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Los Angeles, California, home to delectable food, eclectic creatives and a buzzing atmosphere that parallels the lights across its skyline.
We had the chance to spend a weekend in Downtown LA, witnessing the energy Los Angeles’ culture thrives on. We put together a list of some of the wonderful entities the City of Angels has to offer.
Zinc Cafe & Market
580 Mateo Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013
Looking to start off your morning with delicious food on an adorable patio? Then lucky for you, you’ve found the perfect spot. Zinc Cafe & Market boasts a huge variety of breakfast, lunch, and dinner options that are great for starting or ending your day. If you do stop by, make sure to check out the Zinc Sunrise, which is a mix of orange, peach, and raspberry purée. It goes great with just about everything on the breakfast menu. The line does tend to get a little long, but if you do have to wait, Zinc has a beautiful little boutique shop filled with artisan goods that are sure to help you pass the time.
806 S Santa Fe Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90021
Los Angeles is very far from being short on coffee shops, but one thing you might notice is that a sizeable handful of them “Proudly Brew Stumptown Coffee”. Well, why not skip the middleman and get your coffee directly from the source? Grab a seat at Stumptown’s original California location and enjoy the perfect cup of coffee while watching employees roast coffee beans in the back of the factory or on the relaxing patio.
800 N Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
If LA is known for one thing it would probably be the constant hustle & bustle that runs through its veins. Traffic is constant and people always seem to be in hurry to get to where they’re going. As a result, Union Station, Los Angeles’ main railway station, is constantly booming with life. Even if you don’t have a train to catch, the stunning architecture, interior design, and cozy patio are worth the trip.
Juice Served Here
833 S Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90014
Things can get pretty hot in LA during the summer months so what better way to cool off then with dozens of fresh juice options? Want something fruity and refreshing? Check out The Pixie, which is a mix of Orange, Pineapple, and Strawberry juice. Need to get in your veggies for the day? Take a swig of Field of Greens, which is Spinach, Kale, Romaine, Cucumber, and Celery juice. Maybe juice isn’t your thing. Have no fear. Juice Served Here in Downtown is a collaborative café with Verve Coffee Roasters, which serves up delicious coffee and espresso. Consider this your one-stop beverage shop.
Grand Central Market
317 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013
A trip to Downtown LA is not complete without stopping by the landmark, Grand Central Market, which opened up in 1917. This iconic open-air market is packed with delicious eateries, boutique vendors, and has a coffee bar right at the entrance. You could probably eat here every day for a month and still continue to find new places. A personal favorite of mine is Horse Thief BBQ, which has the best pulled-pork I’ve ever had. Pair that up with some delicious sides and an awesome outdoor seating area and you have yourself the perfect lunch spot.
E 3rd Street Los Angeles, CA 90013
I’m not one to use the word “hipster” or “haven” lightly, but hipster haven is the only way to accurately sum up what the Arts District encompasses. Trendy shops, beautifully designed coffee shops, and gorgeous restaurants line the streets of this picturesque neighborhood. Finding parking isn’t always the easiest, but once you get a spot you can spend hours walking around and exploring. Some must-see spots are Apolis: Common Gallery, Blacktop Coffee, and the Hauser Wirth & Schimmel gallery. Apolis is a menswear brand that has timeless and carefully crafted clothing and accessories that are going to make you want to buy everything in the store so make sure to save up some cash or garner up some self-control before you go in. Blacktop Coffee is a tiny coffee shop tucked away that offers a simple menu and an outdoor seating area with tree stumps as tables. Does it get anymore artsy than that? The answer is yes, and it can be seen at the Hauser Wirth & Schimmel gallery. This gallery is home to some of the most beautiful modern and contemporary art this city has to offer. If crazy art installations, thought-provoking photography, and an airstream coffee cart are your things then you’ll definitely want to stop by and take a gander.
Olvera Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
When it comes to making sure you hit all of the best spots in Downtown LA, Olvera Street goes without saying. Olvera Street is a part of El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument and is the oldest part of Downtown. Hundreds of visitors roam the tree-shaded streets taking in the heavenly smell of tacos and churros. This historic landmark has an outdoor, farmer’s market vibe and is lined with street vendors, delicious Mexican restaurants, and traditional Spanish-style buildings. If you’re looking to escape the city feeling for a bit and get some amazing, authentic food while doing it then Olvera Street is the perfect destination.
Everson Royce Bar
1936 E 7th St, Los Angeles, CA 90021
Only have time to hit up one bar on your Downtown adventure? The choice is easy. Everson Royce Bar is not only one of the coolest bars in Downtown, but it’s one of best bars in all of Los Angeles. The outside might not look like much. A huge orange door, no windows, a neon sign that reads “BAR”, and a small plaque that displays the actual name of the bar. Once you step inside, however, you’ll be blown away by the stunning, dimly lit, speakeasy-inspired interior. If that alone isn’t enough to make you want to go, the drinks are even better than the interior design. With a huge selection of handcrafted cocktails and a food menu that’ll make your mouth water, ERB is sure to have something to please everyone in your group. Grab yourself a delicious Prickly Pear Margarita (it’ll be one of the best margarita you’ve ever had) and head out back to the huge patio area adorned with string lights, bench seating, and a bocce ball court. Cancel all of your other plans because you’ll be staying here for a while.It’s safe to say Los Angeles is one of the most fascinating cities to exist. We are grateful to live so close to a place that encompasses our ever-changing and evolving culture.
Until next time, Los Angeles.
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