Downtown Los Angeles: America's "New Capital of Cool"

Downtown LA | Photo courtesy of Brian Hawkins, Flickr

The Downtown Los Angeles renaissance continues at a dizzying pace, with openings that range from new restaurants and bars to specialty shops, the highly anticipated Ace Hotel, and much more. Several recent articles have featured in-depth looks at the new Downtown LA, and we’ve gathered them in the following round up.

NEW YORK TIMES - 52 PLACES TO GO IN 2014

Grand Central Market | Photo courtesy of R.E.~, Flickr

The Jan. 10, 2014 Travel section of the New York Times features its list of 52 Places to Go in 2014. Downtown LA comes in at Number 5, fueled by the “growing dynamism” of a “thriving food scene” that includes the historic Grand Central Market.

GQ - AMERICA’S NEXT GREAT CITY

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On the cover of its January 2014 issue, GQ Magazine names Downtown Los Angeles the “New Capital of Cool in America.” Writer Brett Martin looks at the ongoing Downtown LA renaissance, an explosion of growth that’s creating America’s Next Great City and a vibrant neighborhood “as electrifying and gritty as New York in the '70s.”

HEMISPHERES - THREE PERFECT DAYS: LOS ANGELES

Space Shuttle Endeavour at California Science Center
Space Shuttle Endeavour | Photo by Leroy Hamilton, courtesy of California Science Center

The January 2014 issue of Hemispheres features Walt Disney Concert Hall (WDCH) on the cover and a jam-packed itinerary, Three Perfect Days: Los Angeles. Day One includes two of LA's most spectacular exhibits, the Space Shuttle Endeavour at California Science Center, and Becoming Los Angeles at the Natural History Museum.

DELTA SKY - ONE CITY, FIVE WAYS

MOCA Grand Avenue | Photo courtesy of Mike Gach, Flickr 

With the tagline, “there’s more than one way to discover Los Angeles,” the January 2014 issue of Delta Sky offers day-long itineraries for five LA regions, from Hollywood to Koreatown and Santa Monica. Downtown LA includes the new Ace Hotel and the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA).

COOL HUNTING - WORD OF MOUTH: ARTS DISTRICT

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In Word of Mouth: Arts District, Cool Hunting looks at the burgeoning Downtown Arts District, which is home to the acclaimed Bestia restaurant, Handsome Coffee Roasters, and hidden gems like Urban Radish.