Discover LA, Your Way: Downtown Los Angeles + The Arts District

“Downtown Los Angeles is the historic heart of the city and a perfect example of how the LA experience is continuously evolving,” said Adam Burke, President & CEO, Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board. “Home to culturally rich districts, including Chinatown, Little Tokyo and El Pueblo de Los Angeles, diverse entertainment and art offerings, and some of the best culinary options in the city, DTLA is a can’t-miss destination for families, couples and solo travellers alike.”
LA was founded downtown in 1781, and today, DTLA abounds with beautiful historic sites as well as thrilling new architecture, world-class museums and cutting-edge art galleries. Boutique hotels are booming, and the food-and-drink scene is thriving with friendly new breweries, sleek bars and innovative restaurants. There’s also shopping for every style and budget, from luxury apparel to the latest in streetwear. Here's a guide to DTLA's distinct districts. 
Bunker Hill 
Bunker Hill is home to a dozen bucket-list DTLA destinations, including Frank Gehry’s architectural wonder, the Walt Disney Concert Hall, a renowned venue for live music and home to the LA Philharmonic. Gehry also designed the new Conrad Los Angeles hotel across the street, whose dining concepts, Agua Viva and San Laurel, feature menus from world-famous chef Jose Andres.
Arts District 
Stroll through this vibrant, up-and-coming neighborhood to discover art galleries, street art, trendy boutiques, breweries, cafes and restaurants. Check out the galleries at Hauser & Wirth, Art Share L.A., Arts District Co-Op, Over the Influence and the newly opened DOMA Arts Complex.  Colorful street art and powerful murals adorn the neighborhood, including “Bloom,” a floral tribute to the late community activist Joel Bloom; “Kiss,” a picture of a smooching couple and the words “Kiss the one you love every chance you get”; a portrait of artist Ed Ruscha, and murals at the Container Yard.
Little Tokyo 
Only one of three official Japantowns in the United States, Little Tokyo is a major cultural and civic center for Japanese Americans — and a destination for anyone who loves Japanese food, shopping and all things kawaii. In Japanese Village Plaza, boutiques like Japangeles and PopKiller/Pop Little Tokyo sell T-shirts, hats, posters and other merchandise celebrating Japanese pop culture. The nearby Weller Court outdoor mall is home to Midori Matcha ice cream, the Kinokuniya bookstore and Marukai Market grocery store.
Fashion District 
Spanning 100 blocks in the heart of Downtown LA, the Los Angeles Fashion District is the hub of the LA fashion industry. Start at Santee Alley for a variety of formal wear and deals on apparel, accessories and footwear for the entire family. On the last Friday of each month, designer showrooms hold public sample sales at markets such as California Market Center.     The Fashion District also includes the LA Flower District; Santee Passage food hall, home to Vegan Hooligans and Holy Basil; and at City Market South, Superfine Pizza, the Italian restaurant Rossoblu, DAMA for Latin food, and Creature Comforts brewery, housed in an old produce market. 
El Pueblo Historic District 
El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument marks the place where 44 settlers of Native American, African and European heritage arrived from Mexico in 1781 and founded the village that grew into one of the world’s greatest cities.
The colorful Mexican Marketplace on Olvera Street features huarache sandals, embroidered blouses and woven blankets, while mariachi music brings locals out to dance on the plaza. Try Mexican food from Cielito Lindo or El Rancho Grande, or a “French-dipped sandwich” from either Philippe the Original or Cole’s French Dip — both claim to have invented the recipe.
Twin golden dragons adorn the Chinatown Gateway Monument, welcoming visitors to the first Chinatown in the U.S. owned by Chinese residents. Shops and street vendors along Broadway sell fresh produce, straw hats, toys, housewares and more. You’ll see art around every corner, including the famed “Dragon Chasing Pearl” mural, a statue of martial arts star Bruce Lee and art galleries.
South Park 
South Park is home to the LA Live Entertainment District and arena, where the Lakers, Clippers, Kings and Sparks play. Nearby, check out the exhibits at the GRAMMY Museum or bowl a game at Lucky Strike. Hotels include JW Marriott Los Angeles at LA Live, Residence Inn Los Angeles LA Live, Hotel Figueroa and The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles at LA Live, along with the new double-branded Moxy Downtown Los Angeles and AC Hotel Downtown Los Angeles. Don’t miss Moxy/AC’s Level 8, a unique dining concept with eight different venues offering everything from cocktails and a raw bar to Japanese and South American food.


Posted by: Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board
Posted on: 20/03/2024

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