Downtown LA is filled with modern buildings, cool bars, and historic landmarks. Though it’s becoming more widely known for its nightlife, it’s definitely worth a visit when you’re here.
Over the past few years, downtown LA has become a trendy place to live, but, for the most part, it is a business district. It becomes much less crowded over the weekends when the 9-5 crowd isn’t buzzing around their skyscraper offices.
Here are some fun things to do in Downtown LA:
Walt Disney Concert Hall
111 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012
One of the most beautiful landmarks downtown is the stunning Walt Disney Concert Hall, which has been open since 2003. This striking building is made of stainless steel and it’s exterior beautifully reflects light.
Even if you’re not going to a concert, it’s a great spot to visit! There’s a garden/park area that is open to the public, which you can access by going up the flight of stairs next to the building. It offers an awesome view of downtown, sitting areas, beautiful fountains, and a perfect view of this architectural marvel.
The Last Bookstore
453 S Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90013
The Last Bookstore is a charming and iconic book and record store. It’s filled with local art and even has some amazing art installations made of books. Basically, it’s a book lover’s paradise that you could spend a whole day getting lost in. It’s the perfect spot to find some peace and quiet in the city!
Grand Central Market
317 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013
This bustling market is filled with a long list of amazing food and drinks vendors. It truly has WHATEVER you’re looking for: from vegan ramen, to tacos, to currywurst. No matter what time of day it is, this market is brimming with people looking for delicious eats.
It’s open 7 days a week from 8 AM to 10 PM.
The Millenium Biltmore Hotel
506 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90071
The stunning luxury hotel screams “old Hollywood”. It has been the venue for many famous Hollywood events in the past 100 years and it is glamorous down to the tiniest details, from the marble floors to the extravagant chandeliers.
Many famous films, TV shows, and music videos have filmed here as well: Chinatown, Independence Day, Ocean’s 11, just to name a few!
I love just walking around the lobby looking at the old photographs, but there’s also a cozy bar where you can stop in for a cocktail as well.
I hope this encourages you to explore downtown LA and see what kind of adventures YOU can find! When David and I were wandering around downtown, we randomly came across a set where they were filming a car commercial and an Octoberfest celebration, all in one day! So, the possibilities are endless.