In some respects, the Arts District in Downtown L.A. is one big hidden gem. Save for the relatively recent addition of One Santa Fe, there's not much here that screams "Shop here!" or "Eat here!" Restaurants and stores are tucked away in old buildings. Parties happen inside former warehouse spaces. Signage is often easy to miss when you're busy staring at massive murals or stenciled sidewalks. In general, the Arts District takes more time to explore than other L.A. neighborhoods and it's big enough where you might want to split it up into multiple trips. While you're here, keep on the lookout for these local treasures.
With its long history, busy port and easy-going vibe, one could argue that San Pedro itself is a hidden gem in Los Angeles. From its working class neighborhood roots, a thriving local art scene and plenty of curiosities to explore have emerged. The following are a few of the more under-the-radar sites and events to enjoy.