Doing Downtown LA
A Burgeoning Neighborhood
Downtown LA was once an empty wasteland of office buildings, abandoned theaters, and signs from the bygone era of old glamorous glitz. However, Downtown LA today is an almost-established neighborhood filled with all kinds of emerging businesses (and booming ones, too). This includes many artists pursuing large workspaces and cheap rent. As they say, Rome wasn’t built in a day—and Downtown LA is no different.
First off, the exciting additions to the neighborhood include countless art galleries–like Hauser Wirth & Schimmel, Maccarone, 356 Mission, Venus, and Parrasch Heinjen. Local artists and Downtown pioneers reside at Francois Ghebaly, The Mistake Room, Cirrus Gallery, The Wulf, Grice Bench, and more.
Along with consuming art, you can also consume great food here. Our new favorites include the restaurant at the Ace Hotel, P.Y.T., Manuela, 71Above, Faith & Flower, and Shibumi. However, we can’t forget originals like the Nickel Diner and The Original Pantry Cafe.
For the architecture buffs, Los Angeles itself is a wonderland. Downtown is home to several photogenic buildings that will make angle-seeking nerds gasp–like the Walt Disney Concert Hall, designed by renowned architect Frank Gehry. Grab your camera and let your eye lead the way.