The pulsating heart of the city’s core, Downtown L.A.’s renaissance has created a walkable, dynamic urban center featuring scores of new and refreshed hotels. Downtown L.A. is home to world-class museums, concert halls, theatres and critically acclaimed restaurants. With rapidly expanding public transit options, thriving nightlife and art scene and countless new shops and boutiques, Downtown is a thrilling setting for meetings and events.
At the center of all the action is Downtown L.A.'s South Park, the location of L.A. LIVE, Microsoft Square, Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandise, STAPLES Center, and the L.A. Convention Center. For fans of music, fashion, hockey or basketball, this is one of the most exciting places in L.A. You can also catch a movie at Regal Cinemas before dining at one of the many nearby restaurants.
In the Financial District, you'll find no shortage of places to soak up culture, nosh on an eclectic mix of eats, appreciate modern art, and stay in world class hotels. Take in a world-class orchestra, theatre, opera, or ballet performance in the Frank Gehry-designed Walt Disney Concert Hall, Ahmanson Theatre and Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Wander through the Museum of Contemporary Art and the architecturally significant LA Central Library. Get one of everything at Grand Central Market, a major food emporium.
Chinatown is a hodgepodge of tradition and revitalization, resulting in one of L.A.'s most exciting neighborhoods today. The square-mile district has many dining and shopping options, all set against a historicla backdrop including Central Plaza. Visit the Taoist temple, the Wishing Well, the "Chinese Celestial Dragon" mural, and Bruce Lee and Sun Yat-sen statues. Peruse its eclectic selection of art galleries. By night, enjoy craft cocktails at General Lee's and dancing at the landmark Grand Star Jazz Club.
Silver Lake is one of L.A.’s most vibrant and diverse neighborhoods, home to a wide range of creatives and a majority Latino population. Its central hub is Sunset Junction, featuring vintage stores like Bar Keeper and the hip coffee house, Intelligentsia. Dining options include the wildly popular Sqirl, seasonal fare at Cliff’s Edge, L&E Oyster Bar, and multicultural eateries like Night+Market Song and Pine & Crane. Enjoy nightlife spots like Akbar, Jay’s Bar and The Satellite.
Bordered by the Los Angeles River and within walking distance of Little Tokyo on the east side of Downtown L.A., the Arts District is a creative hub with community spaces catering to the young, creative and inspired. The warehouses of former factories and industrial businesses have become live-work lofts and upscale condos with a hip, urban vibe and eye-catching street art. The Arts District is home to galleries, boutiques and some of the hottest restaurants and bars in the city.
Little Tokyo in Downtown L.A., established 130 years ago, remains as one of the few Japantowns in North America. Cultural attractions abound, such as the Japanese American National Museum, the Geffen Contemporary, and the "Go for Broke" monument honoring Japanese Americans who served in the U.S. Army during World War II. Shop for souvenirs and vintage fashion; dine on sushi, ramen, Hawaiian and street food. Enjoy jazz and karaoke in one of the bars that stay open late.
Koreatown is one of L.A.'s most exciting neighborhoods. West of Downtown L.A. and south of Hollywood, "K-town" is a vibrant scene like nowhere else in L.A. Korean BBQ is a culinary staple of the area, with dive bars and speakeasies complementing the area's dining and drinking options. Relax at a Korean spa with an all-inclusive treatment and stop into The Line Hotel for Korean fusion, or even Oaxacan food at Guelaguetza, a James Beard Classic.
Once the home of Ray Charles and Ella Fitzgerald, Leimert Park was dubbed the “Black Greenwich Village” by filmmaker John Singleton. The World Stage and Kaos Network showcase jazz, hip-hop and poetry slams on the streets. During the monthly Leimert Art Walk, shop for art, fashion and jewelry. Visit the beloved Eso Won bookstore, which frequently hosts book signings. Leimert Park is brimming with eateries serving BBQ, spicy Jamaican cuisine and soul food, sure to tantalize your taste buds.