As promised, here are a few of my favorite places to visit in Downtown Los Angeles. Just like the neighborhood, my tastes are always changing. But, here’s what I’m loving at the moment.
P.S. This is just a snippet. I’ll go into greater detail about some of these spots in the coming weeks.
Grand Central Market– Last year, Bon Appétit named this one of it’s top ten new restaurants. Need I say more? (I will at a later juncture as it is one of my preferred places to grab a bite.) My go-to’s are Eggslut, G&B Coffee, Sticky Rice and Wexler’s Deli.
Baco Mercat– Probably one of my all-time favorite restaurants. No matter how many times I indulge, it never fails to impress. I will take any chance I get to dine here. A must visit.
Mr. Ramen– I am obsessed with noodles of any type. Though Mr. Ramen doesn’t boast the line or reputation of Daikokuya, I happen to think it’s better. Just beware. When they’re out of soup, they’re out.
Sushi Gen– Whenever my mom visits LA, one of the first things she asks is “Want to go to Sushi Gen?” The sushi is fresh without the American frills. Don’t expect your special rolls here. It’s all about the fish. And definitely get here early or be prepared to wait.
Badmaash– My sister turned me on to this place last year. Having been to India twice so far, we consider ourselves conosouirs of the cuisine. And Badmaash is as good as some of the meals we enjoyed in Mumbai. Without the 21+ hours of flying.
Bestia– Definitely one of the most hyped restaurants in town, Bestia is just as good as it’s tables are impossible to get. I am a sucker for anywhere with fresh pasta. I also love the deep Art’s District location.
Ace Hotel– This could go in the previous category, too, as the food at L.A. Chapter is crazy delicious. (The Ricotta Pancakes are to die for!) But, it is also a perfect spot to grab a drink. Check out the rooftop bar, which offers beautiful views of the DTLA skyline. Also of note is the gift shop. A carefully curated selection of stylish items. A perfect way to pass the time when you’re waiting for a table.
Villain’s Tavern– Very cool, unsuspecting bar in the Art’s District. Plenty of dark corners allow your inner villain to play.
Perch– A lovely, albeit trendy, place to grab a glass of bubbles. Not the most Downtown vibe, but pretty none the less.
Tony’s Saloon– I’m not much of a barfly these days, but I do love Tony’s. The best part (aside from the low key atmosphere and well-crafted cocktails)? Pizzanista will deliver directly to your table!
Ledlow– I loved taking my dogs for afternoon drinks on the patio when Ledlow was formerly Pete’s. I can’t wait to do the same here. Great for people watching, too.
To ShopShareen Vintage– One of my absolute favorite places to shop. If I’m wearing vintage, chances are that it came from Shareen (such as here, here and here, to name a few). Also of note are her vintage reworks and her namesake collection. Keep in mind that there are no dressing rooms here. Thus, no boys allowed.
Urban Radish– The most adorable, upscale grocery shop. Though on the pricier side, it’s a great gourmet option for picking up a few select items (with an emphasis on organic and local). It is also very dog friendly. Pip approves.
J Brand Factory Outlet– Jeans are expensive. But, they don’t have to be when you buy current designs at a fraction of the price at the outlet.
Cooper Design Space– I admittedly don’t do a ton of shopping Downtown with the great exception of sample sales. The best sample sales happen in DTLA. The Cooper Building plays host to many of them. Tune in next Friday for my sample sale shopping guide!
Walt Disney Concert Hall– Hands down one of the most beautiful buildings in Los Angeles. Not only is the outside architecturally stunning, the inside is a music-lover’s dream. There isn’t a bad seat in the house. I fall in love with this building a little bit more every day when I drive by it. One of LA’s true treasures.
Music Center– Though the Disney Concert hall is technically included in this quartet, I think it deserves it’s own category. Not the the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Mark Taper Forum and Ahmanson Theatre are any less important. Definitely one of the cultural centers of LA.
The Theater at Ace Hotel– Not only can you eat, drink and shop in style at the Ace, you can also catch a killer show in their beautiful theater.
MOCA– I am always flocking to the modern art exhibits when I’m traveling. But, it took me awhile to take advantage of this one right down the street from me. A brilliant option for when you don’t feel like trekking across town to LACMA or the Getty.
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