) 221-7244 vespaiodtla.com I $$$ . L . D . W . BR . FB
❱❱ A nautical-style Italian eatery next to The Broad museum, it offers an upscale Tuscan menu and an amazing patio. Great for cocktails, too.
327 E. First St. I (213) 626-1680 daikoku-ten.com I $ . L . D . W
❱❱ One of the best ramen houses in the city. There’s usually a wait but it’s worth it.
$$ . L . D . W . W/B
347 E. Second St. I (213) 680-3454 hamasushila.com I $$ . L . D . W . W/B
❱❱ Pull up a stool at the 40-seat sushi bar where they
flows with satisfied guests. Ask the chef what he recommends. And don’t ask for a California roll. Seriously. Honda Ya
727 N. Broadway I (213) 316-8595 ramenchamp.com I $ . L . D . W
❱❱ A very small but delicious sushi spot that over-
333 S. Alameda St., floor I (213) 625-1184 izakayahondaya.com I $ . L . D . W . W/B
❱❱ Succulent Japanese small plates and grilled meat on skewers. Inko Nito
225 S. Garey St. I (310) 999-0476 inkonitorestaurant.com I $$ . L (weekends only) . D . W . De . FB ❱❱ Sporting a menu focused on modern robatayaki
grilling, expect plenty of succulent meats and tasty vegetables. Izakaya Fu-ga
have been serving Downtowners since 1972. Ramen Champ
❱❱ The gang behind Eggslut delivers a 22-seat
modern ramen bar in Chinatown’s Far East Plaza. They’ve also got meat and dairy-free vegan bowls. The lunch line says it all. Shabu Shabu House
127 Japanese Village Plaza I (213) 680-3890 shabushabuhouse.menutoeat I $ . L . D . W . CO . W/B
❱❱ One of Little Tokyo’s busiest and most popular eateries. Be prepared for a wait. Shibumi
❱❱ This kappo-style Japanese restaurant features a
minimalist decor and a 400-year-old cypress wood bar. Sora
900 Wilshire Blvd. I (213) 688-7777 dtla.intercontinental.com I $$$ . L . D . W . FB
❱❱ Luxe sushi comes via conveyor belt at this Wilshire Grand Center restaurant. Sugarfish
600 W. Seventh St. I (213) 627-3000 sugarfishsushi.com I $$$ . L . D . W . W/B
❱❱ Traditional sushi done right in a modern, casual
setting from one of L.A.’s best sushi chefs. Order the Trust Me special. Sushi Gen
422 E. Second St. I (213) 617-0552 sushigen-dtla.com I $$$ . L . D . W (Sat. only) . W/B
815 S. Hill St. I (213) 265-7923 shibumidtla.com I $$$ . D . W . FB
❱❱ This is where the sushi connoisseurs go to get their fix. The sashimi plate rules.
111 S. San Pedro St. I (213) 625-1722 izakayafu-ga.com I $ . L . D . W . FB
❱❱ A modern spin on Japanese small plates with a lounge-like aesthetic. Kai Japanese Roots
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542 S. Broadway I (213) 232-4900 katsuyarestaurant.com I $$ . L . D . W . FB
❱❱ Nigiri, fusion-style rolls, grilled skewers and more in an airy space. Katsuya (L.A. Live)
800 W. Olympic Blvd. I (213) 634-4637 kaijapaneseroots.com I $$$ . L . D . W . FB
❱❱ An upscale, fun sushi and robata restaurant with a lounge. Try the Katsuya roll. KazuNori
421 S. Main St. I (213) 493-6956 kazunorisushi.com I $$ . L . D . W . W/B
❱❱ It’s all about hand rolls at this Historic Core spot
from the team behind Sugarfish. Meals are done fast and the quality is high. Kinjiro
424 E. Second St. I (213) 229-8200 kinjiro-la.com I $$$ . D . W (Sat. Only) . WB
❱❱ This little spot specializes in exceptional izakaya fare — that is, fancy Japanese bar food paired with sake or beer. The beef tongue and uni risotto are a must. Reservations suggested. Kula Revolving Sushi Bar
333 E. Second St. I (213) 290-9631 kulausa.com I $ . L . D . W . W/B
❱❱ Let your sushi come to you on an entertaining conveyor belt. Marugame Monzo
329 E. First St. I (213) 346-9762 I $$ . L . D . W . WB
735 S. Figueroa St. #118 | 213.265.7833 FIGat7th (Mezzanine L1) ohanapokeco.com
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❱❱ If you take your udon seriously, then Monzo is
your kind of place. The broth is hearty and packed with flavor while the fresh handmade noodles are soft and chewy. There’s usually a wait — wait in it. Mitsuru Sushi and Grill
316 E. First St. I (213) 626-4046 I $ . L . D . W . W/B ❱❱ An eclectic variety of Japanese and American favorites in a casual atmosphere. Mrs. Fish
448 S. Hill St. I (213) 223-5980 mrsfish.com I $$$ . D . W (Sat. only) . FB
❱❱ Admire Japanese art while you dine. Take your
pick of an extensive sushi and entree menu and wash it down with an expertly crafted cocktail. Ohana Poké Co .
735 S. Figueroa St. I (213) 265-7833 ohanapokeco.com I $$ . L . D . W . WiFi
❱❱ Chef Eric Park’s restaurant in the FIGat7th mall was inspired by family trips to Hawaii. There are poke options, a dish with Spam and fried chicken choices. Oomasa
100 Japanese Village Plaza I (213) 623-9048
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Takami Sushi & Robata
811 Wilshire Blvd., 21st Floor I (213) 236-9600 takamisushi.com I $$$ . L . D . W . FB
❱❱ On the 21st floor, guests come for the tasty Japanese cuisine, swanky digs and sweeping views. Yojie Japanese Fondue & Sake Bar
501 W. Olympic Blvd. I (213) 988-8808 yojie.com I $$ . L . D . W . W/B
❱❱ Become the chef at this lively shabu shabu spot that also serves dessert fondue.
KOREAN Korea BBQ House
323 E. First St. I (213) 680-1826 koreabbqhouse.com I $ . L . D . W . W/B
❱❱ Cast-iron turtle skillets are loaded with sizzling meat and caramelized cabbage. Oleego by Parks BBQ
735 S. Figueroa St. I (213) 614-9090 oleegousa.com I $ . L . D . W . W/B
❱❱ Scrumptious Korean bulgogi bowls in a food court. Seoul Sausage
236 S. Los Angeles St. I (213) 935-8677 seoulsausage.com I $ . D . W
❱❱ A new way to get your Korean barbecue flavors — in the form of sausages, burgers and even poutine.
500 Mateo St. I (213) 226-8156 baveldtla.com I $$ . D . W . FB
❱❱ Chefs Ori Menashe and Genevieve Gergis return
to their roots for this instantly lauded Middle Eastern restaurant. California Kabob Kitchen
141 W. 11th St. I (213) 747-9500 ckkabob.com I $$ . L . D . W (Sat. only) . De . WiFi
❱❱ This quaint sit-down Persian spot with a friendly
staff serves kabobs, rice specialties and salads, including fish and veggie options. Exchange Restaurant
416 W. Eighth St. I (213) 395-9531 freehandhotels.com/los-angeles/the-exchange I $$$ . B . L . D . W . FB ❱❱ Located on the ground floor of the Freehand
Hotel, the Exchange serves Israeli-inspired fare with a California twist. Halal Guys
510 W. Seventh St. I (213) 628-3072 thehalalguys.com I $ . L . D . W
❱❱ Craveworthy sandwiches and plates piled with
chicken, beef gyro or falafel, all topped with that legendary white sauce. Madcapra (Grand Central Market)
317 S. Broadway madcapra.com I $$ . L . D . W
❱❱ The chicken, hummus and garlic sauce are out of this world. Veranda
939 S. Figueroa St. I (213) 660-3032 verandadtla.com I $$ . B . L . D . Br . W . FB
❱❱ Pull up a chair at this poolside eatery in the just
refurbished Hotel Figueroa. Make sure to peruse the cocktail menu.
118 W. Fourth St. I (213) 687-8002 bar-ama.com I $$ . L . D . W . FB
❱❱ Get gourmet Tex-Mex comfort food and cocktails in a lively space. Try the puffy tacos. Barcito
403 W. 12th St. I (213) 415-1821 barcitola.com I $$ . L . D . W . FB
❱❱ This Argentine-style neighborhood bar offers great cocktails and shareable plates. Boca at Conga Room (L.A. Live)
800 W. Olympic Blvd. I (213) 745-0162 congaroom.com I $$$ . D (Thurs., Fri. & Sat.) . W . FB
❱❱ Enjoy a night of salsa dancing and dining with a menu of traditional Spanish flavors. Border Grill
445 S. Figueroa St. I (213) 486-5171 bordergrill.com I $$ . L . D . W . BR . FB
❱❱ This colorful, venerable spot serves modern Mexican eats. Broken Spanish
1050 S. Flower St. I (213) 749-1460 brokenspanish.com I $$ . D . FB
❱❱ Modern Mexican cuisine melds with Southern
California ingredients at this restaurant. It’s a more formal approach from chef Ray Garcia of Downtown’s popular B.S. Taqueria. B.S. Taqueria
514 W. Seventh St. I (213) 622-3744 bstaqueria.com I $$ . L . D . W . FB
❱❱ From chef Ray Garcia comes a modern take on
tacos. The soft corn tortillas are made to order, brought to life with ingredients like chorizo and potatoes, garlicky clams with lardo, and even cauliflower al pastor. Calavera Burrito Co.
inspiration from Dia de Los Muertos and serves thick burritos as well as plates with chicken, beef, pork and vegetarian options. Chica’s Tacos
728 S. Olive St. I (213) 896-0373 chicastacos.com I $$ . B . L . D . W
❱❱ Everything here is Instagram-worthy, from the red
❱❱ Rediscover the often-overlooked Mediterranean sta-
❱❱ With plenty of Latin American-inspired options to
612 E. 11th St. I (213) 741-0612 damafashiondistrict.com I $$$ . L . D . W . FB.
ple couscous at this fast-casual restaurant. Shekarchi
choose from, including dry-aged rib eye steak and whole red snapper, this City Market South newcomer combines fine dinning with an extensive cocktail menu. Don Francisco’s Coffee Casa Cubana
specialty rice. The long-running Downtown establishment just moved to a new home. Spitz
371 E. Second St. I (213) 613-0101 eatatspitz.com I $ . L . D . W . FB
❱❱ Get your döner kebab with a side of hip. They have a full bar. Sultan Chicken
311 W. Sixth St. I (213) 236-0604 sultanchicken.com I $ . B . L . W (Sat. only) . De 56
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One of the newest arrivals to the Downtown food court scene, the Historic Core destination provides unique options without a chain eatery in sight. Choices include fresh Mediterranean fare from Soom Soom, Southeast Asian cuisine in the form of Buddha Belly, and Italian delicacies at Funculo. They’re also in the uber-popular fried chicken game with South City Fried Chicken. 724 S. Spring St., corporationfoodhall.com.
❱❱ The new arrival in the Spring Arcade Building takes
130 E. Sixth St. I (213) 265-7006 pali-kao.com I $$ . L . D . W (Sat. only) . De
❱❱ Come for the lunch specials with grilled kabobs and
Corporation Food Hall …………………
541 S. Spring St. #107 I (213) 628-3094 calaveraburritoco.com I $ . L . D . W
sandwiches and sumac-beet soda. Palikao
920 S. Olive St. I (213) 892-8535 shekarchirestaurant.com I $$ . L . D . De
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and turquoise trim to the Airstream and picnic tables with yellow-striped umbrellas. They’ve got whole coconuts and aguas frescas, and the tacos are off the hook. Dama
❱❱ A modern falafel counter with colorful flatbread
541 S. Spring St. I (213) 537-0323 dfcasacubana.com I $$ . L . D . W
❱❱ A restaurant from the coffee roaster features a big menu of Cuban-inspired eats. Naturally, the coffee is great. Guisados DTLA
541 S. Spring St. #101 I (213) 627-7656 guisados.co I $ . L . D . W
❱❱ The Spring Arcade Building houses this casual gourmet taco shop, which often sports a line out the door. You’ll find some of the best tacos and handmade corn
L.A. Live ………………… If you’re heading to a game or concert and arrive early, you won’t go hungry. There are a variety of sit-down spots in the vicinity of Staples Center and the clubs and theaters of L.A. Live. Options include Rosa Mexicano, seafood at Rock’n Fish, the American fare of Tom’s Urban, Asian eats at Katsuya and steaks and more at Fleming’s. If you’re in a hurry there are quick options including Smashburger and Live Basil Pizza. Should you need it, they have a Starbucks. 800 W. Olympic Blvd., lalive.com.
tortillas around, filled with succulent braised meats and toppings. Order the sampler plate. La Golondrina
W-17 Olvera St. I (213) 628-4349 I $$ . L . D . W . FB
❱❱ A pretty patio, authentic Mexican food and huge margaritas. Loteria Grill
735 S. Figueroa St. I (213) 438-0200 loteriagrill.com I $$ . L . D . W . FB
and crispy frog legs with Anaheim chili. Be sure to partake in the gorgeous moonshine-based cocktails like the blackberry honey sour or the hibiscus mule.
STEAKHOUSE Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar (L.A. Live)
800 W. Olympic Blvd. I (213) 745-9911 flemingssteakhouse.com I $$$ . L . D . W . FB
❱❱ A taco-centric menu and margaritas mark this
❱❱ Classic steaks and 100-plus wines by the glass.
401 S. Grand Ave. I (213) 258-2280 pezcantina.com I $$ . L . D . W
900 Wilshire Blvd. I (213) 688-7777 dtla.intercontinental.com/dining I $$$ . L . D . W . FB
chain at the FIGat7th food court. Pez Cantina
❱❱ In walking distance to Disney Hall, this Bunker
Hill eatery serves upscale coastal Mexican cuisine. Pez features an ocean-meets-land decor with a lovely patio and craft cocktails. Rosa Mexicano (L.A. Live)
800 W. Olympic Blvd. I (213) 746-0001 rosamexicano.com I $$ . L . D . W . FB . De . WiFi
❱❱ Tasty Mexican food and margaritas in a colorful space. Sonoratown
208 E. Eighth St. I (310) 987-6994 $$ . L . D . W
❱❱ Order any of the burritos made with fresh, handmade flour tortillas (the true star), killer salsa and an agua fresca. The mesquite grill imparts smoky perfection to every dish. Yxta Cocina Mexicana
601 S. Central Ave. I (213) 596-5579 yxta.net I $$ . L . D . W (Sat. only) . FB
❱❱ A modern spin on the classics with a lively happy hour. The bar serves creative cocktails and pours more than 55 tequilas.
SEAFOOD Fisherman’s Outlet
Popular before games and concerts at L.A. Live La Boucherie on 71
❱❱ Located in the Wilshire Grand Center, La
1100 S. Flower St. I (213) 763-4600 thepalm.com I $$$ . L . D . W . FB
❱❱ The Palm is renowned for prime beef, jumbo lobsters and authentic Italian fare. Sip expert martinis while taking in the wall adorned with caricatures of Downtown personalities. Riordan’s Tavern
875 S. Figueroa St. I (213) 627-6879 riordanstavernrestaurant.com I $$$ . L . D . W . FB . WiFi
❱❱ Former L.A. Mayor Richard Riordan owns this
cozy New York-style steakhouse next to the Pantry. It’s also perfect for grabbing a classic cocktail or two. Rock’N Fish (L.A. Live)
Boucherie offers a French flair and a big wine list. L.A. Prime (Westin Bonaventure)
800 W. Olympic Blvd. I (213) 748-4020 rocknfishlalive.com I $$$ . L . D . W . FB
❱❱ This New-York-style steakhouse atop the
tering steak and seafood. Spear Restaurant
404 S. Figueroa St. I (213) 612-4743 thebonaventure.com/la-prime I $$$ . D . W . FB
Bonaventure Hotel offers thick cuts of meat scenic views of the city. Morton’s The Steakhouse
735 S. Figueroa St. I (213) 553-4566 mortons.com I $$$ . L . D . W . FB
❱❱ This upscale steakhouse in the FIGat7th mall boasts an elegant dining room and a lively bar. Nick & Stef’s
330 S. Hope St. I (213) 680-0330 patinagroup.com I $$$ . L . D . W (Sat. only) . FB
❱❱ Get your aged beef and expertly made martini at this Bunker Hill steakhouse. Pacific Dining Car
1310 W. Sixth St. I (213) 483-6000 pacificdiningcar.com I $$$ . B . L . D . W . FB
❱❱ Downtown power brokers still flock to this stylish steakhouse in a converted rail car. Open 24 hours a day.
❱❱ This Manhattan Beach import serves mouthwa-
800 W. Sixth St. I (213) 688-3000 spearrestaurant.com I $$$ . L . D . W . FB
❱❱ Get steaks and chops, as well as seafood with an Asian bent.
VEGAN/VEGETARIAN Âu Lac
710 W. First St. I (213) 617-2533 aulac.com I $$ . L . D . W . FB
❱❱ Beautifully presented vegan and often glu-
ten-free Vietnamese cuisine and cocktails. You won’t miss the meat. PYT
400 S. Main St. I (213) 687-7015 pytlosangeles.com I $$ . L . D . W . FB
❱❱ Josef Centeno’s string of culinary hits continues with PYT, a vegetable-focused restaurant that has some of the most eclectic and delicious plates in Downtown.
529 S. Central Ave. I (213) 627-7231 fishermansoutlet.net I $$ . L . W (Sat. only) . W/B
❱❱ Located in the Industrial District, this longtime
lunch favorite serves fresh fish, shrimp and scallops fried or grilled. Rock’N Fish (L.A. Live)
800 W. Olympic Blvd. I (213) 748-4020 rocknfishlalive.com I $$$ . L . D . W . FB
❱❱ A Manhattan Beach import that serves mouthwatering steak and seafood. Water Grill
544 S. Grand Ave. I (213) 891-0900 watergrill.com I $$$ . L . D . W . FB
❱❱ This longtime Downtown seafood eatery features a marble slab raw bar and craft beers on tap. For an unforgettable feast, order one of the iced shellfish platters.
SOUTHERN Little Easy
216 W. Fifth St. I (213) 628-3113 littleeasybar.com I $$ . L . D . BR . W . FB
❱❱ This New Orleans-style gastropub in the
Alexandria Hotel serves skillets of seafood gumbo and mac and cheese, bananas foster bread pudding and even milk punch. The French Quarter ambiance is a sight to behold. Little Jewel of New Orleans
207 Ord St. I (213) 620-0461 littlejewel.la I $$ . B . L . D . W . WiFi
❱❱ Start your morning with a cup of chicory coffee
and a beignet. For lunch, chow down on a muffuletta sandwich or shrimp Po’boy. Since it’s part deli and market, they’ve also got house-made sausages and other gastronomic delights. Preux & Proper
840 S. Spring St. I (213) 896-0090 preuxandproper.com I $$ . L . D . W . BR . FB
❱❱ SoCal freshness pairs with the flavors of New
Orleans to create dishes like smoked shrimp beignets,
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Good to Know When it comes to spending time in Downtown, here are some simple tips and advice. Want to know how to navigate Downtown Los Angeles without climbing into the car? How about where to go when you need cold medicine and it’s late? Or are you looking for a place to work out? Check out this handy list that will help you with just about anything you want in Downtown. It’s all at you fingertips.
➤ Metro Bike Share: This is Downtown’s newest transportation system — on two wheels. With more than 700 bikes and scores of docking stations throughout Downtown, the program is great for short trips and connecting to other transit. It’s available 24/7, 365 days a year. A monthly $17 pass allows you to ride free for the first 30 minutes; it’s $1.75 per 30 minutes thereafter. Walk up users can pay via credit card — it’s also $1.75 per 30 minutes. Stations have a touchscreen kiosk and maps. Seats are adjustable and front and rear lights activate automatically. Don’t forget a helmet. You can also download the app. You must be 16 or older. bikeshare.metro.net or (844) 857-BIKE. ➤ DASH Downtown: This convenient local bus service is used by many a Downtowner, and for 50 cents a ride it can’t be beat. Operated by the Los Angeles Department of Transportation, the DASH will take you from one end of Downtown to the other — from Chinatown on the north to Exposition Park on the south. Five routes operate weekdays, with two on weekends. Monday
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through Friday routes A, B, D and E operate every five to eight minutes, and F runs every 10 minutes. On weekends, routes E and F operate from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (route E runs from 6:30 a.m. on Saturday only), and take riders to the Fashion District, Financial District, City West and Exposition Park/USC. Route A, in the Arts District, was recently expanded. LADOT is at (213) 808-2273 or ladottransit.com. Look for the DASH bus signs on every street, or ask a DASH driver for a map and schedule. ➤ Subway/Light Rail/Bus: The city’s subway system, or Metro, operates four local rail lines (Green Line, Blue Line, Red Line and Gold Line) that can take you around Downtown L.A. and as far afield as Santa Monica, Hollywood, Pasadena, Long Beach and more. The newly opened Expo Line finally connects Downtown to the Westside — it’s the long-desired subway to the sea (or, at least, a few blocks from the beach). Fare is $1.75 each way. Metro also offers one of the largest bus fleets in the nation. Day passes are $7 ($2.50 for senior citizens). The regional EZpass can be used for travel on Metro buses and trains as well as
DPet & Gift. Strollers, studded collars, toys, beds and so much more for your pampered pet. 404 S. Los Angeles St., (213) 625-0099. DTLA Vets. A full-service veterinarian service in the heart of Downtown. 333 S. Spring St., (213) 613-1537, dtlavets.com. Go Dog LA. A 9,000-square-foot open space for doggies as well as cage-free boarding, grooming and outdoor yards. 1728 Maple Ave., (213) 748-4364, godogla. com. Healthy Spot. A 3,000-squarefoot store selling food, toys, leashes and other supplies. They also do grooming. 1000 S. Grand Ave., (213) 921-7700 or healthyspot.com. Just Food for Dogs. Quick, guess what they sell. Located next to DTLA Vets, this spot specializes in nutritional meals for canines, as well as treats and health supplements. 333 S. Spring St., (213) 709-2963, justfoodfordogs.com. Muttropolitan. A modern, full-service salon for pets including a self-service wash. 408 E. Second St., (213) 626-8887, muttropolitanla.com. Continued on page 60
buses operated by 11 municipal operators in L.A. County. The cost is $110 for a regular monthly EZpass or $42 for seniors and disabled. Call (323) GOMETRO for information or check MTA’s 24-hour interactive trip planner at metro.net.
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➤ Angelo’s Barber Shop: A full-service shop specializing in hot towel shaves and gentlemen’s cuts. 515-A S. Olive St., (213) 627-7440, angelosbarbershop.com. ➤ Bolt Barbers: Old-school barbers with a modern sensibility and serious skills. You can also get a shave and a shoeshine. 460 S. Spring St., Suite B, (213) 232-0173, boltbarbers.com. ➤ Candolyn’s Salon & Day Spa: Hair, mani-pedi, scalp treatment and massage at the California Plaza Watercourt. 350 S. Grand Ave., D-9, (213) 6257895, candolyns.com. ➤ Curt Darling Salon: Get the signature Darling DryCut along with a range of hair and styling services. 704 S. Spring St., (213) 426-4000, curtdarling. com. ➤ Frais Spa: Inside the O Hotel is this tranquil modern spa that offers a steam room and rain showers. 819 S. Flower St., (213) 784-8194, fraisspa.com. ➤ Jacqueline’s Salon: Hair and nail services on Bunker Hill. 108 W. Second St., #202, (213) 6177911, jacquelinessalon.com. ➤ The Loft 8w Hair Salon: Inside the Santa Fe Lofts, this airy space does cuts, color, Brazilian straightening and makeup. 560 S. Main St., (213) 622-2902, theloft8wsalon.com. ➤ Neihule: This chic, full-service salon is decked out in mod white. They even have a bar for refreshments. 607 S. Olive St., (213) 623-4383, neihule.com. ➤ Neihule 2: This second location complements the Olive Street salon with a nail spa, tanning and blow dry bar. 512 W. Seventh St., (213) 627-5300, neihule.com. ➤ Ritz-Carlton Spa: This upscale spa will pamper you in the signature Ritz style. 900 W. Olympic Blvd., (213) 743-8800, ritzcarlton.com. ➤ Rudy’s Barber Shop: Cuts and color on the cheap and trendy. Standard Hotel, 550 S. Flower St., (213) 439-3058, rudysbarbershop.com. ➤ Salon Eleven: A hip, upbeat salon offering cuts, color, styling, waxing, makeup and Brazilian Blowouts. 420 W. 11th St., (213) 744-9944, saloneleven.com. ➤ Salon on Seventh: This longtime, full-service salon is next to the L.A. Athletic Club. 429 W. Seventh St., (213) 688-0436, salonon7th.com. ➤ Salon on 6: A hip, modern salon and day spa in the Historic Core. 548 S. Spring St., (213) 623-5033. ➤ Salon Pure: Unisex cuts, color, nails and waxing in the Santa Fe Lofts. 117 E. Sixth St., (213) 6247873, salonpurela.com. ➤ Soleil Beauty Salon: Take care of all your beauty needs at this friendly salon. 901 S. Main St., (213) 593-9090, salonsoleilla.com. ➤ Wax Candy: Get waxed in a clean, comfortable and friendly locale. They’ll give you a lollipop afterward. 756 S. Main St., (213) 228-2639, waxcandy.com. ➤ Yolanda Aguilar Beauty Institute & Spa: With
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Petco. The mega-chain now has a spot on Downtown, with everything you need for your dog, cat, bird, fish, reptile, etc. 850 S. Hope St., petco.com. Pupper Club. This dog daycare offers cleaning and grooming services as well as overnight stays. 603 S. Los Angeles St., (213) 3108440, thepupperclub.com. Puppyroo. If you like fashionable outfits, doggie bling and other pet accessories, this spot has it all at discounted prices. 321 E. 11th St., (213) 744-9970, puppyroofashion. com. Pussy & Pooch. This chic pet boutique offers a bathhouse, “Pawbar” cafe and monthly socials. You can also find pet food, treats and accessories. Local delivery. 564 S. Main St., (213) 438-0900, pussyandpooch.com.
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Roxy’s Doggy Daycare. Pet boarding, sitting, walking, grooming and obedience training in the Arts District. 611 S. Central Ave., (213) 239-0309 or roxysdoggydaycare.com. South Park Doggie Day Care Spa and Supplies. Cage-free daycare, boarding, grooming, spa, training and supplies. 1320 S. Grand Ave., (213) 747-3649, southparkdoggie.com.
more than 40 years in the biz, this tranquil spa does everything from facials to massages to body wraps. 735 S. Figueroa St., (213) 687-6683, yabeauty.com.
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➤ Attitude Fitness: A sleek and modern gym inside the Wilshire Grand Center. 900 Wilshire Blvd., (213) 274-0071, attitudefitnessdtla.com. ➤ Bar Method: The Historic Core site of a challenging, full-body workout, ballet style. 724 S. Spring St., (213) 221-1237, barmethod.com. ➤ CrossFit213: This strength and fitness program will get you ready to tackle any physical challenge. 903 S. Hill St., (213) 222-8067, crossfit213.com. ➤ Equinox: A beautiful locale with luxury amenities and state-of-the-art equipment. Plus a smoothie bar. 444 S. Flower St., (213) 330-3999, equinox.com. ➤ Evoke Yoga: This 1,500-square-foot space has a serene, modern touch. 731 S. Spring St., (213) 375-5528, evokeyoga.com. ➤ Gold’s Gym: You’ll find every class imaginable, from boot camp to cycling to Pilates. Plus loads of equipment at this centrally located gym. 735 S. Figueroa St., (213) 688-1441, goldsgym.com. ➤ Grand Park Bootcamp: Get your free afterwork bootcamp in Downtown’s Grand Park. Did we mention it’s free? 200 N. Grand Ave., (213) 972-8080, grandparkla.org. ➤ Ketchum-Downtown YMCA: Basketball, vol-
leyball, free weights, tennis, aerobics, indoor track, a FitLinxx program and more. 401 S. Hope St., (213) 624-2348, ymcala.org. ➤ Krav Maga Unyted: This awesome studio welcomes all levels for its challenging martial arts and self defense workout. 334 S. Main St., (213) 223-6233, kravmagaunyted.com. ➤ L.A. Boulders: This may be the most fun you’ll ever have working out. With 12,000 square feet of climbing terrain, it’s the largest bouldering gym in SoCal. 1375 E. Sixth St., (323) 406-9119, touchstoneclimbing.com. ➤ L.A. Fitness: Personal trainers, tons of equipment and classes. 700 S. Flower St., (213) 6243933, lafitness.com. ➤ Lazrfit: Yes, it’s laser tag, but it’s not kid’s
stuff. This is a high-intensity aerobics workout where you can burn 200 calories in 12 minutes. 400 W. Pico Blvd., (855) 529-7348 or lazrfit.com. ➤ Los Angeles Athletic Club: This venerable private club has a basketball court, pool, personal training, classes and social events. 431 W. Seventh St., (213) 625-2211, laac.com. ➤ Planet Fitness: This 28,000-square-foot spot on Broadway has affordable prices and a “judgment-free” approach. 437 S. Broadway, (213) 699-0030, planetfitness.com. ➤ Soul Cycle: An indoor cycling chain offering classes six days a week and 54 bikes. 898 S. Olive St., (323) 463-7685, soul-cycle.com. ➤ Speedplay: Don’t be a slave to the machine
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with this high-intensity, interval training program complete with playlist. 1113 ½ S. Hope St., (213) 894-9944, speedplayla.com. ➤ Trojan Crossfit: Great community and friendly coaches at this Arts District box. 431 S. Hewitt St., (213) 537-0446, trojancrossfit.com.
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The Bridge @ Union Church LA 401 E. Third St., thebridgeatunion.org. Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels 555 W. Temple St., (213) 680-5200, olacathedral.org. Centenary United Methodist Church 300 S. Central Ave., (213) 617-9097, centenarylt. org. Central City Church of the Nazarene 419 E. Sixth St., (213) 689-1766, lacentralcity.org. Christian Science Reading Room 404 S. Figueroa St., Suite 602A (Westin Bonaventure Hotel), (213) 928-0920 City Light Church 801 E. Fourth Pl., citylightchurch.org. Fearless LA 618 S. Spring St., fearlessla.com. First Chinese Baptist Church 942 Yale St., (213) 687-0814, fcbc.org. First Congregational Church of Los Angeles 540 S. Commonwealth Ave., (213) 385-1341, fccla. org. Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple 505 E. Third St., (213) 626-4200, hhbt-la.org. Hillsong Los Angeles
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1050 S. Hill St., hillsong.com/la. Jewish Community Center — Chabad of Downtown Los Angeles 219 W. Seventh St., (213) 488-1543, downtownjcc. com. Jodo Shu Betsuin Buddhist Temple 442 E. Third St., (213) 346-9666. Koyasan Buddhist Temple 342 E. First St., (213) 624-1267, koyasan.org. La Placita Church 535 N. Main St., (213) 629-3101, laplacitachurch.org. Living Way Community Church 1440 N. Spring St., (213) 617-9097, lwccla.org Maryknoll Japanese Catholic Center 222 S. Hewitt St., (213) 626-2279, sfxcjcc.org. New City Church of L.A. 514 S. Spring St., (213) 471-2415, newcitychurchla. com. Nishi Hongwanji Los Angeles Betsuin 815 E. First St., (213) 680-9130, nishihongwanji-la. org. Sovereign Grace 1150 S. Olive St., (213) 617-0469, sovereigngracela. com. St. Anthony Croatian Catholic Church 712 N. Grand Ave., (213) 628-2938, croatianchurch. com. St. Bridget (Chinese) Catholic Church 510 Cottage Home St., (323) 222-5518, home. stbridgetccc.com. St. John’s Cathedral 514 W. Adams Blvd., (213) 747-6285, stjohnsla.org. St. Peter’s Italian Church 1039 N. Broadway, (323) 225-8119, stpeteritalian-
churchla.org. St. Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church 621 W. Adams Blvd., (213) 749-8950, stvincentla. net. Third Church of Christ, Scientist Los Angeles 730 S. Hope St., (213) 622-3639. Union Church of Los Angeles 401 E. Third St., (213) 629-3876, unionchurchla. org. Wilshire Boulevard Temple 3663 Wilshire Blvd., (213) 388-2401, wbtla.org. Wilshire Christian Church 3251 W. Sixth St., (213) 382-6337. Zenshuji Soto Mission 123 S. Hewitt St., (213) 624-8658, zenshuji.org.
★ ★ ★ SCHOOLS/CHILDCARE
Caltrans Tiny Dots Early Education Center 100 S. Main St., (213) 897-0049, cdcla.org. County Kids Place 2916 S. Hope St., (213) 744-6241, kindercare.com. Grace Lino Child Care Center 231 E. Third St., (213) 617-8596, ltsc.org. Harry Pregerson Child Care Center 255 E. Temple St., (213) 894-1556, mtwashingtonpreschools.org. Joy Picus Child Development Center 111 E. First St. (City Hall South), (213) 978-0026, mtwashingtonpreschools.org. La Petite Academy 750 N. Alameda St., (213) 844-217-3279, lapetite.com.
Le Jardin des Enfants 400 W. Ninth St., (818) 561-7772, jardinenfants.com. Lumbini Child Development Center 505 E. Third St., (213) 680-2976, lumbinicdc.org. Metro Charter Elementary School 2635 Pasadena Ave., (213) 377-5708, metrocharter. org. Metro Gateway Child Development Center 1 Gateway Plaza, (213) 922-4453, metrogatewaycdc. com. Nishi Hongwanji Child Development Center 815 E. First St., (213) 687-4585, nishihongwanji-la. org. Pilgrim School 540 S. Commonwealth Ave., (213) 385-7351, pilgrim-school.org. Ramon C. Cortines School of Visual and Performing Arts 450 N. Grand Ave., (213) 217-8600, central-lausd-ca. schoolloop.com.
➤ Downtown Center BID: With more than 400 property owners in 65 blocks of the Central Business District, this is Downtown’s largest BID. Its purple-clad officers and ambassadors can be seen throughout the area answering questions or giving directions from information kiosks. For general inquiries call (213) 6242146, after hours (213) 624-2425, downtownla. com. ➤ Fashion District BID: The yellow-garbed clean and safe team patrols the bustling Fashion District on bike and via cruisers. For 24-hour public safety assistance call (213) 741-2661, fashiondistrict.org. ➤ Figueroa Corridor BID: This organization covers the area just south of Downtown including Exposition Park and USC. For infor-
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➤ Arts District Los Angeles: This business improvement district provides cleaning services and 24-hour security via foot, car and bike. artsdistrictla.org. ➤ Central City East Association: This group administers 44 blocks along the eastern swath of Downtown. (213) 228-8484, centralcityeast.org. ➤ Chinatown BID: The BID’s Red Patrol keeps Chinatown’s streets clean and safe. Red Patrol (213) 252-1600, press 7. BID office (213) 680-0243, chinatownla.com.
mation, call weekdays at (213) 746-9577, the service hotline is at (213) 746-3444, figueroacorridor. org. ➤ Historic Downtown Los Angeles BID: This BID aims to improve the Historic Core and serve residents, workers and visitors. (213) 2398336, hdlabid.com. ➤ LAPD Central Division: Located at 251 E. Sixth St., about five blocks east of the Pershing Square Red Line station. To report non-emergency crimes call (877) 275-5273. ➤ Little Tokyo BID: This BID operates a security patrol and a street maintenance program. (213) 473-3030, visitlittletokyo.com. ➤ South Park BID: This BID provides clean and safe teams, hauls away garbage and promotes area businesses. (213) 663-1111, southpark.la.
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taying the night in Downtown Los Angeles will transform your experience. If you’ve come to see the sights, book a room at any of the gorgeous hotels that have opened or been renovated in recent years (and many have been upgraded). Take your time exploring the restaurants, bars and nightlife that abound, without worrying about driving home — many hotels offer free shuttle service, and Lyft and Uber cars arrive quickly no matter where you are. If you’re here on business, set up camp and take advantage of your free time by catching a show at the Music Center or sipping a cocktail at one of the many lounges around Downtown. The hotel scene here has never been more exciting or diverse, whether you’re seeking a budget-friendly room, a chic boutique or an inn cloaked in history.
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Ace Hotel 929 S. Broadway, acehotel.com/losangeles (213) 623-3233
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The 1927 United Artists building houses this boutique hotel hotspot. Each room comes with a turntable and small collection of vinyl records, and minimalist furnishings. The private meeting and event rooms are adorned with a mix of Golden Age Hollywood glam and 1970s Los Angeles punk rock.
Best Western Plus Dragon Gate Inn 818 N. Hill St., dragongateinn.com (877) 574-2464 • (213) 617-3077
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This modest yet cozy hotel is an ideal location for exploring historic Chinatown. It features a beauty salon, pharmacy and business center.
Courtyard Los Angeles L.A. Live 901 W. Olympic Blvd., courtyardlalive.com (213) 443-9200
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Located inside a dual Marriott hotel tower near L.A. Live, this modern 174-room facility shares space with the Residence Inn. It features a rooftop pool and deck, a conference room, fitness center and a 3,600-square-foot meeting room. Hotel Restaurant: Cafe Table 901.
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Los Angeles Downtown 120 S. Los Angeles St., doubletreeladowntown.com (800) 222-8733 • (213) 629-1200
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Asian-fusion style marks this elegant hotel in the heart of Little Tokyo. The rooms feature a contemporary design with deluxe bedding. There is also a beautiful half-acre rooftop Japanese garden replete with winding paths, a waterfall and mini bridges. Hotel Restaurants: Justice Urban Tavern, Rendezvous Lounge.
Freehand Hotel 416 W. Eighth St., freehandhotels.com/los-angeles (213) 612-0021
Hotel Figueroa 939 S. Figueroa St. (866) 734-6018
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The iconic Downtown hotel reopened in 2018, having ditched its Moroccan aesthetics for a modern take on Spanish Colonial design. The revamped hotel includes multiple eating and drinking spaces, from the Basque food of Breva and the lobby’s Bar Figueroa to the outdoor Veranda eatery and Rick’s, a poolside bar.
Hotel Indigo 899 Francisco St., hotelindigola.com (213) 232-8800
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Opened in April 2017, Hotel Indigo offers 350 rooms in a modern facility across the street from L.A. Live. There is easy access to the Grammy Museum, Staples Center and the Convention Center. Dining and drinking options include Metropole Bar + Kitchen and 18 Social.
Hilton Checkers Los Angeles 535 S. Grand Ave., hiltoncheckers.com (800) 445-8667 • (213) 624-0000
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This historic hotel seamlessly blends elegant accommodations with modern amenities. Built in 1927, the 12-story Hilton Checkers has a boutique feel with antique and marble finishes, and plush bedding. Guests can enjoy a dip in the rooftop lap pool or read a book in the library.
Hotel Solaire 1710 W. Seventh St., hotelsolairelosangeles.com (213) 616-3000
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Just a mile from the L.A. Convention Center, the Hotel Solaire is a budget-friendly locale with free wireless Internet, continental breakfast and coffee, and an outdoor heated pool. The small inn offers eco-friendly amenities including electric vehicle charging stations.
Howard Johnson 603 S. New Hampshire Ave., hojo.com (213) 385-4444
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Located a bit west of Downtown, this hotel is convenient for business and budget travelers. It also offers free continental breakfast, laundry, gift shop and snack bar. Kids 17 and under stay free.
InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown 900 Wilshire Blvd., dtla.intercontinental.com (213) 688-7777
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The InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown is the heart of the new $1.2 billion Wilshire Grand Center, the tallest skyscraper west of the Mississippi River. The rooms are luxurious, the views are expansive, and there’s a bevy of amenities, including the city’s highest rooftop bar, Spire 73.
JW Marriott Hotel 900 W. Olympic Blvd., lalivemarriott.com (888) 832-9136 • (213) 765-8600
Boasting more than 800 guest rooms (occupying floors four through 21), the Marriott hotel puts visitors in the heart of the action — the L.A. Convention Center, L.A. Live, nightclubs and even a bowling alley are just steps away. There are 40 meeting rooms and some 100,000 square feet of meeting space.
Kawada Hotel 200 S. Hill St., kawadahotel.com (800) 752-9232 • (213) 621-4455
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Located in the Civic Center, this budget-and family-friendly hotel offers comfortable rooms with flatscreen TVs, full kitchenette, high-speed Internet and on-site laundry room. A Prohibition-era cocktail lounge sits on the ground floor. Hotel Restaurant: Ebanos Crossing, Cherry Pick Café.
Knights Inn Los Angeles 1255 W. Temple St., knightsinn.com (213) 250-8925
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Guests will find great rates and basic comforts at this petite hotel. There is a free continental breakfast and an onsite restaurant. Kids 12 and under stay free.
L.A. Hotel Downtown 333 S. Figueroa St., thelahotel.com (213) 617-1133
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This hotel is central to Downtown’s most popular destinations, and features 400 guest rooms and 69 suites. Don’t miss the beautiful heated pool and top-notch business center. Hotel Restaurant: Ziran + Bar9.
Los Angeles Athletic Club 431 W. Seventh St., laac.com (800) 421-8777 • (213) 625-2211
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This historic athletic and social club offers 72 deluxe rooms including nine high-end themed suites (Bruin, Trojan, beach and yacht, among them). The rooms feature custom furniture, large tiled bathrooms, plush robes, luxurious linens and flat screens. Guests can take advantage of the club’s athletic facilities.
Luxe City Center Hotel, Los Angeles 1020 S. Figueroa St., luxecitycenter.com (888) 336-3745 • (213) 748-1291
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Situated across from Staples Center and L.A. Live, this upscale hotel features 178 rooms including 16 suites. The Luxe is an urban oasis with a business center, spa and fitness suite. The stylish outdoor lounge is ideal for cocktails with a view of the city. They’re also a dog-friendly facility.
Mayfair Hotel 1256 W. Seventh St. (213) 662-1200
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This City West hotel just completed a full overhaul, turning the aging building into a thoroughly modern space. The interior lobby has been restored with a minimalist design and multiple bars. There is a rotating selection of art in the lobby and even a recording room for podcasts
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One of Downtown L.A.’s newest hotels is also perhaps its most unique. The Freehand offers 167 traditional rooms along with 59 hostel-style shared rooms with up to eight beds — an affordable alternative for open-minded travelers.
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Metro Plaza Hotel 711 N. Main St., metroplazahoteldowntownla.com (800) 223-2223 • (213) 680-0200
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Nestled between Union Station (just two blocks away) and Chinatown, this comfortable hotel offers 80 guest rooms and suites. Clean, modest and situated in a prime location for exploring Downtown’s cultural attractions on foot. Metro Plaza is a good bet for travelers coming into Union Station.
Millennium Biltmore Hotel 506 S. Grand Ave., millenniumhotels.com/losangeles (800) 245-8673 • (213) 624-1011
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Guests are surrounded by the history and lore of this fabled inn, which was built in 1923. The decor boasts hand-painted frescoes, sparkling chandeliers and elegant furnishings. Amenities include a Roman-style indoor swimming pool, health club, ballrooms, restaurants and the vintage Gallery Bar.
Milner Hotel 813 S. Flower St., milnerhoteldtla.com (800) 827-0411 • (213) 627-6981
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Just a few blocks from the L.A. Convention Center and L.A. Live, this comfortable 12-story boutique hotel offers affordable rates with lots of history. There is complimentary breakfast and free Wi-Fi. Just a block from the Metro and The Bloc shopping center.
Miyako Hotel Los Angeles 328 E. First St., miyakoinn.com (800) 228-6596 • (213) 617-2000
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Located in the heart of Little Tokyo, this hotel features contemporary decor with traditional Japanese touches. Amenities include a health spa and sauna, a small business center, restaurant and karaoke bar. An ideal location for walking and exploring the district’s lively restaurants and shops.
NoMad Los Angeles 649 S. Olive St. (213) 358-0000
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The Sydell Group’s revamp of the historic Giannani Place building offers a lush, Italian-inspired hotel experience in the heart of Downtown. The 241-room property includes multiple drinking spots and a corner cafe, and is an easy walk to Broadway’s theaters. Try the rooftop pool and bar.
O Hotel 819 S. Flower St., ohotelgroup.com (213) 623-9904
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Beyond the frosted glass doors you’ll find a minimalist lobby that feels very New York with dark wood, dim light and a welcoming fireplace. This modern boutique spot was converted out of a 1920s building, but the rooms boast a sleek design. It also houses a trendy restaurant and bar, and a full-service spa.
Omni Los Angeles Hotel at California Plaza 251 S. Olive St., omnilosangeles.com (800) 843-6664 • (213) 617-3300
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Perched atop Bunker Hill, guests have ideal access to MOCA, Disney Hall, The Broad, the Music Center and more. Rooms are comfortable and modern, with all the necessary business amenities. There is also a heated outdoor lap pool. Hotel Restaurants: Grand Cafe, Noé, Morsel’s.
Radisson Hotel Midtown at USC 3540 S. Figueroa St., radisson.com (213) 748-4141
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The Radisson is across from USC, and is ideal for exploring Exposition Park’s museums and cultural institutions. Amenities include business suites, Sleep Number beds, flat screen TVs, swimming pool, and 24-hour fitness and business center. Hotel Restaurants: McKay’s Restaurant, Rosso Oro’s Pizzeria.
Ramada Los Angeles/Downtown West 1901 W. Olympic Blvd., ramada.com (213) 385-7141
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This basic hotel will serve as home base as you explore Downtown Los Angeles. They’ve got free WiFi, outdoor pool, free parking, laundry and dry cleaning. Kids 17 and under stay free.
Residence Inn Los Angeles L.A. Live 901 W. Olympic Blvd., residenceinnlalive.com (213) 443-9200
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This hotel is part of the Marriott’s dual tower next to L.A. Live. It accommodates stays both short and long, with spacious studios or one- and two-bedroom suites. Kitchens are fully equipped and guests enjoy a complimentary breakfast buffet. There is also a rooftop pool and deck.
Ritz-Carlton at L.A. Live 900 W. Olympic Blvd., ritzcarlton.com (213) 743-8800
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Check in is on the 23rd floor of this 54-story luxury hotel with 123 five-diamond rooms. Amenities feature a lounge, rooftop pool and bar, stunning views of the city and, of course, the Ritz’s trademark service. There is also a full-service spa. Hotel Restaurants: WP 24, Ritz-Carlton Club Lounge.
Rodeway Inn Convention Center Los Angeles 1904 W. Olympic Blvd., laconventioninn.com (213) 380-9393
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This reasonably priced motel near the Convention Center and L.A. Live allows guests to explore the city on a budget. Rooms are comfortable and clean. Free daily breakfast.
Sheraton Los Angeles Downtown 711 S. Hope St., sheraton/losangelesdowntown.com (213) 488-3500
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A $75 million redesign has transformed this Financial District hotel. Rooms are modern and sleek, with the cozy Sheraton Sweet Sleeper bed, marble bathrooms, and city views. Guests can also take advantage of the lobby and open-air deck, top-floor club lounge, gym and 24-hour business center.
The Standard Downtown L.A. 550 S. Flower St., standardhotels.com (213) 892-8080
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This mid-century landmark was converted into a bold, bright boutique hotel with plenty of eye candy and modern design details. There are platform beds, open bathrooms and quirky art. Amenities feature the destination rooftop lounge with infinity pool.
Stillwell Hotel 838 S. Grand Ave. (800) 553-4774 • (213) 627-1151
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Located in South Park, the Stillwell offers basic guest rooms in a secure facility at very modest rates. The vintage property sports a low-key bar and an Indian restaurant.
Tuck Hotel 820 S. Spring St., tuckhotel.com (213) 947-3815
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Less is more at the boutique Tuck Hotel, which offers artfully designed rooms with personal service in a historic, bustling neighborhood. The Tuck Hotel opened in late 2016, and what it lacks in spacious facilities it makes up for with charm and intimate flair.
Vagabond Inn Los Angeles at USC 3101 S. Figueroa St., vegabondinn-los-angeles-hotel.com (800) 522-1555 • (213) 746-1531
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It’s a short walk to USC and the L.A. Coliseum. USC students and alumni receive 10% off their stay. Free breakfast and Internet. Pet-friendly rooms available.
Westin Bonaventure Hotel and Suites 404 S. Figueroa St., thebonaventure.com (800) 937-8461 • (213) 624-1000
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The landmark, 35-story Bonaventure beckons business travelers and tourists alike. It’s a sprawling city within a city, with 42 shops and restaurants, the revolving Bona Vista Lounge, the L.A. Prime Steakhouse, and a fitness studio. Pets are also treated like VIPs here.
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Magazine published annually by the Los Angeles Downtown News. The Downtown Los Angeles Guide covers essential information on what to see, wh...
Published on Nov 5, 2018
Magazine published annually by the Los Angeles Downtown News. The Downtown Los Angeles Guide covers essential information on what to see, wh...