Downtown

Downtown


Downtown Los Angeles is a vibrant city center filled with government buildings, revitalized apartments and lofts, entertainment, shopping, dining, and cultural hot spots. Not only is downtown LA one of the largest hubs of commerce in the greater Los Angeles area, it contains its share of unique open spaces, cutting edge design elements, and classic beauty. From outdoor concerts and symphony presentations to pop-up cafes and farmer’s markets, you’ll find something for every member of the family, all within a 10-mile radius. There is enough to do in downtown Los Angeles to fill up days and nights for weeks. Getting around in LA is made easy, via the Metro bus and rail line, taxies, and the Dash bus.

Downtown LA has become a cultural hot spot within the greater Los Angeles area. At California Plaza, free outdoor concerts celebrate the best in jazz, Latin, and pop music. Friday Night Sing-a-longs are popular with downtown residents, and some like to take drumming classes at the Music Center, where other interactive activities are held throughout the week, like 60’s night theme concerts and Zydeco performances. The Music Center houses the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, the Ahmanson, and the Mark Taper Forum. Also nearby, is the Walt Disney Concert Hall, designed by renowned Frank Gehry, where the LA Symphony and the California Philharmonic entertain locals and visitors. First & Hope, a favorite venue with the hipster crowd, offers incredible cabaret performances and another “must-see” is a show at The Edison, which is located in the sub-basement of the historic Huggins building. The Downtown Art Walk, which is held the second Tuesday of every month, invites Angelenos to explore galleries, talk art, and enjoy refreshments and live bands in a lounge that also serves as a visitor’s center. Downtown LA is the place to find many fabulous restaurants, including Babycakes, organic and vegan bakery, Shojin, an organic Japanese restaurant, and Purgatory Pizza.

Downtown is home to Los Angeles’ City Hall. Built in 1928, in what was once the center of the city, the distinct building houses the mayor’s office and several district offices. City Hall was constructed from sand obtained from each of California’s 58 counties and water from its 21 missions. Also noteworthy, Downtown’s Grand Central Market dates back to 1917, when Angelenos rode the Angel’s Flight Railway for a penny from Bunker Hill to the incredible open-air marketplace.

The arrival of the expressways and automobiles led to the gradual decline of this locality, though lately it has seen a flourishing resurgence led by trendy hotels, shops, restaurants, bars, and residential buildings like condominium complexes, luxury apartments, and renovated lofts. Other attractions include various museums like the Audubon Centre at Debs Park and Japanese American National Museum, art centers like Music Center and Disney Hall, and The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. Try the walking tours like the Las Angelitas Del Pueblo and Downtown Art Walk, and shopping at the fashion District, Flower Market, Jewelry District, or Toy District.




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