LOCAL GUIDES

The Definitive Guide to Downtown LA

Downtown LA is a far cry from Skid Row and downtrodden government buildings it was once known for. Today, the neighborhood is more vibrant than ever and changing by the minute. Now foodies, culture seekers, and nightlife aficionados head to the district in droves to sample the best of this eclectic area. To get a feeling for the hood, here’s the best way to explore DTLA.

Cleo L.A. Live

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The new Cleo L.A. Live has DTLA in a mouthwatering food frenzy. Based on Chef Danny Elmaleh’s award-winning Mediterranean concept—with small plates for sharing—Cleo’s latest outpost has a menu tailored exclusively for the new location. That means you can savor all the traditional Cleo items, but also otherworldly specials like the P.S.W. breakfast special: Fried chicken with pumpkin spice waffles, whipped kabocha butter, maple syrup and orange—oh my. Stop by for breakfast, lunch or dinner, and don’t forget to try a cocktail any time of the day, made from fresh juices and ingredients.

Hyde Lounge

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Ever thought about watching your favorite sports games or concerts from a lux, 4,000 square-foot lounge with three bars, ledge seating, and a dancehall? Hyde Lounge, located on suite level C of Staples Center has you covered.

Broad Museum

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The recently opened Broad Museum is the brainchild of mega-collectors Eli and Edythe Broad. An architectural feat in itself, the rotating exhibitions, like the current group show exploring a new generation of Chinese female artists, is well worth a visit.

Grand Central Market

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Downtown LA’s Grand Central Market is a sprawling food lover’s paradise. The market has undergone a complete overhaul since it opened in 1917 and now you can get everything from tacos to the sweetest of sweets to European espresso. There’s even a Jewish deli with some serious pastrami on rye. Come hungry!

Umami Burger

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There’s something special about this Umami location, in the heart of LA’s Arts District. Faithful to the area’s artistic roots, the interior includes custom furniture from local designer Westin Mitchell, a cozy industrial style interior, and an outdoor patio to enjoy Umami favorites like the Manly: house beer-cheddar cheese, bacon lardons, smoked-salt onion strings, Umami ketchup, mustard spread.

Apolis: Common Gallery

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For a little retail therapy, here you’ll find everything from trendy menswear to indie magazines. Apolis: Common's mission is to appeal to the “global citizen” so the shop stocked with sustainably and locally sourced items from around the world such as button-down shirts tailored at a 90-year-old Honduran cooperative.

BNKR

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This summer Australian retailer BNKR opened a sprawling 7,000 square foot space in DTLA, giving Angelenos a chance to shop the best Aussie cult labels like C/MEO Collective, Finders Keepers, Keepsake, The Fifth and Jaggar Footwear. Think: crop tops, flattering dresses, and footwear all with a down-under flair.

Hauser Wirth & Schimmel

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One of DTLA’s most exciting cultural additions, this contemporary gallery is the sixth space by internationally revered Hauser & Wirth. Not only will visitors find museum-worthy art exhibitions in their indoor and outdoor exhibition areas, there’s also an ARTBOOK store, an open-air sculpture courtyard, and Manuela, a restaurant with locally sourced menu items.

The Springs

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Basically a one stop shop for wellness, The Springs has everything from a plant-based restaurant, yoga classes done by candlelight, a wine bar, saunas and nutritional consultations, and even workshops on topics like essential oils. We dare you to leave this place with any stress left in your body.

Poketo

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Nestled in a hot spot of retail boutiques and coffee shops in the Arts District, is the magical Poketo. The minimal space is one part concept shop, one part place to explore your crafty side through workshops and events. Founded by husband and wife team Ted Vadakan and Angie Myung, this design-focused outpost has you covered for art books, handmade clothing, designer accessories and more.
Cleo L.A. Live
800 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90015
424.888.7818
Hyde Lounge
1111 S Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90015
323.330.8018
Broad Museum
221 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012
213.232.6200
Grand Central Market
317 S. Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90013
213.624.2378
Umami Burger
738 E. 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90013
323.263.8626
Apolis: Common Gallery
806 E. 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90013
855.894.1559
BNKR
Broadway and 9th
Los Angeles, CA 90015
213.327.0442
Hauser Wirth & Schimmel
917 East 3rd St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013
213.988.7413
The Springs
608 Mateo St.
Los Angeles, CA 90021
213.223.6226
Poketo
820 E. 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90013
213.537.0751