Downtown Los Angeles is quickly becoming the hottest shopping and dining district in Los Angeles. In less than a decade the streets surrounding the skyscrapers have come back to life, thanks to a variety of restaurant concepts, creatives and retailers moving in to set up shop. These days, shopping in areas like the Arts District and the Historic Core around Spring Street is delightful for locals and travelers alike. Exploring the area’s best spots for shopping can be intimidating, but in such a thriving metropolitan area with unique, one-of-a-kind shops and boutiques, all it takes is knowing where to start. Whether you’re buying something for yourself or getting a gift, here are 10 of Downtown L.A.’s coolest neighborhood shopping spots.
It’s a no-brainer that breakfast and coffee are quite complementary to one another. Yet serious coffee houses that serve breakfast are much rarer than you might expect. Either you’ve got a coffee hotspot or an all-out breakfast place, but what if you want eggs with your Third Wave coffee? Kitchen space can be very hard to finagle. Fortunately, there are specialty coffee shops that serve breakfast dishes beyond the usual pastries. Read on to find out the best spots to get coffee, eggs, pancakes and more.
After playing home to concerts, theatrical productions and an Easter Sunrise service, the Hollywood Bowl kicked off its first official season in the summer of 1922. It was a barebones experience for spectators, who sat on temporary wooden benches to watch Alfred Hertz conduct the Los Angeles Philharmonic. The scenery and the sounds, however, were hard to beat. Located in a bowl-shaped area of the Hollywood Hills that was once called Daisy Dell, the spot where the venue now stands was chosen, in part, for its natural acoustics. Those are amplified by electronics as well as the bandshell with its distinctive white arches. It's actually the Hollywood Bowl's fourth bandshell. The first two were designed by Lloyd Wright, son of architect Frank Lloyd Wright.
Whether you’re staring out at a sunset over the Pacific or gazing at the skyline of Downtown Los Angeles, nothing beats a cool, refreshing drink with a view. The added ambiance that comes with a spectacular setting enhances the mood, a conversation between friends, and is the cherry on top of a delicious evening. Here are the top 10 Los Angeles bars with a view.
It’s no secret that Los Angeles has some of the best Chinese food outside of China. A lot of the best places, however, are concentrated in the San Gabriel Valley, which is a trek for some folks. For the longest time, the best Chinese food outside of the San Gabriel Valley were mom-and-pop shops serving Cantonese cuisine with an Americanized flair. In recent years, San Gabriel Valley powerhouses like Din Tai Fung, New Port Seafood and Little Sheep have expanded west. Following them are a slew of more entrepreneurial spots like New School Kitchen for dim sum takeout and Pine & Crane for farm-to-table beef noodle soup. These days, if you’re outside of the SGV there’s no reason to complain about the lack of good Chinese food - you just have to know where to look. Here’s a guide to the top Chinese restaurants outside the San Gabriel Valley.
The redevelopment of La Brea Avenue between Beverly Boulevard and West 6th Street has brought an eclectic mix of stores to the area. While strolling down the street, you can find everything from one-of-kind vintage items to the latest gear from designer brands and almost anything in between. Interior design enthusiasts consider the area to be a must-visit as well because many boutiques in the area feature unique takes on home décor. La Brea Avenue has items at all price points, making it a great spot for shopping for any budget. Whether you’re looking to bring home a small souvenir or a larger purchase, you’re sure to find it in the La Brea Avenue shopping district.
Los Angeles has never suffered from a shortage of fabulous places to grab a bite to eat. From Downtown to Hollywood, Santa Monica and Pasadena, there is a unique bistro, café, delicatessen or gastropub situated on virtually every street corner ready to welcome a hungry patron. For those who prefer their meals with a side of show biz history, here are 11 famous film and TV restaurants that you can visit in L.A.