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 – 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 – 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!
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!
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…
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).
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.