GQ Magazine has called Downtown Los Angeles “America’s Next Great City” and “the coolest new downtown in America.” Downtown L.A. has certainly come a long way in recent years. There were great places to eat in Downtown before its current renaissance, but the choices were limited. That's no longer the case, as acclaimed chefs and visionary restaurateurs have created a thriving dining scene in Downtown L.A. With so many restaurants opening in Downtown, deciding where to eat can be a tough choice. Read on for a guide to Downtown L.A.’s newer restaurants and classic dining spots.
Downtown Los Angeles is home to some of the city’s most famous and popular destinations, from world-class museums and landmark architecture to acclaimed restaurants and thriving nightlife. Read on for a car-free itinerary of Downtown L.A. that will immerse you in the heart of our global metropolis.
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Some of the best experiences in Los Angeles are by way of some its multicultural enclaves, such as Olvera Street, Chinatown and Little Tokyo. Here’s a car-less tour of these districts that offers a virtual trek around the globe but leaves the gas tank full.
This half-day itinerary takes a minimum of five hours and calls for a lot of city walking, so wear comfortable shoes. Skip stops if you are running low on time, or want to spend more time enjoying a particular point of interest.
Recommended Methods of Travel: Metro, Walking
Total Distance: 1.7 miles. Distance Walking: 1.2 miles
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Many of Los Angeles’ most famous – or notorious – denizens are wealthy enough to have personal assistants do the rudimentary shopping for them, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t enough celebrities, stars and other recognizable folks doing their own shopping to make spotting them as much as a spectator sport as watching the Lakers at STAPLES Center or surveying the summer scene at Manhattan Beach.