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Downtown Los Angeles

Destination(s): Los Angeles

It makes sense that here in L.A., a city with so many centers, the downtown area has had its up and downs over the years. Currently the downtown area is in something of a resurgence--and ironically this comeback has probably been made stronger by the recession. The slower pace of recent growth has given the lovely older buildings a chance to be appreciated instead of clumsily renovated or destroyed.
Also note this Art Deco guide, focussing on architecture.

Day 1 -- Sites
Day 2 -- Food
Day 3 -- Bars
Day 4 -- Hotels
Day 5 -- More Buildings and Stuff


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Oviatt Building

Oviatt Building

  • 617 South Olive Street
  • tel:(213) 624-7300
  • Los Angeles, 90014
The Original Pantry

The Original Pantry

  • 877 S Figueroa St
  • At 9th St
  • tel:(213) 972-9279
  • Visit website
  • Los Angeles, 90017
Hank's Bar

Hank's Bar

  • 840 South Grand Avenue
  • tel:213 623 7718
  • Visit website
  • Los Angeles, 90017
Figueroa Hotel

Figueroa Hotel

  • 939 South Figueroa Street
  • At Olympic Blvd
  • tel:+1 213 627 8971 / +1 800 421 9092 (Toll free)
  • Visit website
  • Los Angeles, 90015
Staples Center

Staples Center

  • 1111 South Figueroa Street
  • tel:+1 213 742 7340
  • Visit website
  • Los Angeles, 90015
L.A. Central Library

L.A. Central Library

  • 630 W. 5th St
  • Between Flower St. and Grand Ave
  • tel:213/228-7168
  • Visit website
  • Los Angeles, 90071
Clifton's Brookdale Cafeteria

Clifton's Brookdale Cafeteria

  • 648 South Broadway Seventh Street
  • tel:1 213 627 1673
  • Visit website
  • Los Angeles, 90014
Golden Gopher

Golden Gopher

  • 417 West 8th Street
  • tel:213 614 8001
  • Visit website
  • Los Angeles, 90014
The Standard Hotel

The Standard Hotel

  • 550 South Flower Street
  • tel:+1 213 892 8080
  • Visit website
  • Los Angeles, 90071
Eastern Columbia Building

Eastern Columbia Building

This building was designed by Claud Beelman and opened as a retail center for the Eastern Outfitting Company and Columbia Outfitting Company in 1930. The funding for this structure came from Adolph Sieroty, a polish immigrant who started a clock store which quickly grew into these large furniture and clothing businesses. The department stores here closed in 1957, after this the building was used for office space for half a century. In 2004 the Kor Group acquired the place; they renovated it into the current condominium space. This Art Deco masterpiece sheathed with turquoise terra cotta tile is one of the more lovely buildings in the downtown area.
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Cole's

Cole's

Broadway Bar

Broadway Bar

  • 830 South Broadway
  • tel:+1 213 614 9909
  • Visit website
  • Los Angeles, 90014
Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites

Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites

  • 404 S Figueroa St
  • Between 4th and 5th Sts
  • tel:+1 213 624 1000
  • Visit website
  • Los Angeles, 90071
Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)

Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)

  • 250 South Grand Avenue
  • tel:+1 213 633 5330 (Group Admissions)
  • Visit website
  • Los Angeles, 90012
Nickel Diner

Nickel Diner

  • 524 South Main Street
  • tel:(213) 623-8301
  • Visit website
  • Los Angeles, 90013

This well-received restaurant/diner has provided downtown with a reasonably-priced food destination. This is the kind of gentrification that I can deal with: an unpretentious, independently owned and operated business. The food is solid all-American fair, comfort food in a diner mode. You really can not go wrong with their mac and cheese; the breakfasts and sandwiches I've eaten here have all been good. They also have a good selection of deserts.
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Seven Grand

Seven Grand

  • 515 West Seventh Street
  • 2nd Floor
  • tel:+1 213 614 0737
  • Visit website
  • Los Angeles, 90014
Hilton Checkers Los Angeles

Hilton Checkers Los Angeles

  • 535 South Grand Avenue
  • Between 5th and 6th Sts
  • tel:+1 213 624 0000 / +1 800 445 8667 (Toll free)
  • Visit website
  • Los Angeles, 90071
Historic Theater District

Historic Theater District

  • Along Broadway between 3rd and 9th streets
  • tel:+1 213 623 2489 (Los Angeles Conservancy)
  • Visit website
  • Los Angeles, 90014
Grand Central Market

Grand Central Market

  • 317 S Broadway
  • tel:213-624-2378
  • Visit website
  • Los Angeles, 90013

Opened in 1917, this is market has rolled with times and remains an attractive and fun destination. The space is enclosed but has an open air feel to it, complete with sawdust on the floor. Inside are many prepared food vendors (Mexican, Middle-Eastern, Hawaiian, Japanese. . . .) as well as stalls selling groceries.  There is also coffee and frozen yogurt available. . . and everything is priced affordablely. With a $10 purchase here you can get validation for 1 hour parking at the DOT lot located at 308 South Hill Street. The Grand Central Market is located downtown right between the (now re-opened) Angels Flight funicular and the Bradbury Building. Overall this is a great spot to get lunch while you are exploring downtown.
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The Association

The Association

  • 110 East 6th Street
  • tel:+1 213 627 7385
  • Visit website
  • Los Angeles, 90014
Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles

Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles

  • 506 S Grand Ave
  • Between 5th and 6th Sts
  • tel:+1 213 624 1011 / +1 800 245 8673 (Reservations)
  • Visit website
  • Los Angeles, 90071
Southern California Edison Building

Southern California Edison Building

  • 601 W. 5th Street
  • Los Angeles, 90014

Built in 1931, this Art Deco building was designed by James and David Allison. This building was once the home of the Southern California Edison company; now it provides office space for a variety of tenants. Notable features of the building include the two story lobby featuring over a dozen types of marble and a large mural by Hugo Ballin titled "The Apotheosis of Power." Other highlights include the stone friezes by Merrel Gage which are located above the octagonal entryway and depict light, energy, and hydroelectric power. The first three stories of this building are limestone, above that the edifice is clad with terra cotta tiles. The street-level shopping arcade was added in 1993.
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The Bradbury Building

The Bradbury Building

  • 304 S. Broadway
  • At 3rd St
  • tel:213/626-1893
  • Visit website
  • Los Angeles, 90071
Daikokuya

Daikokuya

  • 327 East 1st Street
  • tel:+1 213 626 1680
  • Visit website
  • Los Angeles, 90012
Bar 107

Bar 107

  • 107 4th Street
  • (cross-street Main Street)
  • tel:(213) 625-7382
  • Visit website
  • Los Angeles, 90013
Kyoto Grand Hotel & Gardens

Kyoto Grand Hotel & Gardens

  • 120 S Los Angeles Street
  • tel:+1 213 629 1200 / +1 800 639 6826
  • Visit website
  • Los Angeles, 90012
Walt Disney Concert Hall

Walt Disney Concert Hall

  • 111 S. Grand Ave
  • At 1st St
  • tel:323/850-2000
  • Visit website
  • Los Angeles, 90071
Los Angeles Fashion District

Los Angeles Fashion District

  • Los Angeles St. between 7th St. and Washington Blvd
  • Visit website
  • Los Angeles, 90021
Casa La Golondrina

Casa La Golondrina

  • West 17 Olvera Street
  • tel:1 213 628 4349
  • Los Angeles, 90012
La Cita

La Cita

  • 336 S Hill Street
  • (At Third Street)
  • tel:213 687 7111
  • Visit website
  • Los Angeles, 90013
Miyako Hotel Los Angeles

Miyako Hotel Los Angeles

  • 328 E 1st St
  • tel:+1 213 617-2000 / 1-800-228-6596
  • Visit website
  • Los Angeles, 90012
Los Angeles Times Headquarters

Los Angeles Times Headquarters

  • 202 West First Street
  • tel:+1 213 237 5000
  • Visit website
  • Los Angeles, 90012
The Geffen Contemporary (MOCA)

The Geffen Contemporary (MOCA)

  • 152 North Central Avenue
  • Little Tokyo
  • tel:+1 213 621 1745 (Special tours) / +1 213 621 1741(Visitor Services)
  • Visit website
  • Los Angeles, 90013
Cielito Lindo

Cielito Lindo

  • 23 Olvera Street
  • tel:(213) 687-4391
  • Visit website
  • Los Angeles, 90012

Aurora Guerrero came up with the recipe for  Cielito Lindo's famous taquitos with green avocado sauce when this venerable stand opened in the 1930's.  The dish she created features a dab of guacamole inside a meat taquito and a green sauce that is like salsa verde plus avocado. It is definitely an affordable and tasty treat! This food stand is a great meal stop if you are in the Olvera Street area and want some authentic Los Angeles street food.
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Redwood

Redwood

  • 316 W Second Street
  • tel:213 680 2600
  • Visit website
  • Los Angeles, 90012
Royal Pagoda Motel

Royal Pagoda Motel

  • 995 N Broadway
  • tel:(213)617-3077
  • Los Angeles, 90012
Avila Adobe

Avila Adobe

  • 10 East Olvera Street
  • tel:+1 213 680 2525
  • Los Angeles, 90012
Little Tokyo

Little Tokyo

  • East Temple Street
  • Downtown, southeast of the Civic Center; bounded by 1st, 2nd, San Pedro, and Los Angeles Sts
  • tel:+1 213 620 0570
  • Visit website
  • Los Angeles, 90012
Philippe The Original

Philippe The Original

  • 1001 North Alameda Street
  • At Ord St
  • tel:+1 213 628 3781
  • Visit website
  • Los Angeles, 90012
The Edison

The Edison

  • 108 W. 2nd Street #101
  • Suite 101
  • tel:216 613 0000
  • Visit website
  • Los Angeles, 90012
Higashi Hongwanji Buddhist Temple

Higashi Hongwanji Buddhist Temple

  • 505 East Third Street
  • Corner of Third and South Central Avenues
  • tel:+1 213 626 4200
  • Visit website
  • Los Angeles, 90013
Union Station

Union Station

  • 800 N. Alameda St
  • At Cesar E. Chavez Ave
  • tel:+1 800 266 6883
  • Visit website
  • Los Angeles, 90012
Yang Chow Restaurant

Yang Chow Restaurant

  • 819 N. Broadway
  • At Alpine St., Chinatown
  • tel:213/625-0811
  • Visit website
  • Los Angeles, 90012
Olvera Street

Olvera Street

  • 845 North Alameda Street
  • El Pueblo De Los Angeles Historic Park
  • tel:+1 213 628 2525
  • Visit website
  • Los Angeles, 90012

Olvera Street is, like most of Los Angeles, a combination of authentic history, reconstructed fantasy and pure fun. Situated in the middle of Downtown, Olvera Street has been turned into a lively market place reminiscent of Old Mexico. It was here that Los Angeles was founded in the late 1700s as El Pueblo de Nuesta Señora Reina de los Ángeles. In the 1930s, it was turned into a Mexican oasis in the middle of a burgeoning and thriving Downtown. Olvera Street continues to attract locals and visitors alike with an assortment of Mexican restaurants, small curios shops and historical markers. read more about Olvera Street

Chinatown

Chinatown

  • North Main Street
  • Downtown; bounded by N. Broadway, N. Hill St., Bernard St., and Sunset Blvd
  • tel:+1 213 680 0243
  • Visit website
  • Los Angeles, 90012