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Downtown LA City Guide
Lifestyle, PLACES, Travel



Ever since I wrote the Mini Guide to Venice Beach, I’ve had a few inquiries for more city guides! I totally agree, it is so much easier to make the most of your travel experience when you have a good city guide for wherever your destination may be. I’m always looking up city guides and inpso when I travel to New York and Europe, and I’m actually doing a ton of that right now in preparation for Fashion Month!

What better place to write about next than my very favorite Downtown LA? As you already know, I really love LA in all of it’s eclectic design and health-nut restaurants. It was hard to narrow down, but I was able to pick out my favorite stops around the city, so keep scrolling for my downtown LA city guide:

(ps I’m planning to do a separate post specifically on the Arts District, since that’s the best part…So keep your eye out for that one soon!)


Birdies LA Donuts

Birdies LA – I also mentioned Birdies in my post about the best donut places in LA. They have so many cute donuts with interesting flavors, like my favorite Lemon Thyme Pistachio, and they even have a specialty donut that is covered in gold!



Verve Cafe

Verve Cafe – The most obvious reason to stop by Verve Cafe is for it’s full plant wall, but they also have amazing juice, coffee and light lunches!

Poppy + Rose – I feel like I went through a phase of posting about Poppy + Rose constantly, because of their amazing brunches. I actually wrote a full post on other brunch places in LA a while ago, so check that out if you love brunch as much as I do!

Poppy + Rose

Otium – Otium is definitely a pricier, luxury stop on this list, but the food is to-die-for and everything is LA-made. Some of their ingredients are even grown on the roof of the restaurant!

Grand Central Market – This is a great place to stop with friends for something quick and a little cheaper than sit-down places. The market is full of a whole bunch of to-go restaurants with delicious, fresh food from falafels to ice cream. My favorite is Egg Slut!

Downtown LA City Guide - Grand Central Market

Grand Central Market DTLA

Egg Slut at Grand Central Market LA

Perch – Perch Cafe is another upscale option, and if you go there at the right time, it comes with a rooftop view of the sunset and some live jazz music.

Terroni – Terroni has the best Italian food, and they pride themselves on being 100% authentic to the original Italian flavors. Plus, I basically can’t say no if it involves burrata…

Terroni, Downtown Los Angeles

Document Coffee – I could probably list millions of great coffee shops in DTLA, and Document Coffee is just one of them. Mostly I love the super cute exterior.

Two Boots Pizza – Every city has it’s own version of amazing pizza, and Two Boots Pizza is LA’s. They have specials that change daily, and every flavor is called by really unique and creative names (But you can still get your classic cheese and pepperoni too).

Two Boots Pizza, DTLA

Il Caffé Los Angeles

Il Caffé Los Angeles

Il Caffé – One thing I love about Il Caffé is it’s basically a combination of a bunch of other amazing LA places. They get their coffee from Stumptown Coffee, their bread from The Bread Lounge and their juice is locally pressed too!

LA Chapter – LA Chapter is the coffee shop at The Ace Hotel, which is one of the coolest buildings in LA. They also have a fun rooftop bar that’s free to access for nighttime views of the city.

The Ace Hotel

LA Chapter at The Ace Hotel

LA Chapter


Formerly Yes – Formerly Yes is all about simplifying life by only buying quality products that you’ll really love and use for a long time. Their store design is one of those gorgeous, minimal looks, so I love shopping there just for the experience!

Formerly Yes, LA

Flower Market LA

LA Flower Market – This is one of my very favorite parts of LA since I love having flowers in my house all of the time. The LA Flower Market is an amazing resource of fresh flowers every day. Some people even get there super early in the morning and buy everything they need for a full wedding of flowers!

A.P.C. – I posted about another A.P.C. store in my Venice City Guide, but luckily for me I have one really close by too! A.P.C is a really cool french brand and one of my go-to’s!

Aesop Skincare Store

Aesop – Aesop has the most beautiful skincare products for men and women. I partially get them for the quality and amazing scents, and partially just to photograph them (haha).

Acne Studios – Apparently all my favorite stores in DTLA start with “A” because another favorite is Acne. A lot of times I shop their items through Net-A-Porter online, but it’s always nice to get the in-store experience as well.

Acne Studios


The Last Bookstore – The Last Bookstore is one of those famous, touristy spots. It’s a huge bookstore in the middle of DTLA, but everything is arranged and designed with really interesting art pieces, including a floor made of pennies!

The Broad – Most people recognize the outside of the Broad museum because it’s a pretty popular photo op. They have a lot of great exhibits inside as well, including the famous “America” sign installment.



Disney Concert Hall – Disney Concert Hall is another great photo op because the architecture is really interesting! All of the walls are a matte metallic color, and if the rooftop is open you can check out a mini park with trees there.

LACMA – LACMA is a museum and classic tourist stop. It’s probably most known for the rows of tall lamps in front, which can make for cute photos.

  • Carmen Hansen
    Posted at 18:29h, 24 January Reply

    Beautiful pictures and useful tips, definitely going to come back to this post when I start planning my trip to LA.

    • michelle
      Posted at 14:27h, 25 January Reply

      Thanks Carmen! Have you been to LA before?

  • Mademoiselle Coconath
    Posted at 19:02h, 24 January Reply

    Love the photos!
    Mademoiselle Coconath

    • michelle
      Posted at 14:27h, 25 January Reply

      Thanks girl! xx

  • Luisa
    Posted at 20:20h, 24 January Reply

    I’m heading from Boston to LA in March and I’ll definitely have to check out a couple of these restaurants! Thanks for the great suggestions


    • michelle
      Posted at 14:28h, 25 January Reply

      Yes! LA food is the best (ever).

  • Rachel Puccetti
    Posted at 21:27h, 24 January Reply

    Love this guide. Everything looks amazing! LA is definitely on my list of places I need to go!

    • michelle
      Posted at 14:28h, 25 January Reply

      Yes, you need to! It’s such a fun city :)

  • Natali
    Posted at 22:45h, 24 January Reply

    Two Boots Pizza and Terroni are my obsessions! Can’t wait to be back in LA soon!

    • michelle
      Posted at 14:29h, 25 January Reply

      Soooo delicious. Glad someone else understands :)

      • Natali
        Posted at 23:41h, 25 January Reply

        Oh heck yes! True foodie right here and LAs gourmet scene is incredible!

        • michelle
          Posted at 10:21h, 30 January Reply

          Yes!! Glad someone agrees.

  • Lottie
    Posted at 01:22h, 25 January Reply

    Donuts places are a must to know! Hehe!

    • michelle
      Posted at 14:29h, 25 January Reply

      I always look for them for the photo op if nothing else!

  • Magda
    Posted at 02:38h, 25 January Reply

    Love this post, thanks for sharing!

    • michelle
      Posted at 14:29h, 25 January Reply

      Thanks Magda!

  • Ewa Macherowska
    Posted at 05:42h, 25 January Reply

    Nice photos dear ;)

    • michelle
      Posted at 14:29h, 25 January Reply

      Thank you! xx

  • Neeltje | Thoughts in Style
    Posted at 05:56h, 25 January Reply

    I love this! I am definitely going to save this one :)

    • michelle
      Posted at 14:30h, 25 January Reply

      Hoping to post a few more soon as well!

  • happy girl
    Posted at 07:09h, 25 January Reply

    Brilliant guide, makes me excited to visit LA soon!


    • michelle
      Posted at 14:30h, 25 January Reply

      Yes, come visit LA! <3

  • Mackenzie Dunn
    Posted at 11:43h, 25 January Reply

    Such a great post! Love all of your pictures, too.

    • michelle
      Posted at 14:31h, 25 January Reply

      Thanks Mackenzie!

  • Alexandra
    Posted at 13:23h, 25 January Reply

    I have never been to LA but it’s definitely on the list – it looks great (as do your outfits in every pic!!)

    • michelle
      Posted at 14:31h, 25 January Reply

      Thanks! I recommend coming in the spring when the weather is literally perfectttt.

  • Samantha Lee
    Posted at 11:18h, 27 January Reply

    I work downtown but haven’t been to most of these spots, so thanks for the recs! McConnell’s ice cream at Grand Central Market is AMAZING though.

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