Downtown Los Angeles
Los Angeles, California
Downtown Los Angeles Reviews
Downtown L.A. -- a different world entirely! Jul 13, 2011
I'm a Los Angeles-area native, but everytime I go to Downtown L.A. it's a different experience entirely from being anywhere else in L.A. Downtown Los Angeles, California, is actually VERY, VERY INCREDIBLY similar to New York City, New York in EVERY aspect and detail (coincidentally, of course). The myth of no L.A. pedestrians is completely shattered when you are in Downtown L.A., as mass amounts of people fill the busy street sidewalks and ride the Metro subways. See many, many towering skyscapers featuring very wondrous architecture including Art Deco. It's a cultural, social mecca -- surely one of the most significant places in the US. Its residents live mostly in apartments, lofts, and penthouses. It's divided into many, many numerous large districts (and sub-districts and neighborhoods) including, just to name a few -- Chinatown (including beautiful Chinese plazas and architecture), Little Tokyo (feauturing Japanese architecture), Koreatown, Historic Core, Old Bank District, Financial District, El Pueblo, Theater District (one of the districts through which the busy thoroughfare Broadway Ave. runs through), Fashion District, Flower District (featuring flower markets), Grand Central Square, South Park, Bunker Hill, Toy District, Arts District, and many, many, many more. The diverse food scene features by far some of the best dishes I've ever had in my life. There are very historic delis here. See (just to name a few things) museums, theaters (including playhouses), art galleries, ultra-modern malls, concert halls, opera, and much, much, much more. Right in the middle of L.A. but a universe entirely unto itself it's Downtown L.A. -- absolutely worth MANY REPEATED visits.
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Downtown LA May 28, 2010
Downtown LA is an interesting place. If you're looking for some bargain shopping, check out the fashion district of Los Angeles ave, between 7th and 11th. However don't stray too far away from crowded areas, that part of town has some very bad neighborhoods, where police doesn't like to go to. If you plan on shopping the whole day, leave your car at one of those full day parking garages, they're all over the place there.
The business part of downtown is pretty cool looking, there is not much to do there but its one of those few places in LA where its cool in the summer because of all high risers that keep the sun out.
Jun 25, 2007
The others have given you a fairly extensive list of where to go in the greater LA area. If you are interested in checking out just the touristy part of downtown for one day, here is what I recommend:
1. LA Cathedral – 9 am (1 hour – self tour)
2. Ahmanson/Mark Taper/Dorothy Chandler (30 minutes – self tour)
3. Walt Disney Concert Hall a.k.a. Frank Gehry designed building (1 hour with audio tour - http://www.musiccenter.org/vtc/toursched.html ) – check sked if there’s matinee that day and see the LA Philharmonic perform
4. Library Tower (the building that gets blown up by the aliens in Independence Day)
5. LA Public Library (1 hour – self tour)
6. Pershing Square (5 minutes)
7. Grand Central Market – LUNCH (there is a real cheap taco stand - carnitas for $2 -- so big that it really is 2 tacos in 1)
8. City Hall
9. Olvera Street (http://www.laplacita.org)
10. Union Station (there is a pretty good restaurant there called Trax)
12. Little Tokyo
13. San Antonio Winery (yes, there is a winery in downtown - http://www.sanantoniowinery.com/homefr.html)
14. Drinks at the Rooftop Bar at the Standard Hotel (or go to the basement at the Edison bar - closer to San Antonio Winery)
Of course, if you want to go shopping, there is the garment district where there are a lot of cheap clothes -- problem is, you really have to look for what you want. There is also the jewelry district, where again, you have to really look and haggle.
There are also walking tours of downtown: http://www.laconservancy.org/tours/tours_main.php4
Cool thing about downtown (and the Wilshire corridor), if you are into art deco, is that there are a lot of art deco buildings around. The LA conservancy has walking tours of these buildings also.
Aug 14, 2007
Downtown has become one of the most interesting places in Los Angeles in recent years. Due to the overwhelming influx of people moving from the "Westside" you are seeing lots of theme restaurants and bars that attract the yuppies and Downtown residents. I find three places are worth visiting in the Downtown Area.
One, The Edison. This place is 1920s themed and has lots of weird rooms and lots of good drinks. A bit pricy, and strict dress code. No cover. Check out the page here: http://www.edisondowntown.com/
Two, The Redwood. This place has a pirates theme. Drinks are a bit on the expensive side. The sandwiches are good. http://www.theredwoodbar.com/
Three, Bordello's. Check out the site. It's pretty interesting and has lots of history. http://www.bordellobar.com/
The great thing about these three places is that they're walking distance from each other. Good luck!
Feb 23, 2007
I think downtown LA has some of the best bargains around, since it pales in comparison to sheer volume of people (shoppers, mostly) as other Los Angeles locations. You can get theatre/music hall tickets at the last minute for $20, you can buy wholesale toys and trinkets for $1 a piece, you can buy lbs and lbs of vegetables and fruit at the market on Broadway and spend $5 at the most. I find downtown LA to be really underrated.
In addition, on weekends there is ALWAYS something going on. Summers are full of festivals, while all other weekends are packed with movie/car commercial/TV show shoots. They take advantage of the quiet streets and slow traffics and bring in all sorts of bizarre props. You don't want to know how many crazy helicopter stunts I've seen in the couple years I've lived downtown..
I just wanted to share a few pictures since it rained yesterday (2/22) and the views from my floor are astonishing..
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